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?