Karina Jones is a real-life ranch wife in the Nebraska Sandhills and one of the most highly sought-after speakers in the cattle industry nationwide!
Let’s talk creepy crawlies today on Ranch Raised!
Being ranchers, the concept of lice is something that we face regularly when keeping our cattle herds healthy, right? Especially in the spring, you see those cows starting to rub on anything that will withstand the pressure of their weight. Most ranches have an active lice protocol and rely on regular pouring of substances we get from our local vet to keep our cows happy, healthy, and not so itchy.
But, man alive, a few weeks in to back-to-school season brings the “dreaded note.” Moms, you know what I am talking about. The note saying that they have found head lice in the school.
Since I can’t run the kids and their peers down the chute and pour them with the stuff from the vet, I have to lean on another option. As I’ve told you before, I am a bit of a hippie. So when this head lice situation comes around our area, I lean into my essential oils. Take it or leave it. This is just what we use in our home and what I feel comfortable with.
In a 4oz spray bottle fill halfway with water, then add:
20 drops Melaleuca or Tea Tree Essential oil
10 drops Lavender
10 drops Rosemary
10 drops Eucalyptus
4 drops Clove
Fill with remainder with water. Shake before each use and spray their hair before leaving and their backpacks and coats and hair upon return.
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Karina ranches with her husband, Marty, and 3 daughters near Broken Bow, NE. She grew up in western NE, with roots also in southwest SD. The cattle industry and raising kids is her passion.
Watching the cattle industry go the path that it has gone, she could no longer sit quietly at home checking cows, fixing fence, and doing all the everyday tasks wondering when some else was going to make it all better. As she became more active and outspoken on industry issues, she was asked to join the R-CALF USA staff in September 2020 as the Checkoff Petition Campaign manager. That position transcended into her current role as full time Field Director for R-CALF USA.
You can hear her almost every Friday on Your Ag Network’s Hot Barn Report that is broadcast on 60 radio stations with coverage in 9 states, where she deep dives into cattle industry issues and highlights R-CALF’s work on industry reforms. Listen to Ranch Raised on a Your Ag Network hometown station or www.youragnetwork.com where she talks about her daily life on the ranch.