When a beloved pet starts to show signs of age, from low energy, to difficulty getting up, to loss of vision and hearing, it’s devastating to feel that there’s nothing we can do. In reality, though, we have a lot of impact on aging pets’ quality of life and lifespan.
Here are our suggestions for giving complete mind/body care to an aging pet. Some things make a big difference, and others make a small difference, but all of them can extend your pets’ life by quality years, and maybe even bring back a little bit of that youthful spark.
Diet and Nutrition
As your pet ages, the fuel that keeps their bodies running becomes critical to good health. You may need to adjust the amount of food you give your pet, or the type of food, so that they maintain healthy weight and energy levels.
Here are a few additional considerations:
Older pets sometimes need a little extra nutritional value in their diet, particularly micronutrientsthat may not be in their food.
We’ve given our farm dog Bhakti a supplement of Noni Fruit Leather every day of his life, and we’ve seen some incredible results. He still behaves like a puppy, even though it’s been a long time since he fit that description, and comes bounding up to us each day to eat his noni.
Noni contains vital micronutrients, including antioxidants, soluble/insoluble fiber, essential fatty acids, and countless other vitamins and minerals, which work together to promote good health.
Aging pets need extra consideration paid to their weight. An underweight dog or cat may not have enough muscle and fat stores to function normally. On the other hand, overweight pets put unnecessary strain on already stressed joints.
Blood Sugar Levels
Older pets often suffer from irregular blood sugar levels, and are prone to developing diabetes. Noni is excellent for helping balance out blood sugar levels long term, and can help support and maintain normal blood sugar levels.
Exercise and Fitness
Your pet may have started to slow down a little, but that just means it’s more important than ever tofocus on their fitness. Your pet might not be able to handle runs or long hikes anymore, but it’s crucial to find a fitness regimen that works for them.
When your aging pet starts to slow down, it can be tempting to let them lie in peace. But this is actually one of the worst things you can do. Just as with people, nothing is worse for a pet than to sit still all day.
Mobility is a use-it-or-lose-it ability, and you want to keep your pet from losing mobility as long as possible. It’s crucial for maintaining muscle tone, healthy joints, and good energy levels.
If your pet is just in too much pain to exercise much, again, I can’t recommend Noni Fruit Leatherstrongly enough. Noni contains compounds that relieve inflammation, repair tissue, and increase energy levels, all naturally.
Nothing is sadder than watching a beloved pet become depressed. But there are lots of things you can do to help bring back that missing vitality! Exercise and play can help bring back that spark, but it may come down to diet. Humans and animals alike experience increased energy levels after a few weeks of taking noni regularly.
Massage isn’t just for humans—trust us, pets love it, especially as they age. It helps relieve sore muscles, but it also reminds them that you’re there and that you love them.
For particularly achy muscles, or for hot spots or other skin conditions, try our organic Noni Lotion for pets. It contains compounds that relieve pain 75% as well as morphine, but with no side effects or addiction.
Pets’ immune systems also start to slow down as they age, leaving them vulnerable to parasites and infection, as well as other diseases that come with old age.
Older pets are sometimes plagued by parasites that they can’t quite seem to shake. You can give their immune systems a hand by giving them a daily dose of Noni Fruit Leather. Noni contains a compound called damnacanthal, a powerful phytochemical that is widely known to prevent and kill parasites, from ticks and fleas to worms.
Behavioral changes in pets tends to come on slowly, so that we sometimes don’t even notice them. Often, these are signs that something is wrong physically or mentally, especially as a pet ages.
Good care, diet supplementation, and exercise can help with physical ailments, but your pet’s mind can be harder to access. Here are some ways to bring back that spark of playfulness, and to keep your pet’s mind active and thriving.
Keep playing with your pet as they age, at a level that’s appropriate for them. They might start preferring lower key activities, but it’s important to keep them engaged and interested in toys and the world around them.
Keep dementia at bay by challenging your pet’s mind with puzzles. In particular, puzzles with food or treats as a reward have the potential to keep a pet interested.
Keep Up Tricks and Training
When hearing or vision starts to go, it’s easy to let training go as well. This is such a shame, because doing tricks and following commands is one of the surest ways to keep your pet’s mind sharp. You just have to find ways to adapt to their needs!
