Head lice are small, wingless insects that live, breed and feed on the human scalp. They do not generally carry or transmit disease. Head lice have existed for millions of years and, in fact, predate human evolution.

Direct contact is required for transmission from person to person. Lice will crawl from head to head without discrimination. Head lice are most common among children and their families.

While head lice aren’t exactly dangerous, they can cause plenty of irritation and can even lead to minor infections in children with depressed immune systems if they scratch their heads long enough. If you suspect someone might have been exposed to head lice you will need to closely inspect that person’s hair and scalp.

So what are you looking for? Head lice eggs are oval, and the size of a pinhead. They are firmly attached to the hair shaft and cannot be brushed off.

Most conventional over-the-counter and prescription treatments for head lice are very often made with toxic insecticides, and in many cases, aren’t effective. These treatments are actually neurotoxins that work by poisoning the central nervous system of the insects.

The active compounds in head lice products are:

  • pyrethrins

  • synthetic pyrethroids (permethrin, bioallethrin)

  • organophosphates (maldison or malathion)

  • herbal, with or without natural (non-chemical) pyrethrins.

Humans can have some pretty serious side effects from these treatments, including difficulty breathing and skin rashes.

So here is a simple at home remedy to get rid of head lice:

Vinegar and Listerine treatment for head lice

You need:

  • Listerine mouthwash

  • White vinegar (find heremore surprising household uses for white vinegar)

  • Shower cap or plastic bags

  • Lice comb

  • Shampoo

How to use it:

  • Apply Listerine into the scalp and along the hair. Make sure the scalp and hair are completely wet with Listerine.
  • Cover with shower cap and leave it on for an hour.
  • Remove the shower cap and rinse off your water.
  • Apply enough amounts of apple cider vinegar and massage it very gently.
  • Leave the application for another hour.
  • Wash your hair normally with regular shampoo.
  • Repeat the process regularly.

This acid has antiseptic or germ killing properties. Vinegar usually has an acetic acid concentration of around 5% and is safe to use for head lice.

The acetic acid contained in vinegar will not dissolve the exoskeleton (the protective shell of nits) of lice eggs and therefore will not kill them.

However, it will help loosen the glue that holds the nits to the hair shaft so that the nits will no longer stick to the hair and will be easy to remove with a good nit comb.

 

Other great remedies are:

Salt– Salt can also be used to eradicate head lice through desiccation. Mix one-quarter cup of salt and one-quarter cup of vinegar thoroughly. Gently spray the solution onto your hair so that it becomes slightly wet. Put on a shower cap and leave it for about two hours. Then wash and condition your hair. Repeat this every three days to get positive results.

Petroleum Jelly- Before going to bed, apply a thick layer of petroleum jelly on your scalp. Wrap your head firmly with a towel or shower cap. Leave it on all through the night. Next morning, remove the petroleum jelly using baby oil. Thoroughly comb your hair, and repeat this remedy daily until the problem is solved.