One thing that you are likely going to deal with if you have children is head lice. Head lice are wingless insects that spend their entire lives on the human scalp and feed solely on human blood. They do not pose any major health threat other than sucking blood from your child’s scalp and making it itch, and who wants bugs in their hair anyway? There are a couple of things to keep in mind when dealing with lice. First, while they can spread, they do not carry disease and they do not mean that you or your kids are “unclean.” Second, there are times when all you need to do is use a lice comb to comb out the nits and adult lice in your child’s hair. If your child just got back from a sleepover with friends and the friend’s parent just told you that one of the kids has lice, there is no need to panic. Chances are you have caught it early enough and you can simply comb out your child’s hair and repeat it every morning and evening for three weeks. However, lice can also be relatively persistent and it is always good to know a few helpful at-home remedies to help get rid of them.
There are many different essential oils that have been used for a long time which have proven to be effective in warding off lice. Before you use any essential oil, put a small drop on the back of your child’s hand. It is pretty rare, but some kids have allergic reactions to these oils. Tea tree, lavender, eucalyptus, cinnamon, peppermint and nutmeg essential oils are all good for helping to kill lice when combed through the hair with olive oil. The olive oil helps to smother the bugs while the essential oils deter them. Mix the essential oils of your choosing with the olive oil, comb through your child’s hair and leave it overnight. This will need to be repeated and accompanied by frequent and thorough inspections and combings until the lice and nits are completely gone. It is also recommended to keep an ear out in case there is a lice outbreak in school and during that time to remind your kids the following:
- Do not share hairbrushes
- Do not share hats
- Do not share hooded sweaters
- Do not share hair elastics