School’s back in session, and your kids are having a grand time catching up with old friends, making new ones, and getting to know their new teachers. It’s a great time of year! Unfortunately, it’s also the time of year when head lice spreads like the plague.
Don’t despair, use my favorite natural head lice treatment system made up of all natural ingredients to kill lice and help keep them out of your hair for good!
Let’s start with head lice prevention and a public service announcement from an old Backstreet Boys song.
(Head lice) don’t care who you are, where you’re from, or what you did.
Anyone can get head lice. Don’t be embarrassed about it, do something to prevent and treat head lice as soon as you find it.
There are a few things you can do to prevent your child from getting head lice:
- Keep hair pulled up in pretty braids, buns, or ponytails
- Avoid trying on friends’ caps or coats
- Avoid sharing hairbrushes
- Send kids to sleepovers with their own pillows and sleeping bags
Even our best efforts are sometimes less than effective at preventing head lice. Those pesky bugs are persistent! Thankfully, I’ve found a natural cure for head lice that kills head lice infestations within about 3 days. No chemical shampoos, no old-fashioned head soaks made of harmful solvents, just simple, natural essential oil blends that do the trick!
What to do when you get head lice
My daughter recently picked up a mild case of head lice from a girlfriend whose parents chose not to disclose that their child had lice and that they were struggling with treatment.
*Parents, do other parents a favor and please inform!
After doing a little online research, I opted to try a combination of two natural head lice treatments on my three year-old daughter. The rest of the family did preventative treatments too. I did happy dances when I saw how effective these head lice treatments were! Totally killed the lice and saved our daughter’s long hair. Today I’m sharing my weapon of ultimate head lice destruction, the overnight head lice treatment.
Natural Overnight Head Lice Treatment
Weapons of head lice warfare:
- Lice comb
- Plastic shower cap
- Olive oil
- High quality tea tree oil
- High quality lavender oil (optional, but effective!)
- High quality clove oil (optional, but effective!)
Divide your child’s dry hair into small sections and carefully comb through it with a lice comb to remove bugs and eggs. These combs aren’t miracle workers, so you’ll have to use your fingernails to remove any eggs that don’t catch in the comb. Be sure to rinse the comb in hot water from time to time and boil it for 2 minutes when you finish.
Combine 2 ounces of olive oil with about 30 drops of tea tree oil and 10 drops of both lavender and clove oil, if using. Both the “optional” lavender and clove oils are proven head lice killers. Think of them as the “Robin” to the tea tree oil’s “Batman.” I highly recommend using all three of these oils together, but the tea tree oil alone should also do the trick.
Massage your child’s head with a generous coating of this head lice treatment oil mixture and secure it with a hair tie. Pop on a shower cap for 12 hours. Shampoo hair, comb through again with a lice comb, and blow dry hair on a warm to hot setting. If you want to be extra sure that this overnight head lice treatment kills all the lice, repeat it nightly for 3 nights.
Next, move on to treatment #2: Daytime Natural Head Lice Treatment. Don’t skip it!
Using both the overnight and daytime head lice treatments TOGETHER are my secret weapon for combating head lice. They work effectively to guarantee 100% head lice eradication in less than two weeks. (Most lice will be dead after the initial overnight treatments, but we continue to apply the daytime treatment and comb out hair daily over two weeks to kill eggs and any lice that may still be lurking around.)
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