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Head lice: Fantastic treatment to deal with an infestation

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Head lice: Fantastic treatment to deal with an infestation
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When your kids head back to school with all their classmates, your child is once again at risk of getting head lice.  If your child has already had them then you will know how difficult it can be to get rid of them.  Your kid will not be able to stop scratching and the entire family can quickly become infected by this pest!  In this article we’ll give you a simple treatment that is very effective at getting rid of these villainous pests that are after you and your family!   

Please note: As this treatment uses essential oils, it is not recommended for pregnant women or women who are breastfeeding.  You should also avoid using this treatment on children under the age of 3.

What you need: 

  • 50 ml Argan vegetable oil
  • 20 drops of tea tree essential oil
  • 20 drops of lavender essential oil (Lavandula officinalis)
  • A glass bottle for storing the mixture

Essential oils can be found in your pharmacy or online.

Steps:

1) Dilute the essential oils in argan oil making sure to respect the correct dosages.

2) Close the bottle and shake the mixture so that the different essential oils can mix together.

3) Apply the mixture onto your scalp and give it a good massage. This is where most of the lice hide.

4) Leave the mixture in your hair for around one hour.

5) Rinse your hair well and then use a soft shampoo.  Avoid getting the product in contact with your eyes.

What do you do afterwards?

Wash all your child’s sheets and cuddly toys at temperatures of over 60° C so as to avoid an unforeseen return of these pests.

You can also try these preventative measures:

  • For a child that is between 3 and 6 years old you can rub a droplet of lavender essential oil  Lavandula officinalis behind each ear before they go to school.
  • After the age of 6 you can still use this technique but this time you can use lavandin or spike lavender essential oil.

You should also explain to your child that they should avoid using someone else’s hat, jacket or scarf.  The common belief that lice jump is false but they can spread when two children come in contact or when they come in contact with infected clothing.

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