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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 October 23, 2018

                      Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

                      Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

                      My mother was a great knitter and produced some wonderful garments such as Aran sweaters which were extremely fashionable when I was young. She also knitted while my father drove, which caused great amusement. I often wondered why she did that but I think I know the answer now.

                      Knitting is good for your mental health, according to some research studies. The Washington Post mentions a 2013 survey of about 3,500 knitters who were asked how they felt after a knitting session. Over 80% of them said they definitely felt happier. It is not a totally female occupation as more and more men take it up to get the same benefits. Harry Styles (One Direction) enjoys knitting. So does Russell Crowe although he does it to help him with anger management!

                      The Neural Knitwork Project

                      In Australia, Neural Knitworks was started to encourage people to knit and also become aware of neuroscience and mental health issues. Knit-ins were organized but garments were not the only things created. The knitters produced handmade neurons (1,665 of them!) to make a giant brain. The 2015 project will make more neural knitted networks (neural knitworks) and they will be visible online. You can see some more examples of woolly neurons on the Neural Knitworks Facebook page.

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                      While people knitted, crocheted and crafted yarn, they listened to experts talking about mental health issues such as addiction, dementia, depression, and how neurons work.

                      The knitting and neural connection

                      The human brain has about 80 billion neurons. Learning new skills, social interaction, and physical activity all help to forge neural connections which keep the brain healthy and active. They are creating networks to control movement and make memories. The knitters learn that as they create the woollen neurons, their own neurons are forming new pathways in their brains. Their creations are mimicking the processes in their brains to a certain extent. At the same time, their brains are registering new and interesting information as they learn interesting facts about the brain and how it works. I love the knitworks and networks pun. What a brilliant idea!

                      More mental health benefits from knitting

                      Betsan Corkhill is a physiotherapist and has published some results of completed studies on her website, appropriately named Stitchlinks. She conducted some experiments herself and found that knitting was really helpful in reducing panic and anxiety attacks.

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                      “You are using up an awful lot of brain capacity to perform a coordinated series of movements. The more capacity you take up by being involved in a complex task, the less capacity you have for bad thoughts.”- Betsan Corkhill

                      Knitters feel happier and in a better mood

                      Ann Futterman-Collier, Well Being Lab at Northern Arizona University, is very interested in how textile therapy (sewing, knitting, weaving and lace-making) can play an important role in mood repair and in lifting depressive states.

                      She researched 60 women and divided them into three different groups to do some writing, meditating and work with textiles. She monitored their heartbeat, blood pressure and saliva production. The women in the textiles group had the best results when their mood was assessed afterwards. They were in a better mood and had managed to reduce their negative thoughts better than those in the writing and meditation groups.

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                      “People who were given the task to make something actually had less of an inflammatory response in the face of a ‘stressor’.” – Dr. Futterman Collier

                      The dopamine effect on our happiness

                      Our brains produce a chemical called dopamine. This helps us to feel happy, more motivated, and assists also with focus and concentration. We get a boost of dopamine after sex, food, exercise, sleep, and creative activities.

                      There are medications to increase dopamine but there are lots of ways we can do it naturally. Textile therapy and crafting are the easiest and cheapest. We can create something and then admire it. In addition, this allows for a little bit of praise and congratulations. Although this is likely not your goal, all these can boost our dopamine and we just feel happier and more fulfilled. These are essential in facing new challenges and coping with disappointment in life.

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                      “Sometimes, people come up to me when I am knitting and they say things like, “Oh, I wish I could knit, but I’m just not the kind of person who can sit and waste time like that.” How can knitting be wasting time? First, I never just knit; I knit and think, knit and listen, knit and watch. Second, you aren’t wasting time if you get a useful or beautiful object at the end of it.” – Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much.

                      If you thought knitting and textiles were for old ladies, think again!

                      Featured photo credit: DSC_0012/Mary-Frances Main via flickr.com

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