Lice are nasty little insect parasites that inhabit the human body. There are three types, head, body and pubic lice but it is head lice that are the most common among children. Lice easily get transmitted from one person to another by barrettes, brushes, headbands, combs, hats, and headphones. Using the clothes of someone having head lice, sharing the personal items of an infected person, touching your head to an affected person’s head are some of the most common ways an individual may get head lice. The symptoms include intense itching; sores on your scalp from scratching; a tickling feeling like something is crawling on your scalp; irritability; small and red bumps on the scalp. You can get rid of hair lice quickly with the help of the following home remedies.
Home Remedies for Head Lice
Here are some simple and easy remedies to get rid of lice.
1. Garlic and Lime Juice
The smell of garlic can suffocate lice, eventually kill them. Crush 8-10 garlic cloves to make a paste. Mix 2 to 3 teaspoons of lime juice in it. Apply this prepared mixture onto the scalp thoroughly. Leave it for about half an hour and then wash your hair with hot water.
- As an alternative, you can prepare a paste by mixing fresh garlic juice with some lemon extract, cooking oil, some shampoo, conditioner and green tea. Apply this paste on your hair thoroughly and cover up your scalp with a shower cap or towel for about ½ an hour. Now, rinse your hair using your regular shampoo. Use this remedy for a week.
- Crush 8 to 10 garlic cloves. Add 2 to 3 teaspoons of water or lime juice to it. If you are using water, then add 10 to 15 drops of tea tree oil. Now, apply this to your scalp. Leave it for about ½ hour and then finally wash it.
Crush 8 to 10 almonds. Add 2 to 3 teaspoons of lime juice to it. Apply on your scalp and leave it on for half an hour. Finally, wash your hair with shampoo.
3. Baby Oil and Laundry Detergent
Another amazing treatment for head lice is baby oil. Apply some oil on your scalp. Now, slowly start to comb your hair in a way that the lice start falling from your head. Finally, rinse your head using laundry detergent and hot water. Before going to bed, massage your hair with white vinegar and cover up your head with a shower cap. Leave it on for the whole night. Next morning, rinse your hair using regular shampoo and conditioner. Repeat the process for 3 to 4 days to get quick results.
4. Olive Oil
Olive oil will suffocate the lice, finally kill them. Simply apply some olive oil on your hair before hitting the hay and wrap them with a shower cap or towel. Next morning, comb gently and wash your hair using some herbal shampoo that contains tea tree oil.
- Alternatively, mix ½ cup each of conditioner and olive oil in some liquid soap. Spread this solution onto your hair. After half an hour, wash your hair and apply your regular conditioner. Comb your hair thoroughly to remove all the dead lice. For better results, repeat the same process again after a week.
Another good choice to eliminate head lice is salt. Mix ¼ cup each of vinegar and salt. Now, wet your hair slightly and spray this mixture. Cover your head with a shower cap for approximately 2 hours. Wash and apply conditioner. Repeat this procedure in every 3 days to get rid of lice in an easier way.
6. Petroleum Jelly
Before going to bed, apply a thick layer of petroleum jelly on your scalp. Wrap your head firmly with a towel or shower cap. Leave it on all through the night. Next morning, remove the petroleum jelly using baby oil. Thoroughly comb your hair, and repeat this remedy daily until the problem is solved.
The oil present in mayonnaise suffocates the head lice. Put full-fat mayonnaise generously onto your scalp. Now, place a towel or a shower cap over your hair and leave it for 8 hours or let it sit overnight. Shampoo and comb your hair. Repeat this process for a week on a daily basis.
8. Wet Combing
Comb your wet hair using a fine-toothed nit comb to remove lice to some extent. Make sure that your hair is wet. Comb from scalp to the extreme end of the hair two times throughout a session. Repeat the process for 3 to 4 days for some weeks.
9. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is greasy in nature which stops lice from moving about freely, which prevents their multiplication. For quick results, wash your hair with apple cider vinegar. When your hair gets dried, apply coconut oil thoroughly onto your hair and scalp. Using a towel or shower cap, cover your head and leave it on for 6 to 8 hours or overnight. Next morning, comb your hair and wash them with your regular shampoo. Repeat this process on a daily basis for up to a week to eliminate lice. In order to make this remedy more effective, you may add a few drops of anise essential oil to the coconut oil.
10. White Vinegar
Another inexpensive way to get rid of head lice is white vinegar. Dilute white vinegar by adding it to equal amount of water. Apply it on your hair as well as scalp and wrap a towel for 1 or 2 hours. Now, immerse a comb in white vinegar and comb your hair. Or else, wash your hair with white vinegar before and after shampooing.
The smell of the Listerine leads to suffocation among lice. Mix a bit of Listerine and water in a spray bottle and spray it on your hair.
12. Hair Dye
If your head is infested with lice, apply hair color or dye. This remedy will kill the active lice, but will not have any effect on the eggs of these bugs.
Note – Never use this remedy for children. Also, it might have negative effect on your natural hair.
Herbal Remedies for Lice Removal
13. Thyme Leaves
Take some dried or fresh thyme flowers and leaves. Pour some boiling water on them and steep it for 10-15 minutes. Either spray this infusion or directly rinse your hair with it. Comb your hair with a nit comb a number of times in a day. This is the best way to get rid of lice naturally.
14. Rosemary and Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Mix together 1/8 cup of margosa oil, ¼ cup of sesame seed oil, ½ teaspoon each of eucalyptus and rosemary essential oils, 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil, and about 10 drops of lavender essential oil. First, wash your hair thoroughly with apple cider vinegar. Then dry your hair and apply the prepared solution to hair and scalp. Wrap them up using a towel or shower cap and leave it on overnight. Next morning, comb your hair gently so that all the dead lice fall off. Now, wash your hair using regular shampoo. This process can be repeated every day for up to 1 or 2 weeks.
15. Margosa Oil Shampoo
Margosa is an excellent head lice treatment. Add a few drops of margosa oil to your normal shampoo, or utilize shampoo that contains margosa oil.
16. Essential Oils
Mix 10 drops rosemary oil, 20 drops tea tree oil, 15 drops each of lavender and lemon (or thyme) oil, and 4 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Massage the prepared oil solution into your dry hair, and wrap your head using a plastic shower cap. After an hour, remove this cap and shampoo your hair.
- Or else, in a bowl, mix 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil and 3 tablespoons of oil (coconut, olive, or sesame). Apply this oil mixture on your hair. Let it stand for 30 to 45 minutes. Then, rinse your hair with shampoo.
17. Tree Tea Oil
Natural insecticide tea tree oil is one of the effective home remedies to remove lice from hair. Combine 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil, 3 tablespoons of olive or coconut oil, and 1 ounce of natural shampoo. Apply this mixture smoothly all over your scalp and cover your head with a shower cap. Leave it on for half an hour and then wash with hot water. Now, comb your wet hair to get rid of the dead lice.
Note: Don’t apply tea tree oil directly on the scalp.
- If your kid has long hair, tie them.
- Teach your child not to share headphones, hats, brushes, combs, or bicycle helmets. Ask them to report if they feel itching in their head.
- Wear a hat if you have long hair, in order to protect them.
- Utilize medicated shampoo to rinse your hair for head lice prevention.
- If you find your child scratching his/her hair too much, then check what it is.
- Regularly vacuum items such as furniture, rugs, pillows, mattresses, or any other surface where someone might have rested their head.
- If anyone in your house has recently got rid of lice, then wash all the clothes, bedding and other washables (that were used by the infected person) in hot water.
- Never use an insect killer spray to “sterilize” your house, as these products can be poisonous, and don’t assist in controlling head lice.
- Don’t share combs or brushes with anyone.