If your pet’s vision is failing, try using more verbal cues. If hearing is the problem, try using a flashlight to get their attention, and challenge them to learn visual cues for their tricks.
It can seem impossible to turn back the clock for pets, especially since we can’t ask them what’s wrong or talk to them about their experience and needs. But by being attentive, diligent, and consistent, and by taking proactive steps to keep their health up, we can extend the lives of elderly pets by quality years!
What are your tricks for caring for elderly pets? Share in the comments!
Scarring is an important part of the healing process, but no one really wants a scar to last. Sometimes scars are out of your control, but there are things you can do to give your skin the best chance of healing fully.
One way to help your skin heal fully, completely, and smoothly is to ensure your body has the building blocks of healthy skin on hand. Skin-building takes a lot of micronutrients, which many people are deficient in.
Here’s how your diet impacts scarring, and how you can find good sources of the micronutrients that will help your skin heal like new.
How and Why Scars Form
Scars form when a wound penetrates below the skin’s first layer (the epidermis) and damages the second layer (the dermis). To repair the damage, your skin generates fibrous collagen tissue to fill the wound and pull skin together.
This layer forms in order to prevent further damage to the wound, and to protect it from viruses and bacteria, which can cause you to lose more tissue.
As the wound continues to heal, the collagen skin patch diminishes and is replaced by skin tissue slightly lighter than your other skin. This kind of scar is the least visible, and the most likely to fade over time. If the skin produces too much collagen, you end up with a raised or discolored scar.
Scarring depends on a lot of factors, including the size, depth, and location of the wound, as well as the age, genetics, and skin characteristics of the injured person. But our diets also have an impact. If the building blocks of healthy skin are abundant, it’s much easier for a wound to heal fully and with the minimum amount of scarring.
Micronutrients, Macro Benefits
Your body needs a wide variety of nutrients to operate correctly. You know about the three macronutrients: carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, but you might be less clear on micronutrients.
Micronutrients are the nutrients that your body needs just tiny amounts of to thrive. You only need a little bit of each micronutrient, but being deficient can have serious consequences. Deficiencies can cause stunted growth, weakened immune response, and problems with tissue development—including skin tissue.
Micronutrients and Scar Healing
Vitamins and minerals are the two kinds of micronutrients, and your body needs a wide variety of both to build healthy skin. Especially after an injury, your body relies on you to provide it with the building blocks it needs to smoothly and quickly heal a wound.
In particular, formation of new skin requires:
Vitamins A and C
Essential fatty acids
In general, you can get these by eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. But the Western diet is notoriously low in fruits and vegetables, and we tend not to eat as much variety as we should.
Food Sources of Skin-Healing Micronutrients
Blueberries and strawberries
Kale, spinach, and other leafy greens
Carrots and bell peppers
Noni: Skin Protector and Healer
Of all of these foods, noni has by far the highest density of essential micronutrients to help your skin rebuild. It’s a tremendous source of antioxidant vitamins, surpassing blueberries, pomegranate, and even acai berries in potency. Noni is also a good source of a wide variety of minerals and phytonutrients.
The result is that noni is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent with antimicrobial powers, which provides the skin with everything it needs to heal. Noni fruit even stimulates and regulates collagen production, to help scars form and fade quickly.
Where to Get Noni Fruit
Most of the foods you need to give your skin the best chance at healing can be found in the grocery store, with the exception of noni fruit. This delicate tropical fruit can’t be shipped to your local market because it starts fermenting as soon as it’s picked.
Noni juice, a common “solution” to this problem, deliberately completes the fermentation process to create a stable product that can be shipped. The problem is, fermentation destroys the beneficial compounds in noni fruit, which make it so good for your skin.
On our organic family farm, we’ve found a better way to send the power of noni worldwide. We do the opposite of making juice: we make Noni Fruit Leather which is the raw unfermented pulp of noni where the 165 beneficial compounds are found. Removing the water from noni stops the fermentation process, and creates a product that can be shipped, and which lasts for years outside the refrigerator. Published research has shown Noni Fruit Leather to be 14x more potent than noni juice because of the process.
Noni can be used in two different ways to heal wounds that are likely to scar.
