As our children go back to school, lice start to appear! Lice are a normal phenomenon to children, especially during the first few months of the school year. Their appearance causes parents headaches, as it is thought to be very hard to get rid of lice. However, there is no need to get stressed out. There is a way to get rid of them without using harmful chemical lotions.
It is a myth that the problem occurs on people who don’t have good hygiene.
In contrast with the common belief amongst many people, lice don’t actually get attracted to dirty hair, as they find it hard to get their food source in such conditions. Lice usually get attracted to clean hair. It is extremely easy for children to catch lice from other children, especially between the ages of 3-12, as they tend to get into very close contact with other children.
Live prefer a warm and moist environment and they can be usually found in areas behind the ears and around the hairline close to the neck, where it is warm and dark there.
Lice are tiny grey-white bugs, around 3-4 mm, it can suck blood while glueing its legs on the hair. The female lice lives up to a month and during her life she lays 7-10 eggs a day, which she goues onto hair. The eggs stay at the roots and they get move as hair grows out. Lice don’t fly, nor can it get transferred from animals and pets. A grown lice can survive for 48 – 55 hours away from human skin.
The best way to get rid of lice is prevention. Adults and children, when they live in the same environment as someone diagnosed with lice, should check if they have caught them too and to treat it as soon as possible. If they sleep in the same bed, they should get treated whether or not they have been diagnosed having lice or eggs in their hair. If your child has long hair, make sure that before they go school, their hair is tied up in a bun or braided. That way, their hair won’t get in contact with other children’s hair who may have lice. Put 3 drops of lavender on your child’s comb or hair brush. When they b their hair, the oil will stay on the hair and scalp and will repel lice. Other essential oils that can also repel lice are oregano, eucalyptus, tea tree and rosemary, but lavender and rosemary have more pleasant smell.
Up until now, parents have used toxic, chemical products and repellents, or non organic plant based lotions for prevention. However, both of these two categories show weakness when it comes toattling with lice. These chemical and “plant based” products often cause side effects such as dermatitis, and cause sensitive skin on the scalp. They can also cause hair loss. Lice have developed immunity with these products over the years as well, due to genetic mutation. Because of this, lice seem to be used to these chemical ingredients. On the other hand, most plant based products that are on the market work to prevent lice but they often don’t show satisfying results when it comes to gettin rid of lice.
In my laboratory, where i make organic herbal products, i have discovered that the distillation of oregano as a hydrolate is very effective and harmless to people and pets, as a bug repellent. I have been using oregano hydrolate to spray the organic plants at Cyherbia. I have recently done research on 5 volunteers to see the effects of using
oregano hydrolate to get rid of lice and found that i got 100% success on completely getting rid of them in just a few days! Oregano hydrolate is natural, pure, gentle to skin and hair, doesn’t cause ANY side effects, and it quickly acts and gives positive results.
It is very simple to use: spray oregano hydrolate on the hair roots and scalp and leave it in all night. The next morning, you will find dead lice on your/your chid’s pillow. Proceed by combing the hair from roots to ends thoroughly to remove eggs, using a special comb (you can find these at pharmacies). Repeat this procedure for about a week.
You can get organic oregano hydrolate at our shop at Cyherbia Botanical Park in Avgorou, Cyprus, or via our webshop by sending us an email: email@example.com or via facebook/cyherbia.
Miranda Tringis, herbalist.
Cyprus is sizzling at this time of year and the summer can seem endless at times. We put ourselves into a lower gear, spend lots of time at the beach or in a pool and stay out of the sun during the hottest hours of the day.
Eating cooling foods such as salads, watermelon or cold soups also help the body cope with the heat, as does herbal ice tea. You have to try it to really appreciate just how much a herbal tea cools you down, but once you do, you’re likely to prefer this healthy drink over anything fizzy or sugary!
This summer why not try one of the two ultra-cooling and constitution-moistening tea blends of herbs and flowers which effectively cool the body, help you relax, boost your metabolism and give a feeling of lightness and wellness! I am sharing the recipes but if you don’t have your own herb patch, you can find the ready made blends at Cyherbia Botanical Park in Avgorou, or order via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cyherbia’s Summer Breeze ice tea blend is an oasis for the body and mind in the midst of heat and
heat stress. To make a litre of this tea you will need half a teaspoon each of mulberry leaf, jasmine, passionflower and fennel seed, and a teaspoon each of lemon balm, hibiscus flower and lemon verbena.
Another delicious ice tea blend is Cyherbia’s Positivi-tea. This is a fresh, relaxing and uplifting blend of herbs, flowers and fruits. To make it yourself use half a teaspoon each of chamomile, red clover, lemon balm, lemon peel and dried apple, and a teaspoon of lemon verbena and hibiscus flowers, for a litre of tea.
To make ice tea all you need is a little preparation ahead. If you use the ready made blend, for a litre of tea put a modest tablespoon of the tea in a teapot or tea press (a cafetiere used only for this purpose is the handiest), add a pinch of stevia leaves or a little honey and leave your tea to infuse for half an hour. Then strain and put it in a nice glass pitcher. When it has cooled down enough to be placed into the fridge, chill for a few hours and serve with ice cubes.
Ice tea will keep in the fridge for 48 hours maximum.
Cyherbia Botanical Park, Avgorou