We got the dreaded letter this year explaining that someone in our child’s class had lice and to ensure we were taking precautions and checking their heads every night. When I think of lice, I seriously get the heebie-jeebies. Just thinking about tiny bugs crawling around feasting on my scalp makes me cringe all over. I also know that lice does not discriminate. They completely ignore race, class, gender and socioeconomic stats. They are equal-opportunity victimizers.
Our boys haven’t gotten lice yet, but I’ve watched several friends have to wash everything in the house in hot water, use that terrible chemical treatment cream and/or cut their children’s hair. Just UGH all-around.
Being an essential oil user, I read a really interesting article about how the smell can be repelling to insects. Lice love the natural human smell, but essential oils are so fragrant and long-lasting, they mask the signature human smell that lice are after.
If you’re an essential oil user, I recommend making your own spray. You will save money in the long-run because it hardly takes any oil at all to make the spray and it lasts a very long time. Below is the DIY spray recipe I use that has worked well for us. Before making the spray, make sure you are using therapeutic-grade essential oils. Otherwise, you may be using oils tainted with chemicals and other toxic additives.
DIY Lice Spray Ingredients
2-4 oz distilled water
5 drops Lavender oil
5 drops Peppermint oil
5 drops Rosemary oil
5 drops Tea Tree
Small spray bottle
*Note that these four oils all have very strong scents. If you do not have one of these, you can substitute another oil with a bold smell. Some good substitutions are Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Lemon, Rose and Geranium.
-Use approximately 5 drops of oil for every 2 oz. of water, so if you have a 2 oz. water bottle, put the water in a Pyrex measuring cup, add the drops of oil, stir, then pour into the spray bottle. Shake before spraying on your child’s hair just to ensure the oils are blended.
So easy! If you need a bigger bottle, just increase the ounces of water and the drops of oils.
This spray may also help to repel bugs in general and contains zero harmful chemicals, so spray on your kiddos’ legs and arms before they go outside during buggy seasons. The same philosophy works. Insects like human pheromones, so if you mask them with essential oils, the insects hopefully won’t mess with you.
I hope your child never gets lice and to increase the odds they won’t, try this spray! If you want to buy these Young Living oils online in order to make this spray, you can do so here or if you purchase them in some other way, just ensure they are therapeutic-grade.
Disclaimer: None of these statements have been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.