12 Home Remedies To Get The Rid Of Head Lice

12 Home Remedies To Get The Rid Of Head Lice

Has your head been feeling itchy lately?

Do You think you may have lice?

If so, then you are not alone. It’s quite a common problem in the USA with about 6 to 12 million infestations in children a year.

However, if you are struggling with this problem then, it’s time for you to take a sigh of relief.

These sesame seed-sized buggers can survive on your scalp for up to 30 days.

If not taken seriously, it can potentially cause some serious skin infections.

If you have been scratching your head a lot lately then this is just the article for you.

Home remedies?

Oil treatment?


Stay read to know the best home remedies to tackle lice problems.

1. What exactly are lice on the head and what makes them itchy?

Lice are vegetable insects that thrive on a person's head.

Warm skin gives them the right conditions for them to thrive.

Although they do not carry any sort of disease they can get extremely itchy and uncomfortable making it impossible to carry on about your day.

So, what makes them itchy? Whenever lice or a louse, yes that’s singular, feeds on your blood through the scalp, it irritates the skin and makes you itchy.

Some people are a little too sensitive to these lice bites and can experience severe itching.

Yes, it is super gross but that’s just what happens.

2. How to avoid getting head lice:

Head lice are spread through contact.

They cannot hop, jump or fly.

If you come in contact with someone who has this problem, then you will surely get infected.

The level of hygiene is not a concern which means that despite living in clean conditions, you may still get lice.

If you find out that your office colleague, a family member or your classmate has lice issues, the best thing you can do is maintain some distance from them.

You should also stop using their stuff.

3. Home remedies to get the Rid of head lice:

Home remedies involve day to day products and ingredients to create non-toxic solutions for your problems.

Eliminating harmful chemicals and taking the natural organic route is always a good idea.

It doesn’t matter which method you choose, but one thing that you must always do is comb out your hair with a fine-toothed comb that will clean out the head lice and their eggs which multiply over time.

4. Oil combing:

Lice tend to get slippery when the hair is wet with the water or oil.

Generously apply the oil of your choice like olive, coconut or almond oil on your hair.

The next step is to the section out your hair carefully.

Lastly use very fine-toothed head lice comb to brush out the lice one by one.

You can spread out a towel on a table in front of you and comb over it so that the lice that fall off your hair don't get attached to your clothes or furniture.

By far, this is one of the most effective and chemical free ways of eliminating lice and their eggs.

What is the one hair care routine you always do?

Does it involve a home remedy?

Fire up the comment section!

5. Deep hair oil smother:

Deep hair oil smother treatment is a great way of relaxing and releasing stress.

It’s also handy in getting the Rid of the parasites living on your scalp and hair.

All you have to do this mix half a cup of tea tree or eucalyptus essential oil and rub the mixture into your scalp before going to the bed at night.

Pop on your shower cap so that your pillow doesn't get ruined and leave it on overnight or for at least 12 hours.

Repeat this process once in a week and just sit back and wait 3 weeks to see some visible results.

This works because these oils, especially eucalyptus oil, have antifungal and antiseptic properties which are helpful in treating dandruff.

Apart from being dandruff free, your hair will also smell like a dream!

6. Garlic:

As gross as this sounds like - greasing eight to ten cloves of peeled and crushed garlic and lemon juice will work wonders.

You can also substitute the lemon juice with the olive oil which helps the hair in regaining its sheen.

Leave it on for around half an hour before rinsing it off in warm water.

No one likes the stink of garlic and that is precisely the reason that kills the head lice.

The strong stench of the garlic chokes and suffocates them.

Then washing them off with warm water will easily clear out your hair.

Other than the horrible stink Garlic is also known for its antibacterial properties that have helped in getting rid of disease like salmonella.

7. Deep conditioning and combing:

The conditioner does wonders for your hair.

Other than giving it volume and making it shine, did you know that over the years conditioners have been developed and recognized as an effective measure against head lice infestation?

Start off by detangling your hair using Alice comb followed by lathering a generous amount of hair conditioner.

Once your hair is completely covered in conditioner, section it out by using a normal toothed hair.

The final step is to comb out the lice on a paper towel using the same lice comb.

A conditioner is not a medicine that kills the lice it simply stuns them for 20 minutes giving you a window to eliminate them quickly.

This doesn’t sound too bad right?

8. Onion juice:

Onions are a kitchen staple and help in promoting a healthy heart along with improving gut health.

Other than that, onion juice works as an elixir in promoting thick and healthy hair growth.

Throw in some chunks of onions in a food processor to extract out all the juice.

You will then have to directly apply this juice on your scalp, tie up your hair firmly and cover it for 4 hours in a shower cap.

The last and final step is to comb out the lice using a fine-toothed comb or a nit comb and shampooing off the hair to eliminate the strong odour.

Doing this will also reduce the chances of infestation. Worth a try!

9. Baking soda with conditioner:

We already told you all about the goodness of using conditioners to get rid of these pesky little buggers.

Mix baking soda with a conditioner of your choice to create the anti-lice paste.

Apply it all over your hair and scalp and leave it for 30 minutes.

Then you will have to section out each part of your hair one by one using a nit comb to get out any dead or alive lice or nit eggs.

These ingredients serve specific purposes where the baking soda acts as an itching reliever caused due to the presence of lice.

The conditioner chokes up the lice and stuns them for 20 minutes or until they are combed out.

For the best results use the paste once a week.

10. Apple cider vinegar:

Apple cider vinegar has been used for various home remedies over centuries.

They are known for lowering the blood sugar in diabetic patients and also improve digestion by reducing inflammation in your gut.

Apple cider also has a host of antifungal and antibacterial properties.

Start by rinsing your hair with apple cider vinegar and do not rinse them out.

Leave it on and allow it to dry on your scalp in natural air.

The properties present inside apple cider dissolves the lice.

Once your hair is completely dried out, massage coconut oil into your hair using your hand.

Make sure you massage all your hair generously for best results.

Wrap your hair up in a shower cap and lifetime does its thing for one hour.

When done, wash out your hair like you normally do!

Time-consuming but promising results!

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Say hello to an improved lifestyle!

Now back to our Article on home remedies to deal with head lice problems.

11. Peppermint oil:

Peppermint has some incredible properties that have always solved problems like headaches, digestion issues, nausea, and muscle pain among others.

They have also been used widely as flavouring agents in food and desserts.

These decadent smelling oils have rejuvenating properties that work wonders in curing the persistent head lice problem.

Lice hate peppermint.

You can add peppermint essential oil in your everyday shampoo or coconut oil.

Since they particularly get suffocated on the strong and piercing stench of it, you should add to your everyday hair care routine one way or another.

12. Petroleum Jelly:

Using petroleum jelly is a practical option to get rid of hair lice.

All you need to do is apply a thick layer of petroleum jelly to your head and leave it overnight.

Cover your head including a towel or a shower cap.

In the morning use baby oil to remove petroleum jelly.

Comb your hair well to remove lice.

Wash your hair thereafter.

You can use this method for several nights to tackle this problem.

What ways have you tried on yourself or your loved ones to eliminate these pesky buggers?

Did we miss something out in the list?

Let us know in the comments section below and let's all have a lice-free life!

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