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How to Get Rid of Head Lice

Lice invasion, also known as Pidiculosis, is a common problem among human beings, especially children.

How to Get Rid of Head Lice
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There are 3 types of lice that fill the human body— head lice, body lice and pubic lice. The lifecycle of lice has 3 stages that are nit, lymph and adult lice. The natural life of an adult lice is about 30 days, but it will expire of it stays away from the human body for more than two days. This is for the reason that head lice needs to feed on human blood in order to survive.

Head parasites are experienced by all of us at some point of time in life. It can be a real threat if not treated on time. Its frequent and noticeable occurrence can turn any socialite into a social outcast. There are various home solutions for head lice that can be used to kill this lousy parasite.

Head lice invasion: How to avoid it?

As head lice can be quite infectious, the person carrying it should ensure that his personal accessories like combs, bath towels, etc are used only by him. Head lice do not carry any damaging microbes therefore, it can safely be said that head lice are more of a nuisance than anything else. Though quite a lot of shampoos and oils for treating the infestation are available in the market, it must be understood that an anti-lice shampoo or oil is diverse from an anti dandruff shampoo or oil. There are a variety of ways through which one can combat head lice. But solution like education must start at home.

Home Remedies for Head lice: Are they effectual?

When it comes to home remedies, one should keep in mind that the result and efficiency of the same varies from person to person. Not all home remedies work for everybody. So, one must find out which remedy suits his requirements and works best for him. Of course, home remedies being natural hardly have any side effects except the user goes out of his way to experiment! One of the simplest, most eccentric, most impractical and most horrifying home remedy can be to shave off the head completely. Though, due to the aforementioned reasons, let’s just say that it is not the most popular! There is also the Brute-Force home remedy, according to which the oxygen provides for the lice should be stopped leading to suffocation and in the end death of the lice. This may also sound impractical, but paradoxically it is one of the simplest remedies as all one needs to do is immerse his head entirely in water for about 10-15 minutes and then wash off his hair with a good shampoo.

One very important facet while providing home remedies for lice is that this solution should be practical and the ingredients should be easily available in the market. Visualize how helpful could a procedure be if it required 28.67 clock-wise and 37.2 antic-clockwise kneading of coriander oil spread over a time span of 3 hours 29 minutes and 52 sec daily!! So, keeping in mind the expediency and requirements of an average person, following are some basic home remedies for the treatment of lice:

The Vinegar Therapy:

Use Plain White Vinegar and relate it twice in a time span of 5 days to hair infected with lice. A excellent massage lasting for about 20 minutes can rid most hair of about 90% of its lice. This solution involves no major hair loss and has no side effects. A significant aspect of this remedy is that hair at oil times after the massage should be soaked and tied.

The Olive Oil Therapy:

Olive Oil is a good assassin of lice. It can also be useful overnight. This solution involves no major hair loss and has no side effects. An important feature of this remedy is that hair at oil times after the massage should be soaked and tied.


Listerine mouthwash is also known to work well against the lice threat. Follow the same process as with Plain White Vinegar and Olive Oil to combat lice with Listerine mouthwash.


It is said that lemon juice mixed with coconut oil and functional to the scalp, it helps in killing the lice as well as the nits (eggs of the lice).

The above-mentioned remedy is most effectual under normal circumstances. Though other massages include use of ten to 15 drops of tea tree oil into shampoo bottle, use of mayonnaise, application of a mixture of lemon and butter on your head, wait for 15 seconds and then rinse your head, wintergreen alcohol, etc.