Try This Homemade Natural Lice Repellent Spray Recipe

October 1, 2018

It happens in schools around this time of year: the dreaded notice that lets you know to be on the lookout for itchy scalps.

Those easily-transferrable super annoying little parasites that can attach themselves to the most unsuspecting kids have been reported at your school.

How can my kid get lice?

Lice usually transfer between kids through head-to-head contact but they can also attach to a new kid when they are sharing hats or sit on the same bean bag chair in the classroom. It doesn't matter if your kids' hair is clean or greasy, or how often you wash their sheets - lice don't care.

I even hesitate to write this (thanks to Murphy's law) because we haven’t ever seen the little critters in person here at home, but we make a pretty consistent preventative effort.

Here’s what we do:

Steps to Take to Prevent Lice

We routinely check our kids' heads each week, which includes inspecting the back hairline and behind the ears, where lice tend to hang out. We inspect the strands of hair where white lice eggs (nits) attach, which are sometimes easier to see than the lice themselves. It’s important to keep an eye out for lice and nits because It can take up to 6 weeks to experience itching.

We remind the kids to not share hats, helmets, headbands and other clothing, and to let us know immediately if they find themselves feeling a bit itchy.

How to make a natural lice repellent spray at home

We also pre-emptively protect our kids by using a homemade spray when they're on the way out the door to school each day. We spray their hair, coats, hats, and scarves.

Mix the following good quality essential oils in a 2 oz. spray bottle, filled halfway with water. If you have a bigger bottle, adjust the essential oil amount accordingly.


  • 10 drops tea tree oil
  • 5 drops lavender oil
  • 5 drops rosemary oil
  • 5 drops peppermint oil

Shake well before each use, and good luck keeping these little critters off of your little ones!

Jess Phillips is Nelson Kids' founder and "Community Connector". She loves getting to know people and helping where she can. Nelson life has been a great change of pace from the big city and Nelson Kids has been a fantastic change of pace from the frantic days of wedding photography. When not scouring the internet for fun stuff for kids to do in Nelson, Jess spends the rest of her time with her family, cooking, organizing and swooning over home design on Pinterest. She hopes to someday learn the art of quilling in her spare time. LOL - "spare time"

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