Oil success story?
Pull up a chair and put up your feet. Here’s a good read for you essential oil lovers.
Copied from Facebook posting with permission from author, Pat Craig.
No More Head Lice
In the past head lice hit our home and after 10 chemical shampoo treatments, several loads of laundry, many hours of cleaning and spending at least $450.00, I vowed this would never happen again.
From a friend, I learned there are ways to prevent head lice by using products on the hair before an infestation begins. These products contain herbs like Rosemary and Peppermint to help prevent head lice and it sounded like a grand idea to me, so I did a little research.
Essential Oils to Use
Different sources indicate a number of essential oils for the prevention and treatment of head lice. Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Melaleuca, Lemon, Thyme, Lavender and Geranium seem to be the most mentioned. It gets confusing when a number of essential oils are mentioned for one job. Which one should I use? What if I don’t have them all?
Don’t sweat it. My opinion is that any of these would be perfectly acceptable as a preventive method for head lice. First, use oils that you already have on your counter at home and if you only have one or two, don’t worry. Secondly, smell the oils and use what you like or more importantly what your kids like. If you have Geranium but your daughter can’t stand the smell, then don’t bother with it.
There is one essential oil that I would definitely include and that would be Melaleuca or Tea Tree oil. A fairly recent study on pubmed.gov shows the use of Melaleuca and its effectiveness on head lice. Therefore, I’d start there.
Steps to Head Lice Prevention
- Place a couple of drops of Melaleuca essential oil in your kids’ shampoo.
- Place a couple of drops of essential oil on your kids’ feet. Yes. I did say the feet. It only takes 30 seconds for an essential oil to get through the body, so by placing it on the feet your kids will be wearing the scent. It’s best to dilute an essential oil when applying topically especially on children. You can use fractionated coconut oil or another type of carrier oil. Dilute 1 drop of essential oil: 3 drops of carrier oil.
- If your child has long hair, wear it up tightly. If your child has short hair, keep it short. This will give lice less opportunity to make your child’s scalp it’s home.
- Thirdly, get a metal or glass spray bottle and spray your child’s hair in the morning. You can find these at health food stores or order online from www.aromatools.com. My favorite is taking a couple of drops of Melaleuca and Lavender essential oils and filling the rest with water. Spray your children’s clothes, backpacks, hairbrushes, pillows, bedding, pillow, stuffed animals, etc.
- Lastly, make a second spray bottle for your car. Spray car interior and car seats with the Melaleuca and Lavender blend. You might want to make a different mix for the car and add a little Eucalyptus oil for its clean lively scent.
A couple drops of Lavender and Melaleuca essential oils and the pain from the insect bite was gone.
Mom of the Year Award
It was one of those normal hectic days, trying to get the kids off to school and make it to the gym by 9:05 a.m. for class. Two of the kids were already at school and I was about to get in the car with the third when he started crying after touching a toy in the garage. He pleaded that his hand hurt, but there weren’t any visible marks. “I really don’t have time for this,” I thought and quickly scooped him up and said we had to go.
He continued to cry once we got to school and his teachers looked at me in bewilderment looking for the reason to his fussiness. I explained the situation and assured them he’d be fine. At 2:30 p.m. I made my way back to school. When I arrived the staff told me they believed he had an insect bite, an asp, to be more specific. Gasp! I grabbed his little hand to see a sign of something resembling a bite. Sure enough! There were a couple of faint pink lines on his fingers and of course I felt horrible and certain the teaching staff would nominate me for Corpus Christi’s Mom of the Year Award (insert sarcasm here). The Director of the school told me she used essential oils for his bite; they put a little Melaleuca oil layered with some Lavender oil and he seemed to be better right away. His teachers said he did fine during the day but started complaining once he washed his hands after a hand painting activity later in the afternoon.
With my head down I took the little guy home, good thing there were some oils sitting on my counter and decided it would be fairly easy to duplicate what had been done at school. My husband suggested more traditional solutions like Benadryl and cortisone cream, but I assured him the essential oils would work. We applied the Melaleuca and Lavender essential oils and it didn’t take long for him to say the bite didn’t hurt! I was impressed by dōTERRA® essential oils and so was my husband. Who knew you could take away the pain from something as nasty as an asp sting? It felt so good to have an easy and natural solution already at home for his asp bite.
p.s. I did a little investigative work looking for the asp. It was hiding on a dirty rag in the garage, which was used to clean off my son’s toy that was sitting outside for months.
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