How to Deal With Nits with Essential Oils

How to deal with nits with essential oils is the only guide you will ever need in the battle against head lice. Parents get increasingly fed up with ineffective, expensive chemical solutions, so they look for alternatives. This article explores the life cycle of head lice and how to break them.

You'll discover the essential oils that have proven most effective against nits and delve into the science behind our choices. A 'Nit Kit of Doom' on hand, ready to go, is vital to the battle plan.

We'll also show you how to put together this affordable, accessible kit, how to use the dreaded nit comb most effectively, and what magic ingredient helps to loosen the eggs. Finally, we'll start a super easy and affordable maintenance plan to keep those heinous lice at bay. 

Great! My Kid Has Nits

If you have children that socialize or are in school, you'll have heard this.

Are you already engaged in battle with the blasted blighters?

Understanding what they are and how they are so resistant to treatment can help you in the battle to free your child and household from them…. Hopefully, too, the rest of your child's class.

What Are Nits?

A nit is the live egg of the head louse (Pediculus humanus capitis). As you can see from the Latin nomenclature, they live exclusively on humans and feed off our blood. Live infestations are usually known as having "nits" or "lice."

You may notice tiny eggs if you spot your child scratching their head. The white ones are easier to see and give you a clue as to the extent of the infestation. They are empty because the louse has already hatched..and it likely means you have beasties running wild in your child's hair. Unhatched eggs are harder to see, being brown and camouflaging with many children's hair.

Lice are wingless. They cannot fly. Instead, they pass from head to head by the kids being close together, and your child could pass this infestation to you. How adorable!

Lice infestations are widespread and run through a school in a heartbeat.

Itching is not always the only symptom. There might also be redness or a rash caused by reactions to the feeding lice. Additionally, excessive itching and the subsequent scratching by children often lead to secondary bacterial infections, so it pays to move fast and get on top of it quickly.

The Life Cycle of the Head Louse

The Life Cycle of the Head Louse

The life cycle of the head louse has three stages: egg, nymph, and adult.

Eggs: Nits are head lice eggs. They can be hard to see. Nits are laid by the adult female and are cemented at the base of the hair shaft nearest the scalp. Viable eggs are usually located within 6 mm of the scalp; because of this proximity to the scalp, the scalp should be included in the treatment regimen. The eggs measure 0.8 mm by 0.3 mm, are oval, and are usually brown to yellow. Nits typically take about 1 week to hatch (range 6 to 9 days). This is why we recommend a treatment program that lasts ten days.

Nymphs: When the egg hatches, it releases a nymph - a juvenile head louse. The nit egg sac becomes more visible, usually changing to a yellow or white color, and remains attached to the hair shaft. The nymph resembles an adult head louse but is much smaller, only about the size of a pinhead. The larvae mature after three molts (skin sheddings) and develop into adults about 7 days after hatching. They grow up fast, these little blighters.

Adults: An adult louse is about the size of a sesame seed. Each has 6 legs equipped with claws and is tan to grayish-white. Females are generally more significant and can lie up to 8 nits daily. Adult lice can survive up to 30 days on a person's head. To live, adult lice need to feed on blood several times daily. 

Why Is It Such a Battle to Get Rid of Nits?

There are some critical mistakes people make when they treat head lice.

    • They use cheap, ineffective treatments
    • They are not rigorous about laundering
    • Kids still share utensils
    • Treatment is done on different days by an other parents or not at all
    • Parents don't repeat treatment, so the lice cycle continues.

Let's look at these in more detail...

Ineffective or Under-Performing Over the Counter Remedies

It is easy to pop into the drug store or pharmacy and pick up what is recommended, but often these over-the-counter preparations contain chemicals and neurotoxins, including organochlorines. To add insult to injury, head lice often resist these chemicals.

You need to read the instructions carefully because while some preparations may be pediculicidal (kills the lice), they may not be ovicidal (kill the eggs).

