Head Lice Treatment from Home | Natural Remedies!

Last Modified on Sep 27, 2014

Neem Oil   3  0   

Posted by Diane (San Francisco, CA) on 10/06/2007

[YEA]  I have used neem oil very successfully to prevent head lice. My daughter caught them at school. I used an over-the-counter insecticide to kill the lice that were on her head. Then I used the special comb included with the insecticide to remove as many of the eggs as possible. Then I applied neem oil (heated until it was liquid) to her scalp, generously, then massaged her scalp to make sure the oil covered her scalp completely. After this treatment, she had no more lice. The other kids in her class continued to get lice, but she never got lice again. I understand that neem oil kills the eggs and also makes it difficult or impossible for the living lice to drink blood from the veins in the scalp, so they die without laying more eggs.

Posted by Patsy
Bossier City, LA
where do you find Neem oil???

EC: Try your local health food store or a Whole Foods supplements section. You can also buy it online (iherb.com).

Posted by June Van Putten
San Pedro, Calif
You can also find Neem oil in some pet supply stores. I purchased Neem soap and neem lotion online and it killed off whatever red itchy spot I had in 3 days, Maybe scabies not sure. But the oil you can use in shampoos and lotions too.
Posted by Cindy
Pflugerville, Tx
Neem oil is toxic though. Your little girl didn't get a headache or anything?

EC: Neem has been used in India and Bangladesh for centuries!

"Neem oil has an extensive history of human use in India and surrounding regions for a variety of therapeutic purposes. Puri (1999) has given an account of traditional uses and therapeutic indications and pharmacological studies of this oil, in his book on neem."

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neem_oil

Olive Leaf   1  0   

Posted by Diane (Uniontown, Pa) on 03/27/2014

[YEA]  My grands were INFESTED a few years back with head lice. Both my husband and I were taking olive leaf extract at the time and we never got them. Olive leaf extract taken internally kills them. They got them again. So we took the olive leaf extract and I also used Denorex Therapeutic proactively. They got it again, my head started itching, and I found a bug. So I took ole, did the Denorex Therapeutic again, got rid of them easily. I never even nitpicked. I never vacuumed, washed bedding or any of that. I just changed my pillow cases. My grands have head lice yet again. Their mother has finally agreed to at least make a tea from the ole capsules and pour it on their heads to see what this will do. Just wondering if anyone from here has tried an ole tea yet for head lice?

On another note, for those of you that are wondering why you keep getting them, I heard an interesting story a while back. A coworker said her family had a problem with head lice the whole time she was growing up. Her mother would wash all the beddings, put things in garbage bags and contact all the other parents every time they got them. Her dad was so desperate he poured kerosene on their heads, and they still kept getting them. Years later, they found out that their aunt had them and never told anyone because she was too "embarrassed". So if you're struggling with head lice, it's probably someone in your close circle not letting you know.

Olive Oil   2  0   

Posted by Ashley (Brownfield, Me, United States) on 12/05/2012

[YEA]  I have a daughter who is in her first year of kindergarten. One day my daughter came home with her hair so tangled and while I was combing her hair I noticed that she had lice and I will admit I freaked out and so I called my mom up and asked what was the best way to get rid of lice and she hung up and came straight over. I watched as she was putting olive oil in my daughters hair... All I could think was 'why olive oil?' but knowing that my daughter had school the next day I was willing to do anything to get rid of the bugs. I stayed up till four making sure that my home was lice free it took me an hour after I washed her hair out wit dish soap to brush it but I then rinsed her hair with white distilled vinegar and I saw such a difference it was amazing. I have never heard about tree oil till now but even now I check my daughters hair every night before she goes to bed.

Posted by Ann G. (Tampa, Florida) on 04/23/2007

[YEA]  In Florida head lice are almost a certainty if your children are in public school. Beware of head sets in the media centers and sharing MP3 headsets...it's just like sharing your comb.

