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Home Remedies For Head Lice


Home Remedies for Head Lice (Skyn Stories by Dr Meenu Sethi)


Head lice infestation can be one of the most frustrating things to deal with. It may not only be frustrating for the person affected by it, but also for the people around. It is pretty contagious and can cause a lot of discomfort due to the severe itching and burning it brings along. Head lice are scientifically known as Pediculus humanus capitis. These are parasites which live and survive on scalp, neck, ears, and in the hair of human hosts. The lice consume blood 4 – 5 times a day. Head lice are spread through close, personal contact, commonly in schools. Sharing headwear, combs, or pillows can also increase your risk of developing lice.

Despite being annoying, lice are not dangerous and do not spread any disease. However, lice may cause itching, scratching, and development of rashes. Fortunately, there are a number of head lice home remedies that work wonders at reducing the number of the lice or even completely banishing them.


1. Garlic

Garlic is effective in eliminating lice with its strong pungent smell which suffocates the lice, killing them.


How to use-

• Grind 8-10 garlic cloves and add about 2 spoons of lime juice.

• Apply on scalp and leave it on for 30 minutes.

• Rinse it off with hot water.

You can also combine garlic with green tea extract.


2. White Vinegar

This is a completely risk-free and inexpensive method to get rid of those blood suckers. The acetic acid content of vinegar relaxes the intense bond between the nits and the hair. It makes it easy to remove adult lice as well as nits.


How to use-

• Mix the vinegar with an equal amount of water and apply this on the scalp.

• Cover the head with the towel and leave it on for 30 minutes.

• Comb hair to remove the lice and nits.

• Rinse your hair.

3. Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise, a heavy mixture, can easily suffocate the lice to extinction.


How to use-

• Spread mayonnaise thoroughly in your hair and cover it with a shower cap.

• Let it stay for about 6 hours.

• Use your regular shampoo and blow dry your hair (heat kills lice).

• Comb your hair out using a nit comb.

• Repeat once a week for two months.

4. Listerine

Listerine comprises eucalyptus and thymol, which are effectual in killing the lice.


How to use-

• Wet your hair and scalp with Listerine and cover with the shower cap.

• Keep it so for two-three hours.

• Rinse with shampoo.

• Carry out a thorough combing session to get rid of any remaining lice and nits.

5. Olive Oil

Olive oil is effective in suffocating the lice and finally killing them.


How to use-

• Apply some olive oil on your hair before hitting the bed and wrap them with a shower cap or towel.

• Next morning, comb gently and rinse your hair using some herbal shampoo.

Another way in which you can use olive oil is-

• Mix ½ cup each of conditioner and olive oil in any liquid soap.

• Slather this solution onto your hair and let it sit for half an hour.

• Wash your hair and put your regular conditioner.

• Comb out all the dead lice.

For best results, repeat the process for a few weeks.


6. Salt

Another effective choice to get rid of head lice is salt.


How to use-

• Mix ¼ cup each of vinegar and salt.

• Now, damp your hair slightly and spray this mixture.

• Cover your head with a shower cap for about 2 hours.

• Rinse it off and apply conditioner.

Repeat this procedure in every 3 days to get the most effective results.


7. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil contains natural insecticide property which efficiently treats head lice.

Note- Make sure to always dilute the oil before using tea tree oil.


How to use-

• Take 1 tsp of tea tree oil and 1 ounce of natural shampoo.

• Add 3 tbsp of olive or coconut oil.

• Blend all the ingredients together and slather the mixture on the scalp.

• Cover head with a towel or shower cap and let it sit for 30 minutes.

• Rinse it off after 30 minutes with warm water.

• Comb out the dead lice.

• Repeat regularly for best results.

8. Neem

Neem is a medicinal herb that has a pungent odor, which prevents biting and kills lice.


How to use-

• Boil neem leaves in water for 8-10 minutes.

• Use the neem water to rinse your hair.

• Repeat this twice a week to eliminate head lice.

9. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil (like olive oil) suffocates the lice and does not let them stick to the hair easily.


How to use-

• Warm up some coconut oil and apply it firmly on the scalp.

• Gently massage for a few minutes and cover with a shower cap.

• Leave it on for two hours.

• After 2 hours, comb thoroughly with the nit comb to eliminate dead lice and nits.

• Follow it with shampooing and conditioning your hair.

• Once the hair is dry, put some warm coconut oil again and cover with a fresh shower cap.

• Leave it on overnight.

• Comb your hair thoroughly in the morning to remove all the dead lice and eggs.

• Rinse your hair.

10. Petroleum Jelly

Petroleum jelly makes it difficult for the lice to stay in the same environment and suffocates them to death. Compared to the other home remedies, this method has been shown to cause maximum lice and egg mortality.


How to use-

• Rub a good amount of petroleum jelly onto the scalp and keep it covered until the next morning.

• Slather some baby oil on the nit comb and run it through your hair to remove the jelly along with the lice.

• Wash the hair well with shampoo to remove the jelly completely.


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