Lice seem to be a major problem in the schools this year. Not only are they everywhere, but they seem to be harder to get rid of than they used to be. In one of my daughter's classes, there was a major lice problem before Christmas. I thought for sure the 2-week break would clear things up, but after a week back at school we got another letter saying they were still finding kids with lice! We happen to have 6 girls in our family with lots of hair so the thought of lice is absolutely horrendous to me! Thankfully we have avoided it so far and I truly think the detangling spray I make them use a couple times a week has kept the lice at bay. I actually started using it two summers ago as a tick deterrent and then added the essential oils that deter lice when the girls started school. I didn't really find this recipe anywhere; I just started mixing things that made sense to me together to make it. I don't ever measure so I will try to guestimate what I do for readers but feel free to tweak it to please your own kids. My girls do not really like the apple cider vinegar smell but neither do ticks and lice. The smell vanishes quickly enough and it is great for hair so they have gotten used to it. The rose geranium oil is expensive but we haven't gotten a single tick in our hair the 2 summers we have used it and the summer before that we got them every single time we visited the grandparents or went to the lake. It lasts a long time and is totally worth the price!
(*Note: I don't want to get into any debates about essential oil brands. I have used Young Living, Do Terra, Edens Garden, and Plant Therapy all with great success. I currently primarily buy Plant Therapy mainly because of the affordable price, great extensive Kidsafe line, and because of two day shipping on Amazon, but I love the others as well.)
very small travel size water spray bottle
1/2 tsp moisturizing oil (I usually just use olive oil because it is what I have on hand but almond, jojoba, or any other liquid oil will do)
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
5 drops Rose Geranium oil (for tick prevention)
5 drops tea tree oil
10 drops Plant Therapy "Get 'Em Gone" blend
water filled the rest of the way to the brim of spray bottle
Directions: Shake well and spray on hair. I use it on my girls' hair every time they wash it and any other time there are tangles.