Home Remedies for Head Lice
Head lice is an unfortunate condition that occurs when the simple species of head louse, Pediculus humanus capitis, infests the scalp hair of humans. This uncomfortable condition is very complicated, because lice can spread very quickly and multiply, thereby infesting the hair of people around you. Humans are the only known species affected by head lice, although some species of primates have the problem with related species of louse. The thing is, head lice are actually harmless, and with the exception of the irritation and secondary symptoms of excessive scratching at the scalp, they do no harm. They are tiny arthropods that live off human blood by attaching to the scalp hair and feeding off the rich supply of blood near the skin.
Fortunately, the rapidity with which head lice can spread has resulted in eradication techniques that are universally accepted and used. Almost every culture in the world that experiences head lice have their own unique solutions for solving this irritating problem, but there are certain methods that seem more widely available and used. The techniques are used to suffocate the lice and then remove them from the scalp without having to remove any hair. The home remedies outlined below are the best known solutions for the problem of head lice.
Mayonnaise: Although it might sound like quite a disgusting option, spreading mayonnaise all over your hair can be one of the fastest and strangest ways to eliminate head lice. The mayonnaise successfully smothers the head lice due to its thick, colloid nature. If the lice aren’t suffocated, they are at least stunned, which can allow you to remove all of the lice with a fine comb. Follow this by thorough shampooing and inspection for at least one additional week. Peanut butter is a similar solution that can be applied in the same way for the same effect.
Olive Oil: If you apply olive oil or baby oil to your hair, the thick, viscous oil will suffocate the head lice. The best strategy for this technique is to apply the oil at night, wear a shower cap to bed, and then remove it in the morning. You should then be able to comb through your oil-slicked hair and remove all of the head lice. Follow this by thorough shampooing and inspection for at least one additional week.
Garlic: Although there aren’t many oils in garlic, the overpowering smell of garlic can also suffocate head lice. You should grind approximately 10 cloves of garlic into a paste and apply the very smelly mixture to your hair. Leave this in your hair for approximately 3o minutes, effectively suffocating the lice. With a fine comb, the dead lice can then be removed quite easily. Follow this by thorough shampooing and inspection for at least one additional week.
Baby Oil: The unique recipe for this head lice removal technique includes baby oil, laundry detergent, and white vinegar. You should first wash your hair thoroughly with baby oil, followed by washing it with a small amount of laundry detergent. Apply white vinegar to your hair under a shower cap that night before going to sleep, and all of your head lice will be gone by morning. Shampoo your hair and condition it before combing thoroughly. Problem solved!
Salt: Mix salt into vinegar and apply the combination to your hair for fast results and a lot of dead head lice. This is a strong combination, so not much is needed. Apply the mixture with a spray bottle and then wear a shower cap to bed. In the morning, shampoo and condition your hair and comb our your hair with a fine comb. No more lice!
Petroleum Jelly: Although the slimy, viscous jelly is not meant for the head, use it if you have head lice, because it is one of the quickest and most effective home remedies. Leave the petroleum jelly on overnight and then rinse it out with baby oil, followed by a thorough shower. Petroleum jelly can easily clog pores, so avoid putting too much on the skin, except for the scalp. Comb through your hair to remove all the dead lice.
Tea Tree Oil: For a less intense experience, but a similar result, you can turn to tea tree oil. This essential oil is already a natural insecticide, and is less harmful to your skin then excessive vinegar or garlic paste exposure. It is slightly pricier, but only a small amount is needed to get the job done. Mix the tea tree oil with some coconut oil and regular shampoo for a powerful hair-cleansing combination. Sleep in a shower cap, shampoo and condition normally in the morning, and then comb thoroughly to remove any remaining head lice.