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Home remedies for head lice

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Head lice are notorious and are indeed a nuisance! Kids around the globe get infested with this nasty bug and spend many restless days and sleepless nights due to the constant scratching. It is not just the kids, but their parents too, who spend endless hours, picking the lice from their hair.

Lice can spread easily, from one child to another, from child to parents, even from the head of a stranger travelling along with you on a bus!There are many over the counter shampoos, oils and solutions that help get rid of head lice. If you too are looking for some effective methods, then read on to discover the most effective home remedies for eliminating head lice:

Nitpicking and Combing

Nits are the white eggs that you can easily see on the hair. Get them handpicked first. Head lice can also be removed by combing your wet hair with a lice comb after shampooing.

Oil treatment to smother head lice

Neem oil treatment: Get the pure neem oil and massage your scalp thoroughly with it. Saturate your scalp and hair with it. Cover your head with a towel or a shower cap. For best results, you must leave the oil overnight. If you cannot tolerate the smell, then get done after 2 hours. De-tangle your hair and comb with a special lice comb. You can see the lice falling off from your head. You can also wash off your hair with a shampoo and then comb your wet hair to remove the lice.

Tea tree oil mixed with olive oil: Take some good quantity of tea tree oil and mix with olive oil. Massage your scalp with it and follow the step we have explained above. You can also get the lice hand plucked by someone.

Some more essential oils for head lice: You can also choose from the following range of essential oils prepared from red thyme, nutmeg, cloves, aniseed, and eucalyptus

Continue this treatment once a week until the bugs are gone...

Suffocate head lice with mayonnaise or Vaseline

This is another effective remedy to ward off head lice. Short hair can be better managed with mayonnaise or Vaseline as it’s quite messy on long hair. Nonetheless, you can try it considering the wonderful benefits. Saturate your scalp with mayonnaise or Vaseline, preferably before bedtime. Now cover your head properly with a shower cap. The lice would be dead the next day and you can get them handpicked. Rinse your hair properly with a shampoo.

Vinegar rinse to ward of head lice

Another useful remedy for head lice is vinegar wash. Use white vinegar for this purpose, preferably diluted with warm water. Fill a vessel with the vinegar so that you can dip the hair down in it. Also massage your scalp with it. Wrap the head with a shower cap for an hour. Then rinse and comb with a lice comb.

Lice treatment with lemon juice and almond paste

Take a handful of almonds and make a smooth paste of enough quantity to cover your entire scalp. Add generous amounts of lemon juice to the almond paste and apply all over your scalp. Allow it to stay for an hour and then rinse with plain water. Comb your hair to remove the lice. Try this treatment once a week to make your hair lice free.

Onion juice for head lice

Onion juice has a pungent aroma, which repels head lice. Crush the onions to extract the juice. Mix it with equal amounts of lemon juice. Soak a cotton ball in the mixture and dab it all over your scalp. Leave it for 1 hour and rinse off with plain water. Comb your hair gently to remove the lice.

Medicated shampoos and lotions

There are several effective OTC medicated shampoos and lotions available in the market. Buy one and use as per the instructions to get over head lice.

These are some effective methods that help clear head lice. Even if you maintain the best possible hygiene for your kid, they can catch these tiny bloodsuckers. However, quickly taking action and getting rid of head lice will prevent the kid from suffering severe infestation and embarrassment.

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Written by: Saptakee sengupta
Date last updated: April 19, 2015

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