Learning how to prevent lice is one of the ways I’ve managed to keep my sanity in the past decade. This blend of essential oils creates a lice prevention spray that is highly effective. Even better? It only takes minutes to make!
Erika Bragdon is a Certified Essential Oil Coach from the Essential Oil Institute.
I’m going to bet that after you read the title “lice prevention spray”, your head began to itch! In my book, there are few creatures as evil and loathsome as these tiny creatures.
If you’ve ever had to battle lice at your house, you know what a tedious and long process it can be to get rid of these critters from your heads and home. Trust me, it only takes one incident with lice to have you making this lice prevention spray part of your daily routine!
Prevent Lice Before They Infest
Lice can hit any household – whether you are the cleanest in the neighborhood or not. A common myth that you only get lice if you live in a dirty home, but it’s not true. I know people from some of the nicest areas that had heads suddenly filled with nits, and those from rougher areas that have never had the pleasure (ugh).
It’s a time consuming and labor-intensive process to search for and comb out knits. Plus you have to wash and re-wash clothing and bedding and are on edge each time you check ahead in case you find an egg or adult still lurking.
It’s not fun to tell friends and family that you have lice. There is still a stigma attached and some people will just treat you like you have the plague!
So let’s try to stop this lice battle before it starts with this lice prevention spray with essential oils. This lice prevention spray is one way to be proactive, especially if you have heard of a case of a friend or family member battling or even if there are cases at school you are worried will spread.
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How to Prevent Lice with Essential Oils
As any reader of mine will know—I fully believe in the power of plants, particularly when concentrated into essential oils. I prefer natural, holistic remedies whenever possible, particularly when it comes to something I spray onto my children’s heads daily!
Let’s talk about the essential oils for lice prevention. The combination of these oils are the perfect blend to fend away lice. They dislike this odor, and will hopefully not set up camp on you or your child’s head! Take note that this is a prevention spray and not a lice treatment.
I cannot make the claim that this spray will get rid of lice once you know there is a case of it in your house. While these essential oils will help keep lice away from your head, you will need something different if you are actually treating it.
First – please read my Essential Oil Common Sense Safety page before using this essential oil recipe.
I am not a medical professional and the information presented here is merely for educational purposes and not intended to replace medical advice. It is your responsibility to do your own research, consult with your doctor, and make safe decisions for yourself and your family.
Tea Tree Oil for Lice Prevention
Tea tree oil is probably the most important ingredient in this spray, which is why it’s a main ingredient for this head lice prevention tool. A 2012 study was conducted to test the effectiveness of tea tree oil in treating head lice, and had a 100% mortality rate on lice after 30 minutes. Pretty amazing what plants can do!
Essential Oil Safety
You’ll notice that I have three different lice prevention spray recipes listed below. Not all essential oils are safe for all ages, so please pay attention to the age ranges for each recipe.
DIY Lice Prevention Spray
Choose the appropriate recipe below, then fill the bottle with water up to the 16 oz. mark! That’s it – you’re done!
For younger children (for under age 6)
For a 16 oz spray bottle:
Lice Prevention Spray for 6 and Older
For a 16 oz spray bottle
- 10 drops tea tree oil
- 10 drops rosemary
- 5 drops geranium
- 10 drops citronella
- 10 drops lavender
- optional – 5 drops spearmint or peppermint (do not use for kids under age 10)
Essential Oils to Add to Shampoo
For children older than six, you can also just add these essential oils for lice prevention to shampoo bottle, then shake well:
I also created a label that you can print out and tape onto your spray bottle so you know what is inside. CLICK HERE to print it!
How to Prevent Lice
Now that you have your lice prevention spray made, you will want to use this on a regular basis and spray your children’s hair after washing. If you know of a case of a friend, family member, or classmate who had lice, be sure to get this out and spray everyone’s hair daily to avoid an infestation!
You can also spray this on combs, brushes, and any other hair styling tool that you use around the house or share with one another. And if you know there are cases going around at school, be sure to spray coats, hoodies, and even backpacks!
Everyone’s skin responds a bit differently to essential oils as well, so you may need to change the concentration of oils if this dries out your scalp too much. If that is the case, I’d cut down the amount of tea tree and peppermint in half. The lavender shouldn’t dry your scalp since lavender is always soothing to the skin.
If you have used a spray like this or something similar, I’d love to hear about it in the comments. I’d also love to hear about any natural lice treatments you have used in the past if you have had your own lice battle in your homes!
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