Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Headlice


The dread of every parent of school age children is receiving the ‘Unwelcome Visitors at School’ letter. Research in the US shows that headlice are becoming increasingly resistant to over-the-counter treatments, which only causes more panic!

There are, however, several natural remedies which help keep your whole family nit-free. Do you use any of these?

1 – Tea Tree Oil

You know we already love this naturally antibacterial oil, so it should come as no surprise that its top of our list! Tea Tree oil is a natural insecticide, and being a similar consistency to other oil-based nit treatments, means that it both suffocates and repels lice.

How to use it:

Mix 1 teaspoon of concentrated tea tree oil with natural shampoo and coconut oil or olive oil. Regular use of tea tree hair treatments and shampoos may also help keep the hair nit-free throughout the term!

2 – Garlic

Garlic is great for repelling bugs (why do you think they eat so much of it in hotter countries?) so it makes sense that loading your hair up with it would help get rid of lice. The pungent smell of garlic works in a similar way to oil, suffocating lice, while its antibacterial properties keep them away. The main downside of this treatment is having your whole head smelling of garlic…

How to use it:

Grind 10 peeled cloves of garlic into a fine paste and mix with a little lime juice or olive oil. Apply to hair and leave for 30 minutes before washing thoroughly.

3 – Mayonnaise

Incredibly messy, some claim that coating the hair with mayonnaise suffocates the lice. It is a similar consistency to conditioner, which others claim is good for preventing headlice. We’re not sure if this is really worth all the mess, so let us know if you have tried it!

How to use it:

Generously slather the hair with mayonnaise and massage into scalp. Cover with a shower cap and leave overnight. In the morning, comb out any dead lice and/or eggs and shampoo thoroughly.

Don’t forget that prevention is better than a cure and preparation is the key!

Nits find it harder to cling on to smoother hair, so regularly using conditioner on the hair can help keep them at bay. Hairspray and hair gel can have a similar effect, so using a small amount on your child’s hair at the beginning of the school term can help.

For any treatment to fully work, however, the most effective method of catching and getting rid of head lice is regularly and carefully conditioning and combing the hair.

Have you tried any of these natural methods of getting rid of nits? Let us know!