After getting the head lice that wouldn't die, the kind that are resistant to the OTC stuff they tell you to buy, I found out that the cure of the desperate was petroleum jelly. Yes, that certainly did work however, it is just awful to try and get out of your hair! The next time the kids brought lice home from school, we tried olive oil. Generously douse the hair with it...work it in and put a shower cap on their head and leave it on as long as you can stand it, sleep in it if you can. The next morning, shampoo it all out, go over their hair with a nit picker comb and you are done with the lice. Check back every day or so to make sure none of the eggs are still in the hair. The oil simply suffocates the bugs. I have never had to reapply the olive oil. Added benefit, the olive oil leaves their hair really soft and shiny. While the hair is being treated of course, wash all the bedding in HOT water and spray the lice spray on the bed. Pack all their stuffed animals and pillows that can't be washed in a trash bag, tie it up tight and put it out in the garage for about two weeks to kill off the lice. They can't live without biting and they die of starvation!

EC: And if we might add -- people should always avoid using shared headsets, especially the ones found at the music stores that let you sample CDs before buying them.

Olive Oil, Dish Soap, Vinegar, Tea Tree and Neem Oils   3  0   

Posted by Raviela (Whittier, Ca) on 08/10/2009

We are tired of the dangerous chemicals on the market, searched various site for natural remedies. Have tried most with the most sucess going to:
1) 1 Cup of olive oil - saturate the hair (more needed for long hair) leave on for 2 hours covered with a plastic shower cap, this sufficates the adults and plugs the hole on the eggs. (you can also use mayonaise or petroleum jelly-which takes weeks to remove)
2) Wash the oil out with DAWN dishsoap (regular) It's the only thing that will cut the oil. It won't harm the hair or scalp.
3) Rinse with White Vinegar, this helps to loosen the nits from the hair shaft (most will fall out, the rest will comb out.) It will leave the hair shinny & clean.
4) Comb the hair with the best nit comb (metal) you can find at your local pharmacy.
5) Add 10-15 drops of Tea Tree oil & Neem oil to your shampoo to use reguarly to keep the little buggers away.

Posted by Joy1234
Ravenna, Ohio
[YEA]   "I tried the Olive Oil, and White Vinegar remendy and IT WORKED!!!! My daughter is in first grade and she has been getting head lice from other students at school since Kindergarten it got to the point where we were spending $100.00 a month on medicine and laundry to get rid of the head lice, we even bug bombed the house several times and she was still getting it. I started to Google how to get rid of head lice naturally and found this site. I can't believe we actually found something that works.
Posted by Brittany B
Spring Lake, Mi
[YEA]   "This really did work! Thank you for the tips. My daughter came home from Preschool last week and we did the Nix and Rid treatments three times and it would not take care of it. Not to mention all of that is so expensive! You could even see the live lice it killed from the oil and the nits that the come didn't get came out so easily. Amazing! Thanks again!

Olive Oil, Tea Tree Oil   1  0   

Posted by Grace (Nassau, Bahamas) on 07/29/2009

[YEA]  I used the traditional lice shampoo the minute my son began itching. I combed after and didn't see more than a few nits and no lice. About 5 days later I could see live lice, so I decided to use a home remedy since we couldn't apply our second dose of shampoo until day 7. I mixed 1/2 cup olive oil with 2 TBSP tea tree oil, massaged liberally into his hair and waited one hour. Next I combed dozens of dead lice from his hair, which tooked about 90 minutes. The next day I repeated the olive oil application and got only about a dozen dead lice. I can't comment on the nits b/c I cant see any. Hopefully it means that the lice were in the nymph stage and not mature enough to lay new eggs.

