Got Lice? We’ve Got an Essential Oil for Those Pesky Buggers!
It’s back to school time, and many of you know, it’s the worse when your child comes home from school with head lice. As if we didn’t have enough to worry about with our kids heading back to school, super lice have arrived. What makes these lice particularly “super” is the fact that most are now resistant to the insecticides typically used to eradicate them. A study conducted by the Journal of Medical Entomology collected lice from 138 communities in 48 different states. Their results showed that 132 of the 138 communities contained lice resistant to insecticide. Now is a good time to consider using essential oils as a natural way to kill lice.
Needless to say, lice are a problem, and insecticides are not cutting it. The most common insecticides people are using, Nix and Rid, contain a chemical called permethrin that can lead to rashes, itching, and blisters. Instead of putting potentially harmful chemicals in your child’s hair, think about using essential oils. Essential oils derive from plants that naturally create insecticides that stave off parasites without the use of synthetic chemicals. In other words, using essential oils is a safe, effective, and natural method to get rid of lice. Check out this video from Our Oily House that shows you how to effectively treat head lice with essential oils.
Head lice can be spread by contact with clothing, such as hats and jackets, and personal items like brushes and towels. Though there the stigma persists that head lice look for unhygenic people, the reality is hygiene and cleanliness has no impact on who gets the parasites. Now you got ’em—how do you get rid of ’em, and fast? There are both over-the-counter medicines and prescription products to treat head lice—typically shampoos, rinses, or lotions which you leave on for a period of time, and then rinse off.
Tea Tree Essential Oil Home Remedies that Work for Killing Lice!
Natural Way to Kill Super Lice
Note: Make sure you have a fine-toothed lice comb to comb through your child’s hair daily. Keep the comb sanitized by soaking it in rubbing alcohol between uses.
- Add 5-20 drops of a pure tea tree-based essential oil to regular shampoo. Use the shampoo every day.
- Create a mixture of tea tree essential oil and coconut oil. Massage the mixture into your child’s scalp, let it sit for 10 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Repeat the process every morning and evening.
- This is more so a preventative strategy. Put a tea tree essential oil in a small spray bottle, and spray it on your child’s hair before and after school and other occasions with potential lice exposure.
- Apply a healthy amount of tea tree essential oil to the scalp just before bedtime, and leave it overnight. In the morning, comb out the dead lice.
Experiment with these different approaches and see what works best with your child. Those so-called “super” lice won’t know what hit them. Opting for a natural way to kill lice can prove more effective and certainly safer for your children.