Back-to-school Healthy Scalp Spray: Lice-Prevention Support

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Back-to-school Healthy Scalp Spray

By Jessica Cobb, Certified Aromatherapist

Back-to-School Healthy Scalp Spray DIY

It’s back-to-school season. And along with the joy of new backpacks, anxiety about new teachers and a fresh start comes a different kind of unique challenge…dun dun duuuuuuunnn….LICE.

All parents live in fear of their child bringing home a note with “…one of your classmates has been diagnosed with lice.” We all want to make sure that not only do our own children avoid the dreaded little bug, but also ensure we’re taking whatever precautions we can to prevent it in the first place.

We do have a wonderful, effective blend for this issue called Get ‘Em Gone, which you can also use in this DIY. But for the purposes of making this as quick and easy to make as possible, we created this DIY from oils you probably already have in your essential oil collection: Tea Tree and Lavender.


Why Tea Tree + Lavender

You already love Lavender and probably Tea Tree too. But for lice? I bet you’re wondering why we chose these two oils in this case. There’s a great reason! In 2010, a study was done on the effectiveness of essential oils to help ward off lice, specifically. It found that Lavender and Tea Tree essential oils killed lice in 97.6% of cases. That’s pretty effective!


Back-to-school Healthy Scalp Spray

Back-to-School Healthy Scalp Spray DIY

What you’ll need:

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What you’ll do:

Add Tea Tree and Lavender essential oils to your spray bottle, then add Fractionated Coconut Oil until full. Spray down your child’s scalp 1-2 times a day to promote scalp health and support lice deterrence.*

*NOTE: Make sure you rinse out the product after use! This product is not meant to be used without rinsing out your child’s hair. 

For a fun community of essential oil lovers and other helpful DIYs, make sure to check out our Safe Essential Oil Recipes (SEOR) Facebook Group!

22 thoughts on “Back-to-school Healthy Scalp Spray”

  1. If you use the Get Em gone blend, would you use 72 drops of it in place of the tea tree and lavender or add so many drops of it along with and does the Get Em gone blend kill lice as well?

    1. You can use Get Em Gone instead or combine it with Lavender and Tea Tree. But you won’t want to exceed 72 drops total for four ounces of carrier oil.

  2. Thank you for the quick reply. I thought of another question as well. Would I be able to use any carrier oil or is the coconut important in this case?

  3. I’m confused by the directions to rinse it out. Dies that mean at the end of the day? Or put it in their hair and then immediately rinse it out?

  4. *NOTE: Make sure you rinse out the product after use! This product is not meant to be used without rinsing out your child’s hair.

    For how long do we need to leave it on before rinsing it off?

  5. Wish I would have had this one years ago! Just wondering what is meant by rinsing out of the hair after use? Spray it on and rinse out right away? Or shampoo out once a day before bed?

  6. I don’t quite understand the instructions. Am I meant to spray on 1-2 times per day and then rinse out every night or rinse out after applying?
    Also can I spray soft toys with this as well?

  7. Great to know that Tea Tree and Lavender can actually kill head lice. Do you know if tea tree and lavender hydrosols would be strong enough to act as a deterrent?

    1. Hydrosols are much milder and more gentle than essential oils. While it certainly can’t hurt to use hydrosols too, essential oils are your best bet when it comes to lice.

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