The commercial products available for killing lice contain chemicals that are toxic not only for the pesky pests but also for your scalp and hair. As a significant part of the medications penetrate the skin, the toxic chemicals can cause serious side effects when they enter the blood stream. Coconut oil, especially the organic virgin variety, is an excellent alternative to the commercial lice treatments. Saturating the scalp and hair with coconut oil suffocates the adult lice and the nymphs. Furthermore, the oily hair becomes too slippery for the adult lice to move and attach the eggs to the hair shafts. With regular coconut oil treatment your scalp and hair will become lice free within a few days. Organic virgin coconut oil is recommended for the treatment as it is free from chemicals and contains the maximum amount of nutrients.
Here Are Some Easy Ways To Use Organic Virgin Coconut Oil To Treat Lice Infestation:
Coconut Oil With Neem (Azadirachta indica) Oil
Ayurvedic physicians recommend combining neem (Azadirachta indica) and coconut oil to kill both the lice and the nits. Azadirachta indica is a natural insecticide. The herbal oil disrupts the growth cycle of lice. To get rid of head lice, mix a tablespoon of neem oil with two tablespoons of warm organic virgin coconut oil. Massage the scalp and hair with the oil mixture and wait at least for 60 minutes before washing your hair. For fast relief from lice, apply the coconut oil and neem oil mixture daily.
Coconut Oil And Vinegar
Acetic acid in vinegar helps in breaking down the glue that the adult lice secretes to attach the nits to the hair follicles and shafts. Mix vinegar and water in equal proportions and rinse your hair and scalp with diluted vinegar. Make sure that your scalp and hair are drenched with vinegar. After about 15 minutes or after the vinegar dries out apply a generous amount of warm coconut oil to your scalp and hair. Wait at least for an hour before washing your hair.
Coconut Oil With Onion Juice
Sulfur in onion helps in killing the lice. Mix two tablespoons of onion juice with two tablespoons of coconut oil. Slightly heat the mixture. Apply the warm coconut oil and onion juice mixture to your scalp and hair. Wait at least for an hour and shampoo your hair as usual.
Garlic Infused Coconut Oil
Garlic oil is another excellent source of sulfur. This natural insecticide helps in killing the lice. Crush 5 to 8 cloves of garlic and add them to half a cup of coconut oil. Simmer the oil for about 5 to 10 minutes. Apply lukewarm oil to your scalp and hair. Leave the oil in your hair at least for 60 minutes and then wash your hair.
Coconut Oil With Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a natural insecticide and is effective in treating lice infestation. Add 15 to 20 drops of tea tree oil to ¼-cup of coconut oil. Saturate your scalp and hair with the oil. Leave the oil in your hair at least for 60 minutes. Then shampoo as usual.
Coconut Oil With Garlic And Lemon Juice
Lemon juice helps in dissolving the gum that attaches the nits to the hair. Combine one tablespoon of garlic paste with two tablespoons of lemon juice. Apply it to your scalp and hair. After about 30 minutes, massage your scalp and hair with warm coconut oil. Wait for at least 60 minutes and then shampoo as usual.