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The head louse (Pediculus humanus capitis) is an ecto-parasite of humans. Head lice are wingless insects that usually spend their entire life on human scalp. They feed on human blood exclusively. Humans are the only known hosts, while chimpanzees host a closely related species, Pediculus schaeffi. Other species of lice infest most orders of mammals and all orders of birds.

Read more in our blog article: Treating Head Lice and Nits: We’re all in it together!

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grammar and of logic and who will seek beneath the footsteps of my commas the lice of my thought in the head of my style.”

Louis Aragon

The head louse (Pediculus humanus capitis) is an ecto-parasite of humans. Head lice are wingless insects that usually spend their entire life on human scalp. They feed on human blood exclusively. Humans are the only known hosts, while chimpanzees host a closely related species, Pediculus schaeffi. Other species of lice infest most orders of mammals and all orders of birds. 

Interestingly, lice are thought to have diverged as a subspecies about 100,000 years ago, when many humans began to wear more clothing.

Lice differ from other haematophagic (“blood eating”) ecto-parasites such as fleas, in that lice spend their entire life cycle on a host. Not very nice for those of us suffering from these little critters.

Head lice cannot fly, jump or even walk properly on flat surfaces due to their short stumpy legs.

The non-disease-carrying head louse differs from the related disease-carrying body louse (Pediculus humanus humanus) in preferring to attach eggs to scalp hair rather than to clothing. The two subspecies are morphologically almost identical but do not normally interbreed, although they will do so in laboratory conditions. 

Head lice are not the vectors of any known diseases. Except for rare secondary infections that result from scratching at bites, head lice are harmless. It has even been suggested that head lice infections might be beneficial in helping to boost immunity against the body louse –which is capable of transmission of a number of dangerous diseases. Just to clarify; nits are the larval stage of the head louse.

Regular and sustained hair brushing was found by one study to damage the lice, which subsequently die, breaking the reproduction cycle.  So daily hair brushing can help you avoid an infestation of lice as well as promoting healthy hair growth.

There are some natural health products that may benefit those unfortunate souls whose heads have lice subleasing some space on their scalps. Neem oil has been known to confer benefits in treating head lice.

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  • Essential oil in my household

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    The benefits of lavender oil are not a secret to anyone. I just want to share that I was pleased with the quality of the oil, I used only swiss and french brands before. This oil can evenly compete with the European brands! Very happy with the purchase - price and volume of the product are not bite.

    Kamilla

    8/11/16

  • Improving hair and skin

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    I am on my second bottle. I massage it into my scalp and hair pre-wash and my hair is soft and shiny after washing (I have fine hair). It has also helped to soften fine lines on my face and I don't find it too oily (I have normal skin with a slightly oily t-zone). I have tried expensive face creams and this performs just as well if not better than the best of them.

    Claire

    28/09/16

  • Smells strange

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    Ok, I read all the other reviews and think either I have a strange sense of smell or a weird batch. This does not smell like lavender to me, and seems quite a harsh scent. I've used lavender for years, all different brands, but have relegated this one to laundry use.

    Kelly

    3/08/16

Wellness Blog

  • Treating Head Lice and Nits: We’re all in it together!

    First off, let’s dispel a few common myths – contrary to popular belief, head lice are not carriers of any known infectious diseases. They can infect anyone, at any age and are more of a […]

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