When applied on damp skin, petroleum jelly locks in the skin's natural moisture. It heals minor cuts, keeping them moist and preventing scabs, and soothes diaper rashes. To treat cradle cap or head lice, apply it on your kid's head and leave it overnight. This lice treatment is effective for adults too. If you are prone to swimmer's ear, dab some jelly on a clean cotton swab and insert it in your ears while you swim.
There are 3 types of lice: head lice, body lice, pubic crab lice. Head lice, with a lifespan of 40 days, live the longest among the 3, followed by body and pubic lice which live up to a month. Both head and pubic lice need a regular supply of human blood to survive (unlike body lice!) and can perish within 24 hours without a human host to "feed" from.
Anti-lice shampoos and other chemical treatments can be harsh, especially on children. A natural, safe alternative is tea tree oil, used alone or in combination with gentle treatments like nerolidol, lavender oil, or coconut oil. It can be used as a spray or added to a shampoo. To use: massage the sol. onto the scalp and hair; wash off and comb wet hair to remove the dead lice.
Specks from dandruff are flakes of scalp skin that easily fall off. If you have lice, those specks are parasites clinging tightly to your hair. Itching is a common trait of both. Dandruff can be caused by seborrhea or even be a reaction to hair products. Lice come from close contact with someone who already has it. Anti-dandruff shampoos, honey, neem, and tea tree oil work on dandruff; pesticidal lotions, manual wet combing, petroleum jelly, and neem can treat lice.
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