Natural Remedies that May Help Eliminate Head Lice Naturally

Head lice is a very annoying problem. If your child has head lice, you should read this article to discover some natural remedies that may help eliminate it.
Natural Remedies that May Help Eliminate Head Lice Naturally

Last update: 03 January, 2019

Every child who’s in school or daycare should watch out for head lice. If it’s too late and your child already has lice, there is the possibility of removing them naturally. Nobody wants to ever think about lice, but even the cleanest child can get them.

School, the playground, games, and daycare are only some of the places where a child can get lice. Find out how to help get rid of lice naturally and kill lice safely with natural remedies in this article!

Some anti-lice products are still made with poison that is prohibited in farming. The majority of lice products are also flammable. Almost all of these products can cause terrible problems if you use them for too long, too frequently, or on a child that’s too young.

If you use any of these products that are sold for head lice, at least read every word of the instructions and follow them exactly.

You can also treat head lice naturally. Read the entire before beginning any natural remedy for lice.

Steps to eliminate head lice

1. Kill the bugs with mayonnaise

Lice can be killed quickly, easily, inexpensively, and safely with mayonnaise.

  • Take a handful of mayonnaise and cover your child’s entire head with it, making sure to also get behind their ears and the nape of their neck.
  • You can cover their head with a plastic shower cap to prevent the mayonnaise from dripping or getting on furniture.
  • Leave on for two hours so that the lice are suffocated and their eggs are destroyed.
  • Then, remove the shower cap and throw it away.
  • Wash your hands well with soap and your child’s hair with shampoo. You can wash their hair twice or more with shampoo to get their hair clean.

If you don’t have any mayonnaise, you can also use petroleum jelly and follow the same procedure. However, keep in mind that the only way to get rid of petroleum jelly in hair is to use baby oil and completely scrub their hair. Then, wash their hair three times with shampoo and hot water.

You can leave petroleum jelly on overnight if you want to, but it’s not safe to do this with mayonnaise because it is toxic when it’s not refrigerated. Your child could scratch their head at night and then put their fingers in their mouth.

Natural shampoo to kill lice

If you don’t trust mayonnaise or petroleum jelly, you can also make a natural shampoo to kill lice.

  • Add five drops of tea tree essential oil, five drops of rosemary essential oil, five drops of lavender essential oil, five drops of mint essential oil, and five drops of eucalyptus essential oil to a base of five teaspoons of olive oil or coconut oil.
  • Add a small amount of regular shampoo to the mixture and apply it to their head.
  • Leave on for an hour under a towel or bathing cap that should be tight enough so nothing drips.
  • Rinse hair and don’t use conditioner, since this mixture leaves hair really silky.

Side notes:

  1. A baby or child younger than 5 years may experience slower breathing or even stop breathing if mint oil or eucalyptus oil is too close to them.
  2. Hypertension may worsen due to mint essential oil.
  3. Mint or rosemary can be harmful during pregnancy. Just use the recipe without the harmful oils.

2. Remove the eggs with vinegar

  • After shampooing, rinse the hair and scalp with vinegarThis will loosen the glue that keeps the eggs on the hair shafts.
  • Rinse with hot water.
Apple cider vinegar.

Many of the eggs will be eliminated by rinsing off after the vinegar rinse. However, you still have to deal with the eggs that remain.

Mayonnaise can’t kill very young eggs because the lice haven’t been born yet. Even if it did kill them, schools and daycares don’t allow children to come back until the eggs are eliminated.

  • Comb their hair with a normal comb.
  • Then, use a comb that is exclusively meant for removing eggs and lice.

3. Check the hair

When you think you’re finished, check their entire head once it’s dry (the eggs are easier to see in dry hair). The eggs are very small and shine a certain way at a certain angle.

The eggs tend to be at the hair shaft itself, with the most recent ones right by the scalp and the older ones about an inch away from the scalp.

You’ll have to check the hair by small sections, especially around the hair’s edges, on the neck, and behind the ears, although they could be anywhere.

If you find any eggs, you can remove them with your fingers, comb them with a comb, or cut off each piece of hair that has an egg on it. Be sure to put every egg or piece of hair in a bowl with vinegar or hot, soapy water with added ammonia.

4. Rinse again

If you see more than a couple of eggs, you can use a vinegar wrap to clean the hair even more. 

  • Wet a towel with a mixture of half vinegar and half water, wrap your child’s head with a towel, and leave on for an hour.
  • Let the hair dry and then check for eggs again.

5. Eyebrows and eyelashes

If there are eggs in their eyelashes or eyebrows, you can cover them with petroleum jelly. You should apply it four times a day.

6. Check again

You’ll have to check their hair every day to look for lost eggs and those that have become big enough to see. If an egg is left behind, another louse will hatch and you will have to start the process again because a single louse releases eight new eggs a day.

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