Home Cures for Headlice

January 19


It is almost a certainty of childhood that headlice will make an unwelcome appearance at one time or another. But with a range of “home cures” that effectively replace common insecticide or silicone-based products, head-lice don’t have to be the “heart sinker” they often seem to be.


Head lice are tiny insects that live on the scalp and hair shafts where they feed on blood. Contrary to common belief they do not thrive in unclean hair, are not dangerous and do not carry disease. However, they are attracted to the humid environment created by sweat on the human head, and depend on our hair and scalps to survive. They are notoriously stubborn, and due to their resilience and rapid breeding cycle can be difficult to remove.


Headlice are most common in 3-12 year olds. It is thought this is due to the fact that young children spend a lot of time in close contact with other children, whilst sharing personal care items such as brushes and combs. Two of the most common signs of lice infestation are itching on the head and red bumps on the scalp.


Wet Combing – Using a special fine-toothed head lice comb (with tooth spacing of less than 0.3mm) on a regular basis should accompany any of the following treatments. 

Tea Tree Oil is a natural insecticide that lab tests have shown to be effective. Mix together one teaspoon of tea tree oil, one ounce of natural shampoo and three tablespoons of coconut or olive oil. Apply the solution gently throughout your hair and cover your head with a shower cap or towel. Leave your head covered for a half an hour and then rinse thoroughly with hot water. Finally, comb through your hair while it is still wet to remove the dead lice. Note: Do not apply tea tree oil directly to the scalp. Repeat every 4-5 days.

Olive Oil Olive oil effectively smothers and kills head lice. Apply any type of olive oil to your hair generously before going to bed. Put a shower cap or towel on your head to keep the oil on your hair overnight. In the morning, comb out the lice and then wash your hair with some herbal shampoo containing tea tree oil. Another option is to mix one-half cup of olive oil with one-half cup of conditioner and add some liquid soap to it. Apply this solution onto your hair and leave it on for an hour. Then, rinse out your hair and apply conditioner. Comb your hair thoroughly to remove the dead lice. Repeat this remedy again after a week to get best results. Other natural oils can also be used in the same way.

Salt can also be used to eradicate head lice. It has the effect of drying them out. Mix one-quarter cup of salt and one-quarter cup of vinegar thoroughly. Gently spray the solution onto your hair taking care to avoid contact with eyes, so that it becomes slightly wet. Put on a shower cap and leave it for about two hours. Then wash and condition your hair with Tea Tree products. Repeat this every three days to get positive results.

Petroleum Jelly/Vaseline These substances can have a smothering effect on roaming lice. Apply a thick layer of petroleum jelly or vaseline to the scalp before going to bed. Cover your head tightly with a shower cap or towel. Leave it on overnight. In the morning, use baby oil to remove the petroleum jelly. Comb your hair thoroughly to remove the lice. Repeat this several nights in a row. 

Sesame Seed Oil High in antibacterial, antifungal and natural insecticide properties, sesame seed oil can also be used to solve the problem of head lice. Mix together one quarter cup of sesame seed oil, one-eighth cup of neem oil, one teaspoon of tea tree oil, one-half teaspoon of eucalyptus and rosemary essential oils, and about 10 drops of lavender essential oil. Rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar and allow it to dry. Apply the oil solution to the hair and scalp, cover with a shower cap or towel and leave it on overnight. In the morning, comb your hair thoroughly to remove the dead lice. Then shampoo normally. Repeat this treatment daily for one or two weeks.

Restore & Maintain Health Naturally. www.danielakarsten.co.uk, Daniela Karsten R.S.Hom., Dip. Hom. ACH



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