Lice can't swim, jump or fly, but when a head with lice touches another head, lice can crawl. Head lice are not particular about hygiene or lack of hygiene. They are opportunistic insects looking for a meal, and are most common in children 3 to 12 years of age. That's the age when kids love to try on other kids' hats and scarves, and think nothing about sharing a comb or hair brush or huddling together in play.
Getting rid of lice can mean fighting "pesticide-resistant super lice." Some parents become so distraught at discovering lice on their child's head that in desperation they reach for a treatment that can be more dangerous than the lice. A parent may reason that, since lice medications are easy to purchase they must be safe, but that is not the case. Over-the-counter pesticides are toxic! As for prescription lice treatments, they come with more contraindications, and even stronger warnings of possible seizures and death if used repeatedly, or used for too long of a time.
There are safer alternatives to using a pesticide on your child's head. Italian researchers in search of a non-pesticide treatment for lice found that tea tree oil (Melaleuca oil) at 1% concentration killed head lice with 100% mortality in 30 minutes. Using twice the concentration killed louse eggs.
Practical Guide to Essential Oils explains how to make an essential oil dilution. It takes very little Melaleuca Oil to make a 1% and 2% dilution: 9 drops of Melaleuca Oil mixed into 2 tablespoons of carrier oil makes a 1% dilution and double that, or 18 drops mixed into 2 tablespoons of carrier oil makes a 2% dilution.
The Melaleuca Wellness Guide recommends that, 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 diluted 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.
Regularly shampoo hair with Melaleuca Original Shampoo, which is rich in pure T36-C5 Melaleuca Oil and natural conditions like sunflower and silk amino acids.
One Important Last Note
Lice prevention includes having safer products on hand so, if you do get a call that your child has caught lice, you can calmly and safely eliminate them.
~ Richard M Barry
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Lice Prevention and Treatment Testimonials
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I have always had long thick hair, and I have two daughters with long thick hair. I was always so scared of lice because our hair would be extra hard to work with in removal. My oldest daughter went to camp, and there was an outbreak in her cabin. Eight girls in the cabin and she was the ONLY one who did not contract lice during an outbreak. She was also the only child shampooing with Melaleuca Oil shampoo! I don't think that is a coincidence. Lice don't like Melaleuca oil. Mom wins, lice lose!
Lice kept going around my daughter's elementary school. When we switched to Melaleuca's Original Shampoo, we never had a problem again!
It works! It really works! That is so important because school children are exposed to other student's lice infestation... and most people still use the toxic chemical that, of course kills lice, but is also a dangerous chemical that is rubbed onto children's little heads, only 1/2 inch from their developing brains! Melaleuca to the rescue! I recommend applications of the Melaleuca Original Shampoo with a few drops of the T36-C5, and another the following day. That should get rid of those lice pronto! And continued shampooing keeps the lice away!
My husband's daughter always was susceptible to head lice, and she often would bring them with her when she came to visit. We would treat her with T36-C5, rubbing it into her scalp, then covering her head with a hot towel for about 15 minutes. Then we would wash it all out with Melaleuca Original Shampoo. We finally bought a second bottle for her to take to her Mom's house to use. As long as she used the shampoo, we didn't have to deal with the head lice! Thank you Melaleuca for the great products and RM Barry for helping us to learn how to best use them.
Let me start by saying that I love and use my Melaleuca Wellness Guide often. It continues to impress me with the amount of useful tips and tricks it has in what looks like such a small book! My granddaughter had gone with relatives to play with some children for the day. Come to find out after one of the parents called and let my daughter know they had found lice on their child, there was a chance our 3 year old granddaughter now had lice. After my daughter consulted her Melaleuca Wellness Guide, she called me knowing that I had converted our home 100% to Melaleuca, and asked if we could use the products needed which included Sol-U-Mel cleaner. Considering what I've learned about not only the "brand name" cleaning products, but the lice products as well, I was very concerned about putting ANY chemicals on such a sensitive area of a child. Imagine my relief and delight when I followed The Melaleuca Wellness Guide's advice, used the Melaleuca products, and was yet again rewarded with what has now become expected when using Melaleuca productsÉpositive results! No redness or irritation, as well as no more lice. Thank you yet again Melaleuca for providing effective and safer alternatives.
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 natural 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.