Choose from a blend with sedr (colorless), senna/cassia (golden), or henna (red-orange). Note that henna will permanently stain you hair red and is best for those with already hennaed hair or for very very dark hair. While henna is specifically called out in the cited study (bottom of the listing), we understand that many people may not want orange hair, and so offer other blonde and colorless options.
Our Herbal Head Lice treatment works on a few fronts, firstly by suffocating the lice, secondly by killing the lice and eggs with the essential oils and fenugreek, and thirdly by acting as a gentle abrasive to remove nits and eggs from hair like a fine-tooth comb. Tea tree and lavender essential oil are also excellent for both hair and scalp and will help soothe irritation.
Herbal Head Lice Treatment Preparation & Instructions:
- In a bowl add the herbal powder. In a separate container heat distilled water until steaming but not boiling and add, mixing until you have a mud the consistency of pancake batter. Add 10 drops of the enclosed tea tree and lavender essential oil. You may also want to add a small amount (1-2 TB) of fruit acid, such as lemon juice, as the acidity will help dissolve the sticky substance nits use to attach themselves and their eggs to the hair shaft.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set someplace warm. Atop a warm electronic, such as a computer tower works well, or under a warm lamp. Mix occasionally, letting sit for at least 2-4 hours, and no more than 6.
- When ready to use, wash hair but do not condition (or condition very lightly). Section towel-dried hair and work the herbal mud into the hair, making sure not to miss spots. Carefully pile hair atop the head and cover with a shower cap or plastic wrap. Leave on for 2-6 hours, the longer you leave it on the deeper the conditioning benefits and the more colored tones that will be imparted.
- Rinse well with water. If you find rinsing difficult, try soaking your hair in the bathtub or a bucket first, or use a lots of a cheap silicone-free conditioner (like VO5) to aid rinsing
Ingredients: Sedr or senna/cassia or henna, feungreek, tea tree and lavender essential oil.
Storage: The powder can be stored in the freezer for well over a year, so long as it is kept in an airtight bag or container. The mud can be kept frozen for 6 months, and may yield a better stain if frozen.
Citation: M. El-Basheir and Mahmoud A. H. Fouad (2002) A Preliminary Pilot survey on Head Lice, Pediculosis in Sharkia Governate and Treatment of Lice with Natural Plant Extracts. Journal of the Egyptian Society of Parasitology, Vol 32, No 3, December 2002, Zeinab