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Tackling Head Lice

Head lice are small, wingless insects that live and breed in human hair. Outbreaks are common in schools everywhere.

Direct head to head contact with someone with head lice is what spreads the lice, or even by sharing products such as combs, brushes, hats or pillowcases will spread them. A female louse lays up to eight eggs per day which rely on the warmth from the head to hatch. Lice can make the scalp itchy but sometimes come with no symptoms at all. Therefore the hair needs to be thoroughly inspected to see if any of the critters are present.

So, what are you looking for? Closely inspect the scalp, looking for oval, pinhead-sized eggs. They are firmly attached to the hair and we cannot simply brush them away. The actual themselves are small, wingless and whitish-brown in colour. Fortunately, you can get rid of them by combing conditioner onto dry, brushed hair and thoroughly combing through the hair with a fine-tooth comb. Wipe the conditioner from the comb onto a tissue and inspect for any lice or eggs. Additionally, coating the hair in olive oil and leaving it in overnight can eradicate lice. Or you could try using 15-20 drops of tea tree oil mixed in with natural shampoo. 

Interesting Facts about our Brains

  • About one hundred billion neurons make up the brain. Phew.
  • The brain will grow three times its size in the first year of a baby’s life. In total it continues to grow until about 18 years of age.
  • Roughly 75% water make up the brain. This means that dehydration can have negative effects on your brain. Drink that water!
  • It’s a myth that we use only 10 per cent of our brain. We actually use all of it. Even when we’re sleeping, we use more than 10 per cent.


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