If your kid was at a friend’s place overnight or he/she gets back from school and you discover that he or she has lice, there is nothing to be panicky about. Although it is true that lice can spread, but usually they don’t cause any diseases.
At the same time, just because your child has lice does not mean that you or your child are unclean in any way, although people do associate occurrence of lice with lack of cleanliness, but it could just be a case of bad luck. At the same time, it is always possible to resort to a simple natural cure for lice in order to get rid of the problem.
Natural Ways To Cure Lice
Sometimes the treatment of lice may simply require combing your kid’s hair with a lice comb. Do this every day in the morning and evening for three weeks.
Agreed this may sound messy, but sometimes this is the best treatment like every other home remedy and natural treatment.
Suffocate The Lice
Most home remedies work on suffocating the lice. This is a much better method than using harsh chemicals on your child’s sensitive scalp and hair. Although after suffocating the lice it is necessary to comb them out as combing is the main work. Suffocating them makes them slow and easier to catch on a comb. This is a very effective natural cure for lice and has been in use for many years.
Oiling The Hair
Coat the hair generously with almond or olive oil. This will cause the lice to suffocate after which you can comb them out. Wash the comb in running hot water often during the process
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is very effective in killing lice. However, before using this essential oil make sure that your child is not allergic to it. For this, you should pour one drop of tea tree oil on the back of the child’s hand and leave it overnight. If the child does not develop any reaction you can safely go ahead and use this natural cure for lice to eliminate the head lice from your child’s hair.
Other Essential Oils
In the order of their effectiveness the essential oils you can to eliminate lice are – lavender oil, neem oil, clove oil, and eucalyptus oil. For using these essential oils you need to mix 2 ounces essential oil in 15 to 20 drops olive oil. Apply this mixture to the scalp of the child with the help of a cotton ball. Leave this combined oil on the scalp and hair for at least 12 hours – or overnight.
As an alternative you can also mix 15 to 20 drops of the essential oil in 4 ounces rubbing alcohol. Spray this mixture on the hair with a spray bottle till the hair gets saturated, leave it on for 12 hours or overnight. Comb the hair with a live comb the next morning. Then shampoo the hair with a regular hair wash or shampoo. The treatment may have to be repeated a few times. This is an excellent natural cure for lice.