Monthly Archives: October 2016

Lice And Nit Removal

When very young children get lice, it is difficult to remove the pests by using poisonous substances on the little heads. Children have sensitive skin and chemicals are liable to cause irritation and other side effects. You can use safer alternatives from your kitchen. However, repeated application of these things will be necessary for up to a week as these are mild in nature.

The simplest option and the most effective are to comb the lice and nits out using a very fine toothed comb. The parasites will get stuck between the teeth of the comb and will be pulled out. After each combing check the comb and remove any lice and nits in it, otherwise they will go back to the head during the next combing. The hair has to be combed a number of times section by section. Even then lice will move from one part of the head to other and may be missed.

To make it easier to trap the lice, wet the hair and use conditioner on it. This will facilitate combing. Nits usually have to be pulled off manually from the hair shaft because they are too small to pull off with a comb. Disinfect the comb by putting it in hot water for at least fifteen minutes. Petroleum jelly and other fat based products used to lubricate the skin can be applied to the hair to make combing out the lice easier. However, this is not a fool proof method for lice removal.

Olive oil is found in many kitchens as a cooking medium. It is safe to use on a small child’s hair. It is often used to soothe the skin and bring shine to the hair. It will envelop the lice and will kill them. It will lessen the itching caused by the insects biting the scalp.

A paste of neem leaves or basil can be applied on the head of the child who has lice. They are said to kill many insects and could prove useful. Tea tree oil is a antiseptic and is used in many shampoos to relieve dandruff. It can be applied on the hair of the child to kill lice but it is not safe for pregnant ladies and small babies.

The thing to be careful about is not to allow your child to play with any child who scratches his head often. If you notice that your child has an itchy scalp, at once swing into action and try one of the above methods. Lice lay many eggs daily, so that the quicker they are removed the better it is. Nits also hatch very quickly so they must be removed too. Repeat treatment often at regular intervals till all lice and nits are removed.

Home Remedies For Hair Growth

Hair problem is common to every body. Hair damage happens on getting heat from blow dryers, curling, irons, over exposure to  hair coloring, harsh chemicals and over production of oil from the sebaceous glands.  Hair damage is done by certain internal and external agent.

Lifestyle and  habits affect the health and hair appearance. Use of excessive caffeine affects the hair life. Cold drinks contain heavy sodium punch which elevate blood pressure and disturb hair appearance. Low diet of fruits and vegetable and high use of fast foods cause hair loss and growth. Growth of hair depend on good blood circulation to scalp and the balanced diet boost up this system.

Vitamin B and B6 are important to maintain healthy hair. Beans, peas, carrots, cauliflower, soyabean, bran, nuts and eggs are good source of vitamin B. Vitanim E, found in nuts, seeds, olive oil, avocados are good source of it. Lack of magnesium, zinc and sulfur rich diet, which is good for hair. Lack of sleep disturbs the hair growth. Low blood pressure, anaemia, weakness, stress, and mental tension causes loss of hair. Hormone imbalances after typhoid fever, presence of dandruff or lice disturb hair growth  greatly.

Hair care home remedies

Use natural shampoo or soap to clean hair and never use chemical–mixed items. Amla (indian gooseberry), shikakai (Acacia Concinna) are useful for hair. Scalp should be regularly oiled or massaged by coconut oil, mustard oil at least thrice in a week. It is better to use bhringraj (Eclipta alba) oil gently on the scalp.

Take green vegetables, salads, milk, sprouts, protein, buttermilk, yeast, wheat germ, soyabean (Glycine max) and Vitamina, A, B, B6. Ayurvedic preparation which is  made of Amla (indian gooseberry), shikakai (Acacia Concinna) and bhringraj (Eclipta alba) are good to stop hair fall. Scalp massage should be done to increase blood circulation. Juice of lettuce and spinach is extremely useful for the growth of hair.

Mix carrot juice with alfalfa and lettuce is good for hair growth. Use coconut oil mixed with lime juice to gently rub on the scalp to get growth of hair. Try to apply juice of coriander leaves on the head to get all benefits. Boil black beans and fenugreek and wash the hair with this water or paste of it thrice in a week to get good result.

Grind licorice in milk to make a paste to apply on bald head to get hair growth. Mix a paste of lemon seeds and black pepper to apply on again on bald head to have hair growth.

Bowel movement should be regular. Remove constipation by taking natural laxative like psilium husk or fruits like papaya or guava or other fiber-related diet. Try to exercise daily.