First, noni fruit leather can be eaten as a raw food supplement. All those beneficial compounds are digested and used by your body to help form new skin, in addition to more additional benefits than can possibly be listed. This is healing from the inside out.
We also offer a topical noni treatment made from our noni fruit leather, which can be applied directly to the healing scar. A major benefit is pain relief, due to the phytonutrient scopoletin found in noni. The micronutrient anthraquinone helps keep infectious bacteria such as staphylococcus aureus, E. coli, and more at bay. This is healing from the outside in.
Clean the wound thoroughly. Dirt, bacteria, fungi, and viruses can infect the wound and destroy more skin tissue. That means a bigger scar.
For minor wounds, cover the wound with a bandage while it’s bleeding, but then make sure to let the wound be exposed to air to help it heal more quickly. For more major injuries, stitches can dramatically reduce scarring.
Don’t smoke! Smoking reduces blood flow through the body, which means a healing injury has less oxygen available to it. That increases the likelihood of the wound healing poorly and leaving a scar.
Try not to move the injured area too much while it’s healing, especially if the wound is on or near a joint. Stretching healing skin can result in a more prominent scar.
Shield your injury from the sun to protect the delicate new cells from UV rays that can cause discoloration and more prominent scarring.
Have you used noni to help a scar heal? Let us know in the comments!
Chronic pain is one of the least understood diseases in the human body. It can occur in people of all ages, varies widely in severity, and can affect any part of the body. By most definitions, chronic pain is any pain that lasts for more than 12 weeks, but it can last for years, or even a lifetime.
The battle with pain can feel like a hopeless one, as you try to chase down the source and find a treatment that works. We want to share an old Polynesian pain treatment, used for thousands of years to naturally tackle chronic pain at the source.
That treatment is noni fruit, which we grow on our organic family farm on Kauai. I have personally seen the power of noni to heal pain. It’s not a miracle, but given a true test, noni is amazingly effective at battling pain in a lasting way.
Acknowledge Chronic Pain for What It Is
Everyone feels chronic pain a little differently. Some people feel pain in their muscles and joints, and others suffer from debilitating headaches. Some cases are episodic, others continuous. Sometimes chronic pain takes an emotional toll, affecting mental health and causing fatigue and depression.
In all cases, chronic pain is a disease which can be treated. If you’ve been in pain for a long time and haven’t taken your symptoms seriously, give yourself permission to get some help.
Ways to Take Action
Let your friends and family in on what’s been going on, if they don’t already know, so they can support you when you really need it
Join a support group—pain can be isolating, and sometimes just knowing you aren’t alone can help you cope
Take care of yourself by keeping up your hygiene, staying as social as possible, and eatinghealthful, nourishing foods
Express yourself with art, music, writing, or anything else that lets out your feelings in a constructive, healthy way
Find a doctor you trust and start seeking out a holistic, mind-body treatment
The really tough thing about chronic pain is, often there isn’t an easy answer that magically makes the pain go away. But by taking action to promote your health, you can improve and learn to manage your pain, rather than letting it manage you!
Reduce Dependence on Painkillers
When you’re battling with pain, it’s often necessary to fight with any weapons available. Many people combat chronic pain with prescription painkillers or heavy use of NSAIDs (drugs like ibuprofen). Up to a certain extent, these drugs may be a necessary part of your healing process.
But those drugs take a toll on the body, especially your stomach and liver, and you can easily become dependent on them. Many have side-effects that can cause issues in different parts of your body, or which can add to the mental/emotional damage.
Taking steps to reduce painkiller use is a very difficult part of chronic pain management, and every case is different. When you’re ready, consult with your doctor and work with them to reduce medication usage, if possible.
We offer two different topical noni lotions that are great for pain relief. Our Noni Lavender Lotion is a gentle, soothing formula made of organic, pureed noni fruit leather. If you like the icy-hot sensation of menthol and camphor, try our IcyHeat Noni Lotion, also made of organic dried noni pulp.
Both or either of these lotions can be an important part of your treatment of chronic pain. Here’s how to use them:
If using IcyHeat Noni Lotion, apply it to the bottoms of the feet first for faster pain relief. This strange trick has proven itself time and time again at trade shows and farmers markets. Because there are so many nerve endings in the feet, the noni enters the body quicker by penetrating every tissue of the body.
