Home Remedy for Head Lice

Here you will find a natural home remedy for head lice. Learn how to treat head lice without chemicals or harsh irritants. 

Getting lice is one of the most unfortunate, frustrating experiences a person can have. It seems that even with the best of precautions, most children end up bringing home lice at some point in their lives.

As an adult, getting lice can be even more frustrating and disturbing, and sometimes even harder to get rid of. Luckily, lice are more of an annoyance than a danger, as they do not spread diseases. Still, the sooner action is taken, the easier the problem will be to resolve.


Many people are rightfully afraid of putting harsh chemicals on their heads to get rid of lice. Natural home remedies for lice abound, but some can seem more like superstitions than cures.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is definitely one of the best home remedies for head lice. Mix about ten drops of pure tea tree oil into several tablespoons of shampoo and work into a lather, making sure to cover all of your hair and scalp. Rinse your hair thoroughly.

Next, mix another ten drops into a few tablespoons of conditioner. Even if you don't normally use conditioner, you shouldn't skip this step. Work it into all of your hair and let it sit for at least 5 minutes. Rinse your hair again, then have someone help you to go throw it with a nit comb, removing any eggs and traces of lice. You will need to repeat this process every day for 5-7 days.


Does Mayonnaise Treat Head Lice? 

Leaving mayonnaise on hair overnight might work, but it’s likely to be very unpleasant and may lead to salmonella, particularly if used on a child who might be more likely to ingest it. A good home remedy for head lice gets rid of all the stages of lice in one fell swoop without endangering humans or pets.


Lice live in three stages. Their eggs, called nits, are the most difficult to get rid of. The living adults and nymphs can usually be removed by vigorous hair washing and sometimes leave-on remedies, but the eggs stay glued to the roots of the hair and can survive many chemicals.


While lice can’t live without blood for more than two days, it’s also important to get rid of any that may have gotten on clothes, toys, or other household items. Making sure the household is lice-free is just as important as making sure they’re off the head.


Olive Oil Lice Treatment

Other products used this way include eggs, peanut butter, vinegar, castor oil, olive oil and pine oil. All of these home remedies work by massaging the product into the scalp, brushing or smoothing it through the hair, and then sticking all the hair under a shower cap for the night.

 In the morning, the product is washed out and a nit comb is used to get rid of any remaining bugs. However, tea tree oil is still the best home remedy for head lice because of its strong antimicrobial properties.

On a side note, almost anyone who has ever used a nit comb will tell you to spring for the slightly more expensive metal comb rather than the plastic one, because metal combs work significantly better than their plastic counterparts. The comb may be kept for years, and investing in the metal comb may reduce frustration from egg removal.


Some people claim that leaving Vaseline on the hair overnight gets rid of all the stages of lice, and this may be a very successful treatment. It should definitely be combined with a detailed nit combing to ensure that all the eggs and lice are gone. This is one of the most highly recommended treatments out there with a very high anecdotal success rate.


Unfortunately, as anyone who has ever gotten a spot of Vaseline in their hair knows, this product can be very difficult to remove completely. One recommended way to get Vaseline out of hair after this thorough lice treatment is to blow dry the hair to liquefy the Vaseline, then wipe and squeeze it away with paper towels.


How to Treat Head Lice Permanently

After most of it is out, shampoo the hair as normal and it should all be gone. This is an especially good way to get Vaseline out, as the heat from the blow dryer may kill off any lingering lice.


While all these remedies work to get rid of lice, they don’t necessarily work to keep them from coming back. The only way to avoid getting lice again is to prevent contact with the lice.

This means keeping hair pulled back, not sharing brushes or hats, and keeping the head away from communal furniture where other people rest their heads. Prevention is the best home remedy for head lice, and may help keep them out of your hair for good!


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