Head lice infestation is very common among school children as they are very vulnerable to this kind of communicable disease. It can easily be acquired through physical contact either direct or indirect during playtime activities. Treatments for head lice infestations include lice killing commercial products like Nix and Rid but if you want it the natural way, you can use tea tree oil lice treatment remedy.
Using lice killing commercial products is a sure way of treating head lice. These products are composed of chemicals that will definitely eradicate the existence of lice in your child’s head. However, some consumers complain about lice re-infestation but the mere fact is that they just don’t follow the instructions properly. Moreover, there also instances that louse become immune to the chemicals and toxins through repeated treatments.
On the other hand, if you want to treat lice infestation considering that your child has a delicate scalp, you can use lice killing natural products. It is 100% safe and effective. Though it can be a little bit arduous, it is surely fun. It can be a good parent-to-child bonding activity.
Tea tree oil is one of the best natural remedies for lice infestation. It is an alternative to lice killing products that are readily available on the market. It is also referred to as Malaleuca oil because it is derived from the leaves of Malaleuca alternifolia. It is pale yellow in color to whitish clear and has a camphorous smell.
So, how do tea tree oil and lice go against each other? According to a 2008 study of In Vitro, tea tree oil is said to have natural properties that are very effective in treating viruses, bacteria, fungi and especially lice. It is far more effective than permethrin which is found in various lice killing products. Tea tree oil can eradicate lice but they can’t kill lice eggs. However, it can loosen up the protective shell that envelope the egg for easy dislodging using a fine-toothed nit comb.
Be reminded that even though tea tree oil is a natural product which is derived from a leaf, it can also cause rashes in your child’s skin if applied directly. Its components are strong enough to burn your child’s skin. You should apply tea tree oil solution using water or other smothering products available. Also, it is toxic when ingested so keep these away from children.
How do I use tea tree oil to treat lice infestation? Here are 4 simple steps to follow:
- Mix 6 – 10 drops of tea tree oil to your smothering agent (shampoos and conditioners are highly recommended). Make sure you mix the solution thoroughly.
- Lather your child’s hair with the solution covering every section of the hair. Then, leave it for about 10 – 15 minutes (this will loosen up the protective covering of lice eggs) and rinse hair thoroughly.
- Using a fine-toothed nit comb, gently comb every section of the hair to remove active and inactive lice, as well as nit eggs. Wash the comb after every section to prevent re-infestation.
- Repeat the process once a day to totally eradicate lice and lice eggs from your child’s hair and continue using nit combs as desired.
The process is estimated to be a 1 – 2 weeks treatment because there are instances that some lice and lice eggs are not reached by the solution. Check the hair more often than usual to spot the remaining lice. It is also recommended to comb your hair with nit combs for 10 – 15 minutes on a regular basis to further prevent lice infestation.
Tea tree oil can also be a good treatment to garments, stuffed animals, toys, clothes, bed sheets, pillows, and other things infested with lice. Apply the solution to the desired object and leave it for few minutes and wash it with warm water. It is much better if it can be soaked like towels, clothes, sheets and the likes.
Tea tree oil is not only cheap but is also very effective and safe. Economically, it can only cost you around $5 – $10. Other brands may vary their prices and can cost more than $10. Tea tree oil can be bought in health food stores as well as in pharmacies. You can even purchase them on the internet. Just make sure that it is 100% Melaleuca alternafolia to achieve maximum results.
You can also use other essential oils like olive carrier oil, coconut oil, rosemary essential oil, lavender essential oil, peppermint essential oil, eucalyptus essential oil, and many more. Aside from that, mayonnaise, vinegar and Listerine can also be a good alternative for lice infestation home remedy.
Tea tree oil lice treatment is very much superior compared to other lice killing products. It can save you money without having fear from chemical infections.