Adequate preparations are both pediculicidal AND ovicidal.

We recommend having various alternative and effective options in your Nit Kit for a multi-pronged approach to the battle against your child's nits. That way, you will have both pediculicidal and ovicidal options.

Not Washing Everything in Sight

Parents are notoriously busy people; the last thing you feel like doing when your kid comes home with nits is having to strip the house and wash everything in sight.

This is a mistake.

Nit eggs can hide in hats, scarves, pillow slips, and bed linen. Even the cushions on the sofa if your child has been lying on them within the last two days.

Scooping everything up and putting it through a hot wash will help to kill off any rogue lice and nits. You need temperatures greater than 53.5°C (128.3°F) for at least five minutes to kill both nits and lice. You can also expose them to these high temperatures in the hot cycle of your tumble dryer. Again, for at least five minutes.

Adding tea tree to your rinse is a good plan, but be aware that if you tumble dry or expose it to too high temperatures, its properties will be spoiled. Consider making a treatment spitz if you feel nervous.

Items that cannot be laundered with water may be dry-cleaned or sealed in a plastic bag for two weeks. It will take two weeks to break the entire life cycle of the lice and nits and for them to die off.

Liz has plenty of other tips on washing items in her article Does Tea Tree Oil Kill Lice?

You don't need to worry too much about vacuuming the house; the risk of re-infestation from fallen hair is shallow. But do wash everything you can.

Stop Sharing

We are forever telling our kids to share, but this is a case where you need to stop sharing things like hats, combs, brushes, hot brushes, and linen-like towels that come in contact with the hair of an infested person.

Ensure you all have your items so you are not re-infesting each other. If you have to share things like combs and hairbrushes, stand them in hot water for at least five minutes between uses. Alternatively, use the Nit Busting Spray we suggest a little later.

Treat More Than Once

When you observe the life cycle of the head louse, you may notice it takes between 6-9 days for head lice to hatch. If you miss just ONE of those nits in the first treatment, by day 10, your child will be re-infested. For this reason, we recommend treating at least three times over 10 days to break the head louse life cycle completely.

Other Kids Still Have Nits at School

There is nothing more annoying after spending hours delousing your child, their clothes and bed, and probably yourself, than to have your child come back home just days later infested again. Most often, this is because another child at kindergarten or school has not been treated as effectively, if at all.

Share your knowledge with other parents about building a Nit Kit and what you find compelling for your family. Ensuring they understand the life cycle, the timescale involved, and multiple treatments will help enormously.

Sometimes it might be worth investing in a large number of essential oils as a community or a group to spread the cost so a Nit Kit can be created economically for the whole class. Many parents need help with the cost of repeated purchases of over-the-counter preparations, especially if they are under or ineffective. This can prove a much more affordable and natural solution. Not to mention, potentially much more effective and efficient!

Consider throwing a louse party and treating everyone at once. It is good fun and a great bonding experience for parents.

Not Having a Multi Approach Nit Kit of Doom Ready to Hand

Getting on top of its right away is the key, don't delay a few days because by then, the infestation of your child could be much worse to get a handle on. Remember that the life cycle will explode after just 6 days of noticing that first nit.

Having a Nit Kit on standby is an effective way of getting on top of things fast, and I will tell you precisely what you need in that kit and why.

It is easier than you think to put it together.

Creating Your Arsenal in the Fight Against Nits

Make sure you have the Kit of Doom ready to go at any time. That will keep you in charge of the battle ahead. 

I suggest two small kits - one that swings into action right away, zapping the nasty blighters in their tracks, and a second kit designed to keep them at bay. October tends to be the worst time in the USA for head lice outbreaks, as does right after Summer Camp. So be ready!

Let's look at these kits in more detail:

The Essential Core Kit

This is your main arsenal and first defense in the war against these incessant, pesky lice.

Nit Comb - Yes! The terrifying nit comb that traumatized us all at some point or another. I remember my mother insisting we had our very long hair cut short after a couple of rounds of pernicious nits when we were kids.

