All across the globe, the word ‘lice’ is threatening to parents especially moms, for they often get panic to hear that their children may have lice infestation. Poor health care and the impact of negative environment especially of that at schools may be the chief reasons behind this severe tension. However, lice are never an unconquerable enemy to be afraid of. Here are going to be discussed a few DIY options to follow as natural lice treatment.

  1. Spreading mayonnaise on the hair

This easily available condiment works wonders in treating the lice and nits present in the head of your beloved child. Put a decent amount of mayonnaise in a shower cup and spray it on the hair of your child deep down to the scalp. A thorough spray of mayonnaise will bar the oxygen for the lice and there are chances that they will suffocate within a few hours or at the maximum till morning if you apply it at night. Then in the morning, you should comb the hair thoroughly with a special lice comb to remove all the dead lice and nits from the hair. The grease due to the mayonnaise can be cut through with a thorough washing with a nice shampoo of some fine quality. Repeat the whole process again after a week to treat the new lice that may have hatched from the nits after the treatment.

  1. Applying petroleum jelly

The application of petroleum jelly to the hair is as simple as that of mayonnaise with the difference that it requires much more washing courses than in the case of mayonnaise. It gives better results as compared to mayonnaise, but it is far more difficult to remove it from the hair afterwards. You may require a harsh dish detergent to kill the grease on the scalp of your child. But once treated with petroleum jelly, the hair becomes as fresh as they were once before they got infested with lice. Usually, short hair should be treated with petroleum jelly.

  1. Combing the wet hair

One of the easiest and the most effective natural remedies to remove lice and nits from the hair of your child is to wash them with a good shampoo and a fine conditioner and then comb them thoroughly with a special lice comb when they are still wet. This is because lice are swift insects and keep moving around on the scalp or through the hair all the time. This movement gives them the advantage to escape from the teeth of the comb. Once the hair is wet, the movement of lice slows itself down and they get easily captured or stuck within the teeth of the comb. If you part the hair into portions and then comb out the lice from each portion after every 3 to 4 days, you will get a miraculous result within 2 to 3 weeks.

  1. Salt and vinegar

A combination of salt and vinegar does the trick when it is sprayed on the hair for 3 minutes. The salt in the mixture is believed to dehydrate the lice while the vinegar kills the young lice. Adult lice are supposed to loosen their glue that allows lice to hold tight to hair strands. Combing efficiently afterwards will remove the lice and nits from the hair of your child.            

Cite this article as:
Editorial Staff, "Top Natural Ways to Treat Lice at Home," in Medicalopedia, October 5, 2020, [Permalink: https://www.medicalopedia.org/9286/top-natural-ways-to-treat-lice-at-home/].