Lice Prevention

This is not a very exciting post, but I find it to be a useful one. Because lice SUCK. I got lice a lot as a kid. I have vivid memories of my parents fine combing my hair trying to get all the nasty little bugs. I had hair down to my waist, like my daughter does, and they had to chop it short, in a bob, because I had so much lice and couldn’t take all the combing. This was when I was 7 years old. Then as a teenager, I got lice a lot too. By then I had a say in my hair and i wouldn’t let them cut it, so I had to walk around the village with my hair wrapped in some home made vinegar essential oil mixture, smelling quite awful. I remember still using the toxic shampoo, but in conjunction of the home made wrap around my head. It was slightly embarrassing to say the least. All this to say, I have been somewhat negatively affected by the existence of these horrendous leeches.

As a parent, I cannot imagine how frustrating it was to have to deal with so much lice. I don’t want to go through that. And I don’t want my kids to go through that either. And as usual, I am better at preventing things than I am at “fixing” them. So in the hopes of never having to deal with lice, I have taken preventative measures in my own hands.

There was a lice outbreak at my daughters school early december. So I made this little natural home remedy to prevent her from getting lice. Every morning before school. I would spray her hair with this, brush it and tie it in a tight braid. From what I hear, lice do not like the smell of rosemary and tea tree. Nor can they really make themselves comfortable in tightly bound hair. Washing hair less frequently also helps.

Holiday break has come and gone and I think we might have escaped the lice out break this time around.

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Method:

  • In a small spray bottle, put 5-10 drops each of rosemary and tea tree oil (or as much as you can handle), top it off with a little water, shake well.
  • Spray on your childs’ head every morning before brushing.

Have your kids ever gotten lice? What did you do?

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Citrus Hand Scrub

I spend many hours in the kitchen. Creating, chopping, cooking, cleaning, washing, drying, repeating. Add to that the toddler butt wiping and diaper changes, I am constantly washing my hands. Even if I use gentle soap, my natural oils are constantly being stripped, leaving my hands feeling dry.

For that reason I keep a small jar or bowl of sugar scrub by my kitchen sink. This is the only time you will ever see me using sugar in my kitchen. Once I am done with whatever I had going on in the kitchen, I grab a walnut size ball of scrub and friction it all over my hands and wrists.

The scrub cleanses my hands gently while hydrating them. I quickly rinse off the sugar under warm water and massage the rest of the oil and moisture all on my hands and arms afterwards. I don’t usually towel dry after that.

It feels wonderful. It’s like a mini self massage. I actually take a moment to close my eyes and enjoy the feeling of the rough sugar against my skin mixed with the silkiness of the coconut oil. It’s such a nice way to wrap up my kitchen time. And my hands feel nourished, even if for just a moment before I go change another diaper and wash my hands again 😉

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 15-20 drops of either lemon or orange essential oils

Steps:

  • put everything in a bowl and massage together until well combined
  • store in a jar or bowl with a lid in a place where you will see it frequently

I make small batches intentionally as I like to switch up the oils I use. I have made this with almond oil and olive oil instead of the coconut and it works just as well. It will remain liquid though, and I personally like the fact that coconut oil will harden. I find it easier to grab. Play around with the essential oils too!

DIY Window Cleaner

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If this picture is a familiar image in your home, kids licking/kissing windows, hands all over them, then those hands go in their mouth then on their food, then back in their mouths, you get the picture. Then I hope that like me you have chosen to use a chemical free window cleaner.

Chemicals are bad for the environment, we all know that. But that might not be enough of a reason to switch to chemical free house cleaners for some people. So if like me, you have small children that lick windows, roll on the floor, eat food that has been left on the ground under the table for a couple days (don’t judge me, I don’t always choose to spend my time picking up after every meal), maybe knowing that how you clean your house can affect your children, might help you make more conscious decisions with what you use.

I just looked up what is in Windex, the most commercial brand out there. And here is a list of some of the things that are in there: Isopropol Alcohol, Hexoxyethanol, Ammonium Hydroxide, Propylene Glycol, Liquitint Sky Blue Dye. I don’t even care to do the research on why most of those are bad to ingest, I will just believe my gut instinct and not use it in my house. I know there are a lot of companies that make chemical free products, but  I find them expensive given I can make my own at home for less than $1.

Instead, I make a very easy, very cheap mixture:

  • 1 part water,
  • 1 part white vinegar,
  • several drops of essential oil to add a nice fragrance safely.
  • Put everything in a spray bottle.

Right now I have lavender in the mix, but I like to switch it up. I use it just like a store bought window cleaner. It works perfect. No smudges, dries quickly, a little less quickly than if it had alcohol in it, but it’s till great. And I feel good about my kids licking the windows. (That’s a lie. I wish they would stop doing it so I wouldn’t have to clean them so much, but that’s beside the point).

I use that same cleaner to spray my kitchen floors after having washed them with soap, to disinfect.

What do you use in your home? If you have en easy, cheap, DYI recipe for some household cleaning products, please share!