Conditioning Hair Treatment - Use a conditioner as your first treatment, simply because it can be left in the hair longer.

Shampoo - To rinse everything out thoroughly.

Apple Cider Vinegar - Loosens the nit eggs to make them easier to remove.

Nit Busting Spray - Especially for mattresses and soft furnishings. There is no need to spend too much time cleaning the house. Because they need the same heat as they find close to the scalp to survive, they will not live very long off the head. However, you want to spray nooks, crannies, bedsteads, mattresses, and pillows. Use your spray-on brushes, too (not electric ones, obviously).

The Maintenance and Repellant Kit

These easy preventatives and repellents are simple to introduce into your routine during 'nitfest,' ensuring that the vile beasties choose to move somewhere else than your kids' hair.

Hair Mask - An excellent conditioning and moisturizing mask to treat a head lice infestation and use as a repellent to keep those beasties away from your lovely tresses.

Hair and Body Rinse - Another great repellant that is so simple to use and will be a pleasure rather than a pain.

Hair Spray - A quick spritz before school will help your kid's hair seem unappealing to lousy lice, and hopefully, they will decide to move in somewhere else.

This may seem like a lot of 'products,' but you don't have to use ALL of these. Use the ones that feel most appropriate for you and your family.

They can all be made simply from just a few easily available ingredients. I will show you how to make your own Nit Kit as economically and efficiently as possible.

Consider here that some of these items could be bought more cheaply in bulk, spreading the cost and the availability to all parents in a class or cohort. Making things as cheaply and easily available as possible for every parent is helpful to the overall aim of getting on top of the infestation.

First, let us look at what essential oils are likely to be most effective, as they will be the real saviors of the day.

The Best Essential Oils to Kill and Repel Nits

Luckily here you have access to VINEVIDA articles on nits written by two women who got thoroughly fed up with nits in the 1990s and 2000s, having four children and five grandchildren between us.

We have used these essential oil recommendations effectively ourselves and highly recommend them to others…. Because they WORK and are proven.

However, you don't just have to believe us; there will be science to back up our recommendations.

We are talking of science.

Eucalyptus and Lemon Tea Tree Essential Oils

Greive and Barnes, in 2018, conducted a study to test the efficacy of Australian essential oils for treating head lice infestation in children. They studied the astounding effects of combining Eucalyptus essential oil (Eucalyptus globulus) and Lemon Tea Tree essential oil (Leptospermum petersonii). They found that a solution of the Eucalyptus essential oil and Lemon Tea Tree essential oil was twice as effective as the traditional over-the-counter mousse containing piperonyl butoxide or pyrethrin. It was also 100% effective in killing the actual lice in a single application. 

Lavender Essential Oil

Another groundbreaking study showed that lavender essential oil might reduce the risk of head lice, especially when adding tea tree oil. The 2011 study showed that a blend of tea tree and lavender oil could suffocate live lice, making them easier to remove. This is due to the constituents of both oils. (Barker, 211)

Lavender was also shown to be a scent that repels lice, although there may be better scents. In both instances, lavender oil's constituents help provide at least a natural removal or prevention method. (Greive, 2018)

In this article, find out more about what Lavender can do for your hair: Is Lavender Oil Good For Hair?

Tea Tree Essential Oil and Nerolidol

Here is another study by Campli (2012) demonstrating the importance of both pediculicidal and ovicidal constituents.

It was found that Tea Tree essential oil was more effective than nerolidol, with a 100% mortality in the head lice. Yet the nerolidol was found to be more effective at lesser concentrations in its ovicidal - egg/nit killing ability, and only 50% of the nits hatched.

It concluded that:

'The association of the two substances both in ratios 1:1 and 1:2 combined their insecticidal and ovicidal effect efficaciously; in particular, the ratio 1:2 (tea tree oil 0.5 % plus nerolidol 1 %) acted producing both the death of all head lice at 30 min and the abortive effect of louse eggs after 5 days.'

