How to Kill Head Lice Without Using Chemicals
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Posted: Thursday, January 25, 2007
by Dr Jeannette Kavanagh
Dr Jeannette Kavanagh and Daughter
When one of your children comes home from school with head lice, you can rest assured they'll spread quickly throughout the family. Once one member of a family gets them, head lice seem to breed like...lice. And remember, one louse can lay hundreds of eggs.
When you're attacked by lice, you can fall victim to seductive sales pitches to buy all sorts of shampoos, conditioners and treatments. Many of those products are excellent and they're used by reputable organisations. However, most have other negative side effects and they're all are more expensive than the guaranteed cure I set out here: coconut oil. What? Yes, coconut oil kills lice by suffocating the lice and killing their eggs. There's no chance therefore, that lice can become immune to its effects as they have to harsh and much more expensive chemicals.
Harsh chemicals damage your skin. Besides, they're no longer as effective. Here is a simple, low-cost, and absolutely safe and guaranteed way to kill lice and their eggs. It's also the best cure for dandruff and scaly scalp.
STEPS TO LOUSE-FREE HAIR
1. Buy a jar of extra virgin organic coconut oil.
2. Melt about two dessert spoonfuls of the solidified oil and let it cool a bit. You don't want to burn your scalp.
3. Apply the oil liberally to your scalp.
4. Massage well into your scalp.
5. Make sure that you put the oil on your hands and work it through the length of hair.
6. Wrap the hair in the plastic wrap you use to cover food, or wear a shower cap. If you're sharing a house and you don't want people to see you looking so weird, you can skip that step.
It's best to do this at night so that you can wash your hair next morning. Put an old towel on your pillow so that the oil doesn't stain your pillow cases.
After shampooing your hair, use one of those fine-toothed combs to remove dead lice and any eggs next morning.
Use top quality extra virgin, and preferably organic, coconut oil. One jar will last for ages. Besides being an effective treatment for head lice, coconut oil has endless other health benefits.
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» left by Rachel from Pennsylvania 2 years 305 days ago.
I understand everyones frustrations! eek... My daughter contracted lice from her cousins... We used the Rid product 3 days ago... have been nit picking daily. Vacuuming, laundering, spraying, etc. Tonight I used olive oil, tea tree and a steamed towel for over an hour on their heads (and my own) I found one live louse and 6 nits. I was curious about the live one and put in on a towel and doused it with tea tree oil straight out of the bottle. It died in under a minute. Very cool to watch these horrible things die. ;) Anyways, I have no idea if this will work- I will continue to oil, nit pick, vacuum and launder. I've added tea tree oil to our shampoos, conditoners and laundry detergent. I will hopefully also have positive results. By the way, I have been adiment about my sister in law keeping up with the treatments too- as her littles were the ones that got us into this mess! :) Fingers crossed and prayers abound!
» left by Anonymous 2 years 242 days ago.
I have Tropical Coconut enriched with coconut extract and provitamin B5 will that kill lice?
» left by cheri from oklaohoma 2 years 200 days ago.
Jeanette, I have just found that I have eggs in my hair for sure..i am going to do the olive oil treatment tonight and shampoo in am. Help me out here:1. Please step me out what to after shampooing the olive oil out.2. Also.. do i need to repeat this process if so what is the scedule.3. How often do I have to wash e verything? Cheri
» left by Anonymous 2 years 200 days ago.
Do I have to wash the clothes in my closet that i have worn...even though they shared the closet...but were in different sections of the clost?
» left by Anonymous 2 years 200 days ago.
Opps I meant clothes that I HAV E NOT worn. Thanks» left by Dr Jeannette Kavanagh 2 years 200 days ago.
21 fans. Follow Dr Jeannette Kavanagh on twitter!Hello, the oil treatment - whether it be olive oil or the lighter textured coconut oil will suffocate the lice. It does not always destroy eggs. Any eggs left in your hair today will hatch in about 5 or 6 days and about ten days after that, the louse is an adult ready and able to reproduce. A female louse will lay about 128 eggs in a very short (approx 35 day) lifetime. So what's the solution? Easy. Just repeat the oil treatment six or seven days later. That way, any eggs you missed will have hatched but you'll get them before they start their family. Regards Jeannette» left by Cege from Ontario 231 days 22 hours ago.
So basically this method doesn't kill anything! We need to do this every 5-6 days for about a month? my daughter has had lice on and off for over 3 years. We just can't get rid of it. What is this spray everyone is talking about?
» left by al from australia 2 years 119 days ago.
I'm going to try coconut oil on myself for nits and dandruff and ill try it on my kids. hope it works.
» left by Heather from Oregon 2 years 87 days ago.
New to this lice stuff and wondering if we need to bag up everything in the rooms? Like books and stuff on the dressers?» left by Lisa from ontario 1 year 275 days ago.
(no books( stuffed animals i throw the pillows in the dryer too and vacuum and spray beds i buy the stuff at the store i have put tea tree oil in shampoo nothing seems to keep these things away unless i shave my sons head and he doesnt want to this year so im sure im in for more sleepless nights since i dont go to the laundry mat only bag things you cant wash i say and for big things like couches and bed vacuum and spray as for natural stuff i haven't found anything these things cant beat and just know they love clean hair and warm blood vampires i am not obsessed with haha
» left by Anonymus 1 year 274 days ago.
My brother and I have been infected with these things for almost a month. We've already tried Listerine, Vinegar, and Rubbing Alcohol. Our mom and dad have been soaking our hair in the Rubbing Alcohol, and believing that the Vinegar will make nits easier to pick out. But, yet again, failure. We're not sure of what to do, we really need help. :(» left by Heather from Tx 1 year 178 days ago.
Table spoon of gasoline to a gallon of water..rinse hair and comb thru with fine toothed comb..IT REALLY WORKS!
» left by Heather from Texas 1 year 178 days ago.
@ Brother and sister Anonymous..use a Table spoon to a gallon of water..Pour water and comb with a fine toothed comb..got rid of mine..when I was 7..and then again from my step sister twice 14 and 16..I KNOW IT WORKS!. your hair might smell a bit..just soak it in Pantene :)» left by debbie 289 days 7 hours ago.
@Heather from Texas..does it make it easier to comb the nits out?
» left by concered parent 36 days 8 hours ago.
When i was young i rinsed my hair in kerosene and washed immediatly after rinsing it out. It kills ggs and all. Use at ur discreation. And DONT leave it in ur hair! Rinse and wash several times! Wouldnt use on small children or expecting moms.