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Ayurvedic Application for Avoiding Head Lice

October 23, 2012  by: Paulose  Points: 17   Category: Health    Views: 441

Does your child often scratch his/her head? Do you find his/her hair on head in a shabby style when he/ she returns from school? Check if he/ she has head lice problem? Head lice problem is very common, affecting a lot of infants and children, irrespective of communities.


Have you ever noticed gray or reddish brown live head lice scurrying around the scalp of your child? Do not get panic when you notice these tiny six-legged insects that cling to the scalp and neck and feed on human blood. Even if you are very hygienic, your child may get infected with it from school or through some way. Head lice is a common problem among children, frustrating many parents. You can easily get rid of the head lice with some medications.

How are head lice infected?

If you supervise the head of your child, you may sometimes spot an infestation of tiny, grey insects called lice. They feed on small amount of blood from the scalp, which causes some kind of itching or rash. These head lice are transmitted by head to head contact.

Lice can infest easily when children mingle with other children, or through sleepovers or by sharing bed with others who have lice. They can also be transmitted through exchanging combs or hats.

The eggs of lice that are called nits can be spotted, if noticed carefully, sticking to the hair at the scalp.

Treatment for head lice

Though head lice is not a very serious problem you should avoid it by applying shampoos with the guidance of a doctor or some home remedies that can easily be prepared.

If head lice are noticed it should be treated immediately and it should be informed to school so that it may not affect others.

The doctor may recommend a suitable shampoo or cream to eradicate head lice. You have to follow the instructions carefully for making the treatment effective, since excessive using of it may be harmful.

Avoid chances for a continuous infestation of head lice. Wash your child’s clothing and bedding so that infestation may not be repeated.

Ayurvedic remedies for eradicating head lice

1) Application of neem products such as neem oil has been very successful in killing head lice. Though it is not a poisonous substance it acts more powerfully in killing the lice. Neem oil is soft and nourishes hair and scalp without any side effect.

2) A mixture of lemon juice and butter can be applied on scalp and hair and rinsed after 15-20 minutes. This is an easy remedy to remove head lice.

3) Alum is a non-herbal Ayurvedic remedy for getting rid of head lice easily. It is soluble in water. Mix 1/10 ounce or 3 grams of alum in water and apply the paste on hair.

Head lice is a problem of nuisance, irritating the children. Though it is not dangerous it has to be avoided by some easy medication.



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