Super Lice Treatment

In the last year or so, super lice has been a big problem in many schools. Lice has become resistant to the typical over the counter lice treatments and are now harder than ever to treat. Unfortunately, it was a severe problem for us personally in my daughter’s classroom last year. It seemed like the inevitable happened….my daughter came home with lice. I knew that I needed to do some research to find an alternative treatment after everything I’d been hearing about this hard to kill super lice.

After reading some studies, I employed a plan that worked after ONE treatment. To be readmitted to school the next morning, my daughter had to be checked for lice by their staff. They were SHOCKED that they couldn’t find nary a nit or louse on her. Since then, I’ve had friends spend hundreds of dollars on over the counter treatments, countless hours treating and retreating to no avail. Finally, when they tried this method they had the same success I did. One treatment and it was gone.

Here’s the treatment we employed:

Hair Masque 

This made enough to treat 2 females with long hair and 2 males with short hair. Adjust accordingly. I treated the 3 non-infected prophylactically.

1 cup coconut oil
8 drops Tea Tree oil
4 drops of lavender oil

Gently melt coconut oil if in a solid state. Stir in oils until well combined. Apply to scalp, massaging in and working down to tips of hair ensuring all hair is coated well. Pin up using butterfly clips, cover with a shower cap, leaving on for 4 hours.

After 4 hours, without adding water, apply tea tree oil shampoo and start working into the scalp, massaging with your fingertips. Slowly add a little water to the lather and work the oil mixture out of the hair. Rinse thoroughly. Shampoo again. Then apply tea tree oil conditioner and wet comb hair with a nit comb. Rinse well. Towel dry hair and blow dry paying close attention to the scalp and removing any nits with a clean nit comb. Apply essential oil spray (see below) focusing on the scalp area and brush through.

Essential Oil Spray

This is great to spray on every morning as a repellent.

Fill a 3 oz spray bottle almost to the top with filtered water. Add about 10 drops each of tea tree oil and lavender oil. Shake well before each use. Spray on hair, focusing on scalp and brushing through hair.

Preventative Measures

Use the tea tree oil shampoo and conditioner and use the essential oil spray before school as it is said to repel lice.

Shopping List 

Trader Joe’s

Coconut oil $5.99
Tea tree oil $6.99
Tea tree oil shampoo $3.99*
Tea tree oil conditioner $3.99

*The Trader Joe’s tea tree oil shampoo also has several other essential oils that are said to work against lice: eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint, rosemary, thyme.

Sally’s Beauty Supply

Nit comb $3.99
Butterfly hair clips $2.69
10 pk disposable shower caps $2.99
3 oz spray bottle $2.39

Any Natural Foods Store

Lavender essential oil


Clean all brushes and soaking them in rubbing alcohol, allowing them to air dry. After each use, repeat, being sure to only use a clean brush. I just used a small, shoebox sized plastic storage container that I kept full of rubbing alcohol to soak brushes,  combs, hair elastics, etc.

Heat also helps will lice, so I made sure to blow dry the hair and ran a flat iron (410 degrees) through to help the process.

Clean all bedding, towels in hot water, etc.

Keep long hair pulled back and/or braided.

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Be Prepared – Calling 9-1-1

Currently, it is estimated that about 70% of 9-1-1 calls are placed using wireless phones and that figure is rapidly increasing. What many people fail to realize is that when you use a wireless phone to call for help, it is even more critical that you know the location of the emergency. Wireless phones are not associated with a fixed location as is the case with a landline. When you call 9-1-1 using your wireless phone, emergency dispatch can get a general location within a distance of 300 meters but that distance is enough to delay help. In addition, callers in a state of panic often forget their own address. Therefore, we are encouraging you to post vital information in a central area of your home so that in the event of an emergency the caller can read aloud the necessary information to the 9-1-1 dispatcher.

We encourage you to fill out and print off our Emergency Information Sheet below. This is the same one we use in our own home and it’s kept in a sheet protector on the side of our refrigerator. If you have babysitters or older children staying home alone, this can be very helpful to them should the need arise to call for help.

 Click to download: Emergency Information Sheet

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AED’s In The Workplace

When someone collapses, suffering from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), the most common cause is an abnormal rhythm of the heart called ventricular fibrillation. One misconception the general public has, which I’ve come to realize when teaching, is the belief that CPR used independently will restart the heart after a few minutes. After all, it is commonly what Hollywood portrays on television. The reality is that CPR performed by bystanders will save fewer than 5% of victims. It’s not to say that we shouldn’t even try. To put that in perspective, about 900 Americans suffer from SCA each day. If we are able to save 5%, that’s 45 lives saved in ONE day. Over a year that could be over 16,000 people saved in the United States alone. But we can do better!

