Insecticides in over the counter head lice shampoos and treatments have been linked to issues with cognitive performance in children (including memory, learning and development).
Why Not Avoid Chemicals & Treat Head Lice Naturally?
Neem oil has been used for thousands of years to treat lice and is an excellent treatment, it’s only downside is the smell (like gone off vinegar!) so it needs diluting.
- In a spray bottle add a 1/4 neem oil to 3/4 vinegar (apple cider vinegar is best but any vinegar will do!) then add 10 drops of lavender oil, 10 drops of tea tree oil and 10 drops of rosemary essential oil.
- Wet hair and then whilst leaning over sink / bath, spray liberally, then comb through and repeat.
- Leave mix on for 30 minutes.
- Wash off using a lot of shampoo! Any residual neem smell will go with a second shampoo if necessary.
- Comb and check for any remaining lice, repeat daily until all gone. Remember to wash clothes, towels and bedding and vacuum thoroughly including furniture.
To prevent re-infestation with lice, add 2-3 drops of lavender and rosemary essential oil to shampoo when washing hair or add 12 drops of each to the bottle.
Dr Jess says: Our natural home herbal shampoo has lavender and rosemary essential oils in it and neither of my children or any of my patient’s children using the shampoo have ever caught head lice despite many epidemics in school!
I have found the above recipe works really well for my patients.