Lice are a nightmare, but any person with children knows, they are inevitable. Already tricky to get rid of, lice are even becoming harder to shake as they become immune to anti-lice shampoos.
The bottles of shampoo that you buy to treat lice don’t work as well as they used to and many states in the US are reporting that they have become immune to them. Aside from this, these shampoos are very toxic, so a natural solution is better all round. Lace to Leather has some good suggestions.
The first thing you need to do with lice is kill them to stop them reproducing more eggs. It’s easier to do than you think too, just smear some mayonnaise on. Smear it all over the hair and around the nape of the neck so they have no-where to run. Cover with a plastic shower cap and let the mayo do its work. After around two hours all lice and nits should have suffocated and you can remove the cap and dispose of it. You will need at least two shampoos to wash out the mayo, but it will also act as a nice hair conditioning treatment.
If you don’t have any mayo lying around, you can tackle those lice with trusty Vaseline. This smothers them too, but as you can imagine is tough to get out. The trick is to rub baby oil on the hair before shampooing a few times.
If you are not keen on either of these options, you can make your own shampoo. Add together five drops of Tea Tree oil, five teaspoons of coconut oil, five drops of Rosemary Essential Oil, five drops of Lavender Essential Oil, five drops of Peppermint Essential Oil, and five drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil. Add a small amount of regular shampoo to the mixture, and put this all over the hair. Leave this on under a towel or tight-fitting shower cap for an hour. Then rinse and shampoo the hair. After shampooing, rinse the hair and scalp with vinegar. Rinse with hot water – but not hot enough to burn yourself.
Now you need to get going with the lice comb. Combing must be done for at least two weeks, as one nit can undo all of the work you have done. There is a lot of work to be done, but with lice, you won’t have any success unless you persevere. At least with the mayo and coconut oil you are not poisoining yourself, or the environment, and you will win out in the end!