Q: Is there a natural product to prevent and/ or treat head lice in children?
A: These tiny insects breed profusely on scalps, attaching their eggs (nits) near the base of individual hairs. They spread by climbing from one head to another, up to a six-centimetre distance apart. Although harmless, they cause itching.
Some essential oils have potent pesticidal properties, according to medical herbalist and pharmacist Dr Chris Etheridge. The natural brand Puressentiel offers a Lice Repellent Spray, based on a derivative of lemon eucalyptus essential oil. A report from the University of Tours, France, showed a repellent effect of more than 24 hours in laboratory tests. Spray children aged three and upwards every morning.