Home Remedies for Head Lice

Head lice is one of the more irritating, embarrassing and offensive conditions that one can have. Lice infestation is also known as pediculosis capitis and is not uncommon in humans. Many elementary and high schools issue head lice alerts throughout the school year so it is necessary to be on the alert for these tiny critters.

The lifecycle of lice is about 30 days, but they will not survive outside the human body for more than two days. Head lice is commonly found near the neck and behind the ears. Common symptoms are itching, crusting and redness on the scalp. Unfortunately, constant scratching can lead to skin infections resulting in swelling or lumps on the neck and behind the ears.

Head lice is commonly spread through head contact or with sharing of dirty pillows or infected hats. Direct contact with a person infected with lice will also result in an infestation. People who fail to bathe regularly and/or wear unwashed clothing are particularly susceptible to lice.

There are a variety of home remedies in addition to commercial shampoos, and results will undoubtedly vary. Here is a list of some of the more common home solutions to this very disagreeable condition.

*Wash your hair with vinegar. This is probably the more common remedy, but you must take care to avoid getting any vinegar in the eyes as this can be extremely painful and will necessitate an eye wash.

*Apply coconut oil to your head after using a shampoo and conditioner. Continue to do this for a few days until you feel the itchiness improve.

*Use Listerine mouthwash as a shampoo. Many people seem to swear by this remedy as an effective way to kill lice and its eggs.

*Massaging your head with mayonnaise may do the trick as well. Comb your hair after two hours, if you can stand having mayo in your hair for that long.

*One popular remedy is to mix lemon juice and butter together and apply to the scalp. Wait about 15 seconds and rinse and repeat once for four days. This seems more palatable than using vinegar or mayonnaise, but experiences probably differ very widely on the use of any of these home-based remedies.

*If you live in cold weather or it’s winter, apply coconut oil to your hair and go outside with your head uncovered for at least one hour. The oil will harden and presumably suffocate or freeze out the varmints. This is probably not recommended if it is particularly cold outside, but if you want to trade head lice for the flu, then by all means give it a shot.