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Herbal Head Lice Remedies

What Herbs Repel Head Lice?

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Would you like a natural way to get rid of head lice? Try whipping up remedies that contain rosemary, lavender, and thyme. Herbs for head lice are used in many ways. They are a natural remedy for these annoying critters, usually showing up in epidemic proportions once schools are back in session.

Ways To Prevent Head Lice

To use herbs to repel head lice, simply make a infusion of the herb, or combination of herbs. Use the infusion as a rinse after shampooing. Additionally, place up to 6 drops of essential oil from the repellent herbs, in your bottle of shampoo. I like a blend of lavender and rosemary, three drops each, as a preventative mixture.

How To Get Rid Of Lice

Are you trying to get rid of head lice once infested? Try adding up to 6 drops of essential oil from any of the herbs that repel lice, to an ounce of olive oil (for shoulder length or shorter hair. Double this, for longer hair). Comb this mixture into hair, completely saturating every strand, and the scalp. Cover the head with a shower cap, and leave on overnight, then wash with a gentle shampoo in the morning. Once hair is washed, comb with a fine toothed comb to remove nits. The oil will help loosen the nits, making them easier to remove. Repeat for up to three nights, taking a break from the essential oil for two nights, and repeat if necessary.

Head Lice And Hygiene

Always keep in mind that head lice are simply an opportunistic bug. They are not reflective of your hygiene or any other factor. Keep a close eye on your kid's hair for the few weeks that head lice are being spread around every year, and you may never have to deal with these annoyance of head lice again.

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