Head Lice. The two words every parent dreads to hear. Just the thought of your child having them can send you into a panic, because then you imagine it working it’s way through the whole house, and everyone needing to get an expensive treatment. If you notice red bumps on your child’s head, or they scratch their scalp a lot, then lice could be the culprit. You can pick it up anywhere: school, the park,, and dozens of other places. It doesn’t mean that you’re dirty, or gross, it just one of those things that can happen to anyone.
If you aren’t crazy about using over the counter chemical treatments (that may not even work!), there are some natural solutions you can try that will help to get rid of the lice. Here are 5 natural remedies for head lice.
Don’t Wash Your Hair Every Day
Lice love clean hair. I remember once my hair stylist told me to pull up my daughter’s long hair into a ponytail and spray down the flyaway hairs. She also told me to stop washing the hair every day, and that would also help to repel them. Most young kids will be fine with washing a couple of times a week.
Comb and Oil
This is a tried and true method to get rid of them once they infest the scalp. Coat the hair with olive oil, and then cover with a shower cap overnight. The next morning, go through the hair with a fine tooth comb and remove the nits and bugs.
Try Tea Tree Oil
Mix up a teaspoon of tea tree oil, three tablespoons of coconut oil, and about an ounce of a natural shampoo, and work it into the hair and scalp, and put on a shower cap for 30 minutes. Then rinse it out really well with hot water. Tea tree oil is an all natural insecticide, so it is perfect for treating lice. Some people add a drop or two of tea tree oil to their regular shampoo as a preventative measure, too.
Rinsing the hair with white vinegar is a great way to treat lice. Vinegar is very acidic, and lice don’t like that. You can use red wine vinegar, white vinegar, or apple cider vinegar as a rinse to help eliminate lice.
Salt and Vinegar Rinse
Mix ¼ Cup Salt, and ½ cup of vinegar and put it in a spray bottle. Wet down the hair really well with the mixture and put on a shower cap. Let it sit for a couple of hours then wash the hair well with regular shampoo. You may have to repeat this method several times to achieve results.
All of these methods cost way less than the over the counter remedies. Plus, they are chemical free, and most of the items are probably already in your pantry or medicine cabinet!
You should also put any sheets, bedding, or stuffed animals that may have come into contact with the lice in the dryer on a hot setting to kill any nits that might be remaining. Treating lice doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom! It just takes patience to treat and get rid of them. What other methods have you tried to get rid of lice naturally?