- Head lice are tiny bugs that feed on blood.
- They’re the size of sesame seeds and usually grey to reddish-brown in color.
- Lice eggs, known as nits, are small white ovals approximately half the size of a pinhead that are attached to individual hair strands.
- Young children are the most prone to infestation and often transfer to other members of the family.
- Although not dangerous, head lice are a nuisance and hard to treat. Once lice have been detected it is important to remove all traces, including the nits themselves.
- All items that have touched the infected head should be treated including bedding, hats, towels, combs and brushes.
- Most commercial lice shampoos and products contain potentially harmful insecticides.
- Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you need to treat a pregnant woman or a child under the age of two.
Key ingredient to look for
Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree Oil is widely used as a non-toxic method of treating head lice. It should be diluted before use and avoid contact with eyes and mouth, as pure tea tree oil is very potent. Add 5 drops of the oil to any shampoo and massage into the scalp. Do this treatment once daily until all lice are removed. To help comb out nits, add 5 drops of tea tree oil to a cup of water and dip a fine-tooth comb into the mixture before combing.
Tea tree oil is very strong and can be toxic to the liver if used in very high doses. Pure oil should never be used on babies, young children and pregnant women. Large doses can also cause allergic reactions and skin irritation. Use with caution and consult your physician with any questions.
- Vinegar can be a weapon against lice. Dilute white vinegar with water and dip a fine-tooth comb in the mixture to help dislodge nits.
- You can also saturate hair with vinegar after a treatment shampoo. Let sit for a few minutes before towel drying and combing.
- Kill lice and their eggs on household items (sheets, combs, accessories) with heat by placing them in a clothes dryer or extremely hot soapy water.
- Clean all combs and brushes by soaking them in rubbing alcohol for an hour.
Essential Oil Recipe
- Mix 20 drops Geranium, 40 drops Bergamot, 20 drops Lavender and 20 drops of Tea Tree oils
- Combine with 4oz. (1/2 cup) of vegetable oil
- Massage into dry hair and cover with a shower cap or cling wrap for at least an hour
- Massage shampoo into the hair and scalp
- Rinse thoroughly
- Repeat 4 times in 2 days