Lice Treatment at Home
Head lice are parasitic insects that live on people’s heads and feed on human blood. An infestation of lice is called pediculosis. It is a very common condition among children and can easily spread through close contact. Fortunately, many treatments for lice infestation are available over the counter, but if you don’t want harmful chemicals on your children’s heads there are methods for lice treatment at home as well.
Lice treatment at home
• Mix at least 4 to 5 drops of tea tree oil in your daily shampoo and use it like usual.
• Mix ½ cup of olive oil in 2 or 3 tbsp of tea tree oil. Rub the mixture onto the scalp and leave it there for at least 30 minutes. Then thoroughly wash your hair to help remove the oil and rinse off with vinegar. Wait for at least 10 minutes and rinse it with hot water. Repeat rinsing with vinegar twice and comb your hair with flea comb to help remove the remaining nits.
• Soak your hair with olive oil and wrap in towel for an hour or two. Rinse like usual and comb hair with a fine tooth comb. Repeat procedure after a week.
• Saturate hair with olive oil, then cover it with a shower cap and leave it on overnight. In the morning, comb your hair using a flea comb or any comb with fine teeth. Wash your hair with your usual shampoo and conditioner and rinse off with vinegar. To remove the vinegar, rinse hair with warm water. You can rinse it with vinegar as much as you want if needed.
• Warm enough amount of mayonnaise and slather it on the head or scalp like shampoo. Cover with a shower cap for at least 30 minutes then wash off with your usual shampoo. Then use a flea comb to brush off remaining eggs and bugs. The oil in the mayonnaise eliminates the ability of the eggs to hold onto the hair shafts, while the shower cap hinders the flow of air that keeps the eggs alive.
• Mix any edible oil (olive, canola or vegetable) with vinegar. They should be in equal proportions. Add at least 18 to 20 tea tree oil drops and mix all three ingredients together until it becomes like a creamy paste. Apply the mixture on damp hair and massage onto the scalp. Wrap the hair with the mixture in a plastic cap for at least 3 hours. It will suffocate the lice and will easily slide off. Do this procedure at least once a week until they’re completely gone.
• Mix 20 drops of eucalyptus essential oil, 20 drops of tea tree oil, 10 drops of aniseed essential oil, 10 drops of lemon oil, and 75 ml olive oil. Mix together and apply on hair and cover, leave it for an hour.
After care treatment
After lice treatment at home, make sure you wash all things that you came in contact with for these pests can still be persistent and the possibility of getting re-infected may happen. Home remedies don’t work at one time basis only but you have to repeat the procedure until all lice are completely gone, down to their eggs. But if lice infestation still continues, you can seek medical help and opt to use chemical treatments.