I got to know about using Tea Tree Oil to kill lice when I was teaching on the Rosebud Indian Reservation, where social conditions and poverty make lice pandemic. That is clearly not a Native American curative. One of the women on the faculty, who hailed from Texas, told me about it. She had no children of her own at home, but she used to put Tea Tree Oil in the shampoo or conditioner used by families of her friends on the reservation.
The next time my kids got lice I followed her advice: Mix a couple of tablespoons of this Oil into your children’s conditioner bottle. Apply this conditioner after shampooing, leave it on for several minutes, and then comb the hair completely using a nit comb. You might want to take care of your personal hair also.
In case you are using conditioner with Tea Tree Oil added on a regular basis to it, combing every time, lice will probably be killed when they hatch. After awhile, they all will be gone. They’ll be killed the very first time if your kids pick up more.
While you do a comprehensive housecleaning and need to wash all clothes and bedding in hot water, this also can become problematic if you’re coping with constant re-infestation.
Essentially, you’ll discover that lice will vanish from your home — except for when the neighbor’s kids come over.
The oil from tea tree acts to repel lice. The rest of your kids’ hair will discourage the lice from taking up residence in your kids’ heads jump about.
In the event you are now living in a place where neighbors and the schools produce a determined attempt to maintain houses, their kids, and schools lice-free, this may work as an eradication plan of action.
In such surroundings that are challenging, you will need to dose your home hair
conditioner with Tea Tree Oil nearly constantly.
One thing that will be easy to notice when one uses Tea Tree Oil quite often, is that the lice, as well as their eggs, can be bigger. You may even suspect the lice adjust to the stage where the Oil will not kill them but just stuns them.
Older kids will learn how to manage the process of applying the conditioner and combing using a nit comb independently. From the time your kids are in middle school, the lice issue could have become irrelevant; heard lice outbreaks are nearly solely an elementary school issue.