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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 August 15, 2018

                      7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                      7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                      Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

                      Video Summary

                      Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                      There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                      This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                      Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                      In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                      One Exercise, multiple benefits

                      There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                      By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                      When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                      Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                      In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                      What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                      What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                        1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                        Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                        • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                        • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                        • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                        • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                        2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                          Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                          Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                          3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                            Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                            4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                              Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                              A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                              A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                              On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                              5. You’ll improve overall balance

                                Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                                6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                                  Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                                  7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                                    Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                                    How to hold a plank position

                                    1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                                    2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                                    3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                                    4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                                    5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                                    6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                                    7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                                    Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                                    Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                      How to improve your plank time gradually

                                      1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                      2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                      3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                      Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                      Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                      You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                      • Prolapse
                                      • After prolapse surgery
                                      • Pelvic pain conditions
                                      • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                      • Previous childbirth
                                      • Overweight

                                      Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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