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Does Tea Tree Oil Kill Lice?

Does tea tree oil really work against head lice? The short answer is no. In our experience we have observed that lice don’t like the smell of the tea tree oil. But to kill lice the answer is no.  It really is only good as a preventative measure.

Tea Tree Oil Lice Treatment

It’s a myth that tea tree oil can treat lice. At best, tea tree oil is a home remedy that you can use to protect your head from lice. However, it won’t be effective if you already have lice.

How Lice Services Canada Removes Lice

We simply use the specially designed Lice Services Canada Lice Comb to completely eradicate lice and eggs. When you schedule an appointment with Lice Services Canada, we’ll apply our special combing techniques in combination with our highly effective lice enzyme.  This process is done and then to break the life cycle of the lice we then do a follow up 3 to 5 days later.

Can I Treat Lice at Home?

Yes. After receiving lice treatment at our clinic, you can also buy our lice comb and mousse to treat everyone at home. The mousse is formulated with natural enzymes that help dissolve the glue that binds the egg to the hair shaft. This no-mess, no need to mix mousse is effective and easy to apply. Using the mousse with the Lice Services Comb will help ensure successful results.

Want to learn more about lice prevention and treatment? Check out this free handout.

Olive oil in a bottle

Is olive oil lice treatment a myth?

Olive oil is great for many reasons. Killing or removing lice isn’t one of them. There’s a home remedy doing the rounds, though. It requires you to combine olive oil with conditioner and liquid soap, apply it to your hair, leave it on for a few hours, rinse hair with vinegar, use a lice comb to remove dead lice, and repeat this process every week!

The Truth About Olive Oil Lice Treatment

The process described above might have been people’s only choice in the Stone Age. But these days no one has the time or nerves to sit for a few hours with olive oil and soap dripping from the hair and rinsing this mess with vinegar. And you’ll still have to use a lice comb and do the drill every week. So you tell me, does it seem to you that olive oil can really rid you of lice?

Why Olive Oil Won’t Work

The fact is that olive oil, and other oils for that matter, kill only grown up lice and louse by depriving them of the oxygen to breathe. For this to happen, you literally have to drown the lice in oil for many hours. As for the nits, they’re hard-shelled eggs housing lice embryos. Their impenetrable cocoon is impervious to anything you put on your hair. Olive oil is no exception. 

The Easier Way to Get Rid of Lice

We have an easier and more effective way to fight and remove lice. Just swing by our clinic and our lice removal experts will take a close look at your head. They will remove the lice and eggs through gentle and meticulous combing combined with our natural enzyme-based mousse. We’ll also treat your hat, coat, car, and other personal items where lice are suspected. 

Here’s What You Should Do

Do not waste time and get messy using home remedies that simply don’t work. Save that olive oil for a salad and call us for an appointment today. We’ll make sure you are 100% lice-free by the end of your follow up visit. You can also buy our natural, no-mess mousse and highly effective comb to occasionally treat yourself or your kids, so that your family never gets lice.

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Natural lice removal products versus pesticides: What you need to know

When the realisation hits that lice has invaded your child’s head, the natural instinct is to rush to the pharmacy and buy the strongest lice remover possible, to get rid of them as quickly as possible.

Unfortunately that instinct can lead to buying products that have pesticides and chemicals in them. And, they just don’t work as there are no store-bought treatments that will kill all the eggs, no matter what they claim. The eggs must be manually removed with an effective comb. Otherwise, the lice will just return.

Lice Services Canada, uses the best method to remove head lice and eggs by using a safe and effective enzyme based treatment appropriate for all ages, and a great comb. This combination guarantees lice removal.

Lice removal can be time consuming. Our experts have over 50 years combined experience in lice removal. That means we have the method to ensure you are lice free quickly and efficiently. We have a centrally located clinic and a mobile team for your convenience. We have an exclusive line of natural products plus our comb which is the best on the market.

Not sure it is lice?  Take a picture and send it to Lice Services Canada for a free diagnosis or call 613-482-1432 and we will happily share all our expertise with you.

