Lice can happen to anyone. They don't care if you are rich or poor, or what side of the tracks you live on. It's a common parasite that is easy to catch, especially in school.
One of the common treatments is shampoos that contain lindane. This is a very toxic chemical that can be absorbed by the skin. It's known to cause convulsions, cancer and one child has died after using this. Even the treatments that don't contain lindane may contain harmful toxins. This insect is becoming increasingly resistant to the chemical treatments. Why take the chance.
Get a lice comb at your local drugstore or use a fine toothed comb. It's especially designed to remove their little bodies from your hair.
Whatever kind of treatment you decide to try, make sure your don't get it into the eyes.
Massage the following into your hair and scalp and wrap your head with a towel. Leave this on all night. Repeat nightly until the problem is resolved.
1 tablespoon of jojoba or coconut oil
5 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops thyme essential oil
5 drops rosemary essential oil
These essential oils are known to help. So use any combination you may have on hand. They are ginger, cajeput, eucalyptus, Lavender, thyme, rosemary, lemon, rose, peppermint, tea tree, or geranium essential oil.
Note When using thyme use the linalol type because it's less likely to burn on the scalp. Use the tips of the fingers to rub the scalp, not the nails. You don't want to scratch the scalp.
Oil will smother lice, so your hair may be greasy after some of these treatments. On the plus side, oil will also condition the hair.
Coconut oil contains dodecyl alcohol, which is deadly to the adult lice. Any shampoo that contains sodium lauryl sulfate has coconut oil in it.
Method Number 2
Wet hair and apply a coconut oil based shampoo. You can add 10 drops of the mentioned essential oil to one ounce of shampoo if you want. Work a thick lather over all the hair and scalp.
Rinse with warm water and repeat the lathering. This time, leave it on the hair. Cover the lathered hair with a towel and leave on for 30 minutes.
Comb the hair with a regular comb to get the tangles out, then use the nit-removing comb by taking one inch sections of hair and comb it according to the directions on the special comb. If the hair gets dry, dampen it with water again. This could take a couple of hours if you have long, hair. If it was me, I think I would consider doing some hair cutting at this point.
Wash your hair a third time. Rinse and dry. Check for lice in case you missed some and remove them.
This has to be done to everyone in the house, so you don't spread it back and forth.
Method Number 3
6 drops of lavender essential oil
10 drops rosemary essential oil
20 drops tea tree essential oil
9 drops of thyme
2 ounces of vegetable oil
Apply to dry hair, and cover with a plastic bag or shower cap.
Cover with a towel and leave on for one hour or less if your scalp feels irritated.
Don't wet your hair yet, apply shampoo to dry hair.
Rinse and shampoo again.
Repeat in one week and again in two weeks in case any more hatch.
Method Number 4
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops rosemary essential oil
10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
10 drops tea tree oil
4 ounces of carrier oil
Rub into hair and scalp, cover with a plastic bag or shower cap for 12 hours or at least overnight. Wash and comb to remove dead lice.
Method Number 5
Mix lavender and olive oil
Rub this into the scalp and leave on 1/2 hour,
rinse with vinegar.
Vacuum upholstered furniture every day. Change pillowcases, sheets and cloths daily. Dry them in a hot dryer to kill the lice.
Recheck after 7 to 10 days to make sure you didn't miss any of the little eggs. If any hatched, you will need to start the whole process again.
As a preventive measure, add some lavender or rosemary essential oil to your shampoo. Brush a few drops of lavender or rosemary essential oil onto your hair. This will act as a repellent and discourage those nasty little blood sucking parasites from going on you.
I hope these safer methods are helpful to you. Good luck. :)
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