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The teacher sends home a note that says a classmate has lice. Suddenly you’re searching your kid’s scalp like a mad person and your own scalp starts itching too. I don’t know what it is about tiny bugs, but the very thought of them hiding out in our hair can make our skin crawl! I’m asked all the time about natural lice treatment options and whether there are essential oils for lice.

The answer is yes! Essential oils for lice and persistent management of the hair and scalp combine to make a very effective natural lice treatment.

Using a Natural Treatment with Essential Oils for Lice by Mama Z

Ingredients for Natural Lice Treatment

Instructions for Natural Lice Treatment

  1. Combine ingredients.
  2. Put hair into a ponytail or bun and saturate hair completely with the mixture. Then put a one-time-use plastic shower cap on the hair.
  3. Encase your pillow with plastic and also put a towel over the pillow.
  4. In the morning, shampoo and condition your hair, using a special terminator lice comb through the strands.
  5. Wipe off each comb thoroughly with a paper towel so you don’t wipe what you’ve combed out back into the hair.
  6. Repeat this process every night (or every other night) until the lice are gone. We usually do this process for 2 to 3 weeks.
  7. Twice a week, use an enzyme treatment, being sure to pick that out with a knit (Lice terminator) comb that helps to break apart their skeletal structure.


* This recipe is for ages 3 and up only due to the peppermint. If you are killing lice on a child under age 3 replace peppermint with geranium.

* Because lice can hold their breath for up to 11 hours underwater, oil is the only thing that will suffocate them when using natural lice treatments.

*You can use this same essential oil combination and add it to your shampoo or conditioner base, as well, as an addition to the overnight treatment. Add the essential oils to 3 oz of unscented shampoo such as Desert Essence or Fairy Tales brand.(The Fairy Tales brand is gentle, but it does have sulfates in it. So if you’re sensitive to a lot of that like I am, go for another brand.)

Eliminating Lice with Essential Oils and Natural Treatments

Between 6 to 12 million children nation-wide are infected with lice each year. (1) So if you find yourself one of these, you are in good company! A huge problem is that the chemical most commonly sold to treat lice is permethrin chemical based. Side effects to these chemicals include rash, numbness, tingling, burning, and more. (2)

Worse, lice are developing more and more resistance to these harsh, toxic treatments that are sold on store shelves. Which means that even treating your children with it can leave lice alive and kicking, or crawling and biting as the case may be. That’s why I love this natural, essential oils for lice treatment!

The most important step in this process is to make sure you follow up the essential oils for lice treatment with a thorough combing with a nit removing comb. Do NOT try using those cheap plastic combs that you get in the boxes at the store – it will make both you and your child miserable, I promise, and they aren’t as effective in removing nits. The best comb out there is the Terminator, Nit-Free Comb. You will not regret picking this up I promise!

Need a Natural Shampoo Recipe to Use with Essential Oils for Lice?

You can add these oils to your homemade natural shampoo for even more lice-fighting power using essential oils for lice!

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