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4 Effective Ways to Treat Head Lice Naturally

by Jaime A. Heidel
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(The Best Years in Life) Summer is over and the kids are back in school. This means they're going to make new friends, learn new things, and bring home bugs of every sort. If you're a parent, there may come a point in your life where you have to deal with head lice.

As frustrating as head lice can be, it is actually quite common in children ages three to ten. This is because younger children are often in close proximity with each other and think nothing of sharing combs, hats, and hair ties.

When it comes to treating head lice, many parents head to their local drug store to buy the strongest pesticide they can find. These pesticides come in the form of lice combs, lice-killing shampoo, and sprays.

Unfortunately, many of these products can be harmful to your child.

Side effects of lice-killing pesticides include:

  • Rash

  • Swelling

  • Wheezing

  • Anaphylactic Shock

  • Behavioral Abnormalities

  • Neurological Problems

  • Increased Risk of Cancer

Even if you've used these products without incident in the past, you should expose your children to as few synthetic chemicals as possible, as their immune systems are still developing.

 

Here are four effective ways to treat head lice naturally:

1. Vinegar

One natural remedy for head lice involves saturating the hair with vinegar. This approach is pretty convenient, as you probably already have vinegar at home. Pour vinegar into your child's hair over a sink or basin. When it is completely soaked, cover the head with a shower cap and leave it on for at least an hour. Wash hair thoroughly afterward.

Vinegar should kill lice in as little as two or three days.

2. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is another natural and easy to way to kill head lice. For best results, put fifteen drops of tea tree oil in a half-used bottle of shampoo. Wash your child's hair thoroughly and rinse. Repeat if desired. This natural head lice remedy should be used daily for five to seven days.

3. Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise isn't just a tasty condiment, it can be an effective home remedy for head lice. The advantage of this approach is that mayonnaise is believed to kill all types of head lice, including eggs and adults.

Spread mayonnaise onto clean, dry hair, covering every inch of the scalp and hair. Cover your child's head with a shower cap and leave the mayonnaise on for at least an hour.

Wash hair again, preferably with the tea tree shampoo.

4. Pick Them Off

Another way to get rid of head lice is to do so physically. Although this approach is natural, it can be extremely frustrating and time-consuming. To do this, you'll need a comb, tweezers, and a flashlight.

Use one of the above-mentioned methods of lice removal first, then comb carefully through your child's wet hair, looking for dead lice with the flashlight, and picking them out with the tweezers.

Another plus of these home remedies is that they can be used even if you're not sure if your child has head lice. In other words, if you notice a few questionable specks, you can still use the treatments without putting your child at risk.

See also:

Kids Who Get Dirty Have Better Immune Systems

Resources:

http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-145453/rid-lice-killing-topical/details
http://www.publicintegrity.org/2011/09/06/6123/crawling-issue-head-lice-treatments-worse-pest-itself

About the author:

Jaime is a professional freelance writer with a passion for natural health and wellness. Her website, I Told You I Was Sick, was created to help those living with chronic pain and illness find natural ways to heal.

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