Homeopathy and natural medicine both have effective remedies for the prevention and treatment of head lice, Pediculosis. Every year, thousands of people suffer from pediculosis.
Pediculosis is a skin affliction that occurs as a result of an infestation of head lice or other parasites.
A head louse infestation (Pediculus humanus capitis) produces itching and microscopic injuries to the scalp that are caused by the bite of the head louse.
The head louse lives on the scalp, particularly in the nape of the neck and behind the ears.
They feed from their host’s blood and lay their eggs or nits close to the root of the hair.
The nits become attached to the strand of hair and the lice surface a week later.
They do not fly or jump
Lice don’t have wings; therefore they cannot fly or jump. The infection is transmitted through direct contact from one head to another.
The infection can also be spread by exchanging hair brushes, combs, scarves, hats or any other object that comes into contact with the head.
They lay their eggs or nits close to the root of the hair. Nits that are found further away from the root of the hair have usually been on the head for a longer period of time and may have hatched or died.
Nits differ from dandruff in that they are difficult to detach from the hair – dandruff can be removed easily.
When the louse bites, its saliva produces an itch that is further irritated by scratching and can occasionally lead to a small bacterial infection.
How can you prevent head lice?
Prevention is the best method – below are a few precautionary measures:
Don’t exchange hats, hairbrushes, scarves, hair bands or anything else that comes into contact with the head.
Avoid head-to-head contact.
Wash hair bands, clothing, bed linen and towels at a high temperature (50 degrees). Lice and nits cannot withstand this temperature.
Use swimming hats in the swimming pool. Lice do not survive in water, they encyst and stop being contagious.
If the infestation has already occurred, clean the nit comb thoroughly and at a high temperature if it is metallic, as this will prevent re-infestation. Check all family members’ hair frequently.
You must take action as soon as an infestation has occurred, as head lice reproduce extremely rapidly. Repeat the treatment a week later to avoid re-infestation just in case any lice are still alive.
You must be very patient and ensure that you wash your hands and nails thoroughly after scratching the scalp.
It is possible to find commercially available treatments that aren’t insecticides such as essential oils or dimethicones in the form of sprays, shampoos or lotions.
Psorinum is effective in people who have a tendency to attract head lice. We will take a dose of Psorinum 15C once a week for two months.
Essential oils are very helpful. Dominique Baudoux recommends the following preparation, which is very effective against head lice:
15 drops of Tea tree, 5 drops of Lavandula angustifolia, 5 drops of peppermint, 75 drops of 70 degree alcohol. These remedies must not be used in pregnancy or in children under 3 months old.
If an infestation has occurred, you should apply 30 drops of the mixture to the hair, rubbing it in.
Wait 15 minutes and wash the hair with a gentle shampoo (cider shampoo or tea tree shampoo are both recommended).
Repeat twice a day, morning and night, for three consecutive days. After that, it should be used once a week until the risk has passed.
As a precaution, we will apply 4 drops to the temples and the nape of the neck, every morning until the risk has passed.