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 Post subject: Lice & Tea Tree Oil
PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2015 5:43 pm 
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My daughter came home from school with lice last week. We treated with an otc product from the pharmacy. Then we used an in-home service that used olive oil and nit combs, and then 4-weeks of nightly olive oil treatments. We are now using tea tree oil shampoo, but I've heard tea tree oil on the scalp is a good repellent for future infestations.

The problem is I haven't seen any instructions about how to apply--is it drops of plain oil, oil diluted in a spray (and, if so, what are the ratios)?

Also, does anyone have any other ideas re: head lice repelling?

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 Post subject: Re: Lice & Tea Tree Oil
PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2015 8:36 pm 
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You'll want to dilute it in some way - tea tree oil is POTENT and burns like a mother. I don't have any experience with lice, but I had bed bugs some months back, and I bought a small vile of tea tree oil in desperation. Apparently it's a good natural bug repellent overall (as is lavender oil?).

You might just want to continue with the shampoo, assuming it has a good amount. It's kind of hard to dilute, since it's a pure oil. I've had luck diluting with jojoba oil as a pimple spot treatment, but pouring oil directly on your kid's head might not be ideal.

That said, I've used the oil in ways where it doesn't completely incorporate. . . During my bed bug time, I was using it in a bottle of pure alcohol, and I just shook it up before spraying. Same deal with my current homemade witch hazel toner.

I guess I'm not much help. Just trust me - dilute in SOME WAY. It burns just when I spill it while making these concoctions, and I'm a grown up.

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 Post subject: Re: Lice & Tea Tree Oil
PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2015 10:05 pm 
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Trader Joe's sells tea tree oil shampoo. I use that on my kids after a friend recommended it as a good preventative measure.


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 Post subject: Re: Lice & Tea Tree Oil
PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2015 12:37 am 
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Use it after shampooing, by putting two or three drops in like an eighth of a cup of vinegar or apple cider vinegar mixed with some water to do a hair rinse. It seems dilute enough like this, i do this all the time with the water being like 12 ozs. Or so. Sorry, and good luck!

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 Post subject: Re: Lice & Tea Tree Oil
PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2015 8:11 am 
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Thanks so much! I am glad I waited for the good advice before putting it straight onto her head. Poor kiddo has been through enough!

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