Head lice are the tiny parasites that survive and feed on the scalp and hair. You can easily get lice from coming into contact with an infected person or sharing private items. Lice are able to reproduce quickly, so they can easily spread all over the scalp to make the situation worse by causing red bumps as well as a sensation of itching.
Because of their rapid reproductive property, it becomes very difficult to remove lice parasites from the head. While head lice are not a sign of poor hygiene, they can be very annoying. It is important to get rid of head lice as they are constantly sucking blood from your scalp.
Removing lice with a simple comb is a difficult and arduous process. Hence, here are some simple home remedies you can try to get rid of head lice.
Try wet combing
The wet combing process has traditionally been used to remove lice from hair. You can spray conditioner on wet strands of hair and use a fine-toothed brush to remove lice.
In some cases, a magnifying glass can be used to take a closer look at each strand of hair and remove each lice. This method is somewhat time consuming, but if used patiently, it can effectively get rid of lice.
Choke the lice to death
This is a second treatment that works on the principle of choking the lice. Follow the directions for this method: This treatment will slow down the movement of the lice, making them easier to catch on the comb.
- In this method, apply olive or almond oil to your hair first. Some suggest applying petroleum jelly and mayonnaise, but these can be sticky and mess up.
- Now, as you work through, separate the hair into smaller sections and use a hair clip to make this easier. It is recommended that you do this in a well-lit place or in sunlight to clearly see the lice on your hair.
- After the procedure, rinse the comb frequently under hot running water.
- Then wash the hair with a regular shampoo, rinse it off and repeat the process. Dry your hair later.
Make sure you wash all of the towels and clean the comb that you used in the process. Soak your comb in a 10 percent bleach solution or a 2 percent lysol solution for 30 minutes, then rinse it very well.
Alternatively, you can soak the comb in vinegar for 30 minutes or boil it in water for 10 minutes to disinfect it. Follow the same process every day for a week. After that, check to see if you still have head lice.
Use essential oils to treat lice
A number of essential oils have been found to provide effective results when used with combing. Essential oils should never be ingested as some of them are toxic.
Before using an essential oil, always dilute it with a carrier oil and place a small drop of the diluted mixture on the back of your hand. If it turns out there is no reaction, then it is safe to use the essential oil in the place you want.
If you are allergic to one of the oils, you can use the other as well. Here is a list of the essential oils that can be used.
- Tea tree oil
- Lavender oil
- take oil
- Clove oil
- Eucalyptus oil
- Anise oil
- Cinnamon leaf oil
- red thyme oil
- Peppermint oil
- Nutmeg oil
Mix 2 ounces of olive oil with 15 to 20 drops of the essential oil. Apply this mixture to the scalp with the help of cotton balls. Now leave it on the scalp and hair overnight or at least 12 hours. Then comb out and shampoo, rinse and repeat.
Alternatively, you can mix 15 to 20 drops of essential oil in 4 ounces of alcohol. Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and soak your hair with it. Then let the mixture stand for at least 12 hours. After the lice have been eliminated, you can use the alcohol spray as a preventative treatment.
It is important to comb out the hair to remove the lice and their eggs.