Prevent Nits Naturally!

So I checked my youngest sons hair… and he’s got head lice yet again!

It’s unfortunately been about a year of battling them – treating, combing, washing linens, lather, rinse and repeat. I’ve even had friends help out by treating him for me while I am at my house doing all the washing and cleaning combs and brushes and anything else I can think of. We’ve used mostly natural solutions however it’s difficult as they become used to the ingredients in the treatments for nits, and we just keep on in this frustrating cycle.

So again we’ve treated him and done all the necessaries, and I asked for ideas in a mothers group I’m in on Facebook (it’s embarrassing to share that he’s got lice, even though it shouldn’t be as he’s very good at keeping clean and they’re just a fact of life when you have school children at home). Those mamas didn’t disappoint and had some great tips to manage the lice, and a few mentioned using a nit prevention spray… why hadn’t I thought of that? It’s not the be all and end all but it may just be the piece of the puzzle I’m missing!

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So I started researching essential oils that are safe to use but effective against lice and found out some surprising things.

Firstly, I found out that sweet smelling geranium is actually toxic to nits, and according to THIS study it’s mainly due to the citronellol and geraniol. I knew that there were some strong smelling essential oils to come, so having that geranium wasn’t just for its effectiveness in killing lice but also to balance out the scent of the spray.

The next essential oil I researched was our favourite oil Tea Tree and there was a lot of studies on this, like THIS study and THIS study. Although I used Tea Tree essential oil based treatments last year I didn’t this time, so I thought it might be effective to use in my preventative nit spray for his hair.

Lastly, Tea Tree and Peppermint were found to be more effective together in THIS study for repelling lice, so I also added it – and who doesn’t love that minty scent?

I added it to witch hazel (restores the PH balance of the skin, and is non-greasy) in a 100ml amber spray bottle, shook and sprayed him gently all over – like a fine misted baptism against nits, lol!

So you need:

– 100ml amber bottle

– 95ml Witch Hazel

– 25 drops of Tea Tree essential oil

– 20 drops peppermint essential oil

– 15 drops geranium essential oil

Pour the witch hazel into the amber bottle, then drop in the essential oils. Give it a good shake, and you can use it straight away. As it’s a (just over) 3% solution I do not suggest this recipe for toddlers or very young children, only school age and up. I only will be using it when he leaves the house, and I’ll continue to work on the rest required to eliminate the lice. Remember to always shake before spraying!

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That’s it from me this week, I hope you stay safe and share your Light, and you’ll hear from me again soon

Yours in Health, Happiness and Holiness,

Angela xx

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  1. Wendy Mck
    Wendy Mck says:

    I used a tea tree and water spray on my kids every morning before they went to school when they were little, as a preventative. School age children, especially primary school, continually pass around nits, and it doesn’t matter who you are, your economic status, etc your child will get them at some stage. Keep on doing what you are doing ! <3

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