Well, it’s that time of year when our kids are more prone to lice. I know it’s gross, and it’s not something that is pleasant conversation. It can be embarrassing to say the least. The truth is, though, that the cleanest heads can catch them in the most common places. From everything I’ve read and experienced, lice have become resistant to the over the counter lice shampoos. The shampoos are expensive. They don’t work, and they are full of harmful chemicals. Check out some easy, natural ways to get rid of lice.
1. If you see your child scratching their scalp, it’s a good idea to check. The problem is much easier to solve the sooner you catch it. If your child is infected, the first plan of attack is to wash bedding, jackets, towels, and washable stuffed animals in hot water and dry on hot. You might even bag up stuffed animals for 10 days to ensure the lice are dead. Typically, lice can only live for 2 days without a host. Run all combs and brushes through hot water or alcohol to kill any that might be there.
2. If you discover lice at home, let your child’s teacher know. If there are other kids in the class that have lice, you’re going to want their parents checking, too. Otherwise, your child could easily contract it again. The last thing you want is to get rid of lice and your child get it again.
3. Invest in a steel lice comb, not a plastic one. The steel combs work much better than plastic and the bristles don’t get bent as easily.
4. Make your plan of attack. Lice won’t just go away. You have to remove them. Use one of the following methods for getting rid of lice!
- Buy a new jar of mayonnaise (NOT Miracle Whip) and apply it to the scalp. Cover with a shower cap and leave on for 2-3 hours. They mayo will suffocate the lice. Throw away after use. 🙂
- Make a 50/50 solution of baby oil and vinegar. Cover with a shower cap and leave on for 2-3 hours. The oil will suffocate the lice and the vinegar will loosen the glue that the adults attach when they lay the eggs.
- Make a natural lice shampoo using the following ingredients: 5 tsp. of Olive Carrier or Coconut Oil, 5 drops of Tea Tree Oil, 5 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil, 5 drops of Lavender Essential Oil, 5 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil, and 5 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil. Add this mixture to a small amount of shampoo and leave on hair for an hour before rinsing. (*Use extreme caution when using these oils on children under 5. The oils can affect their breathing.)
- You can also apply Vaseline to the hair and leave on overnight to get rid of lice. To remove the vaseline, saturate the hair with baby oil and squeeze out as much as you can.
- Melt 2 tablespoons of Coconut Oil, slather onto hair, and leave overnight covered in a shower cap.
- Try The Lice Program combing method to get rid of lice. It’s a 21 day program that tells you which days to comb and which days to rest. It’s excellent in that it explains when adult lice lay their eggs.
- Add 10 drops of Tea Tree Oil to your shampoo and use as a lice preventative.
- Avoid using conditioner while treating lice. With all the oil, you shouldn’t need it.