5 Homemade Remedies to Fight Lice

Here are a few homemade remedies to fight lice, which is a problem that is usually harmless yet very bothersome. Read more here.
5 Homemade Remedies to Fight Lice
Maricela Jiménez López

Reviewed and approved by the doctor Maricela Jiménez López.

Last update: 30 May, 2022

Lice are an unpleasant infestation that feed off human blood to survive and almost always prefer to attack children. These creatures generally prefer overpopulated environments with poor hygienic practices and are able to jump from one person to another through direct contact. But the truth is that is that everyone is at risk of having lice enter their home because lice don’t discriminate and can choose anyone to make a good habitat. That’s why it’s a good idea to learn how to fight lice.

Lice are not a big threat to the people they affect, but they are very unpleasant and can cause discomfort, like extreme itchiness on the head, irritation, and even bacterial infections. Fortunately, there is a wide range of homemade remedies to fight lice. These can help you prevent other people from getting them and eliminate them completely from your own life.

See Also: How to Purify Your Air From Bacteria

Why Choose Homemade Remedies to Fight Lice?

Homemade remedies tend to be the best alternatives for getting rid of lice because they don’t have side effects and are completely safe. It’s true that there are many shampoos and treatments to get rid of lice today, but these products tend to have toxic components that can affect your health or cause skin irritation. In fact, most of these products have warnings that say they should not be applied for long periods because they can have certain side effects.

Getting rid of lice with homemade remedies is a healthy and effective option because it can facilitate the elimination of those annoying nits. Although you may have to be more consistent when applying, the results could be great and will certainly be healthy.

Eucalyptus Infusion

The smell of eucalyptus can be very bothersome to lice. As such, it’s an effective way to prevent getting them.

What should you do?

Boil a good amount of water, add eucalyptus leaves, and let stand for 15 minutes. Then, apply this infusion throughout your hair and scalp and then remove the lice with a comb.

Oil Mixture

A mixture of essential oils can be great for getting rid of lice because it helps make them slippery and in turn, nourish the hair. You can mix coconut, jasmine, anise, geranium, or other oils and then apply throughout your hair and scalp. Let stand for at least 30 minutes and see how it facilitates the removal of lice with the help of a comb.

Rosemary Infusion

You might be able to fight lice with rosemary oil.

Rosemary is one of the best herbs for your hair health. That’s because it cleans it deeply, strengthens it, and stimulates its growth. This plant is also great for fighting .
What should you do?

Make a rosemary infusion with boiling water and some of their dried leaves. Once this is cold, apply it throughout your hair and scalp. Just like in the above cases, it’s best to use a lice comb or thin tooth comb to facilitate the removal of those bugs and their eggs.

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.