BACK TO ASK THE HERBALIST
QUESTION: I work for Healthy Start with the Pediculosis
Anti-Louse Program (P.A.L. Program) in our elementary school system.
I was wondering if you could suggest some natural herbal ingredients
that would be compatible to use in a mixture to treat and/or repel
head lice? Any suggestions you could make would be greatly
appreciated. I was hoping to start with something like
eucalyptus oil but I don't know what would be an appropriate
ingredient or any of the ratio's. Our goal is to stay away from
pesticides . The lice seem to be building quite the resistance.
These are some herbs that have traditionally been used.
ANISE, Latin Named: Pimpinella anisum
CINNAMON, Latin Named Cinnamomum zeylanicum
ROSE GERANIUM, Latin Named Pelargonium graveolens
HYSSOP, Latin Named: Hyssop officinalis
MASTIC, Latin Named: Pistacia lentiscus
ROSEMARY, Latin Named: Rosemarinus officinalis
SASSAFRAS, Latin Named: Sassafras albidum
TEATREE, Latin Named: Melaleuca spp
THYME, Latin Named: Thymus species
Many times it was the essential oil or infused oil that was used.
Safety Caution: When using essential oils always dilute with a
This was a remedy I found, in the Herbalpedia CD-ROM version.
For lice treatment: 2 oz vegetable oil, 20 drops tea tree
oil, 10 drops each of rosemary, lavender and lemon oil.
Combine ingredients. Apply to dry hair and cover with a
plastic bag or shower cap. Wrap the head in a towel.
Leave on for 1 hour. Then put shampoo on dry hair to
help cut the oil. Work the shampoo into hair, rinse,
shampoo again and rinse.