Home Remedies to Get Rid of Head Lice

Home Remedies to Get Rid of Head Lice

Head lice are tiny parasites that live on the scalp and hair shafts where they feed on blood. You can get lice by coming in contact with an infected person through play, school, sports, sleepovers and other gatherings; wearing the clothing of someone who has the parasite; sharing personal care items like brushes and combs that are contaminated; and laying on bedding that an infected person was previously laying on. Two of the most common signs of lice infestation are itching on the head and red bumps on the scalp.

The biggest problem today is that lice have become resistant to the over-the-counter stuff, however, there are several home remedies that will more effectively solve this problem.

Lime Juice and Garlic

The strong fragrance of garlic can suffocate lice, ultimately killing them.

  • Grind eight to 10 garlic cloves into a paste and mix in two to three teaspoons of lime juice. Apply the mixture thoroughly onto the scalp. Leave it on for a half an hour and then rinse the hair thoroughly with hot water.
  • Alternatively, you can make a thick paste by combining fresh garlic juice with some cooking oil, lemon extract, green tea and some shampoo and conditioner. Coat the hair thoroughly with the paste and cover your scalp with a towel or shower cap for about a half an hour. Then wash your hair with your regular shampoo. Repeat this remedy on a weekly basis for one to two months.

Olive Oil

Olive oil will effectively smother and kill head lice.

  • Apply any type of olive oil to your hair generously before going to bed. Put a shower cap or towel on your head to keep the oil on your hair overnight. In the morning, comb out the tiny parasites and then wash your hair with some herbal shampoo containing tea tree oil.
  • Another option is to mix one-half cup of olive oil with one-half cup of conditioner and add some liquid soap to it. Apply this solution onto your hair and leave it on for an hour. Then, rinse out your hair and apply conditioner. Comb your hair thoroughly to remove the dead lice. Repeat this remedy again after a week to get best results.

Mouthwash and Vinegar (sirka)

The mouthwash needs to be antiseptic green like listerine

  • Apply mouthwash to the hair generously, cover the hair with a shower cap or towel and leave it on for 2 hours
  • Afterwards have your kid lean back with the hair dangling, and shake the hair numerous times, you will literally see the dead lice fall out.
  • Comb through the hair so you can get the rest of the dead lice out that can be stuck in the hair. After that rinse with water and wash. Do not condition.
  • Cover your hair with vinegar (sirka) and keep it that way for another 2 hours. After that rinse hair and wash and condition.
  • Brush hair in small parts using a lice comb to pick out all the lice eggs.


Salt can also be used to eradicate head lice through desiccation.

  • Mix one-quarter cup of salt and one-quarter cup of vinegar (sirka) thoroughly.
  • Gently spray the solution onto your hair so that it becomes slightly wet. Put on a shower cap and leave it for about two hours.
  • Then wash and condition your hair.

Repeat this every three days to get positive results.

Petroleum Jelly

Petroleum jelly (like Vaseline) can have a stifling effect on roaming lice.

  • Apply a thick layer of petroleum jelly to the scalp, then cover with a shower cap. Leave it on overnight.
  • In the morning, use baby oil or mineral oil to remove the petroleum jelly—and the lice along with it.
  • Repeat several nights in a row

Warning: It may take a lot of shampooing before you get all the petroleum jelly out of your hair.

Essential Oils

Essential oils can kill lice and help soothe the itching.

  • Take 20 drops tea-tree oil, 10 drops rosemary oil, and 15 drops each of lemon or thyme and lavender oil mixed into 4 tablespoons vegetable oil.
  • Rub the mixture into your dry hair, cover your head with a plastic shower cap, then wrap that with a towel.
  • After an hour, unwrap your head, shampoo well, and rinse.


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