Here’s how. Effective chest compressions play a vital role in effective lifesaving procedures for SCA victims. Chest compressions move the oxygenated blood to vital organs, such as the brain, protecting them from damage as a result of oxygen deprivation. However, what most people don’t understand is that those compressions are unlikely to get the heart beating spontaneously again. In order to get the heart back into a normal rhythm, we need to apply and electrical shock via a defibrillator (AED). To even better the chances for SCA victims, an AED should be applied to the victim within the first few minutes of collapse.

A common argument that I receive from people as to why they don’t need an AED onsite is, “the Fire Department is right down the road,” with the knowledge that they have defibrillators. What we need to understand is that each minute that passes the victims chance of survival sharply drops by 7-10%. Each minute. For arguments sake, let’s assume that when an emergency occurs the Fire Department is right down the road and are not tied up with another emergency enabling them to arrive in 4 minutes. Just because EMS responders are now on scene, doesn’t mean that the victims chance of survival is drastically better just yet. Remember, they still have to get to the victim, apply the defibrillator and deliver that first shock, possibly adding an additional 3 minutes. Now 7 minutes has passed, assuming you witnessed the collapse and called immediately. The harsh reality is that 7 minutes equates to their chance of survival being lessened by anywhere from 49 – 70%.

Most SCA events occur at home with the second most common place being the workplace. It is really important to get AED’s placed in work environments. They are very easy to use and more importantly, highly effective. If you’re interested in learning more about AED’s, please check out our AED Information and for purchasing information please check out our Zoll™ AED Sales page. We are also proud to provide top-notch AED training in Arizona.

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CPR Is Easy To Learn

Over the years that I’ve been teaching CPR and First Aid classes, it became apparent to me that a majority of people were uncomfortable with the idea of performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Sure, on occasion, I’d have those few that were seemingly willing to do whatever it would take to save the life of another – and that’s wonderful. However, in order to really save lives CPR needs to be something most people would be willing to do, not just the heroic handful.

Fortunately, nowadays we have a solution: Compressions only. It relieves the concerns that a majority of bystanders would have in these emergencies that would hinder their willingness to help. And it works! A Pennsylvania EMS group found that they’re had a 20% increase in survival rates for those suffering from cardiac arrest since implementing compressions only. «Read Full News Story Here»

We like to hear that these simplified techniques are so successful. As someone who’s been trained in CPR for more than 16 years, I can attest that the older techniques had a lot of steps and different sets of numbers to remember. Individuals who didn’t work in healthcare didn’t always feel confident that they could remember everything they learned in CPR classes. When I started teaching CPR years ago, I came up with little tricks that would help more people remember the steps, but still some weren’t as confident as I would have liked.

For many people, just the idea of having to act in an emergency is nerve wracking. Then throw in the fact that they felt that they had to remember a bunch of what seemingly felt like complicated steps. It was overwhelming for many lay-rescuers. I find that with these more simplified techniques, more people leave class feeling confident in their abilities to save a life. Now is a great time to learn CPR. It really is easy, so come take a class with us!

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CPR Saved Five-Year-Old Near Drowning Victim

On the evening of Friday, July 25th, a five-year-old Louisiana boy nearly drowned at an apartment complex pool. It is reported that the boy who didn’t have permission to swim, was in the care of an adult family member at the time of the incident. Fortunately, a bystander was able to perform CPR on the young boy and he is expected to fully recover. «Please read here for the full news report».

In the summer months, we hear of these incidents all across the nation far too often. It is important to remember that we cannot take our eyes off of children for even a moment. It only takes one second for them to slip into the water unnoticed. Drowning is SILENT so we cannot rely on our ears to be alerted to a child in danger. Prevention is the first line of defense to lessen the chances of child drownings.

Unfortunately, there are far too many cases where a child slips out of the sight of their caregiver and into a nearby pool. It is important that we know how to properly perform CPR so that we do stand a chance of saving these children.

Now is as good of a time as any to take a CPR class! It only takes a couple of hours to become properly trained and it could save a life. Make the commitment today! We hope that you never need to use the skills we teach you, but it’s far better to know how to respond and never having to rather than not knowing when someone’s life is on the line.

Once summer comes to a close, the reports of pool drownings die down. It’s a good time to remind everyone that children don’t only drown in pools. Children can drown in the smallest, shallowest amount of water like you might find in bathtubs and buckets of water.

Please consider joining one of our CPR classes. We have classes regularly in the Phoenix and Tucson areas. Check out our class schedule for a list of classes or contact us if you would like to get a small group of family and friends together and have us teach your group privately in the comfort of your own home.

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