Ew, Lice. Is there anything worse?
My little girl just started kindergarten, and while I’m thrilled at her chance to learn and grow and make new friends, I was NOT so thrilled at the letter I received that lice had been found in her class. Are you scratching your head yet? Cuz I have been – just at the thought of those nasty little things crawling all over my baby’s head!
What’s worse is that those little buggers have built up a resistance to the chemical treatments (such as anticholinesterase), which means once you use that awful smelling, itchy, scalp burning stuff on your babies hair you might not actually get rid of them all – it might not kill all the bugs and you find yourself having to retreat your children again and again! Ugh.
So what do we do when the bugs are out in force?
We get out our tools! Tea tree, lavender and rosemary oils, and wonderful natural soaps. (not to mention the fun little bottles of different shapes and sizes).
Did you know that tea tree oil (a natural product from the tea tree plant) has been found more effective than DEET or lavender in preventing lice?
Did you know that lice hate the smell of it?
It won’t kill those little suckers once they’re already there, but it WILL keep them from setting up shop in the first place. And when you mix it with scents of lavender and rosemary, it becomes a beautifully fresh natural shampoo or spray. (Both of which Kettle River Bath and Body provides).
Thank goodness we know how to make it!
If you can’t find your way to a natural spray or shampoo, all it takes is a few drops added to your laundry detergent and, voilà! You have yourself a fresh smelling lice deterrent.