How to Get Rid of Lice and Nits Naturally

Lice are undoubtedly the scourge of kids’s heads, and a mother’s worry.  It’s quite likely that your children will catch pediculosis (scientific name) when going to school, clubs or the park.  In this article, get to know a few of the most effective remedies to get rid of lice and nits.

Natural alternatives for chemical remedies

If you go to the pharmacy or the drug store, also in the supermarket, you’ll find a wide variety of products that were designed to kill lice and nits.  And yet, you can never be 100% sure of how harmful the ingredients used are for your children, especially if they’re very small.

A lot of people also have allergies or develop rashes from these products, which can be too strong for the scalp.  And they are never very effective because when you stop applying them, the lice and nits (the egg) come back.


That’s why you could use home remedies, the same remedies that our parents and grandparents have used to kill a parasite that not only feeds on our blood, but that caused itching and discomfort.

Home remedies for eliminating lice

Ancient remedies are very effective and will also help in a matter of days to eliminate those intolerable lice from your children, or from yourself.  These are the most natural known remedies for lice:

  • Eucalyptus leaf infusion: you can buy this in herb stores pre-made, or you could make it at home with a handful of these leaves and their characteristic aroma (which also unclogs the nostrils).  Boil two cups of water, let them set for a few minutes until it cools or becomes lukewarm.  Once it has reached the ideal temperature, just pour it over your child’s head.  Gently massage the liquid into the roots and scalp, where the lice live and lay their eggs.  You could rinse or simply leave it in your hair.
  • Rosemary infusion: this infusion is very effective at eliminating lice.  Prepare and apply it the same way as the eucalyptus.


  • Lavender essence: apply it directly to the affected head, then shower, but not when the hair is too wet.  You can find it in whole food stores.  All you need are a few drops, it will go a long way.  Be careful because sometimes the mixtures that are sold do not work.  It needs to be pure lavender essence.  Apply to the roots and massage into the head.  Don’t forget to use gloves.
  • Apple cider vinegar: some people say it’s the best treatment to prevent lice from “clinging” onto hair.  This is because its components are aggressive for these little bugs, both in killing them and in keeping them far away frm your children.  It is more effective for getting rid of nits because it loosens them from the hair without needing to run a find tooth comb through their hair, or having to pick them out.  When done bathing, apply a solution made of two thirds parts hot or warm water, and one part apple cider vinegar.  You could also sprinkle a bit of it on your head with dry hair (before going to school, for example).  The only problem is that this remedy smells bad, making it seem like your kinds have “salad head”.


  • Aromatic oils: a lot of these help eliminate lice and nits.  Some of the most effective oils include coconut, jasmine, geranium and anise.  They are easily found and all you need to do is apply a few drops to the scalp.  This could be the perfect complement to the apple cider vinegar, for removing the parasites.  The good news is that these oils also make your hair shinier and healthier.
  • Mayonnaise: this treatment can be used by adults with not problem, just like all of the other remedies previously mentioned.  Apply one or more tablespoons to dry hair, without washing it.  Make sure that the entire scalp and all of your roots are covered.  The oily, heavy texture will “asphyxiate” the lice within a matter of minutes.  To improve the effect, cover the head with a shower cap and leave it on for at least 8 hours.  You could do this before going to bed, for example, or on a Sunday when you don’t need to go out.  Once that time is up, remoce the cap and wash your hair with very warm water (as hot as you can tolerate it).  Separate the hair into sections and go over it with a fine tooth comb.  Do so very gently so as not to pull any of the hair out.  Let 7 to 10 days go by before repeating.


  • Olive oil: heat a generous amount of extra virgin olive oil and once it has reached a “tolerable” temperature, apply to your scalp and the roots after bathing.  Massage in circles and then cover with a shower cap.  Sleep with the cap on all night, and in the morning, wash with plenty of warm water.  Brush with a fine tooth comb to remove any traces of lice or nits.  Repeat this technique for three straight nights.  You hair will also be shiny and silk.


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