Thursday, 30 May 2013

Head Lice Repellant

YAY!!!  Another thing to bring home from school!!  If it isn't the endless list of colds, viruses and illnesses, the pockets full of wood chips or sand to clog the washing machine, the bags full of unfinished art, it's the dreaded note that YOU have a child with head lice!!

OH the shame.....

Here are some facts about head lice
  • they prefer CLEAN hair.  So contrary to popular belief, the grubbier your kid, the less likely they are to get them
  • Lice cannot survive off of a human host longer than 24 to 48 hours. If a louse did come off an infested individual and hide in a pillow or hat, it is possible for the louse to infest another individual who uses the pillow or hat
  • Head lice are most commonly found on the scalp, behind the ears and near the neckline at the base of the head. 
  • Lice eggs (often called nits). These look like tiny yellow, tan, or brown dots before they hatch. After hatching, the remaining shell looks white or clear.  
  • Lice do not carry or transmit any disease
  • Head lice have been around for millions of years, and dried up lice and their eggs have been found on the hair of Egyptian mummies!
  • Lice have a season and you are more likely to get them in the spring and fall
  • Lice hate the smell of tea tree and lavender
  • Yes I did get itchy while writing this piece
Getting rid of lice naturally is for another post but how to avoid them seems almost more important.  Here's what I did

Head Lice Repellant
Reusing a 100 ml blue glass spray bottle
1 tbsp witch hazel
8 drops tea tree
8 drops lavender

Add the Witch Hazel and Oils to the bottle and top up with water.  Shake well before every use.  Spray generously before school everyday letting it mist the shoulders of their shirts and inside of hoodies. Try to keep long hair pulled back.

So far we have avoided an infestation....thank god because this family has really thick hair and lots of it!!

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