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6 Excellent Home Remedies For Lice


Having head lice is never a fun and exciting experience. The head louse, which is a kind of parasite that inhabits the scalp and hair shaft of humans, causes constant itching and irritation on the head, behind the ears or at the back of the neck. School going children are more prone to get infected with head lice, and hence, parents often get extremely anxious about the threat of this major nuisance entering their houses.

There are many easy and simple home remedies for getting rid of lice. Most of these home remedies for lice are kitchen remedies, since the ingredients used are easily available from the kitchen cupboards. If you want to make your family lice-free, and would like to stay that way, these remedies will be of great help.

Top Home Remedies For Lice

Home remedies for lice mainly involve natural suffocating or smothering treatments. Regular combing is one of the most effective home remedies for eradicating lice. Combing, when in conjunction with these simple home remedies, will definitely help you in making your family members’ heads lice-free.

1. Vinegar Treatment

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) and white vinegar are popularly used in the treatment for lice. Vinegar actually does not help in killing lice, but makes it easier for us to remove lice while combing. Lice lay eggs or nits close to the hair shafts and keep it glued there using a sticky stuff. Vinegar helps in slackening this sticky stuff from the hair shafts. When you comb your hair with a closely-spaced nit comb, these eggs will come off from the hair effortlessly.

Things Required

For vinegar rinse: Half liter diluted vinegar.
For vinegar wrap: One cup of organic vinegar and one cup of olive oil

How To Do It

You need to wash your hair with vinegar mixed with water after shampooing. You can even do vinegar wrapping for more effective and faster solution. Mix one cup of vinegar with one cup of oil. Apply this on the scalp ensuring that every part is properly soaked. Cover the head with a shower cap and let it be there overnight. Rinse off with warm water and shampoo in the morning and comb with a nit comb.

Vinegar Treatment

2. Oil Treatment

There are many healing oil treatments for lice, which work by smothering the lice. Olive oil is the most popular and effective oil that is used for killing head lice. Essential oils with anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and natural insecticide properties can also be used effectively to chuck out the head lice problem.

Things Required

Warm olive oil, and any essential oils.

How To Do It

Coat the lice-infested scalp and hair with warm olive oil. Take care to cover back of the neck and ears also. Keep oil for a minimum of one hour and maximum of eight hours, and follow with rinsing with a medicated shampoo. All the dead lice and nits can be combed off with a fine-toothed nit comb.

Any one or two of the healing essential oils such as sesame oil, neem oil, tea tree oil, cinnamon leaf oil, nutmeg oil, aniseed oil, lemon and peppermint essential oil, rosemary oil, lavender oil etc. can be mixed with olive oil for more effective results.

 Oil Treatment

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3. Mayonnaise Therapy

Coating the hair mayonnaise will help in confiscating lice from head by suffocating them. Though the treatment is slightly messy, experience and evidence show that this remedy is worth a try.

Things Required

Good quality plain, non-sweetened and fresh mayonnaise. Try to avoid the egg-less variety.

How To Do It

Drench the hair and scalp with freshly bought mayonnaise, and cover with a shower cap. The next morning, rinse off with warm water and comb hair to remove dead lice and eggs.

Mayonnaise Therapy

4. Petroleum Jelly Remedy

Another (messier) alternative to applying mayonnaise is applying petroleum jelly.

Things Required

Good quality petroleum jelly

How To Do It

Cover scalp and hair shafts with thick layers of petroleum jelly to give suffocating effect on the lice. Leave it overnight and rinse off in the next morning using lots of shampoo. While you wash out petroleum jelly from your hair, you will be clearing out both lice and their eggs from the scalp.

Petroleum Jelly Remedy

5. Garlic Treatment

Garlic is a humble item from kitchen that effectively works in eradicating lice from head. Garlic is loaded with antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties which help in confiscating lice. Garlic serves as a wonderful remedy for head lice. It is safe not to try this remedy on very young children.

Things Required

One teaspoon of lime juice or tea tree oil, and 10 to 12 freshly peeled garlic pearls

How To Make It

Grind 10 to 12 peeled cloves of garlic into fine paste. Add a few drops of lime juice or tea tree oil to it.

How To Use It

Apply the blend of garlic paste and lime juice on lice-infested scalp. Leave it for 30 minutes and clean thoroughly. Repeat the process for a week to discover lice free scalp and hair. Eating a lot of raw garlic also helps in getting rid of lice and prevents re-infestation. Eating garlic capsule everyday is a great remedy. Rubbing head with garlic oil will also do wonders in eradicating lice.

Garlic Treatment

6. Egg Yolk Treatment

As every one of you knows, egg yolk is an excellent remedy to tame frizzy hair since it works as a great conditioner. Egg yolk also works as a great head lice remedy. It helps in eliminating lice infestation by choking the lice.

Things Required

Two egg yolks, three tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice and three tablespoons of organic vinegar.

How To Make It

Fluff up egg yolk, lemon juice and vinegar thoroughly.

How To Use It

Apply this concoction evenly on your scalp and allow it to dry for 20 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water. This not only makes your hair lice free but also highly manageable and soft.

These remedies have to be repeated for a period of at least one month to ensure that louse re-infestation is prohibited effectively. Careful inspection of hair is required to make sure that all lice and nits are gone. These home remedies for lice are the most helpful for those who do not want to use pesticides and harsh chemicals on head to confiscate lice.


Egg Yolk Treatment


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