Olive Oil, Vinegar and Tea Tree Oil   1  0   

Posted by SoCal (Orange County, CA) on 06/23/2008

[YEA]  Lice: I have found that olive oil, vinegar & tea tree oil works great. I soaked my daughter's head in Olive oil with a shower cap on it for 2 plus hours as soon as we discovered she had lice. We then used the metal nit combs to comb through her hair. You have to be very thorough doing this. It's best to section off areas of the hair. Using magnifying glasses and working in the best light - the outside sun - is the best way to be thorough about getting the nits. After combing through her hair the first time I then soaked her hair in vinegar for an hour or more with a different shower cap on. Then we combed through her hair again - with the tiny metal toothed combs - very very thoroughly. I rinsed the comb often in a bucket so the nits would be dislodged. Go over and over the sections of hair to get those nits and any left over lice. Most people get the lice but aren't thorough enough about getting the nits. The nits are eggs and they will hatch if you don't get rid of them. The whole cycle can start over if you aren't thorough with nit picking. She then shampooed with her regular shampoo that we put tea tree oil in - about 10 drops in a typical bottle of shampoo. We did the same in her conditioner but added twice as much tea tree oil. While the conditioner was in her hair she combed it through to dislodge any loosened nits/eggs. We continue to use the tea tree products and comb it through her hair periodically to ensure she no longer has lice. We have found this method to be better than using the chemicals.

Posted by Joe
Starkville, Ms
Easy, inexpensive remedy that completely eliminated lice after 3 treatments. Mix equal parts of 91% rubbing alcohol and white vinegar into a spray bottle. Add 1 drop of tea tree oil for every fluid ounce of mixture. 3-4 ounces will be sufficient to treat a head of long hair. Thoroughly wet hair with mixture, and comb out in sections with metal nit comb. After every few strokes, rinse the comb in a container of water to see what is coming out of the hair and to track progress. Wash and condition hair afterwards with coconut based products. Blow dry hair on high heat. Repeat treatment every other day to break the reproduction cycle until lice are gone.
Posted by Kimberly
Fl, Usa
7 Posts
My niece came and stayed all night at our home, we did not know she had head lice. I found it in my grand-daughters hair about a week later. Her hair hangs all the way to her waist. I also got the little "darn" things. I too, have hair not quite as long as hers. We did the olive oil, wrapped out heads in saran wrap and tied a plastic bag around our heads. Slept all night, in the morning I rinsed our heads first with vinegar. I then put some tea tree oil in the shampoo and washed our hair. I sprayed some no more tangles on our hair and then combed it out with a nit comb. One week later I repeated the process all over again. Did not see any nits or bugs the second time. We used the shampoo all week with the tea tree oil in it. Still in the shampoo to date.

P. S. Got them out of my nieces hair too however I used the alcohol and vinegar mixture with the tea tree oil and wrapped her head with saran wrap and plastic bag. (didn't have olive oil) She kept it one for 2 hours, combed her hair out with nit comb. Sent her home with shampoo with tea oil in it. One week later I repeated except this time I used the olive oil, vinegar and tea tree oil-she was nit and bug free.

Peppermint Oil and Coconut Conditioner   1  0   

Posted by Tammy (Bridgeport, New York) on 12/10/2011

[YEA]  I used about 4 drops of peppermint oil used in candy flavorings and coconut conditioner- mix together coat head really well, cover with shower cap for about 30 minutes. The peppermint and coconut oils kill lice on contact and after you rinse it out, the nits comb right out with ease.

Pure Alcohol, Aka Rubbing Alcohol   1  0   

Posted by Demina (Athens, Greece) on 12/08/2008

[YEA]  Hello, in Greece in order to deal with lice we wet the hair with a very common disinfectant, a form of pure ethanol, the name here is "pure alcohol", I think the name in UK is "surgical spirit", is the kind of alcohol or ethanol we use for disinfecting hands, in its clearest transparent white form. As this, in many countries, is considered alcohol it might have a high price, so we can used also a mixed an unedible- form of that with glycerine etc - very cheap.

We wet the hair with it, put a towel for 20 min and repeat every day in the beginning for 3 days and then every other day. The lice suffocate and die instantly. They cannot develop resistance to this as even larger insects (cockroaches) also suffocate and die instantly if you spilt ethanol on them.

