Louse (the singular to lice) are the members of the order Phthiraptera or wingless insects. In layman’s terms, it is a parasite that attaches itself to warm-blooded mammals to feed on their blood. Humans are one of their targets, the most common being the head lice. The medical term for an infestation of one’s hair with lice is Pediculosis capitis. In such cases, one should consult with lice doctors.
However, there are some home remedies for this too. If someone is in a position where they can’t see any lice doctors they can use these remedies for relief.
- Wet combing
When one combs their wet hair, the lice become visible and can be distinguished from dandruff. This process involves wetting the hair or spraying them with conditioner. Then, using a fine-tooth comb, the hair is combed until all the lice become visible. It is a very affordable method that can be performed in the comfort of the home.
- Oiling + combing
It is a reliable method that suffocates the lice first and combing method to remove the lice. Olive oil or almond oil should be preferred. After oiling, one needs to comb their hair with a fine-tooth or lice comb. As a result, the lice suffocate making it easy to get rid of them.
- Essential oils
Essential oils, when combined with the combing method, are very effective when it comes to getting rid of head lice. A carrier oil has to be used in which one should dissolve a few drops of essential oil they are using with a mandatory patch test. Tea tree oil, neem oil, and clove oil are the most effective.
- Lice shampoo
These products are one of the easiest to use and hassle-free methods to get rid of head lice. There are several brands of such shampoos available in the market. One needs to follow the instructions on the label for best results. A patch test is always recommended.
- Egg or other thick products
Eggs, or some food products containing eggs, can be used to suffocate head lice and get rid of them. One can use beaten eggs or egg mayonnaise. Some people also use petroleum jelly too. But this method is a big hassle because eggs, mayonnaise, and petroleum jelly are tough to wash off.
Having head lice can be very embarrassing as well as dangerous for the person. Consulting a lice doctor is the best way to undergo reliable treatment and ensure that all parasites are gone. But some of the home remedies also worked wonders.