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Tea Tree Oil and Head Lice

Tea Tree Oil and Head Lice

There are lots of home remedies out there.  Just check the internet but how many work?  Let’s talk tea tree oil and head lice.  We have had many clients say they have used tea tree oil because they didn’t want to use drug store products.  It is great that they were trying to avoid using products that just don’t work and can be harmful to your family.  These clients experience with tea tree oil failed and ended up coming to us for service.  The bottom line is tea tree oil just doesn’t work for treating head lice.

Tea tree oil also known as Melaleuca alternifolia has been used for head lice over the years.  Many people have said using this works in treating head lice.  Yes, tea tree oil does play a role in prevention but not in the treatment of lice.

It is important to realize the difference between a treatment and prevention using tea tree oil.   If you have lice and use tea tree oil the lice will not leave your head because they don’t like the scent.   It does not have anything in it to work as a smothering agent.  People will apply it and leave it on thinking it will suffocate the lice.  This is not the case and it does nothing to get rid of lice and eggs.

The active lice fighting ingredient that is tea tree oil and the lice have built a resistance.  This is because lice have built a resistance to common insecticides such as permethrin which is in various products you can purchase from the drug store.  The bottom line is that tea tree oil as a treatment doesn’t work.

Does tea tree oil work as a preventative? The answer is yes.  Mixing tree oil with water and spritzing on your childs when there is an outbreak at school,  daycare or camp does help.  Though you do have to remember nothing is 100% but it is a scent that the lice don’t like.  Some people put it in shampoo or buy tea tree oil shampoo.  This is a waste of money as when you rinse the hair the scent goes down the drain.  A scent will last up to six hours, so you want to spritz your childs head, coat and backpack just before they head out the door.

The bottom line is that treating head lice with tea tree oil doesn’t work but you can use it as a preventative.  Please note that tea tree oil is poisonous and must be diluted for use.  If you are looking for an alternative to make your own preventative use mint or lavender oil.  It is important to check weekly so that if your child does get head lice you will be able to take care of it quickly.  Not sure your child has lice?  Lice Services Canada can help.   Call 613-482-1432.

What are Lice, louse, nymph, nits eggs?

Nits? Nymphs? Louse? Lice? OH MY!

Nits? Nymphs? Louse? Lice? Oh My!

One of the most frustrating things about lice is the terminology around it.  Lice, louse, nymph, nits, eggs?  What the heck is all of this?  With the confusion of what is what is also leads to misunderstandings, myths circulating, and unsuccessful treatments being done.  Let’s go through the proper terminology so that you can know what is happening and get the right answers for lice treatment that will be successful.

Louse—It is one bug and it can be male or female.  A female adult louse will lay 3-5 eggs/day during her 30-day lifetime.

Lice —It is the plural louse.

Nymphs—They are the newly hatched lice.  Babies and they need 1 week to mature into an adult.  When first hatched they will stay near where they were hatched to feed.  They have 3 stages to go through before becoming an adult but.  When first hatched they are very, very tiny and translucent. Their colour will change as they feed and start to grow.

Nits—This is where a lot of the confusion comes in.  Many people think the eggs are called nits.  Some people think the lice are called nits.  A nit is an empty egg.  It is left behind on the hair shaft after the louse has hatched.  This empty egg isn’t white, but it is a translucent colour and will still be attached to the hair shaft.

Eggs—This is the right term for a louse egg that has not been hatched.  It takes 7 days for an egg to hatch.  Eggs are glued to one side of the hair shaft, are tear-shaped and brownish/caramel in colour.  Eggs are located very close to the scalp.

Now that you know the right terminology you can make informed decisions on lice removal and treatment.  It is important to know what treatments are effective and treatments just don’t work.   Many products will confuse you with their claims about killing nits or eggs   There are no products on the market that kill eggs though that is what is stated on many products you buy in the drug store.  There are many myths about treatment which can be found on our Myth Page.   It is important that when you discover lice that you don’t panic and do the research and get the right information on lice removal.

We recommend natural products and professional lice combs to safely treat your family.  If you don’t have time we can do it for you at our clinic or in your home.  Call 613-482-1432 for details.