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 a time.
A strong warning about the use of pesticides can be found on the Head Lice Organization site.
There are safer alternatives than using a pesticide on your child's head. Italian researchers in search of a non-pesticide treatment for lice found that tea tree oil at 1% concentration killed head lice with 100% mortality in 30 minutes. Using twice the concentration killed louse eggs.
The Melaleuca Wellness Guide recommends that, immediately upon suspecting or seeing evidence of lice, shampoo with Melaleuca Original Shampoo and bathe with 1oz Sol-U-Mel and 1oz 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.
For prevention: In a 4oz 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. A study found Melaleuca Oil effective against both lice and house dust mites with lavender oil as the second most effective. Another simple preventative measure is washing hair regularly with Melaleuca Original Shampoo which is rich in pure T36-C5 Melaleuca Oil and natural conditioners like sunflower and silk amino acids.
So if your child comes home with dreaded lice, don't panic, there are safer treatment and prevention alternatives.
~ Richard M Barry
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When I was fairly new to Melaleuca I read as much as I could about the products, especially the oil. I was caring for my granddaughter when a round of head lice was going through the schools. She contracted it. The itching was so severe that her head was sore from scratching, and ordinary shampoo stung her scalp! My son was very leery about using the recommended treatment, knowing how caustic it was. He and I consulted The Melaleuca Wellness Guide, and were quick to use the T36-C7, which was the grade at the time. We put his daughter in the bath and washed her hair with the Melaleuca Original Shampoo and added oil to the water. It was a remarkable sight watching the bugs jump off of her head! The shampoo and the oil soothed her scalp and the hurt was gone, and it was easy to comb the eggs off the hair. With the regular use of the shampoo there was no recurrence of the problem, as there had been in former years before our discovery of these great products. Now there are many more children added to our family, and many more threats of lice and scabies, but we know there is nothing to worry about anymore. Melaleuca cured the problem and set up a defense!
I have a friend who was not a customer. She called me because I have been a nurse for 13 yrs. She asked me what to do for lice on her 7 yr old girl. She was on her way to the grocery store for the Nix lice treatment. I told her to turn around and come to my house. I showed her The Melaleuca Wellness Guide and what all it says about lice treatment. I gave her all of the products it recommends. I told her what to do. I also told her that I have researched the Nix and found in the ingredients: turpentine, ether, and a colorless flammable chemical compound - all listed from the CDC. She was shocked! She called me the next morning with no sign of lice! And now I have a new customer!!! It is just that easy! A little knowledge and the perfect products!!!
My granddaughter is a social worker and works with children who often have lice. She needs to pick them up, cuddle them, and otherwise be in close contact. When she shampoos her hair she adds Melaleuca oil after her conditioner and rubs it in well. She has not contracted lice in over 3 years. Also, there is lice going through a local school and I have told all the moms to use Melaleuca oil after shampooing to prevent occurrence/reoccurrence until the epidemic, yes it reached epidemic proportions, is over.
My daughter has long black hair to her waist. She contracted lice and we used the Melaleuca Original Shampoo and put some Melaleuca oil on the scalp with a shower cap for 20 min and Renew Oil to comb the nits out. After that she used Melaleuca Original Shampoo when going to camp. Twice they had a huge outbreak. She cleaned with Sol-U-Mel and had everyone in her room wash with Melaleuca Original Shampoo. No one in her room got it. Another time she was infected from sharing a baseball hat. The lice died in her hair before they were even able to lay eggs. So glad we have a natural way to not only reverse this problem but prevent it too.