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14 Tried and Tested Home Remedies to Get Rid of Head Lice


Lice can invariably make a person’s life a disaster when left ignored and untreated. The problem usually affects children more than adults and particularly little girls with long hair. If your kid spends lot of time outdoors with other kids, the chances of picking up the itchy problem tends to be higher. A renowned dermatologist based in London Harley Street says that nits in children’s scalp are the ultimate sign that confirms the presence of lice.

In this blog post, we will discuss a few effective home remedies for head lice. But before anything else, let us understand what head lice actually are.

Understanding what lice are

Head lice are a kind of parasite or tiny insect that live in human hair. Though they cannot fly or jump, they are physically very fit to cover 9 inches in a minute. Lice are passed on from one individual to another through direct head-to-head contact. Usually, they prefer dwelling at the back of the head and particularly behind the ears. Sometimes they are also found on eyebrows and eyelashes.

Symptoms

When the scalp of hair is infested with lice, a child usually exhibits the following symptoms:

  • Constant itching and scratching.
  • Trouble sleeping.
  • Constant irritability.
  • Sores resulting from constant scratching.
  • Swollen lymph nodes.

OTC medications prescribed for head lice problems often bring unwanted side-effects. That is why both specialist skin doctors and responsible parents rely on home remedies to clear out any lice problems. Now, let us discuss some tried and tested home remedies to cure the problem.

Home remedies to clear out head lice:

  • Vinegar: Distilled vinegar is effective to clear out lice. Apply it gently on the scalp and the hair. Leave it for a while to settle down and then wash the hair thoroughly with plain water. Apple cider vinegar is a very effective solution. Comb the hair to remove the dead lice and nits.
  • Olive oil: Gently massage the scalp and hair with sufficient amount of olive oil for about 30 minutes and let the oil settle down for about 15 to 20 minutes more before combing the hair. Oil olive makes the breathing difficult for both lice and their eggs. After combing out the dead lice, rinse the scalp and hair with shampoo to remove the excess oil. You may have to do this procedure several times to completely resolve the problem. Wash the clothes every time to overcome the problem.
  • Oil extracted from tea plants: Head lice and their eggs can be effectively removed with tea tree oil. Mix tea tree oil with plain water in a spray bottle and apply the mixture to the scalp. Then, cover the entire head with a towel for about half an hour. In the next step, remove the towel and rinse the scalp and hair thoroughly with water. Alternatively, you may add little quantity of the oil to the shampoo and apply the mixture to the scalp. Adding tea tree oil with olive oil and applying the oil mixture to hair also proves effective.
  • Garlic: One of the best head lice treatments is using garlic. Take about 10 to 12 cloves of raw garlic and sufficient quantity of lime juice. Grind the two to prepare a paste and apply it directly to the scalp. Rinse the scalp well with lukewarm water after about half an hour.
  • Petroleum jelly: Petroleum jelly forbids the free movement of lice. Apply a thick layer of it to the scalp before going to bed at night and cover up the head with a shower cap. Massage the scalp gently using baby oil the next morning before combing the hair with a nit comb to remove both nits and dead lice.
  • Hair dryers: Hairdryer is an effective gadget to pick lice out of the hair. But, you should better tread this path outdoors. Else, the parasitic insects will spread out across your home affecting almost everyone and everything. Moreover, this therapy is not ideal for toddlers because hot air blowing out from the gadget is not good for their scalp.
  • Juice of onion: Grind a medium-sized onion at home and apply the paste to the scalp with gentle massaging. Leave it to dry out on the scalp itself. Use a nit comb to wipe out the dead lice and nits and then rinse the hair thoroughly with shampoo.
  • Mayonnaise: Mayonnaise is a great solution to clear lice problem. Apply a dash of mayonnaise thoroughly onto the scalp and let is settle overnight. Of course, you are going to cover the head with a shower cap during the night to ensure the mayonnaise remains at place. Rinse the hair with shampoo and lukewarm water in the morning. A renowned dermatologist in London associated with the Clear Skin Clinic assures it is one of the most reliable home remedies to cure the problem.
  • Coconut oil: Apply generous amount of coconut oil onto the scalp and gently massage for half an hour. Let it settle down for about a couple of hours. Then use a nit comb to wipe out the dead lice and nits. In the last step, shampoo the hair using lukewarm water. You should apply the procedure back to back again as the hair gets dried for a more effective result.
  • Oil extracted from the neem tree: Neem oil is readily available in London at present. Add a moderate quantity of the oil to your regular shampoo and rinse the hair thoroughly with the mixture. Apply a nit comb after about 20 minutes when the shampoo mixture has settled on your scalp. You may use this therapy at regular intervals to remove lice infestation from your hair and the scalp.
  • Benzyl alcohol: Rinsing the scalp with benzyl alcohol is effective to remove lice and nit infestation. Wait for about 15 minutes for the chemical to do its job and then rinse the hair thoroughly using plain water. Comb the hair well using a nit comb after that. Repeat the procedure within a few days to clear out the lice infestation completely from the scalp.
  • Eucalyptus oil: Prepare a mixture by adding 15 to 20 drops of eucalyptus oil to olive oil and gently massage the scalp with it for about half an hour. Cover the head with a shower cap and leave it overnight. Rinse the scalp well with water the following morning and comb the hair with a nit comb to remove the dead parasites and their eggs.
  • Vinegar and salt mixture: A mixture of vinegar and table salt proves helpful to clear away an infestation of lice from the hair and the scalp. Spray the mixture neatly on the scalp and the hair using a spray bottle. Let it dry out on its own and then rinse the hair well with water. If you feel like, shampoo the hair with lukewarm water.
  • Baking soda: Prepare a 3:1 mixture of hair conditioner and baking soda respectively. Apply it thoroughly to the scalp and then comb the hair well dividing it into various sections with a nit comb. Wait for about 10 to 15 minutes for the mixture to take effect. Shampoo the hair using lukewarm water to clear away both lice and their yet to hatch eggs.

Lice are a nasty problem. Try keeping your little ones as far as possible from the causes of head lice. Feel free to contact us for more information.