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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 March 13, 2019

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                      1. Work on the small tasks.

                      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                      2. Take a break from your work desk.

                      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                      3. Upgrade yourself

                      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                      4. Talk to a friend.

                      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                      7. Read a book (or blog).

                      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                      8. Have a quick nap.

                      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                      9. Remember why you are doing this.

                      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                      10. Find some competition.

                      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                      11. Go exercise.

                      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                      12. Take a good break.

                      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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