September is back-to-school month for many children but unfortunately all parents know it, it’s also “la rentrée” (back-to-school) for head lice! “Prevention is better than the cure” (Mieux vaut prévenir que guérir) so let’s look to the South of France for help. Did you know that the smell of lavender that so many of us enjoy are not much appreciated by those “p’tites bêtes” (“little bugs” as they are called on the school playground) — they cannot stand the smell of lavender and we love that!
Preventing Head Lice: 4 Natural Homemade Remedies
Using lavender as a homemade remedy to keep head lice away from children’s pretty heads has been a “remède de grand-mère” (grandma’s remedy) for a long time in Europe and now with the popularity of aromatherapy, you can even get pre-made sprays and shampoos at the pharmacies. But it is very easy to do this at home (and you know exactly what’s in it — always a plus) so check below for the Art of the Home 4 natural homemade remedies to prevent head lice and keep your loved ones free from itching and relaxed at the same time!
4 Natural Homemade Remedies to Prevent Head Lice
Art of the Home Tips to Help with Head Lice Prevention
Starting at age three, you can try any of those natural homemade remedies for school-age children:
- Pour a few drops of a 100% pure lavender essential oil inside your child’s shampoo bottle, shake, and shampoo as usual during the school year or during summer camps.
- Rinse hair with a warm infusion of lavender tea. You can use store bought lavender tea or Art of the Home homemade relaxing lavender tea recipe.
- In addition, head lice like to find a sweet home in the back of the neck and behind the ears of our little ones so put a little a bit of your homemade lavender shampoo on your fingers and rub some in those areas before children go to school or go to a sleepover — not too much however, lavender is also a great natural relaxant and we prefer the children to learn at school, not take a nap!
- Using a spray bottle filled with water and a few drops of 100% pure lavender essential oil, spray hair accessories (beanies, baseball caps, head bands, etc.) and scarves — great time to remind the children not to exchange any clothing that touches their head, ears or neck.