Natural Lice Busters
Wow, school starts and so do the Lice. They are not fun for the kids or the family and friends who have to keep cleaning their heads. There are many remedies around and we get to view a few working in Plant Essentials.
Amongst the most effective we have found is using a ready blended oil combination like our Rosemary & Thyme scalp oil. This blend contains Rosemary, Red Thyme, Neem & Lavender Essential Oil in a Jojoba, Argan & Apricot Kernal base oil. Dampen the hair first and then massage the oil into the scalp and hair and leave in overnight (put an old towel on the pillow, so the oil doesn't go everywhere.) and then shampoo it out in the morning. Follow up with one of those little lice combs to get out the dead bodies and any eggs. The scalp oil is quite effective in killing the lice and eggs and makes the hair very soft, making it very difficult for the lice to reattach. You can also use this super hydrating serum simply to smooth and nourish your hair (I use it after ocean diving, you know what the saltwater can do to your hair yeah?!)
After the initial treatment to remove the critters, you can make up and use a preventative spray you brush through their hair each day, adding the following essential oils: 10 drops of Tea Tree, 5 drops of Eucalyptus and 10 drops of Rosemary (provided your child is not epileptic) into a 125ml spray bottle, with 30 Drops of Essential oil solubiliser (to disperse the essential oils into the water so they don’t float on top) and the rest with filtered water. The solubiliser helps dilute the essential oil into the water, making a more effective spray. Or we have made a blend called Rosemary Hair Mist which will do the same job. Or our Rosemary Hair Mist will do the job with less effort!
The shampoo and conditioner you use will also play a part, we have a Rosemary Herbal Shampoo & Conditioner that are excellent in the ongoing prevention of head lice. All these Plant Essentials products are free of paraben, SLS & and other nasties.
All are available from PLANT ESSENTIALS or one of our preferred stockist, and the team in the store are happy to answer any questions that you may have.
- Toni McMahon