Combat Head Lice Naturally with Essential Oil

The most common remedy for lice and their eggs (nits) is lindane (gamma benzene hexachloride) a highly toxic polychlorinated chemical that is structurally very similar to hazardous banned pesicides such as DDT and chlordane. It is so dangerous that Dr. Guy Sansfacon, head of the Quebec Poison Control Center in Canada, has requested that lindane be banned.

Essential Oils represent a safe and effective alternative. A 1996 study by researchers in Iceland showed the effectiveness against headlice with the essential oils of anise seed, cinnamon leaf, thyme, tea tree, peppermint and nutmeg in shampoo and rinse solution did the job.

Wash and Rinse #1

Head Lice Blend:

2 drops Eucalyptus
1 drop Lavender
1 drop Geranium
1t jojoba
Massage into scalp. Cover with shower cap for 1/2 hour. Shampoo with lavender essemtial oil shampoo and rinse well. Apply the following rinse.

Antiseptic Rinse

2 drops Eucalyptus
2 drops Lavender
2 drops Geranium
1/2 oz vinegar
8 oz warm water.
Pour over head making sure every strand of hair is rinsed to the very ends. Then dry nataurally. Repeat daily until lice and eggs are gone.

Wash and Rinse #2

Head Lice Blend:

4 drops thyme
2 drops lavender
2 drops geranium
Massage into scalp. Cover with shower cap for at least 1/2 hour. Shampoo. Follow with Antispetic Rinse below.

Antiseptic Rinse:

1 cup of Fresh Essence Plus Mouthwash
Leave on hair for 10 minutes before rinsing out.


I get a little paranoid when we get a notice from school that says someone in the class had lice! So, I use lavender in the kid’s unscented shampoo, and no worries for me! Never had a problem, and I feel better. I send them to school with a little plastic spritzer bottle in it with Lavender, too, and they spray themselves down now and then!
-Sondra Gerardi


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