Lice prevention and removal tips for your kids
Spring Break week is upon us. If you have school aged children, you are either starting it this week or next or have already had it. Either way, there is something you probably don’t think about over this fun break in the school year and that is head lice.
They say that spring break is the prime time for lice outbreaks due to an increase in sports that require helmets, extra sleepovers and an increase in head-to-head contact.
So how do you prevent it or get rid of it naturally and inexpensively if you happen to get it?
Prevention is the best way to stave off the itch of head lice. Don’t share combs, brushes, helmets, hats, pillows etc. Do use a preventative shampoo product like Babo Botanicals Lice Repel Shampoo ($18), Ladibugs Shampoo ($16.44) or Lice Knowing You shampoo ($15).
You can also purchase tea tree oil and add it to your regular shampoo. You can get this at your natural health food store or even Walgreens for around $8. The bottle should last you a long time and can also be used if you end up getting head lice in a DIY mix.
Even after your best efforts to not get it, if you do end up with head lice, you don’t have to use pesticides on your hair to get rid of it. Try these natural remedies first.
Get a good lice removal comb. They will come with most lice removal kits, but look for stainless steel versions like the stainless nit free comb from Babo Botanicals for $14, as they are more effective. Don’t waste money on the cheaper versions that may not work or you will end up costing yourself more money in the long run.
Use lice elimination kits like those from Babo Botanicals, Ladibugs and Lice Knowing You. These will cost you around $40 – $50. You can also try removing them yourself for around $15 if you buy coconut oil and tee tree oil and make your own elimination product.
Use 1 tsp of tee tree oil to 4 tbsps of coconut oil. Leave on for 15 minutes and use the comb to remove lice before washing hair.
The elimination kits are not cheap, but there are also ways to save on these remedies. Look for the kits on daily deals sites like Zulily, My Habit and Totsy. Babo Botanicals has run deals on all of these sites before and may do so again.
Sign up for the companies e-mail newsletters to receive periodic coupons to use on their sites and get the products for less.
Look for printable coupons for the coconut oil if you plan to try the DIY recipes and wait for it to go on sale at your natural health food store to get it cheaper.
Susan Cardoza is passionate about all things organic. She knows organic can be more expensive, so she started her blog www.organicdeals.com in 2009 to help people go organic on a budget.