Home Remedies for Head Lice

hair-cleaningHead lice are often caught and spread by children but adults aren’t immune either. Once you feel a persistent itch in your scalp and feel something moving up there, the odds of head lice living upstairs are rather high. Fortunately, there are a lot of home remedies that you can try to get rid of your unwanted tenants.

A method that involves no oil or shampoo involves a nit comb. These are fine-toothed combs that work to remove both lice and nits from the hair but will require a certain amount of effort. Go through all sections of your hair little by little and continue to use the comb at least thrice a day at the beginning to once a day towards the end of the 2-week treatment process. Don’t forget to clean the comb after every use.

Essential oils can be used to soothe the itching while killing lice. There are various recipes and many essential oil brands but they all include a combination of tea tree oil, lavender, lemon, and rosemary oil. This method is much more time consuming and will have to be repeated more than medicated shampoo.

Garlic may be used to create a paste mixed with lime juice or some water. Add some tea tree oil when using water to further the effects of the garlic. Apply to the scalp and leave it in for at least half an hour.

Herbs can also help to get rid of lice and by using thyme, either fresh or dried, and a nit comb, you can get head lice under control. Soak the thyme in some water and spray it on your hair or use it as a rinse several times a day.

Lice can be smothered you can use petroleum jelly or olive oil to inhibit their reproduction and feeding habits. Apply a thick layer of either product to the scalp and cover with a shower cap. Leave it on overnight and you will find some dead lice. One caveat to this method is that it won’t kill the eggs and they will have to be removed manually.

There is head lice shampoo that is dedicated to killing head lice and nits. Shampoo of that sort usually has chemicals that kill the pests and when left on your scalp for about 10 minutes, it can work much better. If you’re more comfortable with natural remedies, there is shampoo that uses oils, such as tea tree or neem, to kill head lice. Use the shampoos as directed and expect to see results soon.

You may opt to use regular shampoo but to kill lice, you should couple it with some apple cider vinegar. Prior to and after washing your hair, rinse it out with the vinegar or soak it for a couple of minutes before using a nit comb. Rinse out the vinegar thoroughly to allow the strong smell to leave your hair.


Should these home remedies fail or if your scalp is already inflamed and irritated, it would be best to head on over to a professional head lice removal facility.

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