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Head Lice 2012

Several calls and questions lately regarding head lice. Pediculus humanus capitis live on the scalp and neck hairs. Lice found on other body parts covered by hair are usually not head lice. Read more on Lice, click here.

The most common symptom is itching of the scalp, caused by louse bites to feed on blood. The lice themselves are essentially harmless, although excessive scratching may cause bleeding of the scalp, which may increase the risk of microbial infection. They are more of a social embarrassment than anything.

Unfortunately the common recommendations are toxic chemicals. Unbelievably Lindane and Dursban were specified often in the past.  Products still on the shelves contain pyrethrum and synthetic pyrethroids. That’s horrible advice. These products cause or increase allergy problems, especially for children with asthma.

Natural Tips
Here are some tips recommended by others. Douse the hair in olive oil or mayonnaise, which dissolves the exoskeletons of the lice and their nits. Wrap the hair in a plastic bag and let set for 4-6 hours. Apply a 50-50 solution of mineral oil and vinegar or wash the hair with dish soap instead of regular shampoo because it will more easily remove the oil and vinegar. Shaving the head is also something recommended. All of these are silly.

Howard’s recommendation – To eliminate head lice and head lice nits, shower and clean with herbal soaps such as tea tree oil shampoo or Dr. Ohhira's soap and then rinse the hair with full strength vinegar while the problem exists. Natural apple cider vinegar is the best choice. This process is all that needs to be done and it works. Organic products are best.

Ask for natural organic products at your Independent Garden Center. Shop for products I recommend in the Natural Organic Warehouse (NOW).  Also read and learn more in my new book Organic Management for the Professional. Products from the Natural Organic Warehouse make great gifts especially for Father's Day June 17.

Hope to see you at the Heart of Texas Green Expo
Friday & Saturday, June 8 - 9, 2012

More Information
Bastrop Convention and Exhibit Center
1408 Chestnut Street Bastrop, Texas 78602

If you have any questions on this newsletter or any other topic, tune in Sunday 8am -11am (CST) to the Dirt Doctor Radio Show. The phone number for the show is 1-866-444-3478. Listen on the internet or find a station in your area. Organic Club of America Members can log in on Sunday mornings to see the Dirt Doctor's Live Broadcast.

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Naturally yours,

Howard Garrett

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