Natural Remedy for Lice that Really Works

Lice are a nuisance . They tend to spread easily amongst pre-school and elementary school children. Contrary to what most people believe, lice are not a sign of bad hygiene or economic status. They can pop up anywhere where children tend to be in close contact.

The most common solution for parents is to buy lice killing shampoo which contains powerful chemicals. Increasingly lice are becoming immune to these chemicals. So here is a great alternative that does the job but doesn’t leave harsh chemicals on your child’s scalp. Coconut oil is a natural alternative to lice shampoo. The fatty content makes it difficult for lice to maintain their grip on hair follicles and suffocates them.

Tools Needed:
Coconut Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar and a Nit Comb

 

Step 1: Remove the Lice

Coat the hair and scalp with coconut oil. Use just enough to coat but not too much. The hair shouldn’t be overly oily. Comb through the hair with a nit comb to remove lice. Make sure to rinse the comb between uses to remove the lice.

Step 2: Shampoo Hair Normally

Use a regular shampoo to clean hair, ensuring that you clean behind the ears and the back of the neck. Dry hair with a blow dryer.

Step 3: Apply Coconut Oil

Coat the hair with coconut oil liberally. Cover the head and leave on for 4 hours.

Step 4:  Apply Apple Cider Vinegar

Shampoo hair and rinse with Apple Cider Vinegar. Allow to dry. The vinegar will loosen the nits (lice eggs) that attach to the hair. In order to eradicate lice, the eggs must be removed or the cycle will continue.

Step 5: Remove Nits

Use nit comb to remove nits. You can also use your fingers as the nit comb won’t get them all. Use a magnifying glass and a strong light to make sure you can find them all.

Repeat the entire process as many times as necessary!

The great thing about coconut oil is that its natural and will give your hair shine while it helps kill lice and makes your hair and scalp less hospitable for new lice.

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Head Lice – Getting Rid of Them for Good!

One of the worst things that can happen to a family is to be victims of head lice. Lice tend to spread amongst pre-school and elementary age children. They can travel from head to head contact or through sharing of hair accessories, hats, scarfs and other clothing that may come in contact with the head. Once transmitted to your child, it can spread through the entire family. Believe me, these little critters can be a nuisance. Fortunately, there is a quick, if not so easy way to deal with them.

Use Lice Killing Shampoo

Rid is a good one but there are also other brands and generics that will do the trick. Follow the directions exactly. Most will have you cover the head with the shampoo and leave it on for ten minutes before washing out. The shampoo will kill adult lice and nymphs that are currently living on the head.

Remove the Nits

You might think you’re out of the woods but this is the not so quick and easy part of this process. Adult lice lay egg on the hair shaft near the scalp. The eggs stick to the hair and do not wash out. They have to be picked out (literally nit picking) or combed out with a fine tooth nit comb made especially for this treatment. If you skip this step, the eggs will hatch within 7-10 days and you’ll have another infestation.   A good lice kit will come with a conditioner that will help loosen the nits from the hair shaft. If you only bought the shampoo, you can try a natural and inexpensive home remedy.  Rinsing the hair with vinegar can loosen nits so that the nit combing will be more effective.

Clean Up

You’ll want to wash and dry sheets as well as clothing. There are anti-lice sprays that you can use on the furniture and pillows. To be safe, it’s recommended that you bag plush toys that may have lice. You’ll only need to bag for a few days as lice can’t survive more than 48 hours away from a host.

Re-Shampoo

It’s likely that you’ll need to re-apply the shampoo after 7-10 days to catch any newly hatched lice. Don’t skip this step. You’ll want to be sure that they are gone once and for all. Keep checking the head for nits. Yellowish brown nits are alive and will hatch. White nits are already hatched

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