Head lice are tiny parasites that like to settle in the scalp and neck area where hair grows.
They lay their eggs near the hair shafts, which makes it often difficult to locate them.
You’ll most likely notice them because of the strong itching, red bumps and maybe you’ll see the lice crawling through the hair. They’re usually not bigger than 2-3 mm and the eggs are little white / yellow dots.
They feed of small amounts of blood (ew, I know), so the sooner you get rid of them, the better.
Head lice spread very easily, they can just move from an infected person’s head to the other and sometimes through clothes and objects such as combs.
Young school children are particularly prone to head lice outbreaks, because when one kid has it, it rapidly spreads to other children in the group.
Head lice are not hygiene related and anyone can get infected. Hair washing frequency has nothing to do with it.
Having head lice is very annoying and it requires a bit of work to get rid of them.
It needs to be done in stages to successfully remove both the adult head lice and the nits.
The good news is that there are very effective natural remedies to do this, so no need to use questionable chemicals on your head or your child’s head.
I will explain how to do it step by step using this DIY coconut oil head lice treatment with anise oil, apple cider vinegar and a nit comb.
For the nits:
Apple cider vinegar helps remove the nits by loosening the glue that holds the nits tightened to the hair shaft. Afterwards they will be much easier to take out with a nit comb.
The best type of vinegar to use is an all natural, organic apple cider vinegar which is mild for your skin and has an acidity level of 5%, which is what you need.
Do be mindful about skin sensitivities, especially if the scalp is irritated from the scratching and the lice bites.
For the head lice:
Coconut oil has strong anti-parasitic properties. A mixture of coconut oil and anise spray has been tested and resulted to be very effective against head lice.
It’s quite fascinating how coconut oil is so gentle and nourishing, yet at the same time strong enough to combat harmful invaders.
This multi-stage DIY coconut oil head lice treatment with anise oil and vinegar is a good, natural remedy that can be safely used for both adults and children.
Mix 2 cups of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup of water and apply it to the hair, covering the scalp, neck and the area behind the ears.
Let the mixture sit for 15 minutes and rinse the hair.
Use a nit comb to comb all the nits out. Start at the scalp and work towards the hair ends.
Repeat the apple cider vinegar wash for another two day minimum or until all the nits are gone.
It’s important to keep combing the hair with the nit comb, up until two weeks after you stop seeing head lice.
Coconut oil treatment:
For this DIY coconut oil head lice treatment with anise oil you need to mix 3 tbsp of coconut oil with 10 drops of anise essential oil. You can optionally add a few drops of tea tree oil if you like.
If the coconut oil is solid, melt it gently au bain marie in a bowl placed in a pan with shimmering water.
Remove the bowl from the heat and mix in the anise oil.
Massage the mixture into the scalp and hair working from the roots till the ends.
These amounts are enough for shoulder length hair, increase the amounts for longer hair.
Cover your head with a shower cap and leave it on for 3 hours minimum or if you can the whole day so that the oils can truly do their work.
Remove the shower cap and throw it out.
Comb the hair using the nit comb, then wash the hair as usual.
You can finish up with massaging a bit of coconut oil into your scalp and leave it in.
Lice treatments need to be repeated until all signs of head lice disappear. Both the coconut oil treatment and the vinegar wash should be repeated several times until the head is free from lice.
Make sure to keep combing your hair with a nit comb twice a day and hopefully the lice will soon be gone for good!
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