How To Use Tea Tree Oil For Head Lice

By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 20, 2017
How To Use Tea Tree Oil For Head Lice

Head lice are those tiny pests that spread easily from head to head, especially for children, and can make your scalp very itchy all over. To prevent spreading head lice, it is important to detect it as soon as possible and start using a special treatment to make sure you can get rid of all the nits and lice living in your hair. Although there are many products and lotions you can buy for this, it is possible to fight head lice using natural supplements that work well and don't dry out the scalp. In the following OneHowTo article, we show you one of these, specifically, how to use tea tree oil for head lice.

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Tea tree oil is a natural product that is widely used in hair products because it regulates the sebaceous glands, which is ideal for oily hair, helps fight dandruff, and soothes your itchy scalp. But above all, it stands out for its great ability to prevent the spread of head lice and to get rid of these parasites in a completely natural way. When applied to the hair, tea tree oil works to detach the nits from the hair strands so that they come out easily with a nit comb, which is a special comb to detect and remove nits and lice.

How To Use Tea Tree Oil For Head Lice - Step 1

You can buy this product in pharmacies and health food stores, and before you use tea tree oil for head lice, it is essential to test it on a small patch of your skin, or the person who has head lice, to check that it won't cause an allergic reaction. If it does cause an allergic reaction, don't use it and choose another method to remove the head lice. If this is the case, for some of the most effective methods, see our article: how to remove head lice and nits with homemade products.


A good way to get rid of head lice with tea tree oil, is to dilute about 10 drops of this oil in a little water and then pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Shake well and spray onto the hair evenly, focusing on the neck and behind the ears, so that all hair strands are soaked in this liquid. Put a plastic cap over your hair and leave it on for at least 30 minutes. After this time, it is recommended to wash your hair with a special shampoo to kill these parasites and, using a nit comb, begin removing all the head lice and nits living on your scalp.

How To Use Tea Tree Oil For Head Lice - Step 3

In addition to the above method, you can add 5 or 6 drops of tea tree oil into your usual shampoo and wash your hair with this mixture, as well as adding it to your conditioner and leaving it on for a few minutes. It is best to wash your hair with this mixture 3 or 4 times a week until the head lice disappear and your hair is healthy again. These simple measures can also be used as a preventive treatment to prevent head lice from invading your hair again after you have gotten rid of them.

How To Use Tea Tree Oil For Head Lice - Step 4

Don't forget that tea tree oil is a natural solution for getting rid of head lice although it might not be enough to completely get rid of these annoying and bothersome parasites. Therefore, we suggest you use it as a supplement to any of the shop-bought treatments that you can buy from pharmacies for this purpose.


For more information about lice and nits, we recommend reading the following articles:

How To Use Tea Tree Oil For Head Lice - Step 6

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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