May 14

School doesn’t always have to mean head lice

head lice Head lice are a fact of life for most parents, particularly during term time when children’s close proximity allows them to spread quickly, with one in three children likely to get head lice during the school year[1].

Here’s a quick guide to the pesky things.

What are they?

Head lice are small insect (about 2.5mm long). They cling to hair and live on blood from the host. They access blood by biting through the scalp. The female lice produce eggs which are attached to the hair, close to the scalp. After several days the baby louse hatches. Lice are equally likely to be found on clean and dirty hair.

What are the symptoms?

  • Intense itching and irritation of the scalp
  • Redness of the scalp
  • Rash at the nape of the neck

Many studies have shown Tea Tree to be an effective treatment for head lice.[2][3][4] It’s thought that the tea tree works by damaging the membrane of the lice, destroying it and everything in it, thus preventing the lice from multiplying and spreading.

So Tea Tree really is a natural superstar for head lice!

Also read childalert’s   Getting down to the nitty gritty 

Guest Post from:

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Thursday Plantation is available from Lloyds, The Nutri Centre, nutricentre.com, revital.co.uk, and all good independent health food stores.


[1] NHS Choices: An Introduction to Head Lice http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Head-lice/Pages/Introduction.aspx

[2] Activity of tea tree oil and nerolidol alone or in combination against Pediculus capitis (head lice) and its eggs.

Di Campli E, Di Bartolomeo S, Delli Pizzi P, Di Giulio M, Grande R, Nostro A, Cellini L.

Parasitol Res. 2012 Jul 31. [Epub ahead of print]

PMID: 22847279 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

[3] Inhibition of acetylcholinesterase by Tea Tree oil.

Mills C, Cleary BJ, Gilmer JF, Walsh JJ.

J Pharm Pharmacol. 2004 Mar;56(3):375-9.

PMID: 15025863 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]


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