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August 22, 2021

Stopping Head Lice Naturally – Scientifically Speaking (Show Me the Data)

Fourteen natural head lice treatments were surveyed for clinical evidence of efficacy - proof that they work. Despite tremendous interest among parents and school nurses in natural head lice treatments, only two natural products have conducted studies and only one has published science in prestigious journals.

(PRWEB) August 22, 2021 -- Spurred by the tremendous concern among parents and school nurses over head lice resistance to chemical treatments and their potential toxic effects on children, a spate of natural head lice treatments has hit the market place. Most of them even claim to work better than traditional brands.

But can they prove it?

This writer decided to take a scientific approach and review the scientific studies on humans that were available for each of the most popular natural head lice treatments available in the United States.

The first task was to identify the natural treatments. Using the internet and visiting drug and health food stores led to fourteen natural brands. Most are from small companies with limited retail distribution. However, most claimed to work much better than any of the traditional permethrin based products available at the drugstore. Each had numerous testimonials from satisfied users.

In the end, just two formulas had studies. But only one had numerous studies with published results. Not to say the others don't work, but there is a definite dearth of clinical evidence.

The top formula, originally developed in Israel by a pediatrician who was frustrated with lice-resistant chemical products, is comprised of three essential oils; Anise, Coconut and Ylang Ylang and is sold under various brand names around the world.

In the USA, it's known as HairClean 1-2-3 Lice Kit (www.hairclean.com). Of the seven studies completed on this product, three are on humans – 216 of them! The largest of the studies, conducted by the Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School on 129 school children, compared the formula's performance to a combination of permethrin and malathion. The results – Hair Clean was slightly more effective. There is no product in the USA that has both permethrin and malathion because the latter is available only by prescription. But if it was available, it would be the most powerful chemical formula one could buy. (Published: Journal of the Israel Medical Association/10-02)

The two other human studies were conducted through the University Of Miami School Of Medicine, which has a top notch dermatological department. In one study, HairClean was compared the well known brand Nix and the popular home remedy mayonnaise (you put it under a shower cap overnight). The results were notable. Mayonnaise was minimally effective, Nix was 89% effective and HairClean was 98% effective. Another study, on 37 school children, was preformed in a Florida school system where lice were rampant. The results were equally impressive – students who followed the program were 100% lice free.

The program was simple and similar to what other treatments suggest. The lice treatment is applied to dry hair for 15 minutes, and then washed out with a shampoo, followed by a thorough combing with a special nit comb to remove the dead lice and nits (eggs). The process is repeated seven days later. These HairClean studies were reported in Current Problems in Dermatology (May/June 1999)

The additional four HairClean studies were lab studies showing the formula's lice and egg killing prowess (total annihilation) and its residual effects (how long it was effective if left on hair – 24 hours), and ease of combing HairClean-treated hair for removing dead lice and nits (very easy).

In addition, The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a report on head lice (9/02 - Vol 110, #3) suggested treatment do's and don'ts, and selected HairClean 1-2-3 Lice Kit as the natural product of choice, stating that it had been shown to be at least as effective as Nix. (See Summaries at:

The other evidence based formula, Lice B Gone (www.licebgone.com), conducted two basic use studies several years ago in which school nurses treated about numerous school children. One study showed a 91% success rate; the other showed a 100% success rate. This product is placed on dry hair under a shower cap for 30 - 60 minutes followed by a nit combing and a shampoo.

The brands surveyed included: HairClean 1-2-3 Lice Kit, Nitmix, Licefreee, LiceRx, Lice R Gone, Not Nice to Lice, Head Lice Solutions, Head Lice Cure, Lice Arrest, Lice Doctor, HairFairies, Head Lice Remedy, Fairy Tales Lice Good-Bye and Lice B Gone.

Tip Sheet:
How do you prevent head lice?
Direct head-to-head touching spreads lice. They do not fly or jump, they crawl. Children at play have closer contact than adults, so they're more likely to get lice, though this does not exempt adults from infestation. Head lice can be spread by sharing the following items:

- Personal items (clothing, combs, headbands, hats, scrunchies and or scarves).
- Towels, linens, pillows, carpeting, and naptime blankets.
- Stuffed animals, dolls and cloth toys.
- Earphones used for personal radios.
- Lockers or hanging clothes together on coat hooks
- School uniforms, costumes, or gym clothing.

How do you find head lice?
Early detection makes complete lice elimination faster and easier. The nits or eggs are white, sesame seed shaped and very tiny. They are usually on the hair shafts close to the scalp. The lice are small, wing-less and sometimes transparent and are sometimes extremely hard to see. Complete nit removal is crucial to eliminating head lice from a child's head. A magnifying glass is helpful. Use a lice comb to move hair around so you can see more clearly and remove the lice or nits with the comb.

How do you treat head lice and keep your family free of them at home?
If someone in your family has lice, then you should immediately examine other family members and treat everyone at one time, as follows:

- Use a non-toxic head lice product. Follow the directions carefully.
- Remove the left over nits with a fine toothed comb.
- Machine-wash all bedding, clothing and towels. Put in a hot dryer for at least 20 minutes.
- Put all stuffed animals, pillows, dolls, hats, comforters and any other non-washable personal items in a plastic garbage bag and seal for 14 days. After 14 days, open the bag outdoors and shake items vigorously.
- Soak all brushes, combs and hair accessories in rubbing alcohol or scrub in hot soapy water.
- Vacuum carpets and furniture, then remove the vacuum cleaner bag and throw it out.
- Make sure you tell others about the outbreak. Babysitters, grandparents, playmates, etc. will be grateful for the opportunity to check their families early in order to prevent an outbreak.

Quantum, Inc. - Natural Products That Make a Difference - Quantum is a natural product company founded in 1981 that specializes in unique formulations designed to help people feel and look their best. Key categories include cold sore, and canker sore treatments, cold and flu relief, natural insect repellents, head lice treatments, skin care and immune support. Based in Eugene, OR, Quantum's makes over 70 products which are distributed throughout the United States and Canada and on the Internet. For more information, call toll-free at 1-800-448-1448 or visit www.quantumhealth.com

Posted by Industrial-Manufacturing at August 22, 2021 02:15 AM