Our school has had a serious problem with head lice. I don’t blame any one kid, nor do I even blame the parents. Head lice is just not something you check for, unless someone has alerted you to the problem. The last note from school was months ago, despite the fact it’s still a huge problem around town. Plus, keep in mind, we are a very small town. All the kids, regardless of age, play together. Without half the parents even knowing about it, it’s a major problem.
Thankfully my best friend gave me several tips on home remedys for head lice, but also to prevent it from coming back.
Natural Head Lice Shampoo
This is so rediculously simple, you probably will never buy a head lice treatment from the store ever again. It works much better than anything on the store shelves, and is a whole lot cheaper. All you need is the following to make your own:
Apple Cider Vinegar
Tea Tree Oil
Mix up about half vinegar and half dishsoap, then add several drops of tea tree oil. We use regular shampoo sometimes to start, since it’s easier mixing it up in a shampoo bottle. I will warn you – it stinks. Badly. But it works like a charm, and you can shampoo/condition regularly after treating it with the special shampoo.
WARNING – DO NOT USE ON PETS.
While tea tree is safe for humans, it is toxic to pets. DO NOT use anything with tea tree oil directly on pets, or in places where they could possibly ingest it.
After you watch dead lice fall out of their hair (and it will – it’s actually quite disgusting, but you feel victorious at the same time), you will have to work to get the nits (eggs) out. My friend has suggested vasoline and baby oil, although we personally prefer to use olive oil with a bit of tea tree oil. I personally believe it prevents them from hatching, or if they do, kills them immediately. If you have some sort of leave in conditioner, mixing this with olive oil and tea tree oil works pretty well, too. It does tend to make the hair a tad greasy, though, so do watch for that.
Head Lice Prevention
Now that you’ve gotten rid of them, you’ll need to keep them away. The best way to do this is with an all purpose spray that can be used on bedding and people. Luckily it doesn’t stink near as bad as the shampoo does. You will need the following:
Orange Juice or Lime Juice (anything acidic)
Coconut Conditioner (coconut is a repellent)
Tea Tree Oil
Mix 1 part juice, 1 part conditioner, and 1 part water. Add several drops of tea tree oil. Spray on bedding, couches, and hair. Again, DO NOT use on pets due to the tea tree oil.
That’s it! Pretty simple, right? If you have any more tips or suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment!