There are some wonderful home remedies available for those who would rather not treat their child with a shampoo with pesticides. How do you think head lice were treated before the days of the modern drugstore, chemicals, and prepared head lice medications?
There are some interesting combinations used by various people to combat head lice in a natural way. Two of the most common ingredients found in these home cures are Tea Tree Oil and vinegar. Some home remedies are complicated and need many ingredients, others are simple and direct using products you might already have in the home.
A medium amount of head lice shampoo includes:
Mix all ingredients in a large squeeze type bottle (like the Dawn bottle). Use it as a regular shampoo leaving it on for about five minutes before rinsing it out. After you rinse, apply a hair conditioner to soften the hair and help keep dandruff down. Tea Tree Oil will sometimes cause a flare-up of dandruff. This home remedy shampoo can be used every day and the results should be seen in about a week. Please be careful not to get the shampoo into the eyes or the mouth.
This remedy involved mayonnaise, hair gel, and water. Start by covering the head completely with mayonnaise. Use a regular grocery bag placed over the hair and held with a clip. Letting the child sit in the sun for an hour or using a blow-dryer for five minutes can strengthen this treatment.
Rinse out the mayonnaise, and then cover the hair with an inexpensive or generic hair gel. Begin combing through the hair, rinsing the comb between to comb out the nits and dead lice.
Black walnut extract can be used to make a spray to repel lice and spraying it on the hair regularly helped keep the lice from reappearing. The black walnut extract is pricey, but worth reducing the risk for another infestation.
Cetaphil is a gentle skin cleanser and can be found at most retail stores including Wal-Mart. Use a small or medium bottle that has an application tip, or you can use a dishwashing liquid bottle. Disposable ketchup and mustard bottles are also inexpensive and easy to find. Section off the hair and apply the Cetaphil one section at a time. Be sure you have a towel around the child’s neck.
After you have covered all the sections, blow-dry the hair. Once the hair is blow-dried, place white vinegar into a spray bottle and soak the hair completely. It may burn a little, but so does the over-the-counter remedies. Place conditioner on the hair and this home remedy claims the nits slide right off the hair shaft.
Remedy number four contains mayonnaise, olive oil and white vinegar. Rub the mayonnaise on the head and cover the hair with a plastic bag. Be sure there are no air bubbles under the plastic. Use a hair dryer to warm the hair inside the bag and let it sit for three to four hours. Shampoo with Denorex, or other strong dandruff shampoo.
Make a mixture of half olive oil and half vinegar and spray on the hair while combing with a nit comb or pet flea brush. Blow-drying the hair also will help remove nits.
Home remedy number five is simply an electronic lice comb that advertises that it will kill lice without chemicals. The comb costs around $22 but the testimony I found was that it works great.
One report tells of washing the hair with vinegar and the reports says it kills all lice eggs within two days.