As the normal use for this is for disinfection and the pure form is used in all alcoholic beverages, well I guess is not very bad to put lets say a very strong vodka in your hair.

EC: surgical spirits = rubbing alcohol. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubbing_alcohol

Posted by Joe
Starkville, Ms
Easy, inexpensive remedy that completely eliminated lice after 3 treatments. Mix equal parts of 91% rubbing alcohol and white vinegar into a spray bottle. Add 1 drop of tea tree oil for every fluid ounce of mixture. 3-4 ounces will be sufficient to treat a head of long hair. Thoroughly wet hair with mixture, and comb out in sections with metal nit comb. After every few strokes, rinse the comb in a container of water to see what is coming out of the hair and to track progress. Wash and condition hair afterwards with coconut based products. Blow dry hair on high heat. Repeat treatment every other day to break the reproduction cycle until lice are gone.

Remedies Needed   0  0   

Posted by Mel (Clermont, FL) on 05/21/2009

I am going totally nuts with these nasty bugs. My sons have missed almost a whole week of school and I yet to get rid of them. I have used OTC stuff, all the ideas here, a rx shampoo which I paid $200 for 1.5oz bottle each. I am close to $1500 trying to get rid of them. I have washed everything, every night,cut their hair, washed our shoes etc. On top of it, we don't only have head lice but it's all over our bodies. Does anyone have any more ideas? Thank you!

EC: Which remedies on EC did you try? There's quite a few of them for lice!

Posted by Anonymous
Anonymous, USA
16 Posts
GRAPEFUIT SEED EXTRACT may help your plight. found at essortment: For head lice, mix two quarters shampoo and one quarter of the extract solution (20 drops to one cup of water) and massage into hair and scalp. Then place a shower cap over the hair and allow the mixture to work for about twenty minutes. Rinse the hair well and groom with a delousing comb. More than one application of this treatment may be necessary.
Posted by Katerina
Luton, UK
I read in wikipedia that lice and eggs happily die for good when hot air (hand dryer) is applied to the scalp for 30 min (link http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/reprint/118/5/1962?) try to put also all your clothes, shoes, etc. to the dryer, seems effective!
Posted by Angie
Pomona, CA
About 2 weeks ago I posted a remedy that worked really well for my daughter. I struggled with her for about a whole year and I spent so much money on products that did not work. Right when I thought I tackled the problem I was dismayed to find out that those suckeers came back withing a week, sometimes days. So my sister found something in a website that I did not believe it would work but I was desperate so I tried it anyway. What I did was mix some mayonaise in a little bowl, and I put some apple cider vinegar until I got a pancake mix consistency then I mixed in some tea tree oil. I put it on her hair for about 1 hr. and then I used a lice remover comb aswell as a nit remover comb. Its kind of hard to comb it at first but try using a regular comb to detangle the hair first. Then you can use the lice / nit comb remover. I washed her hair and by the following day when I checked her hair she had no more lice or eggs. It truly was unbelievable. It's been about 3 years since then and I have not had a problem anymore. One thing I did also was i washed all the blankets in the house and bedsheets. I truly recommend this to everyone because I know how devastating it is to go through this.
Posted by William Dasher
Perth, Western Australia
Red Wine Spray used for scabies may work on head lice etc. Leave wine in the hair till it dries then wash out.
Posted by Jenna
Columbus, Ohio
The most effective method my family has ever used is mayo and dark soda pop. You smother the hair down to the roots in mayo, put on a shower cap, and head off to bed. The next morning, the adult lice will be suffocated and dead. You rinse the hair with the dark soda until the mayo is completely out.... apparently the acidity in the soda dissolves whatever holds the eggs to the hair. Then, you comb the hair with a lice comb to remove any eggs left. Don't wash the hair at all....perform the same procedure again the next night, and wash the hair with tar or mint based shampoos the next day after rinsing with soda and combing. The hair will be sticky, but it couldn't hurt to wear a shower cap all day. Keep in mind to use a fresh cap each time. The tar based shampoos don't smell pretty, but they are the most effective and also make hair thicker in the long run (my dad uses it for balding, and his hairline is no longer receding).
Posted by Hope
NYC, New York, USA
Please explain by what you mean about 'tar based shampoo" did it really help w/ thinning hair?
Posted by Ray
Athens, Ga
Have you tried using a solution of 2 Tablespoons of Borax (found in the detergent section of most grocery stores) in a 2 liter plastic bottle filled with tap water. After showering or bathing, sponge over the entire body with this solution and leave it on overnight while you sleep. To help you learn more google search health benefits of borax. Also soap down thoroughly with Fels Naptha bar soap while bathing. You can find Fels Naptha on Amazon.com but you might be able to locate it closer and faster by googling "Fels Naptha".

