What’s good for the goose isn’t always good for the gander, but in many cases the goose and gander are on the same page. Tea tree oil is a natural oil from Australia with more benefits than ineffectiveness, originally I came across the uses of this as a preventing measure for head lice in children, but as I continued digging through article after article and even conversations with friends that use it I knew I had something here, something that could help many people that may not even know about it.
Traditionally, tea tree oil was used as an anti-fungal and antiseptic with the effectiveness against toenail fungus and athlete’s foot, but this oil has been used to prevent head-lice in children and even for herpes/common cold sore. With benefits outweighing the alternative many swear by this oil, but as previously mentioned what’s good for the goose isn’t always good for the gander, where some swear by it for its many uses it doesn’t work for everyone.
It’s highly recommended when you purchase this, which can be bought at Walgreen locations or similar stores, to follow the directions. The toxicity of this product can cause sickness and harm if swallowed or taken orally, this is topical and should use externally. Taking this oil by mouth can result in confusion, being unable to walk, rashes, or even in extremes coma. Those that have used it as directed have found this to be a staple in their home. Some of the side effects can cause an allergic reaction, so it’s suggested using it in a small dose first and wait to see for a reaction before a heavier use of the product.
I did stumble across a small disclaimer that you’re not to mix tea tree oil with a lavender oil on young boys who have not reached puberty because it can cause hormonal issues resulting in gynecomastia, abnormal breast growth, this a ‘may happen’ situation if these two products are used together.
What caught my attention the most was how it can be mixed with a shampoo and used to prevent head lice in children. With kids in school the fear of every parent or guardian is hearing that their most precious possession has caught lice, where some kids never have it or ever get it, these little buggers can happen with so many kids in one place this is a common place occurrences throughout childhood. When using tea tree oil in shampoos, washing your child’s hair, and it helps to prevent lice from ever seeing your little bundles as a target, they hate it!
Other suggestions alongside the use of this oil in your child’s shampoo are for those with long hair to keep it pinned back or kept in a braid during their time at school. Keep their book bags and pillowcases clean, this will help kill any of the bugs that have crept home with your child from contact. Also keeping combs and other items like hats clean and the advice to your children to never share their hair care products with other children you shouldn’t ever worry about your kiddo getting these nasty little bugs. Lice, if caught, also can be gotten rid of easily with all the products from the market, shampoos and nit combs.