Head Lice

Combatting 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.


My son who is 7, got head lice from school. I noticed in the 2nd week of summer vacation my son has head lice. He had at least 15+ live lice and tons of nits which are eggs. After shaving his head I checked my 5 year old daughter who had them too, but not as bad, but I couldn’t shave her long blonde hair. So pulled out my Essential Oil Desk Reference Book to see what to do. I ended up treating myself & husband as well, just to prevent it.

There are 4 recipes in the book so I picked one and then rotated them throughout the next 14 days. We were egg free in 5 days without the use of chemicals!  Every morning I did this recipe:
1 oz olive oil
10 drops Eucalyptus radiata
8 drops Lavender
5 drops Geranium

I put this in a hair coloring bottle for ease in applying to scalp. I applied it t the scalp of the scalp in sections. Then I combed it through. When the hair was all coated (mainly the scalp) I put a disposable shower cap on. (Throw the cap away with every treatment.) Let this sit on for at least 30 min. Shampoo with Young Living Lavender shampoo. (Only wash hair over a tub, due to the lice can attach itself onto body hair). Dry with towel. Launder after use. Rinse with treatment below.

1 oz apple cider vinegar
4 drops eucalyptus
4 drops lavender
4 drops geranium
8 oz water.

I also put this in my coloring bottle and applied all over the head making sure every strand of hair was rinsed and then let it air dry naturally. After the hair dried I went through the hair and picked out the nits (eggs) from the hair. I did this daily for one week then I used other recipes in the book.

After day 5 I didn’t find any eggs, but just in case I kept doing these hair treatments for 14 days and we became lice free without chemicals.

I also washed everything with Thieves cleaner.  I used laundry soap but added thieves cleaner and washed everything in hot water.  I vacuumed my carpet and couches everyday, then sprayed them with this mixture:

16 oz water
4 drops peppermint
4 drops lemongrass
4 drops oregano
4 drops thyme
4 drops purification.

Other items – The things I couldn’t wash I bagged up in large garbage bags and put out on the porch for 2-3 weeks since lice can not live with out humans.

-Natasha Wright


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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