We’d had a fantastic family day exploring our local science center. We were celebrating (rather belatedly) our youngest daughter’s birthday and she had chosen to go explore all the fun exhibits there as her special trip. We had a wonderful time playing together as a family and after we were all tuckered out, we decided to stop and grab some dinner at her favorite buffet restaurant.
As we sat there eating, I was making silly faces with my daughter when I saw it. At first, I thought that it was just a remnant from our time playing out in the grass in front of the science center. Upon closer inspection I realized that one of my worst parenting nightmares had come true–my daughter had lice.
I was repulsed. I couldn’t believe it. How did this happen??
I whispered to my husband that we needed to wrap things up and leave. He was taken aback at my sudden change in demeanor, but when I leaned in to tell him what I’d discovered, he immediately began to prepare to get us out the door.
What do we do?
How do we stop it from spreading to the other three children? And us?
My skin felt as if there were millions of little bugs crawling all over me. I had a serious case of the heebie jeebies.
After the initial skin crawling, I bucked up. Contrary to common misconception, head lice is not a plague of only dirty, unkempt people. Anyone can get it, anywhere. Try on a hat at the store? You might get head lice. Share a brush with a friend? Yep.
I felt overwhelmed with what I knew lay ahead. I’d had lice as small child and remembered the painstaking removal process.
You can treat, remove, and get rid of head lice in a completely 100% natural way! Here’s how:
Natural Treatment for Head Lice
- Organic, extra virgin coconut oil
- Tea tree oil
- Apple cider vinegar
- A stainless steel nit comb
- A sleep cap
- Patience, and a lot of it
Soak your child’s entire head in apple cider vinegar. You want it thoroughly saturated. Wring out any excess and then allow it to air dry completely.
Once the hair is dry, use the coconut oil to coat the air. Don’t be shy with this, you want every hair follicle coated well.
Put on the sleep cap and leave it on overnight. The coconut oil will loosen egg sacs from the hair strands and it will smother any live lice.
BEFORE rinsing the oil from the hair: use the stainless steel nit comb and separate the hair into one inch sections and carefully comb from roots to ends, wiping the comb after every swipe on a paper towel. Comb each section of hair 2-3 times. You may want to wear some latex gloves to keep your hands from getting overly greasy.
Add approximately 10 drops of tea tree oil to your regular shampoo and conditioner bottles. Shake well. Wash your hair as normal. You may need to shampoo your hair twice to remove all of the oil. It helps if you leave the tea tree oil treated conditioner in your hair for about five minutes before rinsing.
Repeat the above treatment once a week until you do not find any eggs or live lice in the hair. You may do it more often if you choose.
It’s a tedious task, but it will do the job without any nasty chemicals!
- Be sure to wash and dry all blankets, pillowcases, stuffed animals, and pillows that were in direct contact with the infested child. I stripped my children’s beds down to their fitted sheets, one blanket, one pillow, and one stuffed animal. Each morning when they woke up, we stripped all of these off the beds and put them in the dryer on high heat for 20 minutes as a precaution.
- If your child has long hair, put it up during the day to limit the risk of spreading the lice amongst your other children.
- Throw out all your brushes and combs. You can wash them, but I preferred to just toss and purchase new ones.
- After you get rid of this pest, continue to use tea tree oil treated shampoo to help repel lice from returning.
Have you ever dealt with lice?