FACT: All socioeconomic groups are affected, and infestations are seen throughout the world. Head lice infestation is not significantly influenced by hair length or by frequent brushing or shampooing. (Source: AAP)
In an effort to limit the head scratching, I'm going to get right to the point with today's tip. Without further ado, 3 Ways To Naturally Treat And Prevent Head Lice:
1. Lice Comb- Lice eggs (nits) are basically tiny little parasite eggs super glued to the hair shaft, and are barely visible to the naked eye. While it's possible to pick them out with your fingers, a lice comb is your best bet for prying those suckers off. The comb is also and easy way to search and siege simultaneously during the initial Lice/nit search.
3. Essential Oils Essential oils are widely used in traditional medicine to massacre head lice. So much so, several products have been studied for Lice eradicating properties (eg, Andiroba oil, Quassia vinegar, melaleuca oil [tea tree oil], lavender oil, anise, ylang-ylang, coconut oil) Essential Oils were found to be at least as effective as the permethrin product Nix!FACT: Eggs are incubated by body heat and typically hatch in 8 to 9 days. Head lice can only live a day or two off the scalp, and they can't hop or fly. Direct contact is the way they move; head to head, coat to coat, hairbrush or hat sharing, and most recently, selfies.
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FUN FACT: In a study, hot-air methods proved highly effective in killing nits, but less so in eradicating live lice. An old-fashioned bonnet dryer killed nearly 89% of nits but just 10% of lice, while a blow dryer using direct heat got rid of nearly 98% of nits and 55% of lice. After bath, blow dry hair for extra lice killing action. (Note: Never use heat with chemical nit treatment, some may have flammable chemicals.)
4. All-Natural Lice Repellent Spray: Even though lice can't jump, or live very long without a host-head, treatment of pillows, coats, backpacks and furniture is definitely recommended in the fight against lice. Needless to say, after the first nit is found, immediately wash everything washable that your child's head comes in contact with--hairbrush, pillow, coat... For the items that can't be washed, hose them down with a homemade All-natural Lice Repellent Spray.
Do you have any natural Lice remedies?