EC: Fels Naptha is also sold in the laundry aisle of most grocerys stores...

Posted by Diana
Pullman, Wa
Hi there. I am not too sure if you are still having troubles. If so you may have already shaved heads.. But I would totally encourage you and everyone here to try Neem. It sort of sounds like you might have scabies or body lice, since you say they are all over your body, and lice is specific to the head. It doesn't really matter though, except to where you put it. (Also you might have bed bugs, and for that I am not too sure) But I have had the same probalem everyone else here seems to be having. Going through months and months of unsuccessful lice treatment with over the counter chemical pesticides which are harsh, expensive and that lice eventually build up immunities to. I was fed up, so I did a lot of research, and talked to my biologist friend here at WSU. Neem is a great way to get rid of pests like scabies and lice. It is non toxic to higher lifeforms, like humans and animals, but it kills the pests. It has something to do with their hormones and endocrine system.

So here is my theory about lice and common over-the-counter products: You buy the stuff when you fianlly figure out your kid(or self) has the problem. By that time they have layed several sets of eggs set to hatch at various times. So you put the stuff on, and spend hours and hours nit picking, somehow missing some. Now you are supposed to wait 7-10 days for them to hatch and then kill them off as babies. Well the can lay eggs 5 days after hatching, so IF you missed and egg set to hatch 1 or 2 days after the shampoo you already have a whole nest of eggs to deal with again, and so it continues. But it is not so safe to be putting this stuff on your kids head every few days. So I recommend to try the neem. You do it every two or three days. Online I have seen the recomendation of full strength oil. I am trying high strength oil (three droppers full) plus two drops of tea tree oil, plus a bit of children's shampoo. Mix it up and put it on, cling wrap the hair, and let sit for one hour. Both of my kids had lice. One's is completely gone, the other one is not showing any signs of new nits, and only had one dead louse to show at the last application, I am only on day three(everything should be gone 3-14 days). Also meanwhile, every time I do the shampoo, I wash their clothes and bedding on HOT with one giant pot of boiling water mixed in, and vacuum their rooms, and common areas. As prevention add one dropper of the neem to your kid's spray in detangler.

Good Luck.

Posted by Janice
Coloma, Mi
My sons both had lice. We bought the prescription stuff to get rid of them but once they were gone I found that if I would rinse their hair with good ole apple cider vinegar (cheap stuff from the grocery store works fine)it would prevent them from getting them again. It seems the school would always have an outbreak of lice after the kids went back after having a vacation. So every year before school started up again in the Fall, I would make sure the kids rinsed their hair with the ACV. I mixed it pretty strong and made sure they didn't get it in their eyes. The same thing after Christmas break and Spring break. They never had lice again. I've told several friends about this and it has worked for them too. Once again, it can't hurt. It may even kill them once you have them but I'm not sure. Good luck!
Posted by Srm
Indianapolis, Indiana
I went through the weekend treating my daughter for lice that she brought home after babysitting one day. The first day I put on latex gloves and used a long-handled comb to separate small sections of hair and applied liberal amounts of mayonnaise to her scalp and root area. I covered her hair w/a plastic bag and a shower cap & let it set for 2 hours. After the two hours was up, I did the same thing w/the comb and sprayed distilled vinegar on her scalp and near the roots of her hair. I left that on her for 30 minutes and then she washed her hair w/her regular shampoo. Once her hair was washed I went through her hair again and pulled out any nits that I saw. The second day, I treated her with vinegar only - and again let it set for 30 minutes, and pulled out any nits after she washed her hair. That process started on Saturday and ended on Sunday. I checked her again on Monday and she had a couple of nits left but they pulled off the hair shaft very easily so I know they were dead. I checked her again today and there was nothing at all on her hair or scalp. While I was treating her, I also vacuumed all of the furniture every day, and vacuumed the whole house twice a day. I have heard that it's best to treat furniture w/a steam cleaner but I don't have one so I just vacuumed thoroughly.