With either lotion type, apply a generous coat of noni lotion to the skin.
You can massage if you like, but make sure you end with a layer of noni on your skin that you then let air dry.
In many cases, the pain relief happens right away, but it may take a period of continuous usage, depending on your condition and its severity.
Apply 3-4 times per day for severe pain, especially before bed.
Applying noni topically relieves the symptoms of pain, and can do some to reduce inflammation and heal tissues from the outside in. But to truly get to the source of the problem, try adding raw, organic Noni Fruit Leather to your diet.
When eaten, noni fruit works from the inside out to promote good health in all the body’s systems. It’s especially good at managing inflammation, often a major contributor to chronic pain. Noni alsoimproves circulation and boosts immune function.
For 10 years, Dr. Issell conducted research on cancer patients at the University of Hawaii. At his opening dissertation, he presented two bar graphs.
The first graph showed that when they gave subjects the equivalency of two 2x2 inch pieces per day of our Noni Fruit Leather, half of the test group of 48 people reported feeling pain free. The other bar graph showed that when they gave subjects the equivalency of four 2x2 inch pieces per day of our Noni Fruit Leather, the whole test group of 48 persons reported that they were pain free.
You can eat the fruit leather, roll it up into a ball and swallow like a pill, or dissolve it into tea. Some people don’t like the flavor of noni, but we find it’s an acquired taste. By simply dissolving our Noni Fruit Leather in warm or cold liquid and adding cinnamon, lemon juice or herb tea will mask the cheesy flavor of noni.
Noni typically takes some time to have a noticeable effect. It’s not a miracle, as I said earlier, butgive it a true test before you dismiss it.
For chronic pain conditions, we recommend taking two to four 2x2 inch pieces per day.
If taking multiple pieces per day, split the dosage up by taking half in the morning and half in the evening. That way the noni is in your body every 12 hours, rather than taking it all at once every 24 hours.
Over the course of several weeks, you’ll find that not only is your pain improving, but your mood and energy levels rise as well. Chronic pain is a mind-body disease, and it requires a treatment that addresses both. This is why I love noni so much for chronic pain.
If you’ve been under the thumb of chronic pain too long, give noni a try today.
Autumn is here, but it still feels like summertime Kauai, and that means it’s still the season for outdoor fun in the sun. Fall is beautiful on Kauai (you should come visit us!) and wherever you are, you’ve probably got a few more summer adventures in you.
But being active outdoors has its risks, and everyone gets bruised, scraped, or strained sometimes. Make sure to keep your trusty bottle of Noni Lavender Lotion on hand to help you heal quickly, with no scars to show for your adventures!
These four outdoor adventures are totally worth any bumps and bruises you might get along the way, especially if you’ve got the power of noni on your side to ease the pain and help you heal.
This is probably Hawaii’s most famous outdoor adventure. If you live near a coast, or can vacation to one, surfing is a great way to get close to nature, get a great workout, and experience the thrill of riding the waves. Plus, you can cool down on a hot day!
Surfing is tons of fun, but it definitely has its risks. In particular, scrapes from coral reefs can be very painful, slow to heal, and prone to infection. Sore or strained muscles and bruises from your surfboard are other occupational hazards of surfing.
After surfing, apply Noni Lotion to any injuries and sore muscles, along with any other first aid you need. In the weeks after your injury, apply noni lotion to the injury about 3 times per day until healed. Many surfers in Hawaii have used our Noni Lavender Lotion for years to heal reef scrapes.
Getting banged up, scraped, and bruised is part of the adventure—don’t let it hold you back from hanging ten!
Hiking and Rock Climbing
This is another great adventure to do on Kauai. We have tons of scenic trails to beautiful waterfalls, isolated beaches, and amazing overlooks, as well as places to climb for many different skill levels. Try to make it out hiking or climbing at least one more time this season, especially if you get fall colors where you live.
Hiking has its risks, from sprained ankles to contact with poisonous plants. Climbing can be even more dangerous. But the risks shouldn’t stop you from getting out and experiencing nature!
