There aren’t many things in life that are more unpleasant than head lice. If you have lice, that means that you literally have tiny little creatures crawling around in your hair and biting into your scalp.
This can be very itchy and painful in some cases and it can make you feel rather unclean. But what adds insult to injury is the fact that they are so contagious. This means you’ll be unable to hug your family and you might have to live with the guilt of knowing you just ruined a friend’s week.
Of course, lice are the banes of parents who will occasionally get a lice scare notice from their school. Suddenly, the itching makes sense and the purging begins…
Unfortunately, the over-the-counter treatments for head lice tend to be really rather extreme. Many lice have evolved to become naturally resistant to these types of treatment but what isn’t resistant is your scalp. Using powerfully astringent products on your hair can dry out your scalp and damage your natural balance of oils. This can end up leaving you with dandruff, with damaged hair, or with an impaired ‘skin barrier’. The latter is like leaving your door open and expecting not to be robbed: it leaves you wide open to attacks from bacteria and other issues.
The good news is that there are other ways you can treat lice from home. In fact, in this post we are going to examine 13 different methods that you can use. One of these is sure to do the trick!
1. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a highly effective treatment for lice and one of the most effective. That’s because of two key ingredients. These are 1,8-cineole and terpinen 4-ol. Sound technical, right?
Both these ingredients are natural insecticides. That means they can kill of insects and bugs of all kinds and those include head lice.
Another benefit of tea tree oil is the consistency. As well as killing off the lice with insecticidal properties, it will also simply smother them and kill them off. Finally, it acts like a lubricant and makes it hard for the lice to attach to the shafts of the hair using their typical gummy adhesive.