Head Lice Regimen
Make a strong tea with thyme powder and apply to hair, then rub in olive oil. Let sit a half hour. Rinse with thyme tea and comb. Repeat as needed. Blow dry hair on a regular basis to prevent recurrence.
Head lice (Pediculus humanus capitis) are one of the many varieties of sucking lice (singular "louse") specialized to live on different areas of various animals.
For even faster action, take a bubble bath (use Miracle II or other "super-surfactant" soap), also adding thyme leaves in a mesh bag to the bathwater and soak hair underwater. Instead of thyme and olive oil, can instead use neem oil which works faster and is more convenient, but more difficult to obtain and smells worse. It is available inexpensively at Starwest Botanicals or Bulk Apothecary. It is cold pressed and unlike essential oils, can be used straight on the skin or scalp.
After treating it is necessary to wash bedclothes and hats in hot water to prevent reinfection.