But what is nerolidol? According to Science Direct

'Nerolidol is a sesquiterpene alcohol that naturally occurs in several plants' essential oils, including ginger, jasmine, neroli, tea tree, lavender, and cannabis.'

How interesting! We have a few more essential oils that we can add to our arsenal now. Brilliant.

Coconut Carrier Oil

One of the first alternatives that people recommend is cheap coconut conditioner. This used to be all the rage for repelling nits in the 1980s and still is, up until the present day. There is sound reasoning behind it too.

When the hair is very smooth and shiny, it can be difficult for the lice to hold onto the hair, but the science runs more profound than that.

Coconut carrier oil has anti-parasitic solid properties, and when combined with essential oils like Anise (Pimpinella anisum), it can become a powerhouse in the war against nits. 

A study by Burgess (2010) found that compared to the widely used Permethrin, a solution of Coconut carrier oil and Anise essential oils (Pimpinella anisum) was nearly twice as effective in controlling a head louse infection.

Even something we perceive as a gentle healer can be used in the war against the pesky blighters.

It is another practical but gentle, natural alternative to include in our Nit Kit.

Cheap Coconut Conditioner and Coconut Oil

Is this just an old wives' tale? Not necessarily, coconut is a solid anti-parasitic, and its conditioning effect makes the hair super slippy - making it harder for those nasty nits to get a hold.

Does it matter which one? Most parents will agree from experience that the cheaper, the better seems to be the most effective.

There is no need for the best or the most luxurious and expensive. It's a total waste of money on your part otherwise.

The coconut carrier oil is, however, the reverse; buy the best you can. Cold-pressed, organic, extra virgin coconut oil is sublime and very effective.

I have used it in the past on my son and a couple of grandchildren. There are so many wonderful uses for this oil that it is worth investing in the best you can afford.

More easily found in the cooking oil section of your store. I buy mine from Lidl because it is at least half the cost of anywhere else and better quality. It will pay to shop around.

Further Research

If you wish to delve into the science and research a little deeper, here are some more studies that are worth your consideration:

Insecticidal Activity of Plant Essential Oils Against Pediculus humanus capitis

Pediculicidal Activity Assessment of Four Essential Oil Terpenoids

Let us leave the science there, get to the nitty gritty, and show you how to make the Nit Kit of Doom.

Professional Nit Kit of Doom

These are the items that you need for each kit. You can see from the equipment and ingredients list below that you need very little to make an effective kit that will last you right through nit season, and don't be surprised if you have other parents queuing out your door for your help and advice.

The Essential Core Kit

The Maintenance & Repellant Kit

  1. Nit Comb
  2. Apple Cider Vinegar Spray
  3. Conditioning Hair Treatment
  4. Shampoo
  5. Nit Busting Spray
  1. Hair Mask
  2. Hair and Body Rinse
  3. Hair Spray
Basic Equipment For Both Kits Basic Ingredients For Both Kits
  • Measuring Jugs and spoons
  • Bowls
  • Stainless steel stirrer or spoon
  • Funnel
  • Appropriate Pump and Spray Bottles
  • (3 x 100ml Spray & 2x 100ml Pump).
  • Small Jar
  • 1 liter plastic bottle - recycled is fine.
  • Conditioner
  • Shampoo
  • Coconut Oil
  • Vodka or Denatured Alcohol
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
Selection of Essential Oils
*contains the constituent nerolidol - which is highly ovicidal - kill nits/eggs
Choosing just two or three essential oils can be very effective.
  1. Tea Tree essential oil* (Melaleuca alternifolia)
  2. Lemon Tea Tree essential oil (Leptospermum petersonii)
  3. Lavender essential oil* (Lavandula angustifolia)
  4. Eucalyptus essential oil (Eucalyptus globulus)
  5. Ginger essential oil* (Zingiber officinale)
  6. Jasmine essential oil* (Jasminum grandiflorum)
  7. Neroli essential oil* (Citrus aurantium)
  8. Anise essential oil* (Pimpinella anisum)
Eucalyptus essential oil - Eucalyptus globulus. We recommend 3% dilution for adults, 2% for people in a weakened state, and 1% for children over 6.
Eucalyptus essential oil is high in 1,8 cineole, a compound known to slow respiration. As such, we do not advise using this oil in dilutions of more than 0.25% dilution on children under the age of six. It is also recommended that it be applied on their back only and never close to their faces.
We do not advise using Eucalyptus essential oil on children under 6 months old.
Anise essential oil - Pimpinella anisum specific - Maximum dilution 2.4% for a healthy adult. It is estrogenic so contraindicated in pregnancy and estrogen-dependent cancers.
It Inhibits blood clotting, so do not use it with blood thinning medications or by those with platelet disorders. We recommend ceasing use for 48 hours before planned surgery.
Jasmine essential oil* - Jasminum grandiflorum - Do not use it in the first 37 weeks of pregnancy.

