Head lice are most common in children and are spread by direct contact. They are a very tiny insect that attaches itself to the hair and scalp. They can quickly breed and spread. This is one of the reasons why parents try to teach children not to share clothing with friends, because this is exactly how lice spreads. A doctor's visit is not the only answer to curing head lice, home remedies can get rid of them too.
Things You'll Need
- 25 drops tea tree oil
- 1 cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon garlic oil
- Lice comb
Confirm that head lice are present by checking the scalp for bites, confirming the person has an itchy scalp and by seeing some lice or their small white eggs attacked to hair follicles. Lice are very small and very hard to see, so using a lice comb to brush through can pull any out and make them easier to spot.
Mix together 1 cup of olive oil, 25 drops of tea tea oil and a teaspoon of garlic oil. Put the entire mixture on dry hair, covering the entire scalp and hair. Let it sit for about 15 minutes, then comb through with the lice comb.
Wash hair like normal. Use shampoo, conditioner and warm water --- not cold and not too hot. After the hair is washed check again for lice or their eggs. If more are found repeat Step 2. Lice can live for 30 days on the human scalp and their eggs can last for 2 weeks, so it is important to treat immediately.
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