If you do happen to run into any poisonous plants while you’re out on the trail, Noni Lavender Lotion can help you heal more quickly with less itching and irritation. Click here to learn how.
Cycling is a sport that can truly be done anywhere, and at any skill level. Whether you enjoy road biking or mountain biking, it’s an amazing way to get close to nature and get a great workout.
But even if you’re very careful, cycling often involves “hitting the pavement” in an all too literal sense. Road rash, bruising, and pain in your knees and back are common cycling injuries. Make sure to always wear a helmet to prevent debilitating or lethal head injuries!
After your adventure, apply noni lotion to any sore muscles or injuries. After a truly epic bike ride, there’s nothing like a massage with IcyHeat Noni Lotion. For fastest pain relief, apply the Icy HeatNoni Lotion to the bottoms of your feet first, and then to the area in pain. The 2000+ nerve endings in your feet carry the pain-relieving beneficial compounds to the injured area almost instantly.
These adventurous outdoor water sports are perfect for thrill-seekers and nature-lovers alike—you can choose the intensity of your adventure. Whether you’re out on a placid lake or navigating rushing rapids, canoeing and kayaking gets you close to nature and gets your heart pumping.
The possibility of boating injuries, from small scrapes and bruises to more serious trouble, shouldn’t keep you from your adventure.
The most common boating “injury” is a fairly common one: sunburn. Sunburn might not seem that serious, but it’s still very important to avoid it, and to try to heal as quickly as possible when you do get burned.
No matter how careful you are to avoid harmful UV rays, sometimes we all get a little too much sun exposure. But did you know that the foods you eat can impact how much damage the sun does to your skin?
These five foods have been shown to help protect the skin in various ways from the sun. Some prevent damage, and some heal it after it happens. Eating a good mix of all of them is a recipe for youthful, long-lived, healthy skin!
Note: None of these foods acts as a substitute for topically-applied sunscreen, but as a supplement, they add additional protection and repair damage that does occur.
Many foods contain the beneficial compound ellagic acid, but strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and pomegranate are some of the best natural sources. Ellagic acid is a natural phenol antioxidant, which may help protect DNA from damage and mutation.
The full scope of ellagic acid’s powers is still being studied, but it may help cancer cells die like normal cells and inhibit the growth of melanoma cells. More cosmetically, there is also evidence that it prevents sun spots and other UV-induced photo aging, such as freckles.
You can also find ellagic acid in walnuts and pecans. So eat up!
Brightly-Colored Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables that are brightly colored contain a variety of beneficial antioxidants and other compounds that can help protect your skin from the sun. The best way to get the full range of benefits is to eat a wide range of colors each day.
In particular, orange/yellow fruits and vegetables, such as carrots and squash, contain carotenes. Carotenes are polyphenol antioxidants which have been shown to absorb both natural and artificial UV radiation.
Another great color of fruits and vegetables for your skin is the red set, such as tomatoes. Red fruits and vegetables contain a specific type of carotene called lycopene. Supplementing diets long-term with lycopene-rich foods provides measurable protection from sunburn.
Foods with Omega-3 Fatty Acids
There are tons of reasons to eat foods high in omega-3 fatty acids. These fats, found in healthful foods such as flax seed, walnuts, red peppers, spinach, and edamame, are beneficial to the body, and necessary for healthy functioning of many organs.
This includes the largest organ: the skin! When you eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, the fatty acids are deposited into your skin. This helps keep your skin youthful, but it also protects from the sun.
Studies have shown that after the omega-3s are incorporated into the skin, the amount of UV-B needed to cause sunburn more than doubles. Over time, if omega-3s are a regular part of your diet, the amount deposited into the skin will increase over time, giving greater protection against UV radiation. Once subjects stopped their omega-3 rich diets, it took 10 weeks for skin to lose the omega-3s deposited there.
Noni fruit is a Polynesian superfood that contains over 165 beneficial compounds in its raw form. It can be eaten or applied directly to sunburned skin, where it starts healing right away.
The compounds in noni include antioxidants, which reduce the breakdown of collagen and fats in skinas we age, a process accelerated by sun exposure. Noni can also erase age spots, help fill fine lines, relieve pain from sunburn, and prevent future sun damage.
