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LICE

I can just see you now squirming on the other side of the computer screen. Ya, you. I know you are. I bet you are also feeling itchy all over and can’t resist scratching your head. Why, because I just did too.

Whenever you hear the dreaded word something just wants to curl up and die with in you or at least send you running for the hill screaming.

Lice, there’s nothing like them to bring fear to a parent’s heart. Believe me I’ve been there, many times. It isn’t fun to deal with but the good news is, that you can treat it naturally. Many of the items you may already have around your house.

Here are two different articles on treating lice:

How to Treat Lice Naturally
10 Tips to Get Rid of Lice Naturally

One of the best ways to treat lice is prevention. Enter lice spray. No not the stuff you find in the store, please never spray pesticides over anyone’s head.

When you or your kids are going to be in a setting where you know that there is a risk of being exposed you can start spritzing your head with an easy to make natural lice spray. If not only deters lice but can kill them as well.

You can have this spray whipped up and ready to go in 5 minutes or less depending on which recipe you choose to make.

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Natural Lice Spray with Essential Oils

 

4 cups apple cider vinegar
20 drops lavender essential oil
20 drops  rosemary essential oil
20 drops tansy essential oil
20 drops tea tree oil

Pour your apple cider vinegar in a 1 quart canning jar. Add the oils, screw on the lid and give it a good shake. Pour into a spray bottle and you are ready to go!

 

Natural Lice Spray with Herbs

 

3 cups apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup dried lavender flowers
1/2 cup dried tansy
1/2 cup dried or fresh  rosemary
20 drops tea tree oil

1. Add your herbs to a 1 quart canning jar. Cover with the apple cider vinegar. Add the tea tree oil and screw on the lid.

2. Shake the jar for about 1 minute or until all the herbs are floating around in the vinegar. Store in a dark place like a cabinet for at least two weeks. Shake once a day.

3. Strain through a fine sieve or cheese cloth. Pour into a spray bottle.

 

Directions

Preventive

Spray all over the head whenever you think you have/or will be exposed to lice. Don’t drench the hair. Leave in a continue on your day. The smell will evaporate within the hour.

Treatment

Spray all over the head concentrating on the nape of the neck and behind the ears until the hair is damp. Let dry in your hair. Once try treat with a natural lice oil.

 

What is your best tip on preventing lice?

This is the writings of:

Katie
Katie is a dorm “mama” to 16 amazing girls ages 5 to 18 at a home and school for the Deaf in Baja California, Mexico. She is happiest in the kitchen creating nourishing meals and home remedies or outside with at least one of her girls at her side. She grew up using herbal supplements but didn’t discover the joy of making her own until 2008. Katie is passionate about real food, herbs and simple living. You can find her blogging about all these things and more on her blog, Mexican Wildflower where she is living simply by God’s grace.MexicanWildflower

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11 Comments

  1. […] hate this spray! Not only does it kill the nits but it helps keep them away as well. This lice spray over at Modern Alternative Health is great for spraying on heads that have lice or have/will be […]

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  2. To me there’s to much risk in using Tansy oil. You should include a warning with your recipe.

    http://www.drugs.com/npp/tansy.html

    BLUE Tansy is safe to use.

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    • Thank you for expressing your consern. I don’t suggest using tansy internaly but have found it safe and VERY effective when used externaly. Since this is a lice spray I would hope that no one drinks it!

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      • I have been battling lice with my 7 daughters for quite some time now. Does this spray have to sit for two weeks or can it be made up and used immediately? Also can these herbs all be bought at a grocery store, or would chances be better at a health food store?

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        • Oh, I feel for you! That is not fun! The herbs might be able to be found at a health food store but they do need to steep in the vinegar for two weeks. Your best bet would be to buy the essential oils that are listed in the second recipe. You can find those at a health food store and the spray can be used right away. I hope you are able to get rid of the lice soon! Another thing that has worked for me is flat iorning their hair. I hate using blow dryer, flat iorns and all those kind of things but I’ve seen it even squash some nits.

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  3. Thank you for this post! My oldest daughter got head lice last year which was my worst nightmare!! I have been using essential oils in a spray bottle this year and so far so good! :)

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  4. Can the spray be used daily? Ive dealt w lice for way too long w my eight year old. Have tried so many things, including converting her head in a completeness of mayonnaise! Yuck. Thank you for posting!

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  5. Can I use something instead of the Tansy essential oil? I am having trouble finding it where I live. Thanks!

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