Parents across the nation have hit a panic button with all the news about Super Lice and no nit policies being used across many school boards. It is reported that head lice are now 99.7% immune to common over the counter remedies across in Unites States Not only is head lice an annoying and stressful common human condition, but failing treatments and a lack of proactive policy have left many parents and teachers scratching their heads and wondering what to do next.
Let me share some good news with you! There is no need to panic. There is a cure for super lice and it does not rely on chemicals or pesticides. I truly believe we never needed to use these toxic solutions in the first place. It’s a good news story which means we do not need to put pesticides and chemicals on our children and into our environment for treating head lice.
I went back to nature to find solutions that work and have proven safe and successful. I have over fifteen years of helping people solve the head lice issue. Here are my top five solutions for super lice.
MINERALS AND PREFORMED ENZYMES
Minerals and preformed enzymes are making a name for themselves in the head lice industry. They are the go to solution for many head lice removal companies. They are also being embraced by pharmacies, health food stores and health care agencies. They are non-toxic, chemical free and have no adverse side effects. They can be used on all ages of children and have a great success rate. Preformed enzymes are proteins which digest organic matter and have a very high rinse ability making them ideal for washing away all sorts of things including lice eggs and head lice. There are many to choose from but you need to choose wisely as some are not strong enough or over diluted making them less effective.
Newer generation treatments use minerals. Specifically a patented mineral called HDM20. This mineral is the purest form of calcium hydroxide with a high PH of about 12.5 which is lethal to most insects. The mineral literally sucks the moisture out of head lice and eggs on contact. When you combine either enzyme or mineral products with systematically interrupting the lifecycle via reduction combing you have the safest, fastest and most effective way to deal with head lice. It provides by far the best outcome and is safe for all people and the planet. Unlike most chemical or pesticide based options, these options are earth friendly.
Head lice will never be resistant to a good old fashioned lice comb. You will need a quality head lice comb with the proper tolerances between the tines in order to be able to reduce comb all of the lice eggs out of the hair. Combs that has micro grooves tines are best. Do not be fooled by lousy knock off
SMOTHERING HEAD LICE
Head lice have spiracles on the sides of their body. These are their breathing apparatuses. When you clog them with oil they suffocate. Head lice can close their breathing apparatuses for up to 8 hours making this approach more time consuming. It does work, but you must leave oil on overnight for it to be effective. While more time consuming and messy you will still need a quality lice comb to remove the dead lice. The eggs will still be viable and you will need to remove them all as well. Coconut and olive oil are best. These approaches are “mechanical” approaches. Head lice cannot become resistant to these treatments.
There are some essential oils that repel head lice and you will find hundreds of recipes online. I would caution people who may be asthmatic, or have other health concerns check into any contraindications of any particular essential oil before applying. Many essential oils are not to be used on children under the age of two or pregnant and nursing mothers. I am not aware of any essential oils that actually kill head lice, but there are many that repel. Some companies make claims and use essential oils in their products, but there are no facts to prove their kill head lice.
The best way to prevent head lice is to avoid head to head or hair to item contact. Take a peak once a week because if you check ahead, you avoid the spread. Selfies, sharing brushes, pillows and head rest all posts a contraction risk. Use a blend of essential oils like peppermint, tea tree and lemongrass essential oils when you know lice are about. First weeks of school, camp, sleep overs and when you get a lice letter home from school, camp or daycare. This will scent the hair.
LIFE CYCLE OF THE HEAD LOUSE
A female louse can live for thirty days and will lay three to five eggs per day over her life span. Lice eggs take seven to ten days to hatch and go through three nymph stages until they are mature enough to mate starting the life cycle all over again. Interrupting this lifecycle is easy. Simply apply one of the above methods every fourth to fifth day combined with regular reductions combing every second day for a two-week period of time.