You see people, especially children, scratching their head persistently and CRINGE!! The very sight is enough to put you on guard, for you know the only reason why one would do so is because of those nasty little beings called Head Lice that make the scalp their home.
Even the name can make you want to start scratching. However, there are some excellent Herbal Remedies for treating Head Lice too.
Top 7 Herbal Remedies For Head Lice
Neem (Azadirachta Indica)
Neem is an oak like tree found mainly in India and extensively used herb to treat Head Lice and dandruff. The leaves and the seeds of this plant contain an active component azadirachtin that regulates the production of Lice.
Its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties cure the infection and avoid their further occurrence. The paste made out of the leaves and water can be directly massaged on to the scalp for effective results.
Melaleuca alternifolia or Tea tree is a natural germicide, fungicide and bactericide that makes it a safer herb to treat skin infections. By penetrating easily into the skin layers, it works on microbes and nits and kills the same to make head Lice free.
The most common form of using this herb is the oil made up of its leaves. The oil is directly rubbed on the scalp or the infusion of leaves with water can also be massaged on the skin.
Quassia or Bitter Ash or Bitter Wood Tree is a herb native to America and West Indies. The bitter bark of this tree possesses a compound called quassinoids with insecticidal properties.
It is believed to cure scalp infections such as dandruff, nits and Lice. Steep one teaspoon of the bark of Quassia in one cup boiling water. Let the water cool and apply it on the scalp for some time and then wash as usual.
Citronella grass or the more common form Lemongrass is an aromatic herb native to Sri Lanka and Java. The stem of this plant has antiseptic and bactericidal qualities that help in treating scalp infections.
The oil extracted from its stem is easily available as Lemongrass oil and used as a head oil o cure Head Lice.
This traditional herb, more commonly known as Custard Apple or Sitaphal, is a native plant to Amazon rainforests. Famous for its high content of bioactive compounds, the seeds of this tree have been used as a remedial cure for treating Lice in India.
Acetogenins found in the seeds are common insecticides that help in removing Lice from the head. The powdered seeds can be made into a paste with water and rubbed on the scalp for better results.
Balsam Of Peru
Native to North and South America, Balsam of Peru has active volatile oils and resins. They have anti parasitic properties that help in destroying head Lice and their eggs.
Mix one part of Balsam gum or resin with three parts of any carrier oil such as almond or olive oil and apply topically to the scalp for removing Lice.
Lavender or Lavandula officinalis is an ancient medicinal herb with anti fungal antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. The essential oil made out of the flowers is the safest aromatic oil that can be used on the wounds and scalp to heal the same. This oil is directly massaged on the scalp to get rid of Lice.
Maintaining personal hygiene and cleanliness of the affected person help in treating the Head Lice more effectively along with the above mentioned herbs.