If you, like me, are completely over the rigmarole of lice treatments and 30-minute combing sessions with your preschool and school-aged kids, then this one is for you.
You can make this DIY anti-lice spray in just a couple of minutes, and bonus, it is also good for the growth and health of your child’s hair.
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You will need
250ml Spray bottle
Witch hazel or vodka
Tea Tree essential oil
Peppermint essential oil
Cedarwood essential oil
- Remove nozzle and add a couple of squirts of witchhazel or about 1/2 teaspoon of vodka to the bottle.
- Add 20 drops tea tree essential oil, 10 drops peppermint oil and 5 drops of cedarwood.
- You can also add some conditioner, to help soften the hair and also help break the connection between eggs and the hair shaft, then you can use this spray as part of your lice removal routine also (scroll down this page for full instructions).
- Top with water leaving a space at the top so that it doesn’t overflow when you put the nozzle back on.
- Label with a poster pen and sticky tape over it to help it stay there, or even just use a sticker so you remember what it’s for.
A rookie mistake (that I have made many times) is to not label the bottle and then forget what it is for. So make sure you label it…
- Always perform a small patch test on skin first to ensure no reactions occur and ensure you keep pure essential oils out of reach of children.
- Spray it liberally on the hair, avoiding eyes, morning and evening to keep the lice at bay. Particularly ensure you get it behind the ears, on the crown of the head and the hairline at the back of the neck.
If you have a serious lice problem (and believe me, we know all about this at our house) then I have discovered a no-fail system that works better than the products I bought in shops filled with chemicals.
You will need
An old conditioner bottle, preferably with a pump on it.
Cheap natural conditioner from the shops
DIY Lice Spray (from above)
OR just add some extra conditioner to the spray above and use that
Three hair clips (like the ones they use at the hairdresser, pictured above)
A towel, or paper towel to wipe the comb off between uses
- Brush and separate the hair into 4 knot-free sections. Clip three of them up and out of the way.
- Add the conditioner and the spray liberally to the roots of the hair in the first section, then place the comb flat against the scalp and scoop along from the base of the hair shaft and up away from the head to lift eggs and lice off the scalp. Wipe comb and repeat, being thorough and comprehensive to ensure you collect all eggs and lice in every section.
- Repeat every day for 3 days then every other day for about a week until no more lice or eggs are found.
Do you want more DIY low-tox tricks? Search “Switch it Up” or head over to this page and take a look around.
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Alena Turley is a founder, mentor, ethical content creator and mother of three based on Sydney's Northern Beaches. She is equal parts loved and fired up to support mums in making deep and lasting changes inside and out. We at the Soul Mama Hub acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we live, learn and create and invite you to feel deeply and tread lightly.