First of all, if you're in need of a home remedy for head lice, let me lend you my condolences.
Head lice treatment is never a fun and exciting time in anyone's life. It is, however, pretty common. There aren't many statistics on the issue but Google reports over 300,000 searches solely on the term "head lice" alone. Knowing how to treat it safely is one thing; knowing how to prevent lice is another. This article will cover both.
There are many types of conventional treatments for lice, such as shampoos and sprays. There are also some dangerous alternative treatments, such as gasoline or kerosene.
But if you're aware of dangers of pesticides you ought to be aware that shampoos and other conventional treatments require using pesticides directly on your or your child's head!
With pesticide usage linking to leukemia, autism, infertility, birth defects, ADHD, Parkinson's, miscarriage and countless types of cancers, it's outrageous to think of applying this poison directly to our skin! (Click here to learn more about this.)
But left untreated, and well...I'll let you Google that one.
It's important to know a few things about this problem, before you use a home remedy for head lice.
Now that you have some background head lice information, keep those things in mind as we start talkig about your best bet for home remedy for head lice below.
We know pesticides are dangerous, as are things like gasoline (please don't do that!). But there are also plenty of myths about what actually works. Mayonnaise, oil, vinegar, and so on have all been tried, but which one is best? After all, you don't want to have to do this over and over again.
Below is the very best home remedy for head lice, followed by the best advice on how to prevent lice:
Yup, good old combing is the #1 most effective home remedy for head lice.
Actually, it's the best treatment of any kind! Hmm, is it any wonder why popular shampoos still recommend combing? It may just be that their dangerous products aren't even doing the real work; your combing is!
Here's what you'll need for this home remedy for head lice:
Once you have those things, here's what you'll get to do with them:
IMPORTANT: The entire family should to be checked and treated, just in case. Be sure clean instruments are used for each person. And don't forget you'll be doing this again in 10 days to ensure no nits were left behind that have hatched (10 days will ensure they haven't begun laying their own eggs).
ALSO IMPORTANT: You're not done yet! (You didn't think that was the hard part did you?) In order to really learn how to prevent lice from occuring again, there are a few extra extra steps you get to take.
Melaleuca, or "tea tree oil", is an all-natural essential oil derived from the plant, Melaleuca. A "head lice tea tree oil treatment" is recommend because of the oil's natural antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic properties.
A head lice tea tree oil treatment is NOT a substitute for combing. Even with pesticide shampoos, combing is still necessary.
But tea tree oil and other essential oils (specifically aniseed, cinnamon leaf, thyme, peppermint, and nutmeg) were found in one Icelandic study127 to be effective when combined in alcohol and followed with an essential oil/vinegar/water rinse the next day. Whether it was the alcohol, the vinegar rinse or the essential oil mixture that did the trick, the fact remains that it worked, as was shown by several other worldwide studies using essential oils127.
To make this home remedy for head lice tea tree oil treatment, you'll need:
Mix the 2 ounces of oil with up to 20 drops of melaleuca/tea tree oil (it's usually advised ot start with less, especially for kids or sensitive skin). Dab this into the hair using clean cotton balls (changing them out as you go). Make sure they get tightly sealed in a bag and thrown away.
For an alternative home remedy for head lice, tea tree oil can be mixed with alcohol (vodka works great) and sprayed into the hair. Allow either of these treatments to sit in the hair for at least 12 hours before shampooing. You can easily reapply the acohol/tea tree spray frequently as a way to help prevent re-infestations.
And now for the fun part!
Knowing how to prevent head lice is actually a two-part solution: 1. Preventing your children from getting them in the first place and 2. Preventing re-infestations in your home. Let's start with #2, preventing re-infestations.
It begins with *thoroughly* treating the heads of everyone in your home TWICE - once upon finding the head lice and again 10 days after the first treatment. Yes, everyone. No, that does not include the pets, as head lice don't go after pets, only humans.
After treating everyone's head and before you go back to your happy, lice-free life, you get to treat the entire house (or at least everywhere anyone has been since the infestation may have occurred).
Here's where not to miss:
There are several ways to treat these items using a home remedy for head lice strategy. Choose the best option from the following list:
Total prevention may not be possible. Lice are pesky little buggers after all. But there are a few ideas that might help your home remedy for head lice efforts.
Remember: even if it's not a home remedy for head lice, it's still a lot of work. And it's hardly any fun for kids or adults.
My best home remedy for head lice advice would be to not take it too seriously. Make it as fun as it can be. Laugh, make jokes, learn about it together, listen to music or watch funny movies as you comb so that the experience can be remembered as something other than the worst experience of your family's life.
Finding a home remedy for head lice and learning how to prevent lice is important for your family's health.
Here are a few more healthy steps you can take to protect your home:
Whatever step you take, remember to have fun!
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