How to Naturally Treat Lice

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Head Lice
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Lice are nasty little parasites that live in our hair and feed on our scalps. It sounds a lot scarier than it really is, though. Still, these bugs can make our scalps very itchy, and they are easily spread from person to person. Children in particular tend to transport these jumpy critters around, which is why there are lice checks in most schools. If you find you have lice, try this simple homemade recipe for getting them off your head.

Things You'll Need

  • 8 ounces lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • Comb
  • Shower cap

Finely chop or grate 1 tsp. of ginger. Make sure that it is finely chopped because you are going to be mixing it into a liquid and want as much to spread around as possible.

Combine the ginger with an 8-ounce glass of lemon juice. Mix the ginger in as well as you can.

Apply the mixture to your head. Make sure to get the roots and to scrub all of your hair.

Run a comb through your hair to completely coat it all in the mixture. Your hair doesn't have to be sopping wet. It just needs to be covered.

Cover your hair with a shower cap and let the mixture sit there for eight hours. During this time, the acid in the lemon juice in ginger will begin to kill off the lice and destroy their eggs.

Wash the mixture out of your hair with warm water, shampoo and conditioner.

Repeat these steps daily as long as you have a problem with lice.

Tips & Warnings

  • Check people in your family for lice if you know you have it.

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