Do you ever get tired of using chemicals on your scalp to get rid of lice? There is another way besides doing so. It’s all natural and not toxic, tea tree oil. According to the CDC, there are 12 million cases of lice each year and that’s only in the U.S. The ages of children that are most likely to get lice is between three and eleven years of age. It is usually around the ages of when children are going to school with other kids. The kid(s) then come home from school and next thing you know, you in the household have lice. It is that quick, they go after any kinds of hair. Tea tree oil is an efficient way to get rid of lice, you save up from buying toxic chemical shampoos and lotions.
What is Tea Tree Oil?
Tea tree oil is also known as melaleuca oil. The oil is extracted from the leaves in Australia. You can get this oil from certain shampoos, conditioners, drops, and sprays. The ingredients inside tea tree oil are cineole and terpinen. The tea tree oil shampoo and conditioner has a minty smell, so if you like the smell of mint that’s a benefit to washing your hair, it can be soothing. If you have head lice and tea tree oil seems to break out on you, then don’t use. But if you don’t know you break out of it, apply it to the back of your hand and see.
How to use Tea Tree Oil:
Apply a single drop and let it work its way over night. Then you would just have to comb the dead lice out. You can even, as suggested above, use the shampoo and conditioner, but it would have to be applied two to three times throughout the week. Within 30 minutes of one percent of this tea tree oil can kill 100% of lice.
Other Benefits of Tea Tree Oil:
Other than lice, tea tree oil can support the immune system, promote healing and perspiration. It is also a disinfectant, antiseptic, antiviral, bactericide, and fungicide. It can help with skin acne, fungal diseases of the skin, herpes, dog bites, warts, psoriasis. Did you know it can also help with sunburns? Tea tree oil is great for sores and gingivitis as well.
Even though it has its benefits, there are some things that too much of can cause harm. Do not ingest tea tree oil and it’s probably wise to not put it in the eyes. Also, it may not target the adult lice as well as other products. It should not be applied onto babies, pregnant woman, or young children. If you want to use tea tree oil on a daily basis, dilute it with olive oil.
Where is it available?
To get the pure tea tree oil, you can go to your local GNC or your Vitamin World. If you buy the oil in a clear glass, it is most likely spoiled. Oil needs to be in a dark amber or dark blue glass to prevent this from happening. Remember, if you don’t know you should use tea tree oil, it isn’t a bad idea to check with your family doctor to see if there are any cases in your family of allergies to this natural oil. But it is an over the counter alternative, meaning, you won’t need a prescription for it.