• Head lice are tiny insects that live on the human scalp and feed on blood. An infestation of head lice usually results from the transfer of lice from the hair of one person to another. So the risk factor is greatest among young peoples who go to school or play together. Read the rest of the article to learn how to get rid of lice naturally at home.

    According to WebMD, Lice usually spreads by items such as:

    • Hats and scarves
    • Hair accessories
    • Brushes and combs
    • Pillows
    • Towels

    It may also transfer indirectly among items of clothing stored together.

    Head lice don’t carry bacterial or infectious disease. It’s not a sign of unclean living environment or poor hygiene.

    Symptoms Of Lice Infestation

    Common sign and symptom of lice infestation include:

    Itching: Itching is a allergic reaction to louse saliva. Itching usually occurs on the neck, scalp, and ear. If you are having an infestation for the first time, itching may not occur for the first two to six weeks.

    Lice eggs on hair shafts: Lice eggs are called nits. They stick to hair shifts. You can spot them around the ear, and the hairline of the neck.

    Lice on scalp: Lice are small. They avoid light and move quickly. So they are difficult to spot. But you may see them sometimes on your scalp.

    How To Get Rid Of Lice Naturally

    A number of home remedies are used to treat head lice infestation naturally. Here are ten of them.

    1. Garlic And Lemon Juice

    Garlic has a strong fragrance which can suffocate lice and kill them.

    You will need:

    • 10-12 garlic cloves
    • 2-3 teaspoons of lemon juice

    Direction:

    Grind 10-12 garlic cloves into a paste. Mix the lemon juice with it. Apply the mixture onto the scalp. Leave it there for half an hour. Then wash your hair thoroughly with warm water. Repeat this regularly for best results.

    2. Olive Oil

    How To Get Rid Of Lice With Olive Oil

    Olive oil makes your hair silky, making it easier to comb. It also kills lice.

    You will need:

    • ½ cup of olive oil
    • ½ cup of conditioner
    • Liquid soap

    Direction:

    Mix ½ cup of olive oil and ½ cup of conditioner with a small amount of liquid soap. Apply the mixture on your scalp. Leave it there for an hour. Then wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner. Then comb your hair to remove dead lice. Do this every week to get the best result.

    3. Baby Oil, Laundry Detergent, And White Vinegar

    Baby oil also helps suffocate head lice and kill them.

    You will need:

    • Baby oil
    • Laundry detergent
    • White vinegar
    • Regular shampoo

    Direction:

    Apply some baby oil on your hair. Comb your hair slowly. Lice will start falling. Then wash your head with laundry detergent and hot water.

    Before going to bed, apply white vinegar on your hair. Then cover your head with a towel. Leave it on while you sleep. In the morning, wash your hair with regular shampoo.

    Repeat this process for two-three days to get results.

    4. Neem

    Neem has a strong odor. It prohibits biting and kills lice.

    You will need:

    • Handful of neem leaves
    • Water

    Direction:

    Boil the neem leaves in water for 10-12 minutes. When the water cools enough, use it to rinse your hair. Do this twice every week to get best results.

    5. Salt, And Vinegar

    Salt has desiccation properties. It helps to get rid of head lice.

    You will need:

    • ¼ cup of salt
    • ¼ cup of vinegar
    • Shower cap or towel

    Direction:

    Mix ¼ cup of salt and ¼ cup of vinegar in an empty spray bottle. Spray your entire head until it becomes wet. Cover your head with a shower cap or towel for 1-2 hours. Then wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner. Do this twice every week to get best results.

    6. ACV, And Coconut Oil

    ACV 4

    Coconut oil stops head lice from multiplying.

    You will need:

    • Apple cider vinegar (ACV)
    • Coconut oil
    • Shower cap or towel
    • Shampoo

    Direction:

    Before going to bed, rinse your hair with ACV, and pat dry. Apply coconut oil on your scalp. Then cover your head with a shower cap or towel and leave overnight.

    In the morning, comb your hair to remove dead lice. Then rinse your hair with regular shampoo. Do this every day for a week to get the best result.

    7. Tea Tree Essential Oil, Shampoo, And Coconut Oil

    Tea tree, also known as melaleuca, is known for it’s powerful antiseptic properties. It is very effective for head lice.

    You will need:

    • 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil
    • 1 ounce of natural shampoo
    • 3 tablespoons of coconut or olive oil
    • Shower cap or towel

    Direction:

    Mix tea tree oil, natural shampoo, and coconut or olive oil. Apply the mixture thoroughly on your hair (DO NOT apply directly to your scalp). Cover your head with a shower cap or towel for 30 minutes. Then rinse your hair with warm water. Finally, comb your hair while it’s still wet to remove dead lice.

    8. Mayonnaise

    Mayonnaise has viscosity properties that kill head lice.

    You will need:

    • Full-fat mayonnaise
    • Shampoo
    • Shower cap or towel

    Direction:

    Apply mayonnaise on your scalp before going to bed. Cover your head with a shower cap and towel and leave it there overnight. In the morning, shampoo your hair. Then comb your hair to remove dead lice.

    9. Sesame Seed Oil

    Alcohol is very effective at killing lice.

    You will need:

    • Rubbing alcohol
    • Conditioner

    Direction:

    Soak your hair with rubbing alcohol. Apply conditioner on your hair. Comb your hair to remove dead lice. Then wash your hair. Do this regularly to get best results.

    10. Orange Juice

    Orange

    Orange juice kills lice and loosens eggs from your hair.

    You will need:

    • Orange juice
    • Water

    Direction:

    Wet your hair with water. Pour orange juice over your scalp. Leave it there for 20 minutes. Then comb your hair to remove dead lice. Rinse your hair with warm water. Do this twice every week to get the best result.

    Household Cleaning

    Lice don’t live past 24 hours without blood from the scalp. Therefore, the chance of them surviving on household items is almost nonexistent.

    But as a precaution you may clean items that the affected person used in the last 24 hours. Follow the following cleaning recommendations:

    • Wash bedding, and clothing in hot, soapy water. Dry them at high heat.
    • Clean hair care items in hot, soapy water.
    • Seal items that can’t be cleaned in plastic bag for two weeks.
    • Vacuum the floor and upholstered furniture.

    When To See A Doctor

    People often mistake dandruff, dead hair tissue, residue from hair products, dirt or other debris for nits. The best way to determine if you have an active infestation is the identification of adult louse.

    If home remedies aren’t working for you, don’t start using over-the-counter medication right away. Go see your doctor before you start taking medication. The doctor can carefully inspect your hair with specialized light before confirming a diagnosis.

    Conclusion

    It’s hard to completely prevent the spread of head lice. However, it is a good practice to not share any personal items you have. Only use your personal brush, comb, hat, and scarf. Also, don’t share your helmet or headphone with someone else.

    Do you have any tips on how to get rid of lice naturally? Let me know in the comment.

  • Comments