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Head Lice...Natural "Non-Caustic" Option

 

Lice?  Louse? What is it anyway?

This is what Wikipedia says, "The head louse is an obligate ectoparasite of humans. Head lice are wingless insects spending their entire life on the human scalp and feeding exclusively on human blood".  Sounds a little Vampirish!

You get the call from the school nurse, "come pick up your child immediately, they have head lice".  Many people call their pediatrician or go directly to the nearest drug store for the harsh, chemical products.  There is another way...a natural option without the harsh chemicals.  Many have followed this Natural Protocol with great success!

Mix the following together and apply to the entire scalp by separating the pieces of hair and rubbing the oil into each section.  This will take about 30 minutes or so for longer hair.  Take your time to ensure full coverage.  Once the oil is applied, comb oil through rest of hair, cover hair with shower cap or some saran wrap and have child sit for 2 hours. 

Note:  When using Essential Oils, make sure they are Pure Essential Oils.  Email me if you are interested in these Pure Essential Oils.  Jennifer@TheHerbalCabinet.com

25 drops Rosemary Essential Oil

12 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil

13 drops Geranium Essential Oil

25 drops Lavender Essential Oil

Place these oils in a 2 oz. dropper bottle and fill the rest of the bottle with a good extra virgin olive oil or fractionated coconut oil.

After sitting for 2 hours, wash the hair with shampoo but put 2 drops of Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Essential Oil in the shampoo.  For a final hair rinse, mix 1 oz. apple cider vinegar, 4 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil, 4 drops Lavender Essential Oil, 4 drops Melaleuca and 8 oz. distilled water.  Pour the hair rinse over the head and massage scalp for 1 minute.  Rinse off with room temperature water, not hot.

Then have your child sit and play games on their phone while you begin the process of "nit-picking".  You must get a good lice comb and comb through the hair pulling out the nits in small sections at a time.  They are "gummy" and stick very well to the hair.  Take your time so that you won't have so much to do when you repeat this process.

The next day, repeat this entire procedure, particularly if the child has medium to long hair.  It is suggested you repeat for 7 days to ensure the lice is gone. 

During this time, you'll need to strip their entire bedroom of any "cloth/bedding" material and wash in your washing machine using hot water, 1 cup apple cider vinegar and a few drops of Lemon Essential Oil (Eucalyptus and Melaleuca are also good).  Pack up all stuffed animals and pillows and put in a large garbage bag, tie tightly and store in your garage or attic for 2-3 weeks to suffocate the lice.  After this time, you can then bring them back into their bedroom.  Make up a spray bottle with 2 cups of distilled water, 20 drops of Eucalyptus and 10 drops of Melaleuca to be able to spray counter-tops, couches, chairs, etc. a couple times a day until you know the lice are gone.

This is hard work, but many have used this Natural Option with success.  Persistency pays off!

 

 

 

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