Lice are tiny parasites that live on people's heads and feed on human blood, causing itching, irritation, and redness, which is quite annoying.
Adult lice can grow to two to three millimeters long and lay their eggs on the scalp. However, lice can also appear on pubic hair, eyelashes and eyebrows, although the most common is to find them on the head. As the lice lay their eggs, the infection can grow rapidly. If only the lice are killed but the eggs are left, we will have achieved nothing. Fortunately, in addition to medical treatments, there are many home remedies that we can put into practice to get rid of lice.
How do you know if you have lice?
Symptoms of head lice are severe itching, a tickling sensation from hair movement, and small red bumps on the scalp, neck, and shoulders.
Head lice infection can come from head-to-body or head-to-head contact, proximity to belongings, sexual contact, contact with contaminated furniture, or items shared between friends and family.
How to get rid of lice
There are a series of home remedies that we can prepare to try to end lice in adults and children.
- Essential oils:
Several essential oils are effective in treating lice. Lavender, clove, eucalyptus, anise, cinnamon, red thyme, peppermint, coconut, tea tree, and nutmeg oils are the most recommended in these cases.
You have to mix two small tablespoons of olive oil with 15-20 drops of any of these essential oils. The mixture is applied to the scalp with cotton and left to act overnight or for at least 12 hours. In the morning, we wash our hair with shampoo, rinse, and repeat the same process that night.
Another possibility is to mix the 15-20 drops of essential oil with alcohol and rub it on the scalp. The mixture is also left to act on the hair for 12 hours and washed the next day.
- White or apple cider vinegar:
Eliminating lice with white or apple cider vinegar is very simple. We only have to impregnate the entire head with the vinegar, especially in the area of the neck and behind the ears, massaging well throughout the scalp without leaving a single part without applying the vinegar.
Once applied, we put on a shower cap and let the vinegar act for about four hours. Afterward, we wash our hair normally and use a lice comb or comb to remove the remains. However, it is best to apply the vinegar at night so that it works until the next day.
Garlic is a very suitable ingredient for treating lice. What we must do is crush a head of garlic, mix it well with a liter of water and bring it to a boil. Once the garlic has boiled, let it rest and strain.
Then it is applied in the form of an infusion on the scalp, we put on a shower cap and let it act overnight. The next day, you have to wash well to remove the mixture and the possible smell of garlic that may remain. It is a very effective solution that we can repeat several times if necessary.
Mayonnaise is another product that, applied all over the hair, especially if it is short, can be a good remedy to get rid of lice. The ideal is to rub the entire scalp well with the mayonnaise, thus covering the entire head.
After applying the mayonnaise, you have to cover your head with a shower cap and leave it to act for a few hours or overnight to take effect. The next day, we wash our hair well, removing the mayonnaise. Being a thick product, what mayonnaise does is suffocate the lice. That is why all hair must be covered well.
Other home tips to prevent the return of lice:
Once the lice have been eliminated with the previous home remedies, it is necessary to prevent these insects from reappearing. The first option to take into account is to boil the comb in water each time we use it.
Also, if someone has had lice at home, all clothing, sheets, towels, or any other fabric that has been in contact with the infected person should be washed with very hot water.
Finally, it is very important to wash your hair every so often with one of the above essential oils. In this way, you can prevent lice from reappearing.