Genetically mutated super-lice have been found in 25 out of 30 US states. Medical News Today reports on new research confirming that mutated lice have developed a resistance to over-the-counter lice treatments that contain permethrin.
For years The Melaleuca Wellness Guide has been warning us that lice are becoming resistant to the leading chemicals used to combat lice, and that there are safer alternatives to using a pesticide on your child's head. Chemicals can be absorbed through the skin and inhaled by both the child and whoever is applying the chemicals. Using a pesticide to kill lice can be more dangerous than the lice infestation, and genetic research is showing that pesticides may not be effective at eliminating lice.
Head lice are common among preschool and elementary school-age children and their families and caretakers. The Centers for Disease Control report that in the United States an estimated 6 million to 12 million lice infestations occur each year among children 3 to 11 years of age.
It is a relief to know that lice cannot jump or fly. Instead they are picked up by close head to head contact. Even so it is possible to catch lice by sharing hats, clothing or combs and brushes. Symptoms of an infestation include intense itching, a "something is crawling in my head feeling." Some kids will scratch so much that they develop a bacterial infection.
If you think your child has lice, do not panic. There are three basic things you will need to do: 1) Kill the living lice. 2) Remove the attached eggs, known as nits. 3) Avoid re-infestation.
Our soon-to-be published book on essential oils notes that tea tree oil is very effective in the treatment of lice. An Australian study compared the efficacy and safety of three lice treatments: A formula with tea tree oil and lavender oil, a lice "suffocation" product, and a product containing pyrethrins and piperonyl butoxide (pesticides). The groups that used the tea tree and lavender oil product and "suffocation" product were 97.6% louse-free after the last treatment. The pyrethrins and piperonyl butoxide group were only 25% louse-free after the last treatment.
The Melaleuca Wellness Guide recommends, immediately upon suspecting or seeing evidence of lice, shampoo with Melaleuca Original Shampoo and bathe with 1 oz Sol-U-Mel and 1 oz Renew Bath Oil added to the bath water. Afterwards, massage T36-C5 into the scalp and hair to soften and dislodge the nits. Comb the oil through the hair. To fumigate the live insects, wrap hair in a hot moist towel for 10 minutes. Repeat every other day for at least 5 treatments (10 days). Generously applying Sei Bella Leave-in Detangling & Smoothing Spray or one of the Affinia Moisturizing Conditioners will make it easier to run a fine tooth comb or nit comb from the scalp to the hair ends. The nits should comb off easily.
In a 4 oz spray bottle of water add 3 drops of T36-C5 and 3 drops of lavender oil. In the morning lightly spray your child's hair. The scent will be pleasant to you and your child and unattractive to lice. Melaleuca oil and lavender oil are natural insect repellents and, as we learned from the above cited Australian study, this combination also kills lice. Another simple preventative measure is washing hair regularly with Melaleuca Original Shampoo which is rich in pure T36-C5 Melaleuca Oil and natural conditions like sunflower and silk amino acids.
Make sure to have a supply of natural lice-killing and prevention products. That way if your child does come home with lice, you will not panic and be tempted to use a treatment that may be harmful and ineffective.
~ Richard M Barry
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Head Lice Testimonials
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My daughter got lice from school. I panicked and ran to the store for a treatment kit. I used it but it didn't get rid of them. After a couple of days my mom told me to try Melaleuca's Original Shampoo because it contains the Melaleuca oil. I had the oil and the shampoo on hand so I washed her hair and let it sit for a few minutes. Then I had her lay in the bath with several drops of the oil in the bath water. After a few minutes the lice were floating in the water. I used the lice comb to remove leftovers and the lice were gone for good. Now that's the only shampoo we use! Thank you Melaleuca!!!!
When my daughter was in elementary school she complained her head itched. We blew it off as dry scalp because the school nurse had just checked the kids for lice that day and all was clear. She complained for a few weeks about her scalp itching. Her annual physical came up and I mentioned to the pediatrician that she'd been complaining about her head itching. He checked it and he looked at me and said "LICE" quietly. I was sick and felt like a bad mom. I found out that weeks prior to our daughter telling us about her scalp that the mother of the little girl she had stayed the night with didn't tell us other moms her daughter had lice. I was not a happy. I knew one of the risks of using Lindane was brain damage if not used properly. I wasn't going to risk that happening. Being new to Melaleuca I heard we had products that killed lice. I called my mentor and she gave me a recipe using Melaleuca products. I saturated our daughters scalp with the T36-C5 and Sol-U-Mel, wrapped it with saran wrap and a shower cap. She wore it for a couple hours. I then washed her hair with the Melaleuca shampoo and ran a nit comb through her hair. I just cried seeing all those nasty DEAD critter's coming from my daughters scalp. We washed her hair daily with the Melaleuca shampoo and, every other day for a week, I treated her scalp with T36-C5 and Sol-U-Mel. I wanted to make sure her scalp was clear of lice. I also washed all bed coverings and pillows with the MelaPower laundry soap with a cap full of Sol-U-Mel and sprayed the mattresses and carpet with Sol-U-Mel as well. Our family never had a lice problem again. Thank you Melaleuca for giving us safer alternatives to use for such things without risking the health of our children.
Head lice: just reading those words makes me itch! My family and I are very thankful for Melaleuca and RM Barry! We have yet to get head lice and know full well it is because we use Melaleuca Original Shampoo! School is about to start and we all know what that means! I read an article the other day about lice and how they are mutating and becoming resistant to over-the-counter treatments. Not a worry here! It also prevents fleas, ticks and flies on our animals! We love it and wouldn't change a thing! Thank you RM Barry for your great Melaleuca Wellness Guide!
My husband's daughter was a magnet for head lice. After fighting it a few times we learned that head lice do not like Melaleuca oil. So we used what is now called Melaleuca Original Shampoo and never had the problem again. How did we get rid of the lice? We sprayed her head and saturated her hair with straight Sol-U-Mel and wrapped it with a warm towel. I combed it all out with that special comb, of course. Washed all clothes and bedding and combs with MelaPower with added Sol-U-Mel.
We have multiple lice stories. My daughter has long black hair to her waist and got lice when she was young. It was a nightmare. She was exposed to them a few years later. When we were at a salon the stylist spotted some dead bugs in her hair. She said she had never seen anyone get lice and be able to kill them before they even laid eggs. She had been using Melaleuca Original Shampoo. We were sold. During an outbreak at my daughter's college she was one of very few that didn't get lice. At another outbreak at camp she cleaned their cabin with Sol-U-Mel and Sol-U-Guard and everyone used the Melaleuca Original Shampoo. No one in her cabin got it. By mid week they were lined up at her door. Now her daughters go to camp and they ask them to bring the Melaleuca cleaning products and shampoo.