Do You Know Nutrition: Mayonnaise is natural cure for hair lice

By Phylis Canion
June 12, 2012 at 1:12 a.m.

Phylis Canion

Phylis Canion

Is there a natural, non-chemical cure for hair lice?

Mayonnaise will take care of the lice naturally and condition your hair at the same time. Simply slather the entire head with mayonnaise until it appears greasy.

I recommend tying a bandana over the head (rather than a plastic shower cap), and leave it on the head for six hours or even better, just send them to bed. In the morning, simply shampoo the hair as many times as necessary to remove the mayonnaise. Comb out the hair until the nits are removed.

It is important to wash all bed linens and stuffed animals and dry them in the dryer rather than line drying since the hot air in the dryer is enough to kill the nits.

The reason that I mention the stuffed animals is because lice will not lay eggs on a stuffed animal, but will hide on them for as long as 10 days, until they need a blood meal.

Using the mayonnaise treatment within six days for a second application is recommended to take care of any nits that may have hatched, since hatched lice cannot lay eggs for a week.

I absolutely love bananas. Just wondering if you could share some banana history and information?

Bananas, giant herbs of the same family as lilies, orchids and palms, are America's number one fruit. Bananas contain no fat, no cholesterol, no sodium and are a good source of vitamin C, potassium and dietary fiber.

Bananas are considered a super food for athletes and fitness activities because they replenish necessary carbohydrates, glycogen and body fluids burned during exercise. Bananas are perennial crops that are grown and are available year round - they are harvested every day of the year.

They are not commercially grown in the United States, but come to us from India, 11 million metric tons produced annually; Brazil, more than 6 million metric tons; Ecuador, more than 5 million metric tons; China, more than 4 million metric tons; Costa Rica, more than 2 million metric tons; Colombia, more than 11/2 million metric tons; and followed by Honduras, Panama and Guatemala. Just as an FYI, 1 metric ton equals 2,204 pounds.

In comparison to an apple, the banana has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorous, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. Enjoy.

Thought for the week: The disappointments of the past will begin to fade as soon as you let them go.

Phylis B. Canion is a doctor of naturopathic medicine and is a certified nutritional consultant, email her at This column is for nutritional information only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure.



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