Pediculosis or Pediculos Humanus Capitis, commonly referred to as head lice, is a human obligate ectoparasite, which are wingless insects and spend their entire life time on the human scalp feeding only on human blood. While humans are the only recognized hosts of this specific parasite, chimpanzees host a closely similar variety, Pediculus schaeffi.
Head lice are easy to spot. These are tiny, white colored eggs that attach themselves to the hair and will not flake off easily like dry scalp or dandruff. The lice themselves are dark colored, but almost crab-shaped in appearance.
How do you get infested with pediculosis capitis?
The head louse is an extremely versatile critter found all over the world. Infestations happen in people of each socioeconomic habit. Pediculosis capitis plagues large number of primary school students in North America in comparison with all other communicable health disorders. In 1997, it has been estimated that approximately one out of every four elementary level young people in the US were affected by pediculosis capitis.
Natural Remedied to Treat Pediculosis
When it comes to dealing with lice, there are a number of things to keep in mind. First, they can transfer from person to person, but they do not carry disease. In addition, having louse not at all means that your kids are “unclean.”
Second, at times, you will need to use lice comb to comb out the nymphs, nits, and adult lice in your child’s hair. If your child just returned from an overnight with friends and told you that one of the kids has lice, you need not to panic. Chances are that you’ve caught it early enough and you can simply comb out your child’s hair. Repeat it every morning and evening for three weeks.
Third, you can combine the combing with some easy home remedies. Almost all home remedies rely on some method to suffocate the parasites. Using home remedies is probably preferable to avoid putting harsh chemicals on your child’s sensitive head.
- Tea tree Oil
Tea Tree oil is a known natural insecticide that turns it into a highly effective remedy for pediculosis capitis. Simply, mix together one teaspoon of tea tree oil with 1 ounce of natural shampoo and 3 tablespoons of coconut oil. Apply this mix carefully in all parts of your hair and cover the head with a bath cap or towel. Keep it covered for half an hour after and then rinse completely with hot water. At the end, comb through your hair while it is still wet to get rid of the killed lice.
As a caution, take care not to put tea tree oil directly to the scalp.
- Olive oil
Olive oil can effectively smother and kill head lice. Before going to bed, apply a good olive oil to your hair generously. Place a bathtub cap or a bath towel on your head to keep the oil on your hair during sleep. Comb out the little lice the next day and rinse your hair with some organic hair shampoo containing tea tree oil.
Another method is mixing one-half cup of olive oil with one-half cup of conditioner and a little liquid soap to it. Put this mix onto your hair and leave it on for an hour. Rinse your hair with hot water and apply conditioner. Comb your hair thoroughly to take away the dead lice. Repeat this treatment once again after seven days to get ideal results.
With a little care and hygienic environment, it is easy to treat head lice with these natural home remedies.