Lice have been around since humans have been around, and we've been fighting them for just as long. Special combs and natron water were used as treatments in ancient times, and it's believed that the Egyptians even shaved their heads and wore wigs just to avoid lice. In more modern times, home remedies have ranged from mayonnaise to gasoline (yikes!). Many of the common chemical treatments we see today were developed during World War II.
In the United States, many of our lice treatments are chemical. But chemical treatments can have many harmful side effects, including seizures, cancer, and behavioral changes. The FDA issued a Public Health Advisory against using chemical lice treatments that contain the ingredient lindane. While many treatments now exclude lindane, some still contain it, and many contain other harmful chemicals such as synthetic pyrethrin. According to the National Pediculosis Association's registry, children who have been treated repeatedly for head lice with chemical treatments could be at a higher risk for health problems if exposed to additional chemical lice treatments.
Beyond the side effects of chemical treatments, there is another issue to consider: Super lice. Many strains of lice have become resistant to chemical treatments, making them what's called "super lice," rendering them useless in the fight against lice.
Lice-Nil is an all-natural solution. Only three ingredients are used: neem oil, coconut oil, and tea-tree oils. Neem oil is vegetable oil extracted from the seeds and fruits of India's Azadirachta indica (or neem) tree. It has been used for hundreds of years to control pests and diseases. It encapsulates and suffocates both lice and eggs.
Because it is an oil rather than a watery substance, it is easier to spread evenly throughout the hair and it envelopes the lice and eggs more fully. In just one treatment, your lice problem will be gone–as long as you properly treat your household items (more on that later.)
To learn more about neem oil and our natural solution, you can visit our Compare and How it Works pages.