Last Modified on Sep 27, 2014
What are Lice Anyhow?
Not the sort of news a parent wants to hear at the end of the school day, "Your child has head lice." Everyone knows that lice are something no one wants, but what exactly are they? Well, lice or a single louse is a parasite, a little wingless insect that travels very quickly by contact and bites into the host's flesh. Symptoms of a lice infestation include severe itching and red bumps on the skin. The black eggs and small whitish lice may also be visible.
It is possible to be infested with both pubic lice and body lice, but the louse prefers the shelter of hairy parts of the body so head lice is most common. And since they can easily be passed by contact and shared clothing, school children in their constant, close proximity are most likely to pick up the infestation.
Natural Treatment for Lice: Home Remedies
The old standbys for lice removal are essential. A nit comb should be run carefully and thoroughly across the infested head or other body parts to remove all louse eggs (each area of the body is infested by a different kind of louse, so head lice stay on the head, etc.). This will eliminate future generations of life. Among Earth Clinic members, the next step is to coat the head with mayonnaise or coconut oil to suffocate the living head lice. Vacuuming and washing any clothing and bed clothes the infected person has come into contact with is also essential, using soapy hot water on clothes and putting them in the dryer on high heat to kill off any remaining lice. Commercial shampoos are available to kill lice, but they are generally toxic and so preferably avoided. Be sure to "cook" your combs and brushes as well in water at or above 130F, and continue combing and inspecting for lice for a week or more just to be sure.
Table of Contents
- TED'S ANSWERS
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Mayonnaise
- Cat Flea Shampoo
- Coconut Oil
- Coconut Oil, Tea Tree Oil
- Denorex Shampoo
- Eucalyptus Oil
- Garlic Oil
- General Feedback
- Hair Dye
- Listerine, Vinegar
- Meat Tenderizer, Dog Shampoo
- Mineral Oil and Vinegar
- Multiple Remedies
- Neem Oil
- Olive Leaf
- Olive Oil
- Olive Oil, Dish Soap, Vinegar, Tea Tree and Neem Oils
- Olive Oil, Tea Tree Oil
- Olive Oil, Vinegar and Tea Tree Oil
- Peppermint Oil and Coconut Conditioner
- Pure Alcohol, Aka Rubbing Alcohol
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Rubbing Alcohol, Olive Oil
- Tea Tree Oil
- Tea Tree Oil, White Vinegar, Liquid Soap
[YEA] MAYO and APPLE VINEGAR: all you have to do is smoother mayo in you're hair then let it set for 2 hours wash with no conditioner or shampoo the put apple viniger in it and set for 30 minutes rince and it cures
[YEA] For the head lice go to your pet store and get flea shampoo for cats. it should contain:
piperonyl butoxide technical 0.50%
other ingredients: 99.45%
wash yourself first with soap and wash your hair with plain shampoo.
then while you are still wet apply the flea shampoo to your head and cover your whole body with it including your external genitailia, your feet hands and face. don't get it in your eyes though.
now, that you are covered all over set the egg timer for 12 minutes. in 3 days repeat. besure you wash your beding and pets bedding in hot water. i would also spray my bedding and the pets beding with flea spray. do the mattress too. wash your pets the same way too.
Replied by Vixen
The Triangle, North Carolina