Unwanted Hair Invaders — Treating Lice Without Chemicals

Sep, 18, 2015

By Fredrica Syren:

As soon as school starts, here come colds, lost clothes, homework and … unwanted guests in the form of lice. We have been liceso fortunate not to have had any cases of lice in our family yet, but with three kids I know I’m doomed to run into the lice problem. Every school seems to have an outbreak of lice.

Head lice are wingless insects that live in scalps. It can be spread through sharing combs, brushes, towels, hats and other personal items. Lice by no means are dangerous; however, its bite makes the scalp itchy and irritated, and they can be quite hard to get rid of. It’s very important to know that even the cleanest person can become infected with lice. The best defense against lice is prevention, so every kid in school or daycare needs to be treated.

It used to be that the only recommended treatment against lice was with toxic, chemical based treatments. In fact, head lice can be eliminated for sure without using harmful chemicals.

lice shampooHere are some ways to prevent and get rid of lice without chemicals:

Comb hair with a special lice comb—Comb, comb and comb with special lice comb, but make sure it’s the right one. It should be made from metal and have long teeth finely spaced so it will remove any eggs. It’s recommended to comb the hair wet for best effect.

Wash kids’ hair regularly with a lice prevention shampoo—There are nontoxic, eco-friendly lice prevention shampoos and conditioners on the market. I have used Eco.Kid shampoo and conditioner.

Use a lice bomb or a natural and toxic free lice removal shampoo if infected with lice—If lice are present, there are chemical-free options for treating them.

I have learned that every child in school or daycare needs lice prevention. I see it as better to prevent than cure, but I’m glad that there many chemical free options for both prevention and treatment.

Fredrika Syren

Fredrika Syren is an environmental activist and writer. In 2016, she founded the website Green-Mom.com where she shared her family’s journey of living zero waste. She lives in San Diego, California with her husband James and their children Bella, Noah, and Liam. Fredrika and her family were recently featured in the documentary Zero Time to Waste. Fredrika is also the author of Zero Waste for Families - A Practical Guidebook (which you can buy on this site)

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