Head Lice is an infestation that almost every household has had to deal with, at least once in their lifetime. Just the talk of lice has us wanting to scratch our heads due to that phantom itch. And if our kids come home from school with a ‘Head Lice confirmed’ letter from the school nurse – we feel like screaming the house down. Lice are definitely a menace but not one that warrants burning down the house (or even the mattresses). There are ways to fight the infestation without going crazy.
What Methods to Use to Fight an Infestation?
Well first of all, don’t buy any over the counter products. These shampoos and conditioners consist of toxic chemical like permethrin, DEET etc. that are harmful for our children. On the other hand, lice have become resistant to these and other such pesticides being used. Instead of harming only our kids and not the lice with these; use natural products. There are certified known Natural Treatments for Lice that you can use and get rid of the lice permanently, without hurting the kids in the slightest.
How to do this the Natural Way?
The best way to fight an infestation is to use the method our mothers used. This usually included lathering our hair with oil and then using a fine-toothed comb to nitpick manually. This though, pulled our hair and made us run away instead of sitting still and letting her do her work. You can use this method, but make it better so that your kids don’t fidget as much. First wash their hair – this softens them and they pull less.
Next put in conditioner and then comb their hair lock by lock using a steel nit comb. It would work even better if you use Lice Shampoo and Lice Conditioner. Ensure that these are made up of natural ingredients and essential oils. If you buy a good Natural Lice Removal Treatment Pack, it will also include a leave-in tonic. Put it in your kids’ hair to ascertain that the lice stay away. It also gets the lice that you may have missed while nit picking.
Other Methods of Natural Removal of Lice
Many people have claimed that suffocating the lice is an effective way of eliminating them. Articles like garlic, salt, olive oil, baby oil, coconut oil, petroleum jelly, tea tree oil, white vinegar, sesame seed oil and mayonnaise have been used for the same. The basic procedure is same for all of these. Making a mixture for the solids, or using the oils as it is – we lather the hair of the infested person with it and then cover their head with a shower cap. The oil (or mixture) is then left overnight. Lice breathe through pores in their bodies and the oil clog these – effectively smothering them. Next day, wash their hair with regular/lice shampoo and wet comb using a fine-toothed comb. Even though many people claim that these methods work, doctors recommend not depending on them completely.