Natural and Organic Skin Care

Ewww Head Lice! Got a Great Natural Remedy for Ya!

One of the best parts of running this business is the opportunity I’ve had to meet some truly great people.  Our retail partners fill us with laughter, encouragement, support, and knowledge on a regular basis.  One of them, Dawn Fusco, who has owned a “green” store on Cape Cod for the past 25+ years, has been into natural health and healing  before it became mainstream.  We’ve been lucky to have her share some of her favorite natural remedies with us.  As a parent with 2 school aged children, one of them I am particularly grateful to have on hand in case the need ever arises.

Of all of the ick possibilites that come along with having children, I think the one I hope to avoid the most is head lice.  The thought of little creepy crawly bugs taking over our hair just simply grosses me out!  There are plenty of chemical options out there to get rid of these pests and their many eggs, but this recipe from Dawn has been a staple in her area for years.  The local schools send parents to her store, Body Sense, to pick this up anytime one of their students is found to have lice.  For those of us who aren’t lucky enough to have a shop and owner as knowledgable as Dawn nearby, we are fortunate in that many of her recipes, including this one for head lice, are simple enough to make at home with just a few key ingredients that are availabe in most areas.

If those pesky lice show up in your home, here’s what to do:

Mix together

  • 1/2 teaspoon of clove essential oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of rosemary essential oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of eucalyptus essential oil
  • 8 teaspoons of olive oil or some other carrier oil, such as coconut, grapeseed, avocado

Apply mixture on dry hair and cover with a shower cap for about 10 mins.  Wash hair, and then rinse with vinegar.

Because lice don’t like lavender, you can also work to prevent them from taking up residence in your kiddos hair by spraying our Calming Mist on their hair each day before they leave for school.  Not only will it help repel lice, but it smells lovely, and can be a fun and calming morning routine!

 

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