Head lice is a highly contagious parasite that affects a large amount of school=aged kids during the spring and summer months. There are plenty over the counter treatments out there to choose from. The problem with over the counter treatments is that the parasites are building immunity to the chemicals found in these treatments. There is however an all natural alternative that is fool proof.
The all natural head lice treatment is both cheaper and safer than the chemical counterpart. Since school-aged kids are a commonly attacked group safety is a big issue.
The treatment consists of a bottle of Olive Oil, disposable plastic caps, a lice comb and patience. Basically all you do is coat the hair with Olive Oil- don’t be sparing, really cover the hair. Then cover the hair with a plastic cap. The treatment should stay on for at least four hours, so I would put it on at night and sleep on it. If you do this be sure to use an old pillow case, the oil will escape the cap while you sleep and ruin a pillowcase.
Shampoo the treatment out in the morning. Olive Oil is fairly light and isn’t difficult to remove. After shampooing, be sure to use the lice comb to remove any nits that adhere to the hair strand. Nits are the tiny white egg pods that are found about one and a half to two inches from the scalp. These must be combed out daily for the treatment to work.
This treatment should be done every other night for one week. The problem should be resolved in about ten days, but observe things for an additional week after treatment just to be sure the lice are completely gone. This treatment works by suffocating the adult lice and as long as all of the eggs are removed they don’t stand a chance.
Don’t forget to treat your home when dealing with head lice. Anything that can be washed in the washer should be done so with hot water and dried in the dryer on the highest heat setting. Stuffed animals can be sealed tightly in a garbage bag for a few days, the lice cannot live without a host for more than 48 hours. Anything that cannot be laundered or sealed should be vacuumed well, such as carpet and furniture.
Head lice prevention starts with education. Since head lice spreads rapidly through school-aged children this age group in particular should be instructed not to use other kids’ hats, coats, combs, brushes etc.
Children in this age group are usually in close contact, especially girls, which means that prevention can still be difficult.
A precaution you can take is mixing a lice prevention spray. This spray can consist of either lavender oil or tea tree oil and water. Simply mix ten drops of the oil with every two ounces of water you use in a spray bottle. Spray your child’s hair with this all natural preventative treatment before you send them to school or anywhere they will be around other children and they should remain safe from getting lice from close contact.