Before we begin these super simple recipes and blends.

Ideally, you want to make these products as fresh as possible. Having all the individual ingredients in a storage box, ready to mix your Nit Kit of Doom at a moment's notice, will be the most effective.

It helps to keep the essential oils and carrier oils fresh, at their best, and, therefore, their most effective.

Making small batches will help to save waste too. It is effortless and quick to whip up a fresh batch. 

Individual Methods

The Essential Core Kit

Apple Cider Vinegar Spray 

Blend 95 ml/3.21 fl oz of Apple Cider Vinegar with 5 drops of Tea Tree essential oil -Melaleuca alternifolia, in a 100ml spray bottle, and shake well to combine. 

How to apply - Shake the bottle well and spray each section of hair 30 seconds before running through with a nit comb. See below for more information on how to use the nit comb most effectively.

When to use -  Every time you use the nit comb, no more than every other day.

Safety - Not suitable for the first 16 weeks of pregnancy.

Hair Treatment 

Stir 5 drops of Lemon Tea Tree essential oil - Leptospermum petersonii through 100ml/3.38 fl oz of conditioner. A coconut conditioner is recommended but not necessary. Any conditioner will be fine.

How to apply - Cover the entirety of the hair from root to tip, remembering that head lice favor laying eggs/nits within 6mm of the scalp. Leave for ten minutes. Work through every section of the hair with a fine comb or a nit comb. Wipe the comb after every pass with a clean tissue to remove any lice or eggs you may have trapped. Leave on for a full 45 minutes for the best results and then rinse in clean, warm water and comb through again. 

When to use -  At the first sign of infestation and every three days until the infestation clears.

Safety - Not suitable for the first 16 weeks of pregnancy.


Combine 100ml/3.38 fl oz of your chosen shampoo with 35 drops of Tea Tree essential oil, Melaleuca alternifolia, and 35 drops of Lavender essential oil - Lavandula angustifolia into a 100ml/3.38 fl oz pump bottle. Shake well before use.

How to apply - Apply a dime-sized amount in hand to the entire hair; rinse thoroughly. Repeat if you feel necessary.

When to use -  At the first sign of infestation and every three days until the infestation clears.

Safety - Not suitable for the first 16 weeks of pregnancy.

Nit Busting Spray

Combine 50ml/1.7 fl oz of vodka or denatured alcohol with 45ml/1.5 fl oz of purified water. Add 35 drops of Tea Tree essential oil - Melaleuca alternifolia

35 drops Eucalyptus essential oil - Eucalyptus globulus

30 drops Lemon Tea Tree essential oil - Leptospermum petersonii

Shake well to combine and decant into a 100ml/3.38 fl oz spray bottle.

How to apply - this is not designed for topical application - Spray mattresses, pillows, and soft furnishings. This can also be used on hair brushes and nit combs. 

