Natural suggestions for treating nits from FMNZ members:

Tea Tree Oil Shampoo and Conditioner

Tea Tree Oil mixed with conditioner and put on as a mask for an hour

Conditioner or olive oil/coconut oil etc smothered over the head and glad wrapped for an hour

Douse the hair in vinegar and leave on, wrapped in a towel over night

Citronella from the chemist in a spray bottle

Pinetarsol and water in a spray bottle

Neem Soap or Neem Oil

Lavender oil in spray bottle


Robi Comb





On behalf of Farming Mums you have asked us to comment on an issue that has become apparent through your networks - the use of animal products like "Frontline" treatment to treat parasitic infections in children.  


The use of animal products to treat humans is not only ill advised it is illegal and people selling medicines intended for animal use knowing that it will be used on people are liable for prosecution and loss of their practicing licence or other professional censure. The reason for this is that it is unsafe.


The chemical Ivermectin is licenced in the USA for treatment of head lice but it is NOT THE SAME PRODUCT as we use on our animals and is not licensed for human use in New Zealand.

(It can be used on a case by case basis under close specialist supervision in fully consenting families. See for more information.)


Head lice and other parasites such as scabies can be a real nuisance in families, but effective conventional medicines are available, the key to effective treatment is to use the prescribed treatment according to instructions, in particular treating the whole family at the same time.


Really good advice can be found:


Head lice:


Farming families are vulnerable to using animal products out of the best intentions but it is strongly advised that animal medicine is only used on animals.


Yours sincerely 

Dr Jo Scott-Jones


PS For your information:

·         Fipronil is the active ingredient in Frontline Plus for cats; imidacloprid and pyriproxyfen are the active ingredients in Advantage II. Unlike many other insecticides, Fipronil works by attacking the nerves in the fleas' spinal cords and brains. The fleas die as a result of uncontrolled activity.

·         Imidacloprid works by attacking the central nervous system of those pesky fleas. Imidacloprid attacks certain receptors in the fleas. The neuron then is unable to make any signals, eventually resulting in death.

·         Pyriproxyfen is an insect growth regulator that kills fleas in all stages of life.

·         Advantage Multi, another Advantage product from Bayer, also contains the active ingredient Moxidectin. Moxidectin in Advantage Multi attacks the nervous system of heartworms and intestinal parasites, making Advantage Multi an ideal product to protect your kitty from various parasites.


None of these products are designed to be applied to your children's skin, they are not proven to be safe and as you can see from the way they act, who knows what effects they may have.