Many people take noni in the form of juice. Unfortunately, the process of fermenting the juice causes most of the beneficial compounds in noni to be destroyed. Noni is most powerful when eaten raw, or when the raw pulp is applied topically to the skin.
We’ve found a way to preserve the delicate compounds in the noni pulp by slow-dehydrating the non-fermented pulp with low heat for maximum potency. Eating our noni fruit leather or using our raw noni lotions is an organic way to protect your skin from the damaging sun.
What do you do to stay protected from the sun? Let us know in the comments.
When you lead an active life, nothing is more frustrating than pain. It slows you down, forces you to be more cautious, and makes you doubt that you’ll ever fully recover. Facing chronic pain, many people give up, but you can overcome pain organically and chemically free! You don’t even need those damaging NSAIDs and other painkillers. The secret is noni.
What Research Says About Noni and Pain
In Phytotherapy Research (24:38-42), researchers from the University Clinic in Hamburg, Germany, reported that noni fruit’s analgesic activity “reduced the pain sensitivity comparably to the central analgesic drug tramadol.” When extracts of noni fruit puree were applied, the “effect was comparable to hydrocortisone.”
Acta Pharmacologica Sinica (23:1127-1141) published another study which found that noni extract is a dosage-related anti-inflammatory and central analgesic. In fact, they found that it was 75 percent as strong as morphine, had no toxic level, and caused no side-effects.
In addition to this body of evidence, working with athletics coaches in Hawaii has shown us the power of noni to support a pain-free, highly-active lifestyle. Not to mention our own anecdotal evidence in our own lives and from the testimonials of our customers!
Here’s how noni can be used to eliminate the aches, pains, and cramps that go with athletics, totally free of side-effects or harmful chemicals!
Apply to Injuries to Heal Them
If you’re already injured, that’s where you should start with one of our noni lotions. You can use our Noni Lavender Lotion, or one of our IcyHeat formulas if you like the menthol/camphor sensation.
Our friend Ed Davila, M.D., is a highly-regarded, board-certified medical internist in the state of Washington. He found noni through a patient of his, Frank Anderson, who had used noni lotion to relieve chronic hand pain that forced him to almost completely retire from music.
Dr. Davila took Frank’s recommendation. Playing basketball, he had injured both his Achilles tendons, leaving him barely able to walk, and certainly unable to play. He tried the noni lotion on his injuries, and within three days was pain-free and playing basketball again.
You can get these kinds of results too! Over the course of a few weeks, even the most stubborn of injuries will start to loosen up. You’re likely to experience pain relief first, then loosening and release as inflammation recedes from the area. Make sure to give the injury plenty of time to heal before exercising hard.
For chronic issues, we recommend applying noni lotion to the area 3 or 4 times each day.
After your workout, it’s a good idea to apply some more noni to areas that are prone to pain and injury. This will help you repair and build muscle, while avoiding the pain and stiffness that can come after a hard workout.
You can apply the lotion immediately after exercise. If you like to get post-workout massages, noni lotion can be incorporated to further chase away pain and inflammation.
It’s also a good idea to apply noni lotion before bed. The lotion will sink in overnight so you can rise free from pain.
You can apply noni lotion as often as you like. You might want to try it before and after a workout, and then once more before bed.
Our noni lotions work great to relieve pain. They help restore your tissues and reduce inflammation as well, but to see the most dramatic results, try our Noni Fruit Leather. It works from the inside out to tackle your pain at its source.
For athletes and those who suffer from chronic pain and injury, Noni Fruit Leather is an important part of preventative healthcare. It works to restore and maintain good health. This gives your muscles, bones, and connective tissues some resilience as you age.
As a preventative, we recommend one 2x2 inch square of Noni Fruit Leather each day. For chronic issues, take two to four 2x2 inch pieces, spaced throughout the day.
You can enjoy an active lifestyle without the worry of pain hanging over your head. It’s all in the pulp of the powerful noni fruit, which can work from the outside in and the inside out to protect and heal your active muscles.
What’s your routine for using noni to fight pain? Let us know in the comments!
School’s back in season, and with that comes an increased risk of head lice. Commercial lice cures are full of harsh chemicals, and there are increasing numbers of lice who are resistant to those chemicals. They’re potentially dangerous, and they might not even work!
