Natural Remedies Top Head Lice Treatment

Natural Remedies Top Head Lice Treatment

Natural Remedies Top Head Lice Treatment

Since Australia's head lice expert Professor Richard Speare discovered natural ingredients are more effective at killing head lice, parents are increasingly avoiding chemical treatments and turning to natural solutions. In his independent study Professor Speare found Thursday Plantation's Tea Tree Head Lice Gel the best at killing head lice.

Professor Speare and his team at the James Cook University in Queensland, evaluated six of the most popular head lice treatments containing natural ingredients, compared against the chemical permethrin. Of all the treatments the most effective was Thursday Plantation's tea tree gel with a kill rate of 96 per cent.

"Demand for Thursday Plantation's Tea Tree Gel has risen since these results were published in 2008. Chemical treatments are not as effective because head lice tend to build a resistance to these types of treatments," says Morgan Bell, Education & Training Manager.

"Unlike insecticides, Thursday Plantation's Lice Gel doesn't leave a toxic residue on the scalp and the gel won't run into children's eyes. For ongoing hair hygiene and maintance we also recommend Thursday Plantations tea tree shampoo and conditioner."

How can you tell if your child has lice?
Itching, particularly toward the back of the scalp and neck and behind the ears
Nits, appearing as silver or white to light brown, are most often recognised as a sign that lice are present. Nits are oval shaped and are glued to the hair shaft, close to the scalp, by the female louse. Nits are most frequently found at the nape of the neck, behind the ears and at the crown of the head

Tips for spotting head lice:
1.The area should be well lit - sunlight is best. Lice do not like bright light and will crawl away when hair is parted
2.Wear gloves to ensure lice do not get under your fingernails
3.Using a fine tooth comb, work your way over the entire head of hair, parting each section of the hair slowly
4.A magnifying glass is useful to identify the nits. Nits, unlike dirt and dandruff, will not comb away easily

When to check for head lice:
Check periodically throughout the year
If head lice are reported in your child's class, check daily for 10-14 days to ensure early identification
If detected the whole family should be checked and measures taken to prevent spreading
Inform babysitters, parents of friends, school officials and people who have been in contact with the affected person

How are lice spread?
Lice can be caught by children playing together or by the sharing of clothing, towels, hats, combs, hairbrushes, ribbons, pillows, earphones etc.

Thursday Plantation's Tea Tee Head Lice Gel retails for $21.60 and is sold nationally in pharmacies and health food stores.