Recall a while back that I had one child w/head lice and it grossed me out and I listed a whole buncha stuff that I did that contained it to one child and got rid of it, relatively quickly.
Well, after one good day of sandbox play (apparently they can hang out in the sand and wait for a new host to climb on. ewww) I found that my kids were a bit too itchy on the head. All of them. I immediately freaked out then got my bearings. I tinkered in my herbal cabinet and this is what I did this last go-round. If you've ever had head lice or dealt w/it, you know how hard it can be to erradicate so I'm sharing my latest and greatest findings.
New ideas for resistant lice:
1) mayo bag head still works, but this time I did olive oil head bagging (IF there is a new next time, I'm gonna do coconut oil). For head bagging, it is just that: saturate head, concentrating on scalp, around ears, and neckline. Leave on at least 3 hours in a shower cap or tightly wrap a plastic bag over the head (use common sense-bags suffocate more than buggers). This part of the process "suffocates" live lice and possibly even makes it hard for the eggs to stay attached to the shaft.
2) rinse that out after 3+ hours or sleeping in overnight, then do a a vinegar rinse. I use white vinegar. This definitely makes it hard for eggs to stick.
3) wash w/coconut shampoo. I've heard both-that the ingredients in it decompose or break down exoskeletons, so you are essentially "frying" bugs and eggs, and also that they don't like the smell
4) topical tx for use during washing regimine and/or as a daily topical to keep them away (this is based on the premises of stinkin it up so that the bugs don't want to come and play, making the head greasy so that they can't hide out and eggs can't attach to the hairs, and again w/the "frying" of bugs and eggs). I went w/a parts measuring system, so one part EOs to 3 parts carrier oils for diluting the essential oils. I used 5 drops each of eucalyptus, tto, rosemary, and lemongrass. I diluted w/coconut and calendula as my carrier oils. I would have done straight coconut, but I didn't have enough. I mixed it up, put it in a spritzer bottle, and applied it topically, both as an overnight tx and as a daily preventive measure. Yeah, we all smelled funny. Like lemons and anticeptic.
5) nit pic nit pic nit pic. The combing is probably about the most effective part of any process I've tried. I"ve learned that I prefer the super fine metal combs to the plastic ones. You can buy the combs at most pharmacies.
6) get out the vacuum and do the laundry, daily and on hot. I wasn't even gonna fool w/bagging stuff or throwing things away. I just washed and vacuumed the bejesus out of everything daily. This is due diligence, here. A true test of "how many loads CAN I do in one day", and, how many hose attachments do I own b/c I'm vacuuming beds, people. Some sources say no need. I say if I have 3 w/active infestations, I'm washing and vacc'in everything.
Everyone is again lice/louse/nit/egg free and we all have super shiny, soft hair. The youngest's cradle cap is even finally going away after years of him having it. We should be too greasy and stinky for anything to want to crawl into our heads. I wouldn't even wanna be in my head right now.
I just thought I'd pass this info along b/c this last outbreak was our 3rd and worst. This one got all the kids and I'm still not sure I didn't have it myself, though I never found any live buggers on my own head. Better safe than sorry.
P.S. Please remember that eo's are real deal and not to be taken lightly. Some can have contraindications and adverse effects such as chemical burns and whatnot. Always use good judgement, be careful if anyone being treated has respiratory or asthma conditions, and use care and common sense with respect to the age of the person being treated. I'm just not down w/over the counter "pesticides" in our heads, so I like my own spray. So far, I give it two thumbs up.