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10 Natural Home Remedies to Get Rid of Lice

10 Natural Home Remedies to Get Rid of Lice

Discovering that you or your loved ones have lice can be a nightmare. When these tiny parasites take residence, they feed on your blood and most annoying, make your head unbearably itchy!

Worst of all, they reproduce like crazy and spread like wildfire. To get rid of lice for good, you must get the situation under control quickly. But don’t rush out and start dosing yourself with strong chemical concoctions just yet!

Armed with these 10 home remedies and a lice comb, you can easily get rid of lice naturally. It’s likely you already have many of these ingredients at home—some of which may surprise you!

1. Garlic

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    Garlic’s intense smell can literally suffocate these pesky rice. Here’s how to do it:

    • Grind up 8–10 cloves of garlic into a paste and mix with 3 TBS of lime juice
    • Work this foul smelling mixture through your hair and leave for 30 mins
    • Rinse thoroughly and repeat twice per week

    2. Baby Oil

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      Baby oil is another natural treatment that can help drown out those pesky head lice.

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      • Apply baby oil to hair and comb through to remove the majority
      • Wash your hair with a (very) mild soap detergent
      • Run white vinegar through your hair, cover with shower cap and leave overnight

      This de-licing method can be repeated as much as 4–5 days per week if you need to!

      3. Olive Oil

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        Olive Oil isn’t just great for cooking; it’s great for choking head lice!

        • Apply olive oil (virgin or otherwise) generously to your head before sleeping
        • Cover with a towel or shower cap whilst you sleep
        • Comb hair thoroughly in the morning and wash out with tea tree oil shampoo

        This treatment can be highly effective at just 1–2 times per week!

        4. Salt

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          Salt can be another deadly weapon for your lice kicking arsenal.

          • Great a 1:1 mixture of salt and vinegar
          • Moderately wet your hair using the solution
          • Wear a shower cap for 2–3 hours and wash your hair as normal

          Repeating this process every 3 days will yield great results.

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          5. Petroleum Jelly

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            Petroleum jelly has an amazing variety of uses, including lice termination!

            • Liberally apply petroleum jelly to your hair before going to sleep
            • Wrap your head with a towel or shower cap overnight
            • Use baby oil to help shift the jelly from your hair
            • Comb through to shift the lice

            Performing this routine 3 nights in a row for maximum effect.

            6. Tree Tea Oil

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              Tea tree oil can be used as a homeopathic remedy for dozens of health applications. As a powerful natural insecticide, the head lice won’t know what hit them!

              • Take 1 TPS of tea tree oil, mix with 1oz shampoo and 3 TPS coconut/olive oil
              • Work the mixture into your hair and cover with cap for up to 1 hour
              • Rinse your hair using hot water then comb through to remove lice

              This may be repeated daily, but don’t apply tea tree oil directly to your head!

              7. Coconut Oil

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                Coconut oil is a healthy cooking oil, works wonders for your skin and hair and stops lice outbreaks dead in their tracks.

                • Wash your hair using diluted apple cider vinegar
                • Once your hair has dried, fully coat the scalp and hair with coconut oil
                • Wear a shower cap or towel overnight
                • Comb your hair thoroughly in the morning and wash as normal

                Performing this routine every night for a week should do the trick. However, adding anise oil to the coconut oil will boost the lice kicking power!

                8. White Vinegar

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                  White vinegar, otherwise known as acetic acid, is easily available, inexpensive and a potent lice killer!

                  • Mix white vinegar and water at an equal 1:1 ratio
                  • Fully wet your hair and scalp with the acidic solution
                  • Cover your head with a towel or cap for up to 2 hours
                  • Comb through your hair thoroughly, dipping your comb in white vinegar
                  • Shampoo as normal

                  This lice armageddon can be repeated a couple of times in a row for maximum effect.

                  9. Sesame Seed Oil

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                    Sesame feed is naturally antifungal, antibacterial and a potent insecticide. It’s a formidable weapon in the war against lice.

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                    • Mix 1/4 cup of sesame seed oil, 1/8 cup neem oil, 1 TPS tea tree, 1/2 TPS rosemary and eucalyptus oil and 1 TPS lavender oil
                    • Wash your hair thoroughly with apple cider vinegar and dry
                    • Liberally apply the oil solution to your head and hair
                    • Cover with a towel or shower cap overnight
                    • Comb thoroughly to remove dead lice and wash as normal

                    Apply this lice-choking essential oil solution daily for one week to win the war!

                    10. Mayonnaise

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                      Yes, you read this one correctly. The popular condiment Mayonnaise can drown out the lice population within a week!

                      • Thoroughly coat your scalp and hair with full-fat mayonnaise
                      • Using a shower cap or towel, cover your head and leave overnight
                      • Shampoo as normal and comb out the dead lice in the morning

                      If you’re in a pinch, repeating this cycle daily for one week could be a life-saver!

                      Featured photo credit: adriaticfoto via shutterstock.com

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                      Last Updated on July 8, 2020

                      18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                      18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                      The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

                      1. Understand Yourself Better

                      Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

                      Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

                      2. Keep Track of Small Changes

                      I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

                      Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

                      3. Become Aware of What Matters

                      As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

                      You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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                      4. Boost Creativity

                      The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

                      When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

                      You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

                      5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

                      A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

                      Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

                      6. Process Life Experiences

                      When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

                      Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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                      7. Stress Relief

                      In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

                      Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

                      8. Provide Direction

                      Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

                      One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

                      9. Solve Problems

                      Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

                      Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

                      When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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                      10. Find Relief From Fighting

                      Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

                      Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

                      11. Find Meaning in Life

                      Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

                      12. Allow Yourself to Focus

                      Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

                      13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

                      When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

                      14. Let the Past Go

                      I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

                      15. Allow Freedom

                      Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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                      16. Enhance Your Career

                      Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

                      Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

                      17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

                      All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

                      18. Catalog Your Life for Others

                      No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

                      We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

                      Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

                      Featured photo credit: Kelly Sikkema via unsplash.com

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