Natural treatment for nits

LETTER

When I saw a piece on the news the other night about nits becoming resistant to the pharmacy treatments, I was prompted to write this letter. I want to share with other mums my success with a natural treatment, which has worked very well over the years with my two kids. So well, that I would never dream of using a chemical-based treatment.

Step 1: Soak the lice-infected head in vegetable oil — soya, canola, sunflower, it doesn’t matter. Massage the scalp for 2-3 minutes. Put a shower cap and towel over the child’s head and leave it for one hour. You will find all the dead nits in the shower cap. After that do the nit comb (and it’s much easier to get it through their hair). Shampoo as normal. You’re done.

Vegetable oil is an alternative to olive oil to rid a child’s head of lice. It works quickly and is non-toxic. Lice cannot become immune to oil.

Step 2: If you suspect there may still be eggs, use a hair straightener to cook those eggs. The hair must be totally dry. Make sure your child sits still and understands that it is hot and can burn. Methodically iron about 5cm of all the hair on their head. This is the most fail-safe way I have found to get rid of all nit eggs in one go. Both my kids have thick, curly hair which is a nightmare with a nit comb, so the straightener was the perfect solution.

Scientists are finding out that toxic active ingredients from sunscreen get into our blood. Whatever you put on the skin will leach into the body. Why put toxins on your child’s head? If you use something that is actually edible, then you know it won’t be doing them any harm!

Mara Weiss

When I saw a piece on the news the other night about nits becoming resistant to the pharmacy treatments, I was prompted to write this letter. I want to share with other mums my success with a natural treatment, which has worked very well over the years with my two kids. So well, that I would never dream of using a chemical-based treatment.

Step 1: Soak the lice-infected head in vegetable oil — soya, canola, sunflower, it doesn’t matter. Massage the scalp for 2-3 minutes. Put a shower cap and towel over the child’s head and leave it for one hour. You will find all the dead nits in the shower cap. After that do the nit comb (and it’s much easier to get it through their hair). Shampoo as normal. You’re done.

Vegetable oil is an alternative to olive oil to rid a child’s head of lice. It works quickly and is non-toxic. Lice cannot become immune to oil.

Step 2: If you suspect there may still be eggs, use a hair straightener to cook those eggs. The hair must be totally dry. Make sure your child sits still and understands that it is hot and can burn. Methodically iron about 5cm of all the hair on their head. This is the most fail-safe way I have found to get rid of all nit eggs in one go. Both my kids have thick, curly hair which is a nightmare with a nit comb, so the straightener was the perfect solution.

Scientists are finding out that toxic active ingredients from sunscreen get into our blood. Whatever you put on the skin will leach into the body. Why put toxins on your child’s head? If you use something that is actually edible, then you know it won’t be doing them any harm!

Mara Weiss

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John Fricker - 13 days ago
On reading the heading to this letter I thought it was about the upcoming council elections - not so.
Elections are an unreliable way of getting rid of nits - a sound thrashing with hair straighteners as mentioned in Step 2 might be helpful in at least curbing the infestation. It's the eggs that worry me though.
Toxin use alluded to in paragraph five sounds promising.

Peter Jones - 13 days ago
Coconut oil dissolves them. Easy peasy.

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