As soon as school started, we got the notice- the creepy crawlies at school! But thankfully, we had the tools to take preventive measures this time. Can I prove this stuff works? No. I can’t prove it beyond a reasonable doubt, but I just know we use it and we have managed to avoid lice this past school semester. Here’s my theory on this. Kids will be kids. They will share brushes, they may lay down on the same mats, and rub heads together (ewww), so I do whatever it takes to make it harder on lice to hang out in my kids’ head and lay eggs. I got this formulation from my friend, JoAnn and I modified it slightly and made an oil formulation to go with the spray to use on their clothes and belongings. I recommend both because a little extra protection never hurts and will save you from a lot of trouble later.
Regarding lice, they are not airborne, they do not jump from head to head, but can quickly move from one to another if kids rub heads or a strand of hair or wisp even touches the infected head. Some use hair spray to keep whisps down and this is a good idea. Also, tying your kid’s hair up is a good idea and not letting them wear it long and down during these times. It does not attach more to clean hair over dirty hair. Lice is indiscriminate to how clean your child’s hair is or smooth. There is no rhyme or reason. The less contact your kid’s head has with another is the best. Tell them to not share helmets, hats, or combs. It is hard to do in elementary kids but worth a nice talk and reminder so hey don’t forget and reminder to spray down these things with the spray below IF someone else has used their things, or sanitize them. But prevention includes lack of the head rubbing, tie up the hair as much as possible and hairspray down stray hair, and … essential oils.
Essential oils are amazing and they also have preventive and healing properties.* For lice prevention, the two most commonly used are TEA TREE and ROSEMARY, but others are helpful too: PEPPERMINT and LAVENDER are added for a nice fragrance, but optional. Buy pure essential oils and you get that with Young Living’s seed to seal guarantee.
Add oils to their shampoo
I also added 1 drop of rosemary and 1 drop of tea tree oil to the girls’ shampoos. The shampoo still retains the original smell. I used a glass spray bottle I bought on amazon.com for the spray and a plastic bottle for the hair oil.
To make the hair oil, fill the bottle 2/3 full of sunflower or coconut oil – whatever is good for your kids’ hair. I put three drops of tea tree in it – it dries out hair, so will balance with the oil okay, and one drop of spearmint or peppermint in it (for smell), and 2 drops of rosemary. I shook the bottle up and then massaged one or two drops in their hair. You can do this daily. Honestly, the hair is smoother after shampooing too – oil does that!
I buy my bottles for all my spray potions at amazon (see affiliate link).
This is the same botthle I use for the DIY Hair Detangler.
Fill the bottle with witch hazel (buy at your local store), then add in the same mixture as above – rosemary, tea tree, and lavender or any of the mint oils for a nice easy smell. I like to use this spray for head-gear, hats/jackets, and sleeping bags, etc., especially if they are taking fuzzy things to a sleep-over or movie day at school. Make sure to become a Young Living Preferred member and get 24% off all your oils.
It never hurts to protect yourself, so feel free to spray down your stuff too especially if you hung out at the school for sometime and set your things down. I am no fear mongering mom, but I am seriously mortified of lice entering my home. I lost beautiful long hair (WAS down to my knees) to lice when I was a kid and it was traumatic. I prefer not to have my kids and I go through that again.
*Disclaimer: These statements are not FDA approved. The statements made here are my own and not attributed to young living. The experiences are real, and my own. I received no compensation for this or other posts on essential oils. I am a distributor of these products because I believe in them.