Lice infestation is a very common problem, especially among children. While you may have already heard of anti-lice medications, hold that thought for a moment, since pediatricians worldwide have already taken a stand on whether to use conventional anti-pediculosis medications or not. Citing the presence of side effects in these medications, we’re here to share with you 3 home remedies that will help you address your itching lice issue naturally and safely.
- Comb your hair while it’s wet.
Known as wet-combing, this is best accomplished right after taking a shower. Or, alternatively and purposely, you can take a shower just to make your hair completely wet. Now get a fine-toothed nit comb and meticulously run the comb through your wet hair. It is crucial to let the tips of the comb touch your scalp so that lice that are near the roots will also be removed by this mechanical process. This lice remedy should be performed at least every 3 to 4 days and continued for a minimum of 2 weeks after you no longer see any lice falling from your scalp.
- Smother your hair with coconut, olive, or almond oil.
Some folks actually recommend butter or even mayonnaise to ‘suffocate’ lice in the scalp. While these actually work, we don’t personally recommend them until you’ve tried a less messy approach that works in the same principle. For this, you will need your favorite oil. We recommend coconut oil as it’s generally cheaper, although you can use almond or olive oil if you wish.
For this to work, simply coat your hair with your chosen oil. Some people simply splash the oil onto their hair. Unfortunately, some sections will simply not be coated with oil. As such a better approach will be to immerse your fine-toothed nit comb in oil then run this through your hair. With the advice of any Austin lice removal treatment center, you may want to separate sections with a hair clip so you’re sure you’re covering everything. Let the oil sit for a couple of hours before combing your hair. Wash your hair, apply shampoo, and rinse thereafter. Do the washing twice.
This treatment should be performed every day for at least a week. For the succeeding two weeks, you can employ the wet-combing method.
- Use essential oils.
The scientific community has finally spoken. Instead of using anti-lice medications, a variety of essential oils have already been proven to have excellent anti-lice properties, some of which are comparable to the active ingredients of certain antipeduculosis medications. Examples of these essential oils include tea tree oil, ylang ylang, lavender, and eucalyptus. What you need is any or a combination of these essential oils and mixed with carrier oil, usually coconut oil. Apply this onto the scalp for about 15 minutes, three times per day every 5 days.
These anti-lice methods work, although not really as fast as what medications promise. However, given the fact that these are all natural methods, you can expect the results to be more meaningful as there are no side effects whatsoever.
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