• Country: Denmark
  • Continent: Europe
  • Treatment for: Head Lice
  • Secret ingredient: Almond Oil

For centuries, head lice have been a nuisance to people. The good news is that, with the right head lice home treatment techniques, you can be sure to get rid of it. Head lice are tiny parasitic insects about the size of a sesame seed. They live on the scalp of humans and humans only and they feed on tiny bits dead skin. Adult head lice are roughly 2 to 3 mm long. This parasite will infest your head and neck and attach their eggs to the base of the hair shaft. Lice move by crawling. They cannot hop or fly. Despite this, they do spread rather easily. They spread most commonly by close person-to-person contact. Dogs, cats, and other pets do not play a role in the transmission of human lice.

Head lice symptoms include a tickling feeling caused by the movement of something across the scalp, an annoying itch at the hairline and on the nape of the neck, and sores on the scalp. You can identify head lice by taking a closer look at the hair and scalp of the affected person. The lice themselves are hard to find because they tend to scurry away from prying fingers. However, the nits can be found in clusters close to the scalp and this will confirm a lice infestation. The itching and irritation on the scalp will only worsen if you do not take care of it immediately.  Eventually, the infestation can result in raw, broken skin and sores. This increases the risk of secondary infection to the site of bruising and lesions.

Part of any lice treatment has to be the removal of the lice by hand. There is no automatic treatment for this problem. To treat an infestation of head lice, you have to comb out the lice and their eggs. There are times when all you need to do is use a lice comb to comb your child’s hair every morning and evening for three weeks. Depending on the severity of the infestation, a simple plan like this may work for you. The problem is that all you need to do is miss one or two little nits – the lice eggs that are attached to the hair shaft – and you can have another outbreak. The most effective treatment for head lice that I have ever seen is a traditional home remedy that comes from eastern Denmark. It involves coating your hair with almond oil to get rid of the infestation.

How It Works

For effective removal of head lice, you have to begin the lice treatment as soon as possible after you identify an active infestation. This immediate action is crucial because lice can be transmitted effortlessly from one person to another. Anyone who comes into close physical contact with someone who has a lice infestation is at risk of picking up a head lice infestation. Contaminated personal items such as combs, brushes, towels and clothing can also spread head lice. Lying on the same bed or couch or using a pillow that belongs to an affected person may result in lice infestation.

In this protocol, you combine regular combing with a fine toothed comb with regular applications of almond oil. I have to say right up front that this treatment has the drawback of being rather messy. I have known people to give up on the treatment because they hate having to clean up every time. Despite this fact, keep in mind that having a head lice infestation is much worse. The reason this treatment is so effective is because it effectively suffocates the lice and makes it so their nits cannot hatch.

After you have coated your hair with the recommended amount of almond oil, the combing does most of the work. The oil treatment stuns the lice and makes them slower and easier to catch on the comb. Combing through hair that is dry or only wet with water is far more difficult because the lice can still move at will. The coating of almond oil disables the pest.

The Head Lice Almond Oil Protocol

When applying the almond oil, it is most important to apply the oil to the scalp and less important to spread it further out on the hair, particularly for people with long hair. Also, it is important to use a fine-toothed comb. In certain Dutch villages, the treatment is done by coating the comb instead of the hair and re-applying the oil as needed. You may have to try both methods to see which works best for you. Separate the hair into small sections, using a hair clip to move them out of the way. Work under a good light so you can see what you’re doing. Rinse out the comb often under running hot water as you go.

For thin and short hair, use at least 4 tablespoons of oil per application. For thick and long hair, use at least 6 tablespoons of oil per application. This is a 10 day protocol in order to ensure that a secondary infestation does not occur. If a secondary infestation does occur, repeat the protocol.

 

ProductAmountTime of daySpecs
Day 1Almond oil3 applications9am – 7pmCombine application with a combing
Day 2Almond oil3 applications9am – 7pmCombine application with a combing
Day 3Almond oil2 applications9am – 7pmCombine application with a combing
Day 4Almond oil2 applications9am – 7pmCombine application with a combing
Day 5Almond oil1 application9am – 7pmSimply apply oil and rinse
Day 6Almond oil1 application9am – 7pmSimply apply oil and rinse
Day 7Almond oil1 application9am – 7pmSimply apply oil and rinse
Day 8Almond oil1 application9am – 7pmSimply apply oil and rinse
Day 9Almond oil2 applications9am – 7pmCombine application with a combing
Day 10Almond oil2 applications9am – 7pmCombine application with a combing

 

Boosters/Substitutes/Exceptions

To boost the effectiveness of this protocol, try using one of these natural remedies in combination with it:

The strong smell of garlic can affect lice, and ultimately kill them. Grind eight garlic cloves into a paste and combine with three teaspoons of lime juice. Apply the mixture thoroughly onto the scalp and leave it for a half an hour and rinse the hair with hot water.

You can also use salt to get rid of head lice through desiccation. Mix a quarter cup of salt and one-quarter cup of vinegar thoroughly. Spray the solution onto your hair so that it becomes wet. Put on a shower cap and leave it for about two hours. Afterwards, wash and condition your hair. Repeat this every two days.

Another inexpensive method to effectively eliminate head lice is white vinegar. The acetic acid in the vinegar destroys lice. Dilute the vinegar with an equal amount of water. Saturate the scalp with the solution and then wrap a towel around the hair for about an hour. Afterward, wash your hair thoroughly.

Did you know?

Head lice have been causing problems with human beings almost as long as humans have been around. In fact, there are references to head lice in Ancient Egyptian texts. In fact, around 500 BC, Herodotus described how the Egyptian priests dealt with lice infestations: “The priests shave themselves all over their body every other day, so that no lice or any other foul thing may come to be upon them when they minister to the gods.” The ancient Chinese had even more extreme ways to deal with lice. They used mercury and arsenic to get rid of them.

This is what the pesky head louse looks like

This is what the pesky head louse looks like