Does Tea Tree Oil Kill Lice?

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Published: 20th July 2012
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Isnít it bad enough when your child is freaked out there are bugs in their hair making them feel as though they are being itched to death? Naturally, all you want to do is figure out how to get rid of the nasty nits and lousy lice as soon as possible , as well as preventing the spread of the lice to the other family members.

So to answer the question, does tea tree oil kill lice? Why, yes of course it does. Head lice and tea tree oil just don't mix well at all. A natural tea tree oil lice treatment is the best way to go about getting rid of the lice for good.

Knowing that a head lice infestation can occur several times a year and, a child may have to endure many treatments during their susceptible school years; it is prudent to know the best remedy.

There are many over the counter chemical treatments out there to choose from. But along with chemicals come reactions and allergies. Honestly, itís best to avoid having to deal with a child that has a really bad reaction from the chemical treatments and still have the head lice as well.

Which brings another question to mind, is a tea tree oil lice treatment more effective than an over the counter or even a prescription treatment?

Well, taking into account that most chemical treatments contain an organophosphate. Organophosphates quite literally are poisons which are bioaccumulative, meaning the organophosphate will accumulate in the body. In my honest opinion, really Iíd personally go for the natural tea tree oil lice treatment. Due to their small size and immature immune systems kids are at a much greater risks of neurological poisonings than an adult. And naturally, the number of cases of head lice becoming resistant to these poisons is on the rise. Just like many antibiotics are no longer effective for different ails.
So seriously, itís more than likely the child, rather than the head lice, will become poisoned!

On the up side, head lice are not know to be carriers of any major diseases. Those lousy lice are quite productive with one female laying up to ten eggs a day. The eggs are practically glued to the hair shaft near the scalp, where they stay nice and safe and cozy warm to incubate. The eggs, also called nits, take approximately seven to ten days to hatch into the first stage of head lice called nymph. After another similar time period the head lice pass thru two more nymph stages before reaching maturity and the capability to lay eggs. The life span of adult lice is approximately four weeks, but they can survive only 48 hours without a host.

On the down side, by the time the head starts itching badly, the infestation of lice has already taken a strong hold. The adults and nymphs feed regularly every few hours off of their hostís blood. Their saliva, and it is believed also possibly their feces cause the tell tale itching. A rash may breakout on the scalp near the base of the head in some cases. The constant scratching can lead to infection.

There are inexpensive homemade tea tree oil treatments you can easily make at home. Keep in mind the treatments need to be repeated at least every 6 or 7 days, or more often if needed due to the itching, for a couple of weeks. As we learned from the life cycle of head lice they can be around for a while. It would be better to be safe than sorry and even if the itching stops, continue the treatment to avoid a re-infestation. To find recipes and learn how to make your own tea tree oil lice treatments visit

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