The potential effectiveness of essential oils as a treatment for headlice, Pediculus humanus capitis.

@article{Veal1996ThePE,
  title={The potential effectiveness of essential oils as a treatment for headlice, Pediculus humanus capitis.},
  author={L. Ramon Veal},
  journal={Complementary therapies in nursing \& midwifery},
  year={1996},
  volume={2 4},
  pages={
          97-101
        }
}
  • L. Veal
  • Published 1996
  • Medicine
  • Complementary therapies in nursing & midwifery
Essential oils of aniseed, cinnamon leaf, red thyme, tea tree, peppermint, nutmeg, rosemary, and pine were tested in vitro against lice, Pediculus humanus. All the oils except for rosemary and pine were found to be effective in the laboratory when applied in an alcoholic solution and followed by a rinse the following morning in an essential oil/vinegar/water mixture. Peppermint and nutmeg were only used as a blend rather than as individual oils. Problems of solubility and toxicity are discussed… Expand
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