Lice are tiny insects without wings that live and thrive among the hair and feed on tiny amounts of blood drawn from the scalp. Lice infestation is a very common problem especially in young girls. Though these insects are not dangerous and do not cause any disease, they are extremely contagious and cause unbearable itching.
Persistent itching irritates and inflames the skin on the scalp and may lead to infection. Lice lay nits which look like tiny flakes of dandruff on the hair shafts very close to the scalp where they keep nice and warm until they hatch. It takes about two weeks for these eggs to hatch and the white shell of the eggs keeps sticking to the hair shaft.
Head lice are common in close, overcrowded conditions. You can easily get the lice if you come in contact with a lice infested person or touch the persons clothing and bedding or use the person’s combs, brushes and towels. Being infested with lice does not signify poor hygiene or low social status. Besides intense itching, small red bumps may also appear on the scalp, neck and shoulders and the nits that are firmly attached to the hair shafts are very hard to get rid of.
7 Natural Ways To Cure Lice
Neem oil is very effective in getting rid of the lice as well as the nits. This oil is full of antimicrobial properties which destroy the louse and its eggs. Rub the scalp thoroughly with plenty of neem oil in the night. Cover your head with a cloth. In the morning shampoo your hair. The itching will abate and any sores or lesions will also heal. Two or three applications of this oil will kill the lice as well as the nits.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties which are very effective in getting rid of the lice and nits. Massage the scalp well and thoroughly with tea tree oil at night before going to bed. In the morning shampoo your hair and while the hair is wet comb it with a fine nit comb. As you drag the comb through the hair it will gather all the dead lice and nits. Repeat this procedure till there are no more lice and nits.
This is the simplest remedy for getting rid of lice. Take one part of white vinegar and one part of water and mix them. After washing your hair, apply the vinegar mixture all over the scalp with your finger tips. Soak the roots of the hair thoroughly with it. Next day, run the nit comb through the hair. All the dead lice will come off with it. The dead nits too will automatically fall off. Shampoo your hair and apply the remedy again.
Grate two big onions and squeeze the pulp to extract the juice. Massage the scalp with the onion juice thoroughly. Apply the juice liberally and keep for three hours. Wash off your hair with shampoo.
Use this remedy three times a week. The antimicrobial properties of onion will kill the lice and the itching will vanish. If there are any sores on the scalp, they will also be healed and cured.
Apply coconut oil all over the scalp and see that the roots of the hair are thoroughly soaked with it. Do this in the night before going to bed. See that the scalp and every strand of hair are moist with the oil. Cover the head with a soft towel before going off to sleep. In the morning, run the nit comb through the hair.
All the dead lice and nits will come away with the comb. The fatty substance found in coconut oil smothers the lice and makes them lose their grip on the hair. Two or three applications of coconut oil will suffice to do away with the lice and the nits.
Take one raw custard apple and grind the seeds with the pulp to a fine paste. Apply the paste all over the scalp thoroughly at night. Cover your head with a soft cloth.
In the morning shampoo your hair. Custard apple has insecticidal properties. The seeds too are full of insecticidal and pesticide properties which kill and eliminate the lice and knits most effectively and quickly.
Using a fine toothed nit comb twice a day will help remove all the lice. Comb your hair with a nit comb and drag the comb through your hair with a little pressure. All the lice will get trapped in the fine teeth of the comb and come away with it. Remove the lice from the comb and drop them in a bowl of water to prevent them from adhering to your clothes and bed linen.