Essential Oils and Lice
Lice have always been and will continue to be a problem among school-age children. When treating head lice, it is important to wash all bedding and personal clothes in very hot water. You can add 2 tsp. (10ml) eucalyptus oil to the rinse cycle. Hang in the sun for a whole day, turning inside out at intervals so that every part of the material (particularly seams and hems) receives air and sun (Purchon, 247).
Tea Tree and Lavender are common essential oils used to treat lice, ticks, and fleas. They can safely be used on children and animals (Buckle, 192).
Citronella was an effective repellent against lice in double-blind study conducted on 198 children in four elementary schools in Israel (Buckle 345).
Pine oil is one of the best oils for treating scabies, cuts, head lice, and sores. Pine oil blends well with eucalyptus, rosemary and tea tree (Purchon, 98).
Eucalyptus Globulus is one of the best oils to use in blends to kill head lice and ease insect bites. It also acts as an insect repellent (Purchon, 55).
Head Lice Oil Treatment (Adults)
15 drops tea tree essential oil
15 drops lavender essential oil
8 drops citronella essential oil
6 drops thyme essential oil
4 drops clove essential oil
1-drop cinnamon leaf essential oil
¼ cup (60ml) sesame oil (can use another carrier oil, but watch out for a sensitivity to certain carrier oils).
In a 2 oz (60ml) glass bottle, combine tea tree, lavender, citronella, thyme, clove, and cinnamon leaf essential oil. Fill bottle with sesame oil and shake to blend.
IF USING ON CHILDREN, increase the quantity of sesame oil to ½ cup (125ml) and use a 4 oz (125ml) bottle.
Buckle, Jane. Clinical Aromatherapy Essential Oils in Practice. (2003).
Purchon, Nerys and Lora Cantele. The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook For Everyday Wellness. (2014).