Head Lice

Stamp out the scratching and discomfort caused by this common parasite. According to research or other evidence, the following self-care steps may be helpful.
Spray a 3.7% lotion in a slow-release formula every morning six days per week2 stars[2 stars]
Citronella is a volatile oil that has been shown to help eliminate head lice.
Apply an alcohol extract to the scalp two times, one week apart2 stars[2 stars]
Quassia is a tree native to the Amazon rainforest that has constituents with activity against several types of microbes and insects.
Sugar Apple
Apply a cream containing 20% seed oil to hair and wash out three hours later2 stars[2 stars]
In one trial, a cream containing 20% oil of sugar apple seed killed 95% of head lice when applied once to the hair of infested schoolgirls for three hours, and then washed out.
Anise, Ylang Ylang, and Coconut Oils
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
A combination of anise, ylang ylang, and coconut oils has been shown to be effective against head lice.
Paw Paw, Thyme Oil, and Tea Tree Oil Shampoo
Apply shampoo to hair and leave on for one hour before washing out1 star[1 star]
An herbal shampoo containing a standardized extract of paw paw, thyme oil, and tea tree oil has been found to be effective in treating head lice.
Apply a cream containing 20% seed oil to the hair and wash out three hours later1 star[1 star]
Traditional herbalists recommend applying oil of sassafras to treat head lice.
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The information presented by TraceGains is for informational purposes only. It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage as cited in each article. The results reported may not necessarily occur in all individuals. Self-treatment is not recommended for life-threatening conditions that require medical treatment under a doctor's care. For many of the conditions discussed, treatment with prescription or over the counter medication is also available. Consult your doctor, practitioner, and/or pharmacist for any health problem and before using any supplements or before making any changes in prescribed medications. Information expires December 2021.

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