Annoying, uncomfortable and persistent – in one word, lice. We’ve all been there – either as a child or as a parent of a child with lice. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 12 million head lice infestations happen yearly, mostly among 3-11-year-old children. Although most people are disgusted by lice, when you think about it, they’re perfectly normal – preschools and elementary schools are a breeding ground for lice, so if your child of school-going age, it’s almost impossible to avoid the infestation at least once. However, head lice can happen to anyone, including adults, and it has nothing to do with hygiene!
The problem with lice, besides being an uncomfortable experience, is that once you get it, it can be really hard to get rid of it. Therefore, the most important thing is to react quickly – the moment you notice your child (or anybody else, including yourself) intensely scratching their head, it’s time for a check-up and then action.
Getting Rid of Head Lice
If you want a conventional treatment, all you need is an over-the-counter topical medication, which usually comes in the form of a shampoo and/or lotion. The problem with this treatment is that it often doesn’t kill the lice eggs, which then results in lice infestation again, after a few days. For this reason, if you decide to go with the conventional treatment, it’s crucial to use it again after about a week.
For some, this is too many chemicals, too much time and much money.
That’s where the natural remedies against head lice come in.
There are a few natural treatments for getting rid of head lice, but the following one is by far the most effective.
All you’ll need for this treatment to work is a few ingredients and some time.
- Head lice comb
- Olive oil
- White vinegar
- A shower cap.
- First, coat your hair with olive oil, massaging it deeply into the scalp and all around the hair. Cover with a shower cap and let it sit for 3 to 4 hours.
- Wash your hair with a shampoo and rinse well.
- Now take a head lice comb, dip it in diluted white vinegar (60:40) and start combing your hair. Comb diligently and carefully, always re-dipping the comb in vinegar before combing.
Note: in cases of severe head lice infestation, it’s best to combine the over-the-counter-treatment with a natural treatment to get rid of lice for good.