Every time I type those four letters togeter (l-i-c-e) my whole body starts to itch. I wrote this article a few years ago, but since it seems to be rampant this time of year as well, I wanted to re-post the information.

Non-Toxic ways to prevent and treat

Arts and crafts, swimming and…head lice?! Definitely NOT what a parent bargains for when sending their kids off to summer camp, but lice is a harsh reality. Unfortunately, cleanliness has little to do with getting head lice. If someone else in the camp has lice, your child is at risk, but there is a natural, non-toxic way to help protect them.

Now is the time to start being proactive, so you can prevent an occurrence of head lice from spoiling your summer plans. Don’t wait until there is an outbreak, to pray that your kid won’t get it.

Did you know that most “all natural” shampoos contain chemicals that should be avoided in children according to the chemical safety database? Sodium Laurel Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, & Benzalkonium Chloride are just a few of the TOXIC chemicals routinely found in products for children. A recent governmental study called The President’s Cancer Panel revealed that of the over 80,000 chemicals on the market today, only about 200 have been tested for safety and most at risk are children and pregnant women.

So what’s a mom to do? Lice calls for drastic measures, right? WRONG. Lice prevention is easy, simple and can be completely NON-TOXIC.

Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils of Melaleuca Alternifolia, Eucalyptus Radiata, Rosemary and Peppermint all “REPEL” lice. 20 drops of each in a spray bottle with distilled water repel lice better than shampooing with toxic ingredients. Wet your child’s hair with the solution every morning before heading out the door and after the bath in the evening.

So what should you do if your child already has lice? Some of us may remember our own lice experiences as kids. My parents used the most toxic chemical on the market to help get rid of the nasty buggers. I, apparently, was the lucky one. My girlfriend’s mom used kerosene on her head. I am happy to report that there are safe, effective alternatives to these toxic chemicals. Believe me, there is no easy way to get rid of lice, but the following method is very effective and completely non-toxic.

You will need bottles of Therapeutic Grade Melaleuca Alternifolia, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Peppermint essential oils and also olive oil. First, work 30-40 drops of Melaleuca Alternifolia into the hair. Then, 30-40 drops of Eucalyptus Globulus and finally, 30-40 drops of Peppermint into the hair. Massage and work it over the entire scalp and hair. When you add the peppermint the lice will literally march out. Get your metal lice comb ready and a pot of boiling water to rinse them off with. You will need to comb each section of hair in four different directions. It can be helpful to do it in sunlight since they can be difficult to see. Once you have combed out the entire head, you will need to saturate the head with olive oil, wrap the child’s head with saran wrap and let them sit for three hours (the electronic babysitter — aka Television comes in handy!). Finally, wash it all out.

Amara Wagner is a health coach. She works with moms who are interested in learning natural, non-toxic ways to raise healthy families. Amara recommends using only Therapeutic Grade essential oils. She is an independent distributor for Young Living Essential Oils (sponser/enroller ID # 911071). “An oil that is 100% pure and safe enough to ingest is the only oil I would trust to put on my children.” For more information contact amara@amarawellness.com