Lice can be removed without using toxic chemicals, and without spending a lot of money. The key is in the comb and in the tea tree oil
Something that no parent likes is seeing their children's heads covered in lice. Head lice is one of the things parents fear the most. However, if you are a parent you have probably had to deal with them at least once. It is something common, every day hundreds of children return from school, from the park, from their extracurricular activities, with lice on their heads.
The comb and the lice
A study published recently in the British Medical Journal found that combing wet hair with a specially designed lice comb was four times more effective at removing lice than malathion, permethrin, pyrethrin, or piperyl butoxide, the chemical constituents of many shampoos to remove lice. Many lice have become resistant to the pesticides most commonly used in head lice shampoos.
The ideal comb will be metal, it should have finely spaced long teeth, and the space between the handle and the teeth will be sealed, so that live lice cannot hide inside.
Use clips / tweezers to divide wet hair into small sections, and work with one section at a time. Comb the scalp, depositing the lice and eggs in a bowl of soap and water.
Lice and pesticide-based shampoos
Increasingly, parents are finding that chemical-based lice shampoos don't work. This is why the number of parents choosing not to use pesticide-based shampoos is growing.
These safety conscious parents don't want to apply a pesticide to their child's scalp that can be absorbed into the bloodstream and circulate throughout the body (the scalp is one of the most absorbent parts of the body).
Perhaps they also realize that lice appear to be developing resistance to pesticides, just as many bacteria have developed resistance to antibiotics due to their use and abuse.
An added benefit is that these parents are also not sending these pesticides into our wastewater and ultimately into our groundwater.
Tea tree oil and lice
Tea tree oil, a natural solution that kills lice immediately if you have them, and keeps them away before they can appear.
If you don't want to use chemical pesticides on your child's head, consider treating with natural dewormers like tea tree oil and a fine-toothed comb - also called a nit. You can also use tea tree essential oil to prevent future head lice outbreaks.
Before using tea tree oil, a small area of the skin should be tested before applying it to the scalp to ensure that the user is not allergic. Do not apply tea tree oil directly to the scalp without first testing a small area to rule out possible adverse reactions. Do not apply the essential oil of the tea tree without diluting it in other oils.
In case there are no adverse reactions, apply 6 drops of tea tree oil on the palms of the hands along with another 12 drops of body oil (to reduce the essential oil of the tea tree) and massage well throughout the hair. Put on a shower cap and keep the cap on for half an hour. Then wash your hair with a mixture of hair shampoo and 10-15 drops of tea tree oil. Wash the head with this mixture and leave for a few minutes. Finally, rinse the hair well.
After washing the hair, it is necessary to remove the nits (lice eggs) with a special comb for this function, called a nit. It is a nuisance to get children to stay still but it is absolutely essential if we want to get rid of lice. One help is to carry out this step in front of the television, in this way they will be entertained by watching their favorite movie and we can comb them thoroughly.
To ensure the total elimination of lice and nits, we must continue looking for and eliminating nits for at least 2 weeks, after each head wash with the mixture of shampoo and 6 drops of tea tree oil.
Use tea tree essential oil shampoo on your children's head at least once a week after the infestation is removed as a preventive treatment.
It is also very effective to add 12 drops of tea tree oil in ¼ liter of water and put it in a spray bottle. Spray in the morning before taking our children to school.
All washable items, including clothing and bedding, that have touched the head should be washed in hot water and dried in a hot tumble dryer.
We will also mix ten drops of essential tea tree oil in a spray bottle and spray the upholstery.
Teach children to never share personal items such as towels, hairbrushes, hats, etc. This can greatly reduce the risk that your children may catch it.
If you find lice in your child's hair, tea tree oil is the solution. It is a natural antiparasitic, without chemicals.
Lice are not very picky, and they don't care if your hair is clean or dirty. They are looking for a host to feed on and will choose both the “rich” and the “poor”.
Tea tree essential oil being a natural antiparasitic can be used safely every day, even in children.
For The Medicinal Plant