Lice – A small parasites that is found on human head and spread from one person to other through direct contact with the infected person, especially through sharing of combs, caps, brushes and other hair accessories. It is found to be a common problem among elementary and pre-school children. However, the infected individual, the family members are also to be treated to prevent it from reoccurring. The ideal treatment for headlice should be safe, free of toxic chemicals, easy to use, should be effective and prevent it from reoccurring. Keep reading this article to know the effective and safe home remedies for lice, a natural treatment to get rid of this infectious and tickling feeling.
Signs & Symptoms of head lice infections?
- A tickling feeling of something moving in the hair.
- sores on the head ( caused by scratching)
- Pink eyes ( common eye infection)
Home Remedies for Lice
1. Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil is an great option to treat many skin and hair infections. Mix 1 tsp. of tea tree oil with 3 tsp. of carrier oil, either olive or coconut oil of your choice. Apply this mixture in your head using cotton balls. Comb your hair with nits comb after 30 to 60mins of application and rinse off with shampoo.
2. Neem Oil
If you’re allergic to Tea tree oil, then the next best option would be Neem Oil.. Mix 1 tsp. of Neem oil with 3 tsp. of carrier oil, either olive or coconut oil of your choice. Leave it on scalp for overnight or at least 12 hours before you comb your hair with nits comb and then shampoo, rinse and repeat.
3. Try Wet Combing.
Combing your hair from top to tip when it is wet with fine-toothed comb can help remove lice and its eggs. Shampoo, Rinse, Comb your hair when wet and Repeat every 2 to 3 days once for couple of weeks to completely get rid of lice.
4. Coconut Oil
Researches say that applying Coconut oil and leaving it on your hair for 4 hours can kill 88% of lice. Apply pure coconut oil in your head using cotton balls. Comb your hair with nits comb after 4 to 5 hours of application and rinse off with shampoo.
5. Anise Oil
A Study Proved that Anise Oil is one of the two most effective remedy to kill Lice and safe to use for children. Apply Anise Oil using cotton balls and allow it to sit in your head for 30 to 60 mins before you comb your hair with fine toothed comb, shampoo, rinse and repeat.
A Research has shown that garlic has few benefits as a treatment for a lice infestation. Apply fresh squeezed garlic juice on your scalp using cotton balls and allow it to sit for 30 mins before you comb your hair with fine toothed comb, shampoo, rinse and repeat.
Prevention & Cure
- Wash and dry clothes, Bedspreads and other laundry items used by the person who has lice 2 days before the treatment.
- Soak and clean Combs, brushes, and other hair essential things in hot water for 20 to 30 mins.
- Vacuum & sanitize furniture’s, floor, and other surfaces at home.
- Avoid sharing pillowcases, combs and discourage children to rub each others head together.
Lice is an strong contagious, anyone can get them. It can be uncomfortable and prompt treatment is essential to get rid of them. Follow the Above instructions carefully and Visit Doctor if lice gets more infectious or if you’re allergic to home treatments.