Head lice are an annoying problem. The winged parasites spread easily from a person suffering from head lice infestation to others around him/her. The tiny blood sucking creatures thrive on all types of hair and cause itching and irritation. Although head lice can be killed with chemical treatment, the toxic ingredients in these products are usually not considered safe for your scalp and hair. Fortunately, there are a number of chemical-free options for killing lice. These natural remedies are not only effective but are safe for your hair.
The Following Remedies Are Known To Help In Providing Relief From Head Lice Infestation:
1. Olive Oil And Lavender Oil
Mix olive oil and lavender essential oil is a ratio 3:1. Apply the mixture to your scalp and hair. Make sure there is enough mixture to thoroughly cover your hair and scalp. Pull your hair together and cover with a shower cap. Let the oil mixture sit on your hair for five hours. Mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with a cup of water and use it to rinse your hair. With a nit comb remove the dead lice and nits from your hair and then shampoo your hair. Frequent application of olive oil and lavender oil mixture helps in providing relief from the head lice infestation.
2. Coconut Oil
Coating your scalp and hair with a thick layer of coconut oil helps to suffocate and kill the adult lice. Before going to bed, apply coconut oil to your hair. Cover your hair with a shower cap and leave the oil on your hair overnight. Next morning use a nit comb to eliminate the dead bugs from your hair and then wash your hair. Repeat the process at least once a week.
3. Olive Oil, Eucalyptus Oil And Tea Tree Oil
To your regular shampoo, add three tablespoons of olive oil, one teaspoon of eucalyptus oil and one teaspoon of tea tree oil. Cover your hair with this mixture and wrap your hair with a shower cap. Let the mixture sit on your hair for an hour. Rinse off the mixture from your hair and comb your hair with a nit comb.
4. Anise Seed Oil And Olive Oil
Anise seed oil is toxic to lice. Hence, it is considered to be a safer alternative to the chemicals used for killing head lice. Combine one teaspoon to one tablespoon of anise seed oil with two teaspoons to two tablespoons of olive oil. Apply the oil blend to your scalp and hair. Let the oil sit on your hair at least for an hour. Comb your hair with a nit comb. Apply the oil mixture daily, twice a day, until your head is completely free from lice.
The anti-parasitic property of garlic seems to help in killing the head lice. Depending upon the length and thickness of your hair, combine crushed garlic and lime juice in equal proportions. Apply the paste on your scalp and hair. Let the mixture sit on your hair at least for an hour. Wash off with your regular shampoo.
To suffocate the active lice on your head, coat your scalp and hair with mayonnaise. Pull your hair together and wear a shower cap. Leave the mayo on your hair for about two hours. Wash off the mayonnaise from your hair with your regular shampoo.
7. Petroleum Jelly
Slathering petroleum jelly on your scalp and hair helps in killing the lice. Cover your head with a shower cap and leave the petroleum jelly on your head overnight. Wash off the next morning. You may need more than a single application to completely eradicate the head lice.