Head Lice - An
By Marge Clark
My instinctive thought when the words "head lice" come
up are "yuck!" I suspect I'm not terminally unique in that. For reasons
unknown I was lucky
enough, when my young'uns were growing up, to avoid them. But we get
asked frequently if there is a natural solution. In the past I've read
using some very irritating and sensitizing essential oils, that proved
effective in killing lice; but I rather thought "the cure is worse than
the disease" and hesitated to pass the information along.
Came across some research done in Argentina that
indicates that two different combinations of essential oils might prove
The first combination uses a blend of alcohol and water
(one part ethanol, one part isopropyl alcohol, and two parts water) with
a blend of Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Lavender, diluted to 5% (no, they
don't say which lavender or which eucalyptus was used, unfortunately. I
Eucalyptus globulous and Lavender angustifolia.) Another combination,
shown as effective as any commercial preparation that was tested, was
of Peppermint and Eucalyptus oil in a 10% dilution, dissolved in 192
(Maybe they are just getting the wee beasties drunk?)
At any rate, thought the above might be worth trying if
your children brought home "unwanted visitors" from school or a friend's
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