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Home Remedy For Head Lice

Summary: If your child has a problem with head lice, buying over-the-counter medications may be extremely expensive. Try creating some at-home head lice remedies to save some money.

Head lice are a problem that many parents have to deal with. The wingless little parasites that feed only on human blood are found on scalps and are very contagious. Symptoms of head lice are scalp itchiness, irritation, and inflammation. Children between the ages of three and twelve are the most at risk for head lice, and girls are especially susceptible. Think about it! Little girls love to share secrets and good secrets can only be told when heads are together. That's why kids have more head lice problems than adults.

If a head lice problem occurs at your children's school, make sure that your children are told not to share any headgear or hair care items (hats, helmets, brushes, etc.) with their friends.


Even though many people are aware of the problem, an infestation can easily happen to your children. It may be an unavoidable occurrence. (Oddly enough, head lice have been found on the scalps of Egyptian mummies.) If you are concerned that your children may catch lice from their playmates at school, you may consider purchasing the LiceMesiter Comb. This special comb helps parents detect lice infestations early before it gets out of hand. For once, your children will actually be glad that you are a nitpicker.

If your children already have head lice consider creating your own at-home remedies. This course of action may be less expensive and more efficient than over-the-counter medications or prescriptions. Note that these remedies are only for use on children ages three and up. Kids that are under three must have the lice and nits hand-picked out of their scalps.

Olive oil may prove useful in getting rid of head lice. The advantages to using olive oil are that it is fairly inexpensive and completely non-toxic. There are no chances of any harm to your child because you are not using a pesticide.


  • Pour olive oil onto your child's head and lather like a shampoo.
  • Tilt your child's head backward slightly. Make sure no oil drips down onto your child's face.
  • When you notice that the olive oil is beginning to draw off, add more and lather again.
  • Repeat this cycle for about fifteen minutes or so, depending on the length of your child's hair. You will notice dead head lice falling off of your child's scalp.
  • When you are finished with the olive oil process, shampoo your child's head to remove any excess oil.
  • After shampooing, use a fine-toothed comb to remove any lice you may have missed.

Louse nits in hair

If you still see lice on your child's head the next day, feel free to use the olive oil remedy again. Because it is non-toxic, there is no chance of the lice becoming immune to the olive oil.

If you do not have olive oil handy, you can use any type of vegetable oil to get rid of head lice. Lavender, coconut, and anise oils are good substitutes for olive oil. Follow the same directions for the olive oil remedy, and your child will have no more worries about head lice.

Herbal infused oil is a possible remedy. Before using this concoction on your child's scalp, put a small amount on his or her forearm or elbow to test it out. Wait a couple of hours to see if it causes any irritation. If not, feel free to use the mixture on the scalp.


  • 20 drops of tea tree oil
  • 2 ounces of vegetable oil
  • 10 drops of lavender oil
  • 10 drops of rosemary oil
  • 10 drops of lemon oil


  • Combine all ingredients and stir together.
  • Lather the mixture through your child's scalp. Let it sit in your child's hair and wrap his or her head in a towel. Allow the mixture to set for at least an hour.
  • Remove the towel and shampoo out the oils. You will notice lots of dead lice falling out while shampooing.
  • After shampooing, use a fine-toothed comb to remove any lice you may have missed.
  • If you still see lice on your child's head the next day, feel free to use the herbal oil remedy again.

How about the old vinegar trick for removing head lice? If you are having trouble picking out the dead lice or nits from your child's hair, try pouring vinegar onto the strands. This will cause the lice to fall out easier. Using vinegar may be more efficient than using a fine-toothed comb if your child has thick hair. You can even recycle the vinegar to make a delicious salad dressing. Actually, I'm only kidding about that part.

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Maria Sanchez
29 Apr 2009, 20:01
i have been traing to get the lice off my kids i have 3 kids with them
06 Feb 2014, 20:28
I got a mayonnaise treatment as a kid and it worked amazingly. I have really thick hair too. You apply mayonnaise to the hair, it will soak in a little and just add some more until it a big oily mess. I did this before bed and put a shower cap on top of my head. The lice suffocate and some crawled out of the shower cap so be ready to kill any that do. Leave it on the hair all night. Wash the next day with dawn dish soap to remove oil. Repeat in 7 days, and can be repeated the next 7 days if necessary. I only needed two treatments for a bad infestation. Wash all bedding every two days. The 7 days correspond to the egg hatching cycles. No poisonous chemicals, cheap, effective, you just smell like salad dressing for a short period of time.
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