When to use -  At the first sign of infestation and every two-three days until the infestation clears.

Safety -  This is not designed for topical application.

The Maintenance and Repellant Kit

Hair Mask

Combine 100ml/3.38 fl oz of Coconut carrier oil - with:

10 drops Tea Tree essential oil - Melaleuca alternifolia

10 drops Lavender essential oil - Lavandula angustifolia

10 drops Lemon Tea Tree essential oil - Leptospermum petersonii 

How to apply - This is wonderful for soothing an itchy scalp and makes for a tremendous hair-conditioning treatment. Apply a pea-sized amount of oil to each section of hair, working it in thoroughly with the fingertips to the hair and scalp. Wrap in a hot towel for 30-60 minutes. Rinse with clean, warm water only. 

When to use - Weekly, after the initial nit-busting process.

Safety - Not suitable for the first 16 weeks of pregnancy.

TIP: Consider adding 3 drops of Anise essential oil - Pimpinella anisum for that Coconut/Anise powerhouse combo. 

Hair and Body Rinse

Take 950ml/32 fl oz of purified water and combine it with 30ml/1 fl oz of vodka or denatured alcohol. Add: 10 drops of Tea Tree essential oil - Melaleuca alternifolia, and decant into a 1-liter bottle. Shake well before use.

You could also pre-steep the purified water with added herbs like rosemary, oregano, and thyme. Bring the water to a boil in a pan, take off the heat, add the chosen herbs and let steep for at least 2 hours. Remove and filter the herbs. 

How to apply - After shampooing and conditioning the hair, apply this rinse, leave it on for 5 minutes and then rinse in clear warm water.

When to use -  At the first sign of infestation and every three days until the infestation clears.

Safety - Not suitable for the first 16 weeks of pregnancy.

Hair Spray

Take 100ml/3.38 fl oz water, 1 tsp of denatured alcohol or vodka add:

10 drops Tea Tree essential oil - Melaleuca alternifolia

10 drops Lemon Tea Tree essential oil - Leptospermum petersonii 

How to apply - Spray liberally onto the hair every morning before school to keep the pesky blighters away.

When to use - Every day as a repellent.

Safety - Not suitable for the first 16 weeks of pregnancy.

TIP: If your kids are older than 6, consider adding 5 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil Eucalyptus globulus for the highly effective combo that Greive discovered in 2018. Be mindful of the safety data changes, as stated above.

Other Things That You Can Do in the Fight Against Nits

Vinegar Will Help Loosen The Nits/Eggs 

Using a good strong vinegar, like Apple Cider Vinegar, will help loosen the nits/eggs. The acidic makeup of vinegar breaks down the glue-like substance that adheres the nits to the hair shaft, making them more easily removed.

It also conditions, softens, and detangles the hair making it easier for the nit comb to pass through. This leads to far fewer tears, tantrums, and trauma in the long run.

It is a step worth taking to make life easier.

Using a Nit Comb Effectively

A nit comb is a fine-toothed comb that will help to remove both head lice and their eggs. Understanding how to use a nit comb effectively is also crucial. Follow these foolproof steps for success.

    1. Choose when you have plenty of time to let things soak in. A Friday afternoon after school or a Sunday before bedtime.
    2. Please make sure you have intense lighting so that you can see what you're doing and spot any pesky blighters running around wild in their hair.
    3. Either spray the hair with our Apple Cider Vinegar Spray, which helps to loosen the eggs, or move straight to the Conditioning Hair Treatment.
    4. Put a towel around your child's shoulders to prevent any lice from getting on their clothes - remember to wash it after, on a scorching wash.
    5. Use a regular medium-sized comb first to remove any initial tangles. You can move to a fine-toothed comb and then the nit comb if you have one.
    6. Using the nit comb, comb your child's hair in sections, starting at the nape of the neck and working forward. It may be helpful to use hair grips and clips to section their hair and keep the sections separate. Wash them thoroughly after use in boiling water.
    7. Focus on removing the lice and eggs from one area of hair at a time.
    8. Comb from top to bottom and get as close to the scalp as possible. Remember, head lice like to lay their eggs within 6mm of the scalp for the perfect incubation temperature.
    9. After each pass of the nit comb, dip it into a bowl of boiling water. Drown the blighters!
    10. Wash your child's hair to remove the conditioner and help to wash out any dying lice and their eggs.
    11. Repeat the process at three, six, and nine days to ensure that you are breaking the entire life cycle of the nit.

