Another school year and the school nurse calls you, your child or children have been diagnosed with a case of head lice.
These little bugs don’t care about your social status and any child or adult can become infested or re-infested. Schools commonly check students once or twice a year.
Once lice are found, your children may not be able to return to school until you have a treatment well at hand.
Many parents don’t want to expose their children repeatedly to the toxic chemicals found in the over the counter treatments.
This time of year, families that have been infested with lice often contact us. They have had their children infested more than once or twice in a year and ask help to find something that might repel these intruders.
They ask for a couple of things. 1) A treatment to use in the hair each time before they shampoo and 2) for something to apply to the hair in between shampoos.
The references for essential oils that work against lice, both the live bugs and their eggs aka nits suggested using a blend that may include any of the following essential oils: Tea Tree, Lavender, Anise, Cinnamon Leaf, Oregano, Eucalyptus Globulus, Thyme, Cloves and Peppermint.
Other oils that may also work include; Bergamot, Spearmint, Niaouli, Marjoram, Petitgrain, Pennyroyal, Ravensara, Roman chamomile, Eucalyptus Citriodora, Clary sage, Jasmine, Lemongrass, Rosemary, and Ylang-ylang.
Several recipes suggested the use of Tea Tree. Research and studies, found that Tea Tree was able to kill both the adults and penetrate the egg shell and kill the yet un-hatched eggs by itself at about 83-93%.
Below is a Basic Lice Blend that when used may help to kill and repel these unwelcome hair and scalp guests.
Follow the suggestions for a Pre-shampoo treatment, Post-Shampoo, and a Hair Spray to help repel and prevent future infestations.
Blend in an amber bottle. You may want to double or triple this basic recipe to make it easier for use.
Mix 1 ounce of Jojoba with 7-8 drops of the above blend. Massage into and on the hair. Leave in the hair wrapped in a towel for 1-2 hours. Shampoo hair; do not dry.
Mix ¼-cup water with ¼-cup vinegar, add 7-8 drops of the above Basic Lice blend.
Shake well; then rinse the hair with this. Do NOT rinse with water. Comb the hair out thoroughly using a ‘nit’ comb (available at most pharmacies).
Rinse or wipe the comb to remove debris, dead lice and nits between combing strokes.
The vinegar helps to remove the glue that holds the eggs to the hair shafts. After combing thoroughly, let the hair dry.
The day after the shampoo, rinse and combing - Spray on the following - To 8 ounces of our Body spray OR distilled water add 10 drops of the basic lice blend.
Spray on the hair once daily between shampooing.
If desired increase the Lavender to make the blend more pleasant for use as a hair spray. A light spray misting is all that is necessary.
If necessary repeat Steps One and Two every 5 – 7 days for up to 2 weeks. You can continue Step Three as long as desired, as this should help to keep the lice away.
If irritations develop, discontinue use.
The Basic Lice blend is for adults and children 5 years and older.
If by some strange event your non-school age children - those under 5 years of age, contract lice, please seek the advice of medical professionals.
Use Jojoba or other carrier oil only on the scalp, Shampoo with a gentle shampoo, comb hair with the nit comb. Rinse with vinegar water, but use no essential oils, or you can just use the nit comb to keep combing out the lice and eggs.
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