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I got the dreaded letter from my daughter’s school last week. I don’t mean the one that says she is failing. (She’s doing great.) And not the one informing me that she volunteered to bring 4 dozen homemade cookies for the bake sale tomorrow. I’m talking about the letter from the school nurse informing parents of
I suppose actually getting a call saying she has head lice would be worse. But still, my experience with this elementary school is that it takes a lot for them to notify parents of lice. In the past, I’ve known of occasions when there have been up to 6 or 7 kids in one classroom with head lice, and no letter goes home. So knowing that and getting this letter had me…concerned.
I certainly know from working in schools as an SLP that kids just get head lice, and it’s not a matter of cleanliness or hygiene. It can happen to anyone’s kid. My kid. Your kid. So no judging here. But if I can prevent my thick-haired daughter from getting lice, 👏I’m 👏gonna.
Lice Prevention Protocol
Standard protocol during a lice outbreak at school is reminding your kid of a few ground rules.
- No sharing hats, jackets with hoods, hair accessories, or sports helmets
- No touching head-to-head in reading groups or during play
- No using other people’s hair brushes or combs
- Keep hair
wornup in a bun or ponytail if the hair is long enough
Ready-Made Products that Prevent Lice
There are over-the-counter products you can get to deter the head lice from taking up residence on your child’s head. Fairy-Tales products contain essential oils that repel lice and give you a fighting chance at preventing an infestation. Their products include the following.
Essential Oils For Lice Prevention
I’ve used Fairy Tales products on my daughter in the past, and I do like them. But this time, I really just wanted a spray to mist onto Audrey’s hair as she leaves the house for school in order to deter the lice.
I already use dōTERRA essential oils daily and have a good assortment, so I decided to make my own quick spray instead of spending money on one packaged in a plastic bottle.
After doing some research and consulting my essential oil book, The Essential Life, I decided on the following oils to include in my lice repellant spray.
- melaleuca (tea tree) essential oil-protects against environmental threats and skin irritations*
- rosemary essential oil-naturally repels insects*, promotes healthy-looking hair*
- cedarwood essential oil-naturally repels insects*
- clove essential oil-naturally repels insects*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.
In addition to the oils above, you will also need
- distilled water
- a 4-ounce glass spray bottle
Homemade Lice Repellant Spray
To make your DIY Lice Repellant spray, add 3 drops of each of the four essential oils listed:
How To Use
To use the repellant spray, wait until your child’s hair is styled for school and then mist all over with the spray. At this concentration, it has a fairly mild odor that my daughter describes as “fresh and earthy.” It would be wise to make sure your child isn’t sensitive to any of these oils before going all out with it on their hair.
This repellant spray can also be sprayed on hats, scarves, and jacket hoods.
And that’s all there is to it! Although I am fortunate to not have personal experience with an infestation yet, I would venture to say that prevention is the best medicine when it comes to head lice. A batch of homemade lice repellant will give you that extra layer of protection and peace of mind!
- 3 drops tea tree (melaleuca) essential oil
- 3 drops rosemary essential oil
- 3 drops cedarwood essential oil
- 3 drops clove essential oil
- distilled water
- Add 3 drops each of the following essential oils to an empty, 4-ounce tinted glass spray bottle: tea tree, rosemary, cedarwood, and clove.
- Fill the rest of the bottle with distilled water.
- Replace the spray nozzle and shake to disperse the oils in the water.
- Spray on hair, shaking the bottle before each use.
Resources: CDC Head Lice Prevention & Control