Home Remedy for Head Lice
What's the best Home remedy for head lice? There are so many urban legends and myths concerning the best home remedies for head lice, including suffocating them with mayonnaise, olive oil, motor oil, shaving all your body hair, and others, so how do you evaluate fact, fiction, safety and efficacy?
Few home remedies for head lice have merit apart from a few essential oils, a few dust compounds containing diatomaceous earth, and of course some of the over the counter remedies.
As for a home remedy for head lice, some over the counter remedies and prescriptions contain dangerous chemicals like pyrethrins, pyrethrins, malathion and lindane. Source
Links between pyrethroids
and childhood brain cancers
Perhaps one reason people search out a home remedy for head lice is self evident. A study of pesticides and childhood brain cancers has revealed a strong relationship between brain cancers and compounds used to kill fleas and ticks, according to a report published in Environmental Health Perspectives.
The study concludes "The specific chemicals associated with children's brain cancers were pyrethrins and pyrethroids (which are synthetic pyrethrins, such as permethrin, tetramethrin, allethrin, resmethrin and fenvalerate) and chlorpyrifos (trade name: Dursban)." [Janice M. Pogoda and Susan Preston-Martin, "Household Pesticides and Risk of Pediatric Brain Tumors," Environmental Health Perspectives, vol. 105, no. 11 (November 1997), pages 1214-1220.]
The EPA, in June 2000, halted sales of Dursban. Source
The Best Home Remedy For Head Lice?
In my opinion, the best of all home remedies for head lice contains tea tree oil.
Tea tree oil is well suited as a home remedy for head lice,because it contains several components that have proven themselves in studies to kill lice.
In a study published by Scandinavian University Press, in 1999 in Acta Derm Vernereol 1999; 79: 1-2., several of the chemical compounds in tea tree oil, and tea tree oil itself, was tested in a 10% solution.
In several of the compounds, they worked to kill 50-100% of the headlice. Tea tree oil, in a mild solution, killed 85% of the headlice.
If you were to apply the tea tree oil in a slightly stronger solution, it might work much more effectively, and a shampoo or conditioner with a 3% or better solution should help with head lice prevention.
So, how do you go about treating head lice with tea tree oil as a home remedy for head lice? .
Complete Instructions for Getting Rid of Head Lice with Tea Tree Oil
The recipe is simple. I recommend using a proven system that combines the most effective natural ingredients for the best and quickest results. That's why I recommend a home remedy for head lice using the following three products.
For best results, it is recommended to use all three products in combination.
Adults & Children 1+:
Naughty Nits Shampoo:
Squeeze a small amount of shampoo onto palm of hand and apply onto scalp. Massage shampoo into scalp incorporating ends of hair and leave in for 5 minutes, then rinse.
Naughty Nits Hair Oil:
Gently massage oil into scalp working towards hair ends. If working with long hair, divide hair into sections and massage from scalp to ends incorporating the hairline, to ensure even distribution throughout infected area. Comb through hair in one-inch sections repeatedly with a metal nit comb (available at most drugstores). After oil is distributed in hair, wrap head in an old towel to prevent staining and leave overnight.
Special Instructions: Shampoo oil out in the morning using Naughty Nits Shampoo.
Naughty Nits Spritzer: Shake bottle before use. Pointing away from the face, spray lightly to cover scalp surface and nape of the neck. Take care to avoid the eyes. Finish by combing hair.
Special instructions: Repeat use of Naughty Nits Shampoo after 2 weeks. Naughty Nits Spritzer may also be used alone to prevent re-infestation.
Caution: Protection is recommended to prevent Naughty Nits Oil from marking bed linens and pajamas. All products are not recommended for babies under one year unless under medical supervision and are for external use only. Safety during pregnancy and breastfeeding has not yet been established. Naughty Nits Hair Oil contains groundnut oils and is therefore not recommended for people with nut allergies.
How long until I see results?
Results should be noticeable immediately after using Naughty Nits Shampoo and Naughty Nits Hair Oil as directed. Regular use of Naughty Nits Spritzer will keep lice infestation at bay.
How long will a bottle last?
Naughty Nits Shampoo comes in a 50g tube, the Hair Oil in a 60ml bottle and Spritzer in a 100ml bottle. Exactly how long each product will last depends on how frequently each of the products is used and the length of the child’s hair.
Order the Naughty Nits ComboPack to save. Or, you can order the shampoo, oil and spritzer separately and still save more than 33% on your purchase by ordering our Buy 2 Get 1 Free special.
Or, you can do it all yourself,
...your results may be different though
Here's what you'll need, with some basic instructions on your own home remedy for head lice
- At least 1 ounce of 100% pure Australian tea tree oil (30ml) dark glass bottle only!
- Tea Tree Oil Shampoo and Tea Tree Oil Conditioner (You can make your own, just add 15 drops of tea tree oil to each ounce of shampoo and conditioner )
- A Nit Comb
- We also recommend a high quality body wash for your bath or shower (15 drops of tea tree oil per oz of body wash), and if this whole episode has put you under added stress,
- it's wise to supplement your body nutritionally to help it handle the added strain on your system. Supplements designed for their calming effects are particularly helpful when you have health issues in the home. Get more Information on Triple Complex Calm Tonic Be sure to make a calming nutritional supplement part of your home remedy for head lice.
Tea tree oil has a cooling effect, and so you may experience a little tingling sensation, similar to menthol, but not nearly so intense. This is normal, and in a mild solution such as this, you may not feel any cooling sensation at all, unless you are treating a particularly sensitive skin area.
After two hours, all of the lice should be dead.
As part of your home remedy for head lice, remember to put on clean, preferably freshly laundered clothes, as lice can survive for two days off of your body.
Examine the treated areas for any live lice, and use the tea tree oil shampoo daily. In some research, tea tree oil was found more effective than the insect repellent DEET in repelling lice.
Tea tree oil shampoo has been used by many families to help prevent re-infestation of lice. Lice lay eggs called nits, and the nits hatch in 7 to 11 days, so it is recommended to repeat the tea tree oil treatment a second time about one week later.
The tea tree oil will most likely have killed all of the nits, but if any items of clothing, bedding, carpeting, or furniture were missed in the vacuuming, washing, and general cleanup, or if any nits survived, you will want to kill them off. My heart goes out to you, as you follow your chosen home remedy for head lice.