Lice are parasites found predominantly in children, contracting it from classmates, but they can be found in all age groups. Different types live in different parts of the body, such that the head louse is a different species to the pubic louse (crabs). These parasites lie flat on the skin, attaching to small capillaries, and cause itching, redness and occasionally bleeding because of aggressive scratching.

Lice lay their eggs at the base of body hairs and attach them with a tenacious cement.


Alternative therapies may be beneficial and should be considered before the use of any proprietary solutions. Recent government health and safety laboratory tests have shown that the active ingredient, malathion, is readily absorbed into the system by the scalp and may affect developing nervous systems.

Any aggressive, painful or fast-spreading rash should be assessed by a complementary medical practitioner and then reviewed by a doctor if the condition does not respond to complementary medicine. Antibiotics may need to be used.

Insist upon a skin swab and consider using the homeopathic nosode (the remedy made from the bacteria), potency 30, every 2hr until improvement is seen and then four times a day until better.

Take 100ml of almond oil and put in 10ml each of lavender, eucalyptus and bergamot. Apply to the scalp and hair and cover with a shower cap overnight. Wash out thoroughly the next morning and follow the combing instructions below.

Comb with a metal nit comb twice a day for a period of two weeks. Electric nit combs are now available which cut down on the time involved since the lice are killed on contact.

All members of the family or close social group (such as class mates) should be treated.