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Melissa Corkhill

By Melissa Corkhill

14th September 2011

Many parents find their children are free from headlice over the summer holiday, but the reprieve is short lived once they go head to head again with school chums. Here are some natural alternatives to the problem.

Melissa Corkhill

By Melissa Corkhill

14th September 2011

Melissa Corkhill

By Melissa Corkhill

14th September 2011

Use the power of plants
Neem Shield shampoo and spray harness the intrinsic properties of neem, creating an environment that is not Head Lice friendly. No parabens, sulphates or nasty chemicals appear in the product, just an uber-gentle baby fragranced formula that leaves the hair and scalp in tip-top condition. Prevent problems by using the shampoo once a week, topped up with a quick spray before school each morning. In active situations, shampoo daily for the first week or two. Neem has been used for thousands of years, and is also known as the ‘Tree of 40 Cures’. Neem is not a knock-down pesticide, it is a safe, natural herbal remedy that gradually weakens insect life. Prolonged use does not result in resistance, as with chemical alternatives. For the new school year, choose ‘Neem Shield’ products, and Head Lice problems will soon become a thing of the past! Visit www.theneemteam.co.uk or call 01633 263 567.

Comb regularly
Use a fine toothed comb and comb through from the scalp to the the ends of the hair, thoroughly, daily. If you can do this every day for two weeks you should be able to break the louse reproduction cycle. Even if your child does not have headlice, you might use the combing technique weekly, as a prevention method.

Change the diet
Naturopaths believe that infestations of parasites such as headlice are a sign of the body being out of balance. You can help to restore balance to the system by encouraging your child to eat more alkalising foods such as vegetables, seeds and many fruits. Try and ensure that six to eight glasses of pure filtered water are drunk every day.

Make your own
You can make your own hair rinse from quassia bark chips which can help to remove headlice and prevent reinfection – see this article for instructions.

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