The 31st January 2014 marks an NHS initiative – National Bug Busting Day. It's an educational day to inform parents and children about the behavior of head lice and how to detect and remove them. Uniting in this way to coordinate bug busting across the country on dedicated days can help prevent lice from circulating from head to head and back again, so they say.
And on the topic of effective Bug Busting, researchers at the James Cook University in Queensland, Australia say that ‘Tea Tree Oil achieved and maintained a 90% kill rate over a 3 hour period, compared to just an 82% kill rate when Permethrin (a common insecticide) was used’.
Their research has also proven that Tea Tree will help to prevent head lice from laying eggs on the scalp initially, which is good news for mums trying to avoid common insecticidal chemicals, which can reportedly leave a toxic residue on the hair and scalp.
And… Green People’s Organic Lavender Shampoo and Conditioner (£8.50 for 200ml) are mild, gentle and non-irritating for sensitive scalps, and contain organic Lavender, Aloe Vera and Tea Tree to naturally cleanse the hair.
Green People sent us some samples ahead of National Bug Busting day and while we couldn't test the bug busting capabilities of their shampoo and conditioner (since we're happily bug-free), I was impressed by the products.
I can't attest to whether they actually help get rid of lice if you're bothered by them, but it's got to be worth trying a product containing a natural remedy, rather than reaching for chemical insecticides.
They're not the cheapest shampoo and conditioner but you only need a tiny bit, and despite weeks of use these bottles still feel full. They leave my children's hair smelling divine, and lovely and soft to boot.
Organic Children products are available through selected John Lewis* stores, Independent Health stores and online at www.greenpeople.co.uk and Ocado.com