There is nothing more that I hate the most than the moment when my daughter comes home from school, all itching in her head, scratching and irritated.
I immediately know what the problem is: lice. I hate lice, they are annoying, contagious, and sometimes tough to get rid of.
And the truth is, children are not the only one that can become their victims.
The trick with lice is to treat them as quickly as possible, or you might make your child a source of a gossip.
No parents want to be the one hearing “your child contaminated my child with lice”.
And if you are on the recipient end, do not make a big deal of it, just deal with the lice.
I hate lice as much as everyone, but luckily, over the years I have found several home remedies for lice that are effective, and safe for my child.
There is no need to buy fancy and expensive shampoos or god forbid, cut your child’s hair.
If you cannot stand the smell of garlic, you better believe that lice cannot stand it as well.
Sometimes, it is worth risking few hours of garlic vapor for the greater good, and this is one of those situations.
You need around eight garlic gloves.
Grind them into a paste, add in three teaspoons of lime juice.
Apply the mixture on the scalp of your child, and let it stay there for 30 minutes. Rinse the hair with warm water as usual.
You can use any type of olive oil for home remedies for lice.
All you need to do is apply it on the scalp before you go to bed, and then put a shower cap or towel to keep it there while you sleep.
Once you wake up in the morning, use a lice comb to get those pesky parasites out.
Wash your hair with an herbal shampoo.
One of the cheapest and simplest home remedies for lice is salt.
You need ¼ cup of salt and ¼ cup of vinegar.
Mix the solution, add in a bottle with spray, and spray it onto the hair.
Once your hair is slightly wet, put a shower cap over it and let the solution stay there for two hairs.
Wash with normal shampoo and repeat the remedy after three days just for prevention and to be sure.
Chances are, your child loves mayonnaise, and most of the children love it.
I know mayo is not healthy food as you would love to give to your child, but now you are “feeding” his/her hair.
And since chances are your child loves mayo, she/he won’t resist it.
Use mayonnaise to completely saturate your scalp and hair, and then use a shower cap to cover your head.
Let it stay between 12 and 24 hours.
Heat the shower cap, and then with your regular shampoo, shampoo the hair without getting it wet.
Cover the scalp area with the shower cap again, and let it stay there for 30 minutes so the oil breaks down.
Rinse as usually, and if it feels oily, squeeze some fresh basil leaves before you comb the hair.
One reason I love white vinegar is that unlike some home remedies for lice (kerosene and similar), it is completely safe.
There are two ways to use white vinegar to treat lice.
The first one is the simpler and quicker one.
The second is more effective.
For the first option, mix equal amounts of water and white vinegar in order to dilute the vinegar.
Use the mixture to saturate your hair and scalp.
Wrap a towel over your hair and let it stay there for one hour.
Dip a comb in the same white vinegar solution, and comb your hair.
The second option is similar as the first one.
The small difference is that you apply the white vinegar solution before you go to bed, and you let it stay overnight.
Once your child wakes up, use a regular shampoo to wash his/her hair.