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Head Lice (or Nits) Rid hair and scalp of these biting insects with essential oils.

Updated on September 3, 2016
Human headlouse
Human headlouse
Headlouse eggs
Headlouse eggs
Headlouse bites
Headlouse bites
School visit from the "nit" nurses in 1930s
School visit from the "nit" nurses in 1930s


Head lice are a common problem, particularly in schools and gyms, not helped by them becoming resistant to the normal proprietary chemicals used. Essential oils have always been effective in removing and preventing the re-infestation without damaging the skin. The oils should be blended at a fairly high ratio with the carrier oil and I would suggest the following as a starting point:

15 drops of each

Bergamot

Lavender

Geranium

Eucalyptus

Blended into 40ml of either sunflower oil or Argan/Rose hip oil if the skin is badly irritated.

Massage into the scalp and hair, cover and leave preferably overnight. Wash out with a mild shampoo and comb through with a fine tooth comb to remove lice and eggs. You will normally need three or four treatments at two day intervals to remove the unhatched eggs. Add a little lavender oil to the final rinse water, although for boys you may prefer bergamot or eucalyptus (their choice !). You may wish to use a little argan oil after the final rinse as it not only is good for the skin but will help the hair and give a healthy sheen.

Don't forget all bedding and clothes need to be thoroughly hot washed and a few drops of lavender or bergamot will help here as well.

Sulphur soap has been used for hundreds of years and will work to kill the lice but not the eggs. In addition it will dry the skin and can be very painful if it gets into the eyes. The dry skin will need treatment with Argan oil to repair it and restore the hair.

Don't forget that lice can infest other parts of the body, where hair is present and will need treatment also. The bites can become infected and Lavender oil applied with Q tip will help here.

Lice are very infectious and children must avoid anyone infested. Mothers treating infected children should cover their hair completely and wear latex or thin PVC gloves.


If irritation occurs stop treatment immediately. Ensure essential oils do not enter eyes.


© 2012 Peter Geekie

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