Prevent Lice Naturally - More Than Home Remedies

Every child in school or daycare needs lice prevention. If it's too late and your child has lice, we've also got lice cures. All the natural way. No one wants to ever think about lice. But, even the cleanest child can bring them home. School, the playground, parties, and daycare are just a few of the places where a child can get lice.

Learn the natural ways to get rid of lice. AND, more importantly, the natural way to prevent a lice infestation from occurring! Now you can keep lice away, repel lice, prevent lice - safely and naturally.

This is a natural formula that actually keeps lice away and drives them away if they get in your child's hair. We have also listed many pieces of prevention information that every parent and teacher should read.

Combs and Brushes

The first order of business is that each person in the household has their own comb or brush. If one of you gets lice, there is a good chance that the others will not if they are not sharing combs or brushes. Your child must learn that they may not share a comb or brush at school or in the neighborhood.

Clothes, Hats, Etc.

Your child must also be taught that they can never wear anyone elseís jackets, sweaters, barrettes, hats, helmets, etc., and that no one else may wear their things. If someone at school puts your childís hat on, your child must know to not put the hat on but instead bring it home for washing or bagging. Hats, sweaters and jackets must be kept isolated at school when your child is not wearing them. These items should go into a zipped up backpack or deep into their own "cubby." If all of the coats in the classroom are touching each other while hanging on a rack or hangers, lice could be marching from one to the next. It is a game of Russian roulette as to who would be the next child to bring the lice home - if not all of the children.

The Playground

Keep your child out of the sandbox - or at least keep your child's hair out of the sand (and the sand out of your child's hair). If a child with lice puts his head in the sand, some lice could stay in the sand. Lice can stay alive for 24 hours or so, which is time enough to infect lots of heads when kids pour sand over each other. We have found that the kids who are always playing in the sand are also the first ones to be sent home with lice in every outbreak.

Shampoos and Conditioners

One of the best things to use to prevent lice is the right shampoo. Coconut oil and olive oil contain fatty acids that break down the bodies (exoskeletons) of the lice and kill them. Try Mane 'n Tail Olive Oil Complex with Herbal Essentials Shampoo, Neolia Fortifying Olive Oil Shampoo for Normal Hair, Palmer's Olive Oil Formula Smoothing Shampoo with Vitamin E, EO Sulfate-Free Keratin Shampoo, Coconut & Hibiscus, or Suave Naturals Shampoo, Tropical Coconut.

Some shampoos and conditioners contain tea tree oil, peppermint or eucalyptus oil, lavender oil, and rosemary oil (and lice hate the smell so they stay away!). All with tea tree oil also relieve dandruff and cradle cap. These include California Baby Shampoo & Body Wash with Tea Tree & Lavender (tearless) with tea tree oil and lavender, Jason Natural Cosmetics Tea Tree Oil Hair & Scalp Therapy Shampoo and Jason Natural Cosmetics Tea Tree Oil Hair & Scalp Therapy Conditioner. Shampoos and conditioners that contain tea tree oil are also great for use after a lice infestation because it heals and soothes all of those little bites and sore skin from scratching.

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Lice seem to detest menthol or eucalyptus - either will keep them away, send them away quickly, or kill them. While we were in the middle of a lice crisis at home, we were checking hair every day and using these shampoos. We finally found one new egg (obviously new because it was close to the scalp) - but only the one. We looked daily for weeks and never saw another. The louse that laid that egg either died from the mixture of tea tree oil, menthol and rosemary in the Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Shampoo and Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Invigorating Conditioner or left from the menthol smell it left in the hair. (These are the same essential oils that are used in aromatherapy, they are totally natural and have been used for centuries as healing agents. If you look for these in your neighborhood store, you need to be sure they are pure essential oils.)

UPDATE: Success again! There was another outbreak of lice in the classroom so we checked heads. One adult louse was all that was found, and it was either almost dead or highly intoxicated from our homemade shampoo and conditioner (see the next paragraph)!! No eggs!! Just in case any more lice were hiding, we covered the hair with mayonnaise for a little more than one hour and used a special rinse we made (see the next paragraph). After more than two weeks of daily checking, no more lice were ever found and there were still no eggs.

Make Your Own

If you donít want to buy any of these shampoos or conditioners, you can make your own rinse. First shampoo the hair. To a base of five teaspoons of Olive Carrier Oil (or coconut oil), add five drops of Lavender Essential Oil, five drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil, five drops of Rosemary Essential Oil, five drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil, and five drops of Peppermint Essential Oil. Add five drops of this mixture per 8-ounce glass of water or to the bottle of shampoo or conditioner. This is the last rinse. Lice just hate it and will stay away!

You can add these essential oils to any shampoo or conditioner containing coconut oil or olive oil when your child is near an active outbreak of lice (to keep the lice away and start killing any one that might be brave enough to climb aboard). In between outbreaks, you can use any shampoo as is, add these essential oils to any conditioner, and skip the final rinse mentioned above (to keep lice away). Simply add five drops of each essential oil to five teaspoons of shampoo or conditioner.

The following is a ratio for adding essential oils to a carrier oil, shampoo or conditioner.

Notes: 1) The respiration of a baby or child under 5 can be slowed down or even stopped if peppermint oil or eucalyptus oil is close enough for the baby to even breathe either. 2) High blood pressure may be elevated by peppermint essential oil. 3) Peppermint or rosemary may be harmful during pregnancy.

Check out our natural cures for head lice for more information.

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