The way you tell if a lice egg is alive or not is to put it on the counter and smash it with your fingernail, it pops kind of (yes, morbid I know). Maintain the effect by putting 15 drops of tea tree oil into any shampoo, and washing hair two times a week with it. All of the above listed items are at Walgreens. Lice free is a non-toxic treatment sold there also. It smells like licorice and it can be used as often as desired with no ill effects.
Janitorial supply stores sell lice spray cheaper than Walgreens and Walmart.
Note: Tea Tree Oil is toxic to cats, so don't shampoo them with it!
By Robyn Fed from Hampton TN
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By Rachel C.01/07/2013
BEWARE if anyone has epilepsy, do not use tea tree oil or any products containing it. Found this through bad personal experience.
By Lelia Jo Cordell 11/16/2010
Very timely tip, since colder weather and the proximity of all those little hats and such spread the little horrors. If I'd known about tea tree oil years ago, my kids might not have gone through such terrible times while I tried to free them of the scourge!
By Judy = Oklahoma 11/12/2010
I put tee tree oil in our shampoo because my husband & 1 son have a big problem with dandruff & I got tired of paying the high cost of dandruff shampoo. It really helps for that. I also put it in our hand soap. I didn't know it helped with lice but I'm not surprised, it seems to be good for a lot of stuff! But I do have to say that tee tree oil does not smell like licorice to me, & it can really make your eyes tear up from the 'fumes' (like eucalyptus) if you spill it or use too much! I love it, but it drives my kids nuts when I spill it in the bathroom! LOL!
Thanks for the info! My kids only got lice once (my daughter got them when she spent the night with a friend), but I now have 5 grandkids getting ready to go into the school system in a year or so & it may come on handy!
By Louise B. 11/12/2010
Pardon my skepticism, but I am pretty sure that if any of these "natural" remedies actually worked, my mother wouldn't tell of having her head doused with coal oil when she was a child to get rid of head lice. Somebody would have had something less toxic.
And as far as preventive measures go, I taught in elementary schools for 35 and had 3 sons who went to school, and we never had head lice, and there were many, many outbreaks. What did we do to prevent them? Not much. But nobody traded hats with a friend, used another's hairbrush or comb, and little boys tend not to play with their head all snuggy against another's.
The best remedy for being ashamed of having headlice came about in one of my grade 2 classes during show and tell. One of my little girls had long blond hair, lovely curls that fell nearly to her waist. It was magnificent hair. When we got an outbreak of lice in the school, she got up in show and tell and explained how she had had head lice in grade one when she was in her other school, and then explained how you treated it. Believe me, when all the kids realized that she could have head lice, no one was embarrassed about it!!!
If parents and schools treat lice outbreaks in the same way as they would the flu or a cold, no one will be embarrassed.
By Lilac 11/12/2010
It is so much better to use these natural remedies than to put insecticide (Rid) on your child's head. I think they will soon take that toxic stuff off the market.
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Once you get rid of head lice you should put 10 drops of tea tree oil in your shampoo and conditioner bottle, and you will never get it again. There is something in it the the lice do not like, and they will stay off your head. You can also do 10 drops of tea tree oil and some water in a small spray bottle and spray on hats, furniture, seats in your car, etc. I am a firm believer this really works!
By Laura from Orestes, IN
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