Natural Lice Solutions You Can Do from Home

There are hundreds of products on the market now to rid you of lice, some over the counter, and

others by prescription. Although these products are available and ready to be used, do you really

know what you’re putting on your body? Some products contain neurotoxins which attack the

central nervous system. Do you really want this type of chemical soaking into you or your

child’s body that can inflame asthma or encourage breathing issues or skin rashes? Here are 4

natural lice solutions you can do from home to prevent the usage of these chemicals.


Combing Method

You should go through infected hair thoroughly with a nit comb. Once you are done with that,

it’s time to thoroughly wash and dry your hair right afterward. Ensure you get a nice lather

going. Now, you’ll also want to comb in-between washes and wash your comb in hot water.

After doing so, let the comb sit in a mixture of bleach and water.  Repeat this daily for a few


Oil Treatment

There are a lot of natural insecticides which all contain a key ingredient – essential oils. Children

are especially sensitive to contact with direct essential oil, so be sure to dilute with olive or

almond oil. Coat the hair with the oil of your choice and start combing through small sections of

hair at a time until you have combed through all hair. Rinse comb in hot water between each

swipe. Be sure to work near a very good light source as this will make it easier to see any nits or

live lice.


A few key oils to try include:

  • tea tree oil
  • lavender oil
  • neem oil
  • eucalyptus oil
  • aniseed oil
  • cinnamon leaf oil
  • peppermint oil
  • nutmeg oil

Suffocate Them

Suffocation is a possible method of getting rid of lice. There are a couple of ways to do this. Just

keep in mind they can hold their breath for a really long time. So keep the treatment in for at

least 8-10 hours. This will only kill the live lice and not their eggs, so you will have to repeat this

method at least three times a week for 3-4 weeks.


Use Oil – Douse the scalp and hair with mineral oil, olive oil, or coconut oil. You can mix with

some of those essential oils mentioned above. Massage the oils in gently. Then, put on a shower

cap and let this sit overnight.


Use Garlic – Some say that the strong garlic fragrance alone will kill lice. Grind up about 8

garlic cloves and mix with lime juice. Add the mixture on the scalp. For this, an hour may do.

Then rinse out with shampoo and hot water.


Dry Them Out with Salt and Vinegar

Finally, you can dehydrate lice. Make an even solution of salt and vinegar. Put this in a spray

bottle and saturate the scalp and head. Put on a shower cap and leave it on for a few hours. Then

wash your hair as usual. Do this every 2-3 days for any newborn lice for 2-3 weeks.

These methods above should rid your head of lice as long as you do it frequently enough and for

long enough. Each night, wash your bedding in hot water and/or dry for 20 minutes.

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