Natural Lice Remedies

lice 2How to Fight Lice the Natural Way (Guest Post)

To put it simply, head lice are the worst.

They’re uncomfortable, with all of the digging, burrowing and nesting that they tend to do in your scalp, a surprisingly sensitive area. But worse is the social stigma attached to head lice: people think that if you contract head lice it means you’re dirty. Clearly wrong.

lice 3But for you, medicine may not be an option. You may not have health insurance. You may be somewhere that doesn’t have easy access to doctors. You may simply just dislike or disapprove of the idea of pharmaceuticals.

Well, you should know that prescription pharmaceuticals are not the only way for you to kick head lice after they set in. There are actually a number of great remedies to either treat or prevent head lice that are absolutely effective yet totally natural.

Mouthwash

This might surprise some people, but get used to it. The same could be said for many of the items on this list.

Mouthwash will basically do to lice on your head what it does to germs, plaque and bacteria in your mouth: kill and wash away the remains. Mouthwash is actually remarkably effective, and has helped countless people, at least according to all of the blog and message board posts that can be found easily on the Internet.

To use mouthwash to kill lice, simply pour it over your head like water and vigorously scrub your scalp as if you were using shampoo. Then cover with a shower cap for about 30 minutes, and let the mouthwash do its thing.

Then, after a simple rinse, they’re gone for good.

It’s worth mentioning that for some people, particularly those with sensitive skin, this might create some irritation on the scalp and neck, and that might not work for some people. But don’t be discouraged. There are still many more options for you to try.

Baby Oil

This could actually go for a number of different oils, be it baby oil or coconut oil or others. The premise is simply the same. The oils have two significant effects on the scalp that just so happen to be great for killing and preventing lice: (1) they essentially suffocate any preexisting lice by constricting their oxygen supply and (2) create a sleek surface that makes it tough for lice to get on the scalp in the first place.

What’s more, treating your hair with any one of these oils, especially with essential oils like coconut oil, can actually help repair some of the damage exacted by the lice. They’re nasty little critters, really, and can take a significant toll on your scalp. But the soothing nature of these oils actually helps ease the pain even after the lice are gone.

To use baby oil or any other natural oil, simply apply generously to the scalp and cover with a shower cap for upwards of 12 even 24 hours. Then be sure to rinse with vigor.

Lice Proof Your Home

It’s important to note that, if you or a loved one has contracted lice, one of the first things that needs to be done is completely lice proofing your home. Killing lice on your head is great, but if you don’t kill them most everywhere else they linger, you’re only asking for the lice to come back. This you certainly don’t want – especially if it’s happened already.

So, be sure to wash all of your clothing in scalding hot water, and do the same for anything you can: curtains, drapes, even your carpet. Whatever you have to.

Just know that if you do this and everything above, you can be lice-free, naturally!

~Valerie Johnston is a health writer located in Lake Fork, Texas. She is passionate about running and clean eating and writing for Healthline.com ensures she stays up-to-date on the latest trends and news in the health and fitness industry. 

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