Got a kid with head lice? Frustrating isn’t it? And it happens to everyone.
One kid at school gets it, and before anyone even notices, it’s already spread like wildfire.
Half the school has it. And your kid always seems to be one of the infected half.
So you head to the pharmacist for a bottle of head lice shampoo. Then you read all of the ridiculous warnings on the back, and you decide that you would rather not dump a bottle of pesticides on your child’s head.
So what’s a responsible parent to do? There must be some way to kill those bugs without poisoning your precious child.
Well guess what? There are…5 actually. Let’s look at each of them now.
The 5 Methods of Natural Head Lice Removal
Luckily there are a number of safe and natural head lice remedies that you can try before resorting to any dangerous prescription drugs. Here are the ones that people have found to be most effective:
1. Shave your Head
The easiest way to eliminate head lice naturally is to shave your head. No hair means no place for lice to lay eggs. It is by far the quickest and safest way to take care of the problem.
If you are a guy, and you tend to keep your hair pretty short anyway, shaving your head should be no big deal for you. If you are a girl, and you aren’t quite ready to resort to shaving your head, not to worry. You still have options.
2. Remove the Lice by Hand
Using a fine tooth comb specifically designed for head lice, start by removing as many lice and eggs as you possibly can by hand.
While this method does work in theory, it probably won’t be enough all by itself. If you miss just a few eggs, they will eventually hatch, and the lice will be back in a week or two. The other problem with this method is that it can be very time consuming.
3. Smother the Lice
After you remove as many lice as you can by hand, the best way to ensure that you kill all the remaining eggs is to suffocate them.
Petroleum jelly, mayonnaise, and olive oil are some of the more common topical treatments for suffocating head lice, but none of them are ideal. The fact is that lice can survive for several hours without air. The problem with these treatments is that they do not stay in place long enough to kill the lice. For the any of these treatments to work, you need to constantly reapply them for at least 8 hours. 12 to 24 hours is better.
With petroleum jelly, there is the added danger that its highly flammable. So you definitely avoid that.
4. The Best Natural Way to Get Rid of Head Lice
There is one home remedy for treating lice that stands head and shoulders above all others: coconut oil! The fatty content of coconut oil clings well to hair and is great at suffocating the lice.
Not only is coconut oil completely safe an void of any dangerous chemicals, it’s actually great for your hair and scalp. Even if you don’t have lice, you would be wise to include coconut oil in your daily hair care routine.
5. Other Possible Remedies
There are a number of other herbs and folk remedies which some people use for eliminating head lice, including the following:
- Nigella Sativa
- Quassia tea
- Neem Oil
- Tea Tree Oil
The effectiveness of these remedies are unverified, but there is really no harm in trying these out if you like. Just don’t get your hopes up.
How to Keep ‘Em from Making a Comeback
There’s one thing we all know about bugs: they’re damn resilient. Just when you think you got them all, they somehow manage to stage a comeback.
Want to make sure those head lice stay dead? Here’s what most people will tell you to do:
- Wash all beddings and clothing. Dry them on high heat if possible.
- Vacuum your carpet.
- Spray combs, hair ties, hats, etc with rubbing alcohol. Pay close attention to any items such as these which come in contact with the head, especially if they are shared.
Will any of these methods hurt you? No. But they probably won’t be effective either.
Recent studies have shown that it is extremely unlikely to find any lice or eggs in your carpet, clothing, furniture, or anywhere other than a human head.
Want to know the real way to keep those lice from returning?
It’s simple. Just reapply treatment every couple days or so for the next few weeks.
Here’s why this works: The initial treatment kills the adult lice, but it doesn’t kill the eggs. In 1-2 weeks those eggs will hatch and you’ll have a whole new problem on your hands.
To kill them for good, you need to kill the next generation BEFORE they lay any new eggs. And that’s how you do it.
Got it? Good. Now it’s time to declare war on those little blood suckers. Since you’re now armed with the right information, I have no doubt you will emerge victorious. 🙂