Treat Head Lice Naturally

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Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Treat Head Lice Naturally

It’s hard to believe that we’re nearing the end of summertime, and kids across the country will be heading back to school soon (if they haven’t already).

One of the biggest concerns most parents have when their kids enter school is how to keep them healthy in such tight quarters. But as most of us know all too well, despite our best efforts at disease prevention, all kids will still catch something at some point. And in schools and day cares, one of the most common things you’ll see is head lice. 

While not dangerous, head lice can sure be a nuisance. These hardy devils can literally swim in many over-the-counter medicines that used to kill them on contact. Not to mention, these products contain some pretty harsh chemicals that obviously come into pretty close contact with your child’s mouth, eyes, and nose.

Fortunately, you can get rid of lice naturally, without toxic chemicals. 

The first option is to try Vaseline, which essentially suffocates lice. Cover every inch of the child’s scalp and hair. Put it on plenty thick. Don’t miss a spot. You may need to cover behind the ears, part of the neck and the eyebrows as well. Then, cover the scalp with a shower cap. Leave the Vaseline on for at least one whole day. It will probably take a week of daily shampooing to remove all the Vaseline, which has an added benefit. This gives the Vaseline longer to work on the eggs or nits, which require 3 to 14 days to fully mature.

Another option is to use a combination of essential oils. Once study tested a mixture of juniper, eucalyptus, lavender, geranium, lemon and rosemary oils on 20 children with head lice who had been unresponsive to pharmaceutical treatment. (Each of these oils have been shown to exhibit anti-lice activity.) The oils mixed in a cream base was reported to be effective in all the children. You can buy these essential oils at most health food stores. 

Finally, be sure to thoroughly launder, boil, and clean everything the child has contacted.

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