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1. Gather your supplies.

  • 3 oz spray bottle
  • 1 oz vodka (or alcohol-containing witch hazel, in a pinch)
  • 20 drops each: lavender and rosemary essential oils
  • 2 oz filtered water

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2. Mix oils.

Combine vodka and essential oils in the spray bottle and swirl to combine. Lavender and rosemary essential oils both work to repel a variety of insects, including lice. Rosemary oil also promotes healthy, shiny hair.

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3. Add water.

Add water, place the screw top on the bottle, and shake vigorously.

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4. Apply for prevention.

In the morning, spray the lice prevention solution on your little one’s hair and comb through. Re-apply daily as long as you’re concerned about lice at school or daycare.

5. Banish the bugs.

If your little one already has a head full of critters, you can also use this mixture to kill off the unwanted guests.

Wash with your regular shampoo and let the suds sit for a few minutes. This will start the process of suffocating the lice. Rinse with cool water, and then pour the lice prevention solution over the scalp. After a few minutes, you can use a fine-toothed comb to remove the bugs from the hair follicles. No additional rinsing is necessary to remove the solution, but you may need to repeat the treatment a few times to ensure that all of the bugs and eggs are gone.

6. Check and double-check.

Check your little one’s hair on a weekly basis to make sure the bugs are gone.

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