Herbal Head Lice Remedies

Mother combing daughter's hair with nitcomb
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Would you like a natural way to get rid of head lice? Try whipping up remedies that contain rosemary, lavender, and thyme. Herbs for head lice are used in many ways. They are a natural remedy for these annoying critters, usually showing up in epidemic proportions once schools are back in session.

Ways To Prevent Head Lice

To use herbs to repel head lice, simply make an infusion of the herb, or combination of herbs. Use the infusion as a rinse after shampooing. Additionally, place up to 6 drops of essential oil from the repellent herbs in your bottle of shampoo. I like a blend of lavender and rosemary, three drops each, as a preventative mixture.

Be very careful using EO's however. They have become the hip new alternative treatment for just about anything under the sun, and are dangerously misused. If someone recommends their essential oils over another brand, saying that theirs are pure or therapeutic, these are code words for marketing schemes and should be avoided. Your best bet is to research uses of EO's from places that don't financially benefit from you buying theirs alone, and best of all, contact an experienced Aromatherapist for recommendations. 

The best way to avoid head lice is to teach your kids to not share combs, brushes, hair clips and hair bands or attachments. Also, avoid sharing hats or helmets with other children. Most of all, doing a lice check (especially around the beginning of the year when lice are most prevalent due to kids being in close proximity) If you find a nit, don't panic. You are one of many parents who will go through this. Some do it yearly. 

How To Get Rid Of Lice

Are you trying to get rid of head lice once infested? Try adding up to 6 drops of essential oil from any of the herbs that repel lice, to an ounce of olive oil (for shoulder length or shorter hair. Double this, for longer hair). Comb this mixture into hair, completely saturating every strand and the scalp. Cover the head with a shower cap, and leave on overnight, then wash with a gentle shampoo in the morning. Once hair is washed, comb with a fine-toothed comb to remove nits. The oil will help loosen the nits, making them easier to remove. Repeat for up to three nights, taking a break from the essential oil for two nights, and repeat if necessary.

Head Lice And Hygiene

Always keep in mind that head lice are simply an opportunistic bug. They are not reflective of your hygiene or any other factor. Keep a close eye on your kid's hair for the few weeks that head lice are being spread around every year, and you may never have to deal with this annoyance of head lice again.

Despite what well-meaning friends and family say, it is not necessary to shave the child's head or use chemicals over and over on them in order to get rid of the lice. The bottom line is removal. No matter what you use to repel or kill lice, nothing will work as well as nightly combing and picking. It's a simple answer to a common problem.