Home Remedies for Head Lice | Best Ways to Get Rid of Head Lice

Lice are a very small wingless, non infectious insect that are mainly found in human hairs. They are not dangerous and their bite can make your scalp itchy and may irritate you. They can easily be spread from one person to other so it’s better to treat them.The intruders are never welcome, especially when these prowlers are the lice.
These creepy Lice lose themselves in the dense locks and cause an itchy and irritable scalp.  Mostly, women are more conscious of this bug than men, possibly for their longer hair. Even at an inkling of doubt of having Lice your skin starts crawling, what would be the situation when you really have them.

One tries to remove them by applying different chemicals available ‘over the counter’ in the market. But its success ratio can’t be considered sure shot, besides the side-effects these chemicals carry with it in the bargain. As most of these chemicals are used in pesticides. Here are few home remedies that can really help you to get rid of these appalling Lice.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is found mostly in every home. Its application gives strength to the hair. But people might not know that coconut oil is a tried Lice remover. It doesn’t allow Lice to stick to the surface of the hair follicle as its fatty acids terminate Lice completely. Take some Coconut oil mix small quantity of camphor into it; apply this mixture to the roots of the hairs. Massage your head and stay it over night and wash your head in morning.

It can be more effective if you add lemon juice, garlic juice and green tea in equal ratio to a mix. Apply the mix thoroughly and let it rest for an hour, then comb to remove the Lice from your hair. Continue this process for two months by applying coconut oil mix every week to get rid of these creeps entirely. 

Well, we all are at some point in time suffered or still are suffering from the urge of scratching of our scalps. There can be a lot of reasons behind that, but the most common is because of the presence of head lice. Head lice are considered almost harmless but can be a cause of random rashes on the scalp due to extreme itching. Head louse is a parasite called as Pediculus humanus capitis, it is a six-legged insect that resides on the human head.

According to CDC, even the presence of chlorine in water (that is used to kill such parasites fails) to kill these parasites. People often have this misconception that head lice can fly and can infect others, but on the contrary, it can only be spread from one individual to another by direct head-to-head contact. The other sources or the most probable causes are sharing the beddings, hair-brushes and clothing with the contaminated people.

There are several medications and shampoo preparations available in the market and as most of them are capable of killing head lice while many of them are harmful to the health of hairs and scalp. So the next option everybody should look is to get rid of head lice by some effective home remedies.


Vinegar is an effective ingredient and is included in almost all home-based solutions. Vinegar kills the head lice because of its acidic nature. You can mix equal parts of mineral oils with vinegar and apply gently massage on the scalp. This should be left as such for 10-20 minutes so that it can react with the head lice effectively. After that shampooing is preferred to remove the oil, dead head lice and the smell of vinegar. You can also mix equal parts of water and vinegar, and this mixture can be applied to the scalp after shampooing. Leave for 10-20 minutes and rinse. The vinegar based treatment must be followed thrice per week for two months for the complete removal of head lice.

Garlic and Lemon Juice

Mixture of Garlic and lemon juice is the best option for head lice. Make a paste of garlic and lemon juice and apply it on your scalp, wash your head after 30-45 minutes.

Custard Apple Seed

Custard apple seed is best suitable option for removal of head lice. Save their seeds and let them dry well and after drying make a paste of seeds. Apply this paste to roots of the hairs; wash your head after 30 minutes. Repeat twice a week. 

Neem oil

Neem is most useful option for your skin and hairs too. You can use neem oil also instead of neem leaves. Apply oil directly to roots or you make a paste of neem leaves both are equally beneficial for removal of head lice.