Children suffer the attack of lice on a frequent basis, although adults are not exempt of suffering pediculosis, which is the medical name for this condition. These tiny parasites adhere to the hair and feed on our blood, causing very intense itching and irritation.
To eliminate them completely, it is necessary to start an anti-lice treatment immediately and avoid being near other people to help prevent further infection. In addition to this, there are also some very effective natural products that actively fight against them without affecting the health of the scalp and hair.
In the article below we reveal how to eliminate lice and nits naturally with home remedies.
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1. Anti-lice shampoos and lotions
The home remedies for lice shown below can be a good natural supplement to the anti louse treatments available at the pharmacy, but they should not replace them completely because they will not kill these parasites alone.
If you want to acquire lotions as natural as possible that do not damage the scalp or hair, then you can go to a herbalist or store specializing in the sale of natural products and they will help inform you about which are the most effective definitive natural treatments for these little critters.
It is important that you follow the instructions that accompany these products and that you do not stop the treatment before finalizing it, since then the pediculosis will not disappear completely and could come back.
2. Eucalyptus infusion
To eliminate lice and nits with home remedies you can resort to a eucalyptus infusion. The leaves of this plant have disinfectant properties and give off strong aromas that is unbearable for these small parasites, so it will act as a good natural repellent and accelerate the healing process of the pediculosis.
Boil a handful of eucalyptus leaves in a pot of boiling water and after about 5 minutes of boiling, remove from heat and let stand for 5 more minutes. Strain and let it cool and then pour the eucalyptus tea onto the hair from the roots to the tips. Make circular massages so that it penetrates well leave and let it soak in and work its magic you can wash this off or leave it on as the smell of this treatment is rather soothing and fresh. ( you can also use eucalyptus essential oil, diluted in water to make a stronger mixture, but remember to always read the label first and follow the directions on the bottle)
3. Rosemary infusion
In addition to eucalyptus, another infusion that can be effective to remove lice and nits quickly is rosemary. It is very useful to combat pediculosis and dandruff and also helps keep hair clean and strong.
Prepare an infusion of rosemary by boiling some fresh leaves in a saucepan with boiling water for 5 minutes. allowing another 5 minutes to rest, strain and let the infusion cool. Use this liquid as a hair rinse pouring it on the scalp and massage to the tips of the hair. Again rosemary has a beautiful fragrance, so leaving it in will not cause any problems. ( as mentioned above you can use rosemary essential oil to make a stronger treatment but make sure you read the bottle for directions and safety first)
4. Lavender essential oil
In the field of essential oils, you can also find good home remedies to eliminate lice and nits. Among all of them, highlights the essential oil of lavender, because although for us its fragrance is very nice, for lice is very irritating making them leave the scalp.
You can buy lavender essential oil in any store that sells natural products, but you should always make sure that it is pure without blends. Apply some of the oil to the scalp, massage and leave on overnight. (always read the labels and safety guides first. I would recommend trying a small amount on the skin for 12 to 24 hours to make sure you are not allergic to anything with in the oil before putting it over the scalp)
5. Apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
Both apple cider vinegar and white vinegar are two natural products that have the ability to remove nits and favor the disappearance of lice in double-quick time. On the one hand, apple cider vinegar fights these parasites, cleanses the scalp deeply and balances the natural pH of the hair.
White vinegar for its part, is excellent in removing nits that are attached to the strands of hair which helps prevent new eggs hatching and continuation of the infestation.
- Apple cider vinegar: mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and warm water and pour over dry hair. Leave on for about 2 hours and then wash thoroughly.
- White vinegar: dilute 1 part of white vinegar in 3 parts of warm water and apply the mixture on the hair, massage and leave for 1 hour and then wash thoroughly.
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6. Tea tree essential oil
Pediculosis can also be treated naturally with tea tree essential oil , in fact this is one of the most effective remedies. The reason is that this oil is antibacterial and a natural disinfectant, it helps to remove the nits from the hair, in addition to preventing new infestations.
Dilute 10 drops of tea tree essential oil in a little warm water and pour the mixture into a clean spray bottle. Then, spray the liquid all over the hair and let it act for 30 minutes. After this time, wash the hair with shampoo.
Foods that can help eliminate lice and nits quickly , is garlic. It is a potent natural antibiotic and antifungal that helps fight various germs and microorganisms and also actively acts against lice. Its sulfur content makes the ideal environment to remove lice fast.
Grind a head of garlic and add it to 1/2 liter of boiling water in a pot. Let it stand for about 2 hours, strain and pour the resulting liquid on the scalp. Wait for the preparation to act for 1 to 2 hours and wash the hair with shampoo.
8. Infusion of rue
One of the natural remedies for the most popular and used lice treatment is the infusion of rue. This plant contains antibacterial properties and also helps to relieve the itching that these tiny parasites can cause on the scalp.
Add a few leaves of rue to 1 liter of water and wait for it to boil. Let it stand for 5 minutes, strain and when it is cool, apply the liquid all over the hair. Massage the scalp and leave for 1 hour and wash hair with shampoo.
9. Coconut oil
Many aromatic oils can help to eliminate lice and nits, which die because of their fragrances, and one of the most effective is coconut oil , which can also serve as a perfect method to prevent new infestations.
Acquire coconut oil that is organic and apply a little on the scalp and massage through the strands of hair from the roots to the tips. Leave this on for 1 hour and then remove with plenty of warm water and shampoo.
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Other tips to get rid of lice
In addition to eliminating lice and nits with home remedies like the previous ones mentioned, it is important that you take into account the recommendations below:
- After the application of these natural products, a fine nit comb passes through the hair. This comb should be boiled in a pot with hot water after each use.
- Maintain good hygiene and make use, as we have mentioned, of shampoos and anti-louse lotions sold in pharmacies.
- Do not share hair utensils with other people, because if it is infected it could easily contain the lice, so hair brushes, hair gums, caps or any other item that is placed on the head should be for personal use only.
- Wash the clothes of the person with pediculosis with very hot water.
This article is merely informative, we do not have the power to prescribe any medical treatment or make any kind of diagnosis. We recommend you go see your doctor in the case of presenting any type of condition or discomfort.
- Wear gloves when you apply the products with your hands.
- Use a nit comb to remove all lice after applying the products.
- Wash towels, clothes and objects used in the process well in very hot water.