Rubbing Alcohol   1  0   

Posted by Rick (Benton, Ar) on 03/23/2011

[YEA]  I got a wicked case of head lice from a hotel in Alexandria, La recently when I went on a job interview. After just 2 days my head was on FIRE!!! I took my cat's flea comb and ran it through my hair, and BINGO, there was one of the little rascals! I dumped about 1/4 of a bottle of household rubbing alcohol on my head, guarding my face and eyes with a towel, and YOWEEEE did it burn! but here I am 10 minutes later (YES 10 MINUTES)! And no burning or itching! Thanks Earth Clinic! I am not sure if it is appropriate to mention my life long cure for athletes foot, ringworm, and exyma, which is Ether based starting fluid????? Can I share that?? 23 years later, and athletes foot won't even come near my zip code!

Posted by Sandy
Reno, Nv
Just use cat or dog shampoo for ticks works great....

Rubbing Alcohol, Olive Oil   1  0   

Posted by Valerie (Germantown, Md) on 10/02/2009

[YEA]  Lice: First you pour rubbing alcohol on your entire head. Cover eyes with towel first. After it dries, pour olive oil on your head and leave on over night. Wash in am.

Posted by Tina
Dayton, Oh
I got rid of my daughter's lice a few years ago by pouring vinegar over her head in the bath tub and letting her sit there with it on for about 10 minutes, then rinsed. Did this for about 4 or 5 days while also removing as many as I could with a lice comb and getting every egg out I could find. But the vinegar does really kill them. You could see dead ones floating in the water. vaccuming and cleaning as much as possible is necessary as well.

Tea Tree Oil   3  0   

Posted by alisha (mineral wells, wv) on 09/04/2007

[YEA]  we are a family of 5 and if one of the kids bring home head lice, its costly and not effective. this works. cover scalp in tea tree oil, let sit 10-20 min. covered if possible. it takes only 1 treatment and it works.cost around 5.00 for the whole family. tip is to put some oil in a spray bottle & some water and spray on. can also add small amt to shampoo to use as prevention.

Posted by Lisa (Cheyene, Wyoming) on 06/09/2007

[YEA]  My daughter used to get lice when she was younger from kids at school. because she had the dish water blonde long hair they seemed to be atracted to, I would spend hours getting them and the eggs out. I used tea tree oil with her shampoo at first once a week, then once a month, then every so often. She never got another outbreak again. ( be sure to just use a couple drops it is very over powering. Hope this helps someone else

Posted by Chris (Denver, CO) on 12/07/2006

[YEA]  Tea tree oil works great. My son had lice last year that he brought home from his tennis class (he also had gone swimming a lot). We mixed tea tree oil with olive oil (about 50:50), rubbed it on his head and then used a lice comb. We did several more applications of oil and combing, but after the first combing we only found one more dead louse. We kept combing the nits out and after one day everything was gone. As a side note, we’ve always been using shampoos containing various essential oils and a few years ago, my son's whole class got lice, except for him. I think that last summer all that time in the pool had eliminated all the essential oils from his head, so it was "inviting" to the louse population. Our neighbor wrestles as a sport, and he said his coach told them to put a few drops of tea tree oil into their shampoo to avoid lice.

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