A couple of months ago Marie Reid wrote to us to say she was going to spend some time working at the Good Samaritan Orphanage in Southern India. She told us that they had a bad nit problem and wondered if we could help.

We jumped at the chance and immediately sent Marie a supply of our Nitty Gritty Combs.

Marie returned recently and send us a lovely email (below), along with some photographs of the the girls at the orphanage getting down to the Nitty Gritty.
Before she left Marie asked us if we would like her to take photographs of the girls using the combs. We were very specific that this was not a condition and that she must gain their full agreement before taking any pictures.
On her return, she told us they were delighted to be photographed and happy to be featured on our website.

Here's what Marie wrote:

Dear Gill and Amanda

I just wanted to say a big thank you on behalf of everyone at the Good Samaritan Orphanage for the Nitty Gritty combs which I took out with me to India in December. Sure enough, as I had been forewarned(!) most of the 69 children had nits.

Being an aromatherapist, I took my essential oils with me, and massaged a blend of these (Geranium, Teatree, Frankincense and Lavender) in grapeseed oil into the scalp and through the hair before using the combs. As you can imagine, it took time to get through 69 children and the Indian girls as you will see from the photos, have very thick long hair!
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However, the children enjoyed watching how to use the oil and combs and were able to work on each other. I fortunately managed to stay nit-free, despite feeling the occasional itch.
The girls seemed to enjoy checking me over too as part of the daily nit clearing session!

By the end of my 3 weeks, the children were completely free of nits and were delighted by this. They had never used anything that had been this successful so again, thank you for your generosity and for relieving them of an irritating problem they have lived with for ages.

With best wishes,


If you would like to find out more about the Good Samaritan Orphanage in Pradesh, South India please visit their website

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