The four letter word that puts fear in the hearts of parents everywhere: lice! The very thought of it gets most of us scratching our heads!

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If your kids bring home some creepy crawlies on their hair and you’d prefer not to treat them with harsh products containing benzoyl peroxide that can be very harsh on their little scalps, try tea tree oil instead!

Tea tree oil is a natural remedy for head lice, being able to kill the live lice and the nits. But as we all know, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so you will be happy to know that you can possibly prevent having these guys come into your home in the first place, by using tea tree oil shampoo. Tea tree can actually deter lice from biting and attaching nits, so if there’s a lice outbreak at your kids’ school, try switching shampoo for a little while! (We’ve also found mineral oil to be a good natural remedy for removing nits and a mixture of vinegar and water can kill lice.)