Before we get into the nitty gritty of Home Remedies for Head Lice let's get an idea of what this parasite is, and what we need to know about it.
Head lice (completely different from body lice or pubic lice) cannot survive without a human host. You will not get lice from your cat or dog or any animal for that matter.
Lice are a small pin-head size parasite that feed on blood and are passed on from direct head to head contact.
Lice are found anywhere on the head, but more commonly on hairs at the back of the neck and around the ears.
Here, it must be strongly stressed, that a stigma should not be attached to a child with lice because it is in no way picked up as a result of bad hygiene, in fact lice enjoy a healthy shiny head of hair more than a grubby one.
Get yourself a a special fine-toothed metal nit comb which is available from most pharmacies.
Dampen your kid's hair and work through the head in sections, wiping the comb off onto tissue paper (which must be disposed of correctly) between strokes.
As a further natural home remedy for head lice, add a few drops of thyme or tea tree essential oil onto the metal comb and comb in sections first thing in the morning and at bedtime.
After combing as set out above, shampoo hair and then rinse with apple cider vinegar.
Try rubbing lemon juice into the scalp to further help destroy the eggs.
Get some wormwood from your health shop and scatter in your linen cupboards and drawers (p.s. this will also help kill fleas).
Remember to wash all towels and bed linen after each combing until the nits have gone.
Just before going to bed, rub petroleum jelly into the scalp and hair, cover completely with a shower cap, and leave till the morning.
This will help to smother the lice. Shampoo and rinse as normal in the morning.
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