Don't Skimp On Maintenance

It is straightforward that once the initial war has been fought and won, rest on your laurels and forget to maintain after. This is where it will come and bite you on the bum.

Keep your maintenance routine going, especially at the crux times. Any time the kids return to school after a break, October, and after Summer Camp.

Keep that hairspray by the front door for a quick spritz before leaving for school.

Have your Nit Kit of Doom Ready to Hand

Having a plastic, a lidded box filled with everything you need for your Nit Kit of Doom will be a Godsend. Ready to pull down at a moment's notice, and in ten mins, you will have your new weapons prepared to go into the war against nits.

Fresh = practical here. Keeping made-up potions for months on end is fine because chances are they will degrade and lose efficacy. Make them fresh.

You need Conditioner, Shampoo, Coconut Oil, a small amount of Vodka or Denatured Alcohol, Apple Cider Vinegar, and a selection of the recommended essential oils.

3 x 100ml spray bottles & 2 x 100ml pump bottles, a small jar, and a 1-liter plastic bottle - recycled is fine.

It is not much to pile into a box to store away for the very moment you might need to swing into action. Most of the things will keep for some considerable time, and the bottles can be reused if stored away, washed, cleaned, and dried.

It will be a relief when you pull it out; everything is just there to hand and ready to go.

Safety Considerations

Like any essential oil, it pays to know your safety data, and here at VINEVIDA, you can find that safety data on each essential oil web page. These safety guides will provide you with all you need to know.

Watch using essential oils like Eucalyptus with more minor children because it can slow their breathing rates. Eucalyptus essential oil - Eucalyptus globulus is high in 1,8 cineole, a compound known to slow respiration.

As such, we do not advise using this oil in dilutions of more than 0.25% dilution on children under the age of six. It is also recommended that it be applied on their back only and never close to their faces. Which is not much use for the nits on their head. (This is where alternative essential oils can fill that gap).

We do not advise using Eucalyptus essential oil on children under 6 months old.

Anise essential oil - Pimpinella anisum has contraindications that are worth noting. The maximum dilution is just 2.4% for an adult. It is classed as estrogenic; therefore, it is contraindicated in pregnancy and estrogen-dependent cancers.

Anise essential oil can inhibit blood clotting, so do not use it with blood thinning medications or those with platelet disorders. For this reason, it is advised to cease use for 48 hours before planned surgery.

Jasmine Absolute - Jasminum grandiflorum has the maximum dilution for topical use for skin care of 0.6%. It should not be used in the first 37 weeks of pregnancy.

If in doubt, always double-check, especially when using essential oils with children.

Final Word

Wow! You stuck with me, thank you.

I hope you have learned much and have everything you need in the war against nits.

Acting right away is vital, don't leave it for a few days to get out of control. Having your kit to hand will make your life so much easier. You won't regret it.

Persist in treatments, wash everything and keep up the maintenance and I am sure you and your darling angels will be nit free in a jiffy.

Sharing this knowledge with other parents can help if they can get on top of the issue. The more parents you have beating nits in your child's class, the better. It reduces the chance of a re-infestation.

Consider starting a class co-operative, buying in bulk, to provide a Nit Kit of Doom to every parent in the course at an economical cost. Efficiency AND economy.

Remember, you don't need potentially ineffective, expensive, chemical-laden treatments; you CAN get on top of the issue following our advice on how to deal with nits with essential oils. Share it wide, people!

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