Chemical and Alternative Head Lice Remedies

The term ‘Head Lice’ is searched on Google around 450,000 per month around the world, demonstrating a clear desire for more information on these parasitic insects and the remedies to help solve an infestation. The pharmaceutical market is flooded with the latest chemical based solutions and treatments, and as a concerned parent, you may be tempted to go down this route.

However, many parents do not realize that these over the counter commercial solutions usually contain either pesticides or silicone. When parents realize this, they tend to avoid using such drastic measures, and instead seek out alternative solutions.

Alternative Lice Treatments

Alternative remedies for treating these infestations have been around for centuries. Some come and go as a complete waste of time, but others have been around for a long time, and have proven that they are just as effective as the equivalent chemical solutions. Sadly, home therapies do not come with the seal of approval from regulatory health boards; but if you listen to parents at the playground, you’ll find that more and more families are turning to alternatives, rather than using mainstream chemical remedies.

There are three alternative treatments that parents are using time and time again:

The Smothering Technique – This method has proven to be so effective that mainstream treatments are now imitating the effects this treatment creates using silicone. Although the technique is messy, it is effective at killing the insects and stopping an infestation. The hair is literally smothered with a thick substance, and left overnight (protected by a shower cap to reduce mess) to choke the insects. Substances include Vaseline, mayonnaise and oils (see below).
White Vinegar – White vinegar has the power to do something most other treatments can’t, and that’s tackle live lice eggs (nits). Soak dry hair in white vinegar for 30 minutes, to break down chitin. Chitin is the substance the adult insects use to attach nits to the hair shaft. White vinegar can also be used to remove greasiness from the hair caused by the smothering technique. Wash out the substance, and soak the wet hair in white vinegar for 10 -15 minutes to strip away the greasy residue.
Tea Tree Oil – Tea tree oil has antiseptic qualities that the blood sucking parasites seem to dislike. Mixing tea tree oil with coconut oil, sweet almond oil or olive oil, and using with the smothering technique is a popular choice for parents. Tea tree oil can also be mixed with warm water and used in a spray bottle as a handy home brewed repellent.

The Nit Comb

Different parents will make different choices when it comes to remedies and treatments. However, all parents should purchase a good nit comb. These combs are essential for removing both the adult insects and the nits.

The nit comb can and should be used daily, as this will help to remove the infestation, and prevent the odd louse or two from making a whole new infestation in your home.

Ignore the plastic variety, as these bend with a little use, and instead purchase a metal toothed nit comb. They are not much more expensive than the plastic variety, but are far better equipped for the task.

Nancy Williams is a regular mom who has researched a wide variety of lice remedies and wants to helps parents make informed choices. For more information about Lice Remedies, Visit Head Lice Information.


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