Essential oils of some plants are widely used against lice for a long time. Some of their effectiveness in the fight against various insects is generally explained by the sharp aroma that most types of parasites can not tolerate.
However, lice - insects are not the most common. First of all, because even when processing the head with essential oil, lice can not leave the processed part of the body - in this case they simply would have remained without food. Secondly, dense chitinous cover of lice makes them resistant to the action of aggressive environmental factors and even to the action of some insecticides.
Some recklessly believe that tea tree oil from lice is effective in large part due to the fact that in addition to a strong smell is at the same time quite toxic, and therefore, unlike many other essential oils, not only scares off parasites, but also can poison them .
Can this property of tea tree oil be used to effectively fight lice? Let's understand ...
Is tea tree oil effective against lice?
Tea tree oil is really known for its toxicity. It is believed that it can cause serious poisoning when ingested in the digestive tract of humans and animals.
On the other hand, this same oil is widely used in cosmetology for cleansing the skin and combating its various defects - acne, inflammation, viral, bacterial and fungal infections.
Perhaps, on the wave of enthusiasm for this remedy, people have for some time begun to actively apply tea tree oil against lice. Without special, however, the result.
The point here is that the tea tree oil exerts its toxic effect only when it gets into the biological organism, whether it's a human or an insect. Lice can not physically use it inward through the oral apparatus: everything that they consume is the blood of a person.
The amount of essential oil that is able to penetrate inside the insect through its chitinous cover is too small to have a reliable poisoning effect.
Accordingly, it must be understood that tea tree oil will not poison all lice on the head at once, although it will create uncomfortable conditions for their existence and can generally weaken insects. Moreover, tea tree oil from nits will not help - it basically can not poison them due to a dense protective shell.
On a note
The composition of tea tree oil does not include any component capable of having a contact poisoning effect, that is, poisoning or damaging lice, being on the outer covers of their body.
On the other hand, the constant treatment of hair with tea tree oil can to some extent inhibit the reproduction and development of lice , since in the atmosphere of this substance parasites will remain in a weakened state (as is, however, observed with many other means - hair lacquers, colognes, herbal decoctions). However, to achieve complete disappearance of them only with the help of essential oil can not.
How oil is used against lice
Most often, tea tree oil from lice is used in various combinations of it with other substances. Usually it is added to shampoos or mixed with alcohol tinctures.
Practice shows that, together with the shampoos, the effect of oil almost does not give. With alcohol, it can destroy lice, but destruction occurs precisely due to alcohol, which actively acts on the outer cover of insects. The oil here is used more to "aromatize" the whole procedure, creating an uninformed person feeling a pleasant treatment from lice a natural remedy.
Actually the means for deducing lice is prepared as follows:
- In 50 grams of pure alcohol, 30 drops of oil are added.
- Then the mixture is shaken and 50 grams of distilled water is poured into it.
It is assumed that after this, the resulting solution must be wetted with hair and scalp, then rinse with warm water. This is done at least 5-6 days in a row, in the ideal case - until the lice are completely removed.
On a note
Earlier, even in tsarist Russia, a recipe was used against lice: 20 drops of tea tree oil were added to 4 drops of clove oil, and the whole mixture was diluted with a quarter of a glass of mineral water. However, there is no evidence of the effectiveness of such a recipe.
Finally, very lazy wrestlers with lice simply add oil to any shampoo and diligently wash their head.
Of course, it is not necessary to count on any reliable result in this case.
"I had lice about two years ago, I picked them up in the camp, and tried to get them out with all sorts of folk remedies, tea tree oil, wormwood. But they did not get out until they got home. She already bought herself a normal shampoo from lice and at one time brought them out. "
Safety and side effects
Despite the old traditions of applying tea tree oil in the fight against lice, the results of modern studies not only do not confirm the effectiveness of this drug, but also indicate a large number of contraindications to its use.
So, if tea tree oil gets into the digestive tract, it can cause vomiting, diarrhea, hallucinations, headaches and stomach pain. When treating the skin with oil, a serious allergic reaction and simple irritation can develop, which is especially characteristic for children.
"We used lice and tea tree oil. Special effect it does not give, but here the skin both at me, and at the child after that coarse, was shelled, at a daughter even the allergy was. Compared with him, even the same Nyuda, who lice directly mow, generally harmless. "
It is not surprising that in the United States and some countries of Western Europe, tea tree oil is not recommended for medicinal purposes because of insufficient knowledge of its effect on the skin and the side effects caused.
How will the oil work for sure?
The most effective will be the use of tea tree oil along with special insecticides. In this case, the drug itself will destroy lice, and the oil will slightly soften its flavor.
Suitable for this are sprays from lice Nude and Paranit, safe enough and not containing toxic components for humans. When used in accordance with the instructions, you can also use Parasidosis and Pedilin shampoos, Nyx cream and some other products.
However, tea tree oil is why it is used, that it is considered a natural and harmless for the body means, than "chemical" insecticides can not boast. To maintain complete naturalness and safety of lice removal, tea tree oil should be used together with special combs such as NitFree, LiceGuard, AntiV and others. In this case, the oil will provide a certain inhibition and weakening of parasites, and comb out their comb will be much easier.
In general, tea tree oil is best used only as a preventive measure. If there is a risk of contact with infected lice people, oil should be moistened by the skin behind the ears, whiskey and top, and once a week when bathing add it to the shampoo. So you can significantly reduce the likelihood of infection with lice and prevent the reproduction of randomly falling on the head of single specimens.
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