Luckily, natural remedies can remove lice without chemicals, and they’re often more thorough and reliable. In particular, a Polynesian superfood called noni repels lice completely.
Noni is a great bet for easy, organic lice removal. Here’s how it works to naturally repel lice away from the head without harsh chemicals.
Lice: Know the Enemy
Head lice are tiny, wingless parasites that live among human hairs on the scalp. They feed on tiny amounts of blood as they live and breed. Lice aren’t dangerous, and they don’t spread disease, but they are annoying. Scratching at the scalp can also lead to irritation and infection.
Don’t ignore lice if someone in your family may have contracted them. They spread quickly, especially in a school setting. It can take months of vigilance to be fully clear of lice.
Tricks to Find Lice
You can check for lice by looking at the roots of the hair for nits, which are lice eggs. Nits look like tiny bits of dandruff adhered to the hair follicle close to the scalp, but unlike dandruff, they can’t be brushed away. Only in a very heavy infestation will you see actual lice on the scalp.
Many people who have lice end up with very itchy scalps, due to a reaction with the saliva of the lice. Scratching can lead to further irritation and infection. You might even see a rash develop on the scalp. Before itching starts, the sensation can also be like things crawling or moving on the scalp.
Conventional Lice Treatments Have Two Big Problems
Why use noni when there are other conventional treatments available? It’s part values, part health-consciousness, and part common sense practically.
Chemical Lice Treatments are Toxic
Usually, when lice are discovered, you start a process of chemical eradication. The problem is, these chemical pesticides are toxic. Even though you’re administering them at a far-below-lethal dose, they can’t be great for your health, especially for kids.
You should never use more of a conventional lice product than is directed, use the same treatment too often in your life, or mix treatments. These chemicals are dangerous, and the scalp is a sensitive area. Many people prefer caution in this case.
Lice are Evolving
There’s increasing evidence to show that lice are gradually becoming resistant to the harsh chemicals we’ve developed to eradicate them. Doctors have warned for a while that this process might be underway, and we’re starting to see the effects.
You can treat lice without using any harsh chemicals at all. It takes some vigilance and patience, but to us and many of our customers, it’s worth it. You avoid the toxins of conventional treatments, and those harsh treatments were likely to fail anyway.
Remember: to get rid of a lice infestation, you have to kill both the adult lice and the eggs they laid, which are each resistant to different attacks.
It’s usually most effective to start by coming methodically through the hair and picking out the nits—this helps prevent re-infestation once you’ve driven away the lice.
Olive oil, mayonnaise, and other greasy substances like hair gel can smother lice, but you must treat the hair under a shower cap overnight as lice can stop breathing for hours at a time.
Heat can kill nits, so give hair a good blow dry after you wash the olive oil out, then do another comb-through.
Clean linens that come into contact with the head, but don’t feel the need to sterilize your whole house—lice can’t live long without a host, so they usually don’t stray far.
Noni: Naturally Anti-Parasitic
Noni is a superfood with over 165 beneficial compounds that help the body fight off infection from bacteria, fungus, and parasites. For parasites both internal and external, including insects, worms, fungi, and microbes, noni is a powerful repellent.
It works on both pets and people. When taken by pets, it naturally prevents fleas and ticks without any of the side effects of chemical treatments. It can also remove internal worms and other parasites from pets, as well as humans.
We recommend using it liberally every step of the way as you de-louse.
As Close as You Can Get to Splatting Raw Fruit on Your Head
In Hawaii, many tutus and kukus (grandparents) treat lice with noni. They take a ripe, white noni fruit and smash it on the head of the person with lice. Some people claim you can see the lice jumping away!
The problem is, noni is too perishable to ship the raw fruit to people who don’t live where it grows. We’ve developed an innovative low-heat drying technique that preserves the delicate beneficial compounds in the raw pulp, while making it shippable. You can even store it with no refrigeration!
We take that dried noni pulp and turn it into our Noni Lavender Lotion, which is a great topical treatment for lice. Noni works by discouraging the lice, and convincing them it’s a bad environment, rather than by killing them.
It’s 100% organic, chemical-free, and nontoxic, plus it’s made, bottled, and shipped all from our small family farm on Kauai.