Lice infestation, also known as Pidiculosis, is a common problem among human beings, especially children. There are three types of lice that infest the human body— head lice, body lice and pubic lice. The lifecycle of lice has three stages that are nit, lymph and adult lice. The lifespan of an adult lice is about 30 days, but it will perish of it stays away from the human body for more than two days. This is because head lice needs to feed on human blood in order to survive.
Head Lice is experienced by all of us at some point of time in life. It can be a real menace if not treated on time. Its repeated and noticeable occurrence can turn any socialite into a social outcast. There are various home remedies for head lice that can be used to kill this lousy parasite.
Head lice infestation: How to avoid it?
As head lice can be quite contagious, the person carrying it should ensure that his personal accessories like combs, bath towels, etc are used only by him. Head lice do not carry any harmful microbes therefore, it can safely be said that head lice are more of an irritant than anything else. Though quite a lot of shampoos and oils for treating the infestation are available in the market, it must be understood that an anti-lice shampoo or oil is different from an anti dandruff shampoo or oil. There are various ways through which one can combat head lice. But all remedies like education must start at home.
Home Remedies for Head lice: Are they effective?
When it comes to home remedies, one should keep in mind that the result and effectiveness of the same varies from person to person. Not all home remedies work for everyone. Therefore, one must find out which remedy suits his requirements and works best for him. Of course, home remedies being natural hardly have any side effects unless the user goes out of his way to experiment! One of the simplest, most unconventional, most impractical and most horrifying home remedy can be to shave off the head completely. However, due to the aforementioned reasons, let’s just say that it is not the most popular! There is also the Brute-Force home remedy, according to which the oxygen supply for the lice should be stopped leading to suffocation and ultimately death of the lice. This may also sound impractical, but ironically it is one of the simplest remedies as all one needs to do is immerse his head completely in water for about 10-15 minutes and then wash off his hair with a good shampoo.
One very important aspect while providing home remedies for lice is that these remedies should be practical and the ingredients should be easily available in the market. Imagine how helpful could a procedure be if it required 28.67 clock-wise and 37.2 antic-clockwise kneading of coriander oil spread over a time span of 3 hours 29 minutes and 52 sec daily!! So, keeping in mind the convenience and requirements of an average person, following are some basic home remedies for the treatment of lice:
The Vinegar Therapy:
Use Plain White Vinegar and apply it twice in a time span of 5 days to hair infected with lice. A good massage lasting for about 20 minutes can rid most hair of about 90% of its lice. This remedy involves no major hair loss and has no side effects. An important aspect of this remedy is that hair at oil times after the massage should be soaked and tied.
The Olive Oil Therapy:
Olive Oil is a good eradicator of lice. It can also be applied overnight. This remedy involves no major hair loss and has no side effects. An important aspect of this remedy is that hair at oil times after the massage should be soaked and tied.
Listerine mouthwash is also known to work well against the lice menace. Follow the same procedure as with Plain White Vinegar and Olive Oil to combat lice with Listerine mouthwash.
It is said that lemon juice mixed with coconut oil and applied to the scalp, it helps in killing the lice as well as the nits (eggs of the lice).
The above mentioned remedies are most effective under normal circumstances. However other massages include use of ten to fifteen drops of tea tree oil into shampoo bottle, use of mayonnaise, application of a mixture of lemon and butter on your head, wait for 15 seconds and then rinse your head, wintergreen alcohol, etc.