There are many options available for natural lice treatment.  Many parents do not want to use harsh shampoos or chemicals when their children get a lice infestation so many natural remedies have been discovered over the years.  These remedies work with varying degrees of effectiveness and may work differently for different people, so it may be necessary to use more than one before the lice are completely gone.

One of the most popular natural lice remedies is to use vinegar.  Wash the hair as normal but use vinegar instead of shampoo.  This should kill the lice and nits (lice eggs) within two days.  Another popular treatment is to use tea tree oil or olive oil in much the same way as the vinegar. 

A few other natural treatments include:

  • Rub Listerine mouthwash onto the head.
  • Rub mayonnaise into the hair, leave it for 2 hours and then comb it out.
  • Rub a lemon juice and butter mixture into the hair, and rinse out after fifteen seconds.
  • Coat the head with Vaseline, cover with a shower cap and leave overnight.  Shower normally in the morning.
  • Coat the head with alcohol, cover with a shower cap and leave overnight.  Shower as normal the next day.

Do not forget that you need to get rid of all the eggs once they are dead.  There are special nit combs that you can use for this.  Also, be sure to treat the eyebrows and eyelashes as well.  Vaseline is the easiest method for this.  Coat the brows and lashes thoroughly and re-apply 4 times per day.

Another major component of getting rid of lice is eliminating them from the rest of the household.  To kill the lice in clothing, sheets, blankets, etc. place the items in an air tight plastic bag for at least a week.  This should kill the lice and any eggs.  Smaller things like combs, brushes, hair bands and the like need to be soaked in hot water or shampoo that it medicated to kill lice.  These objects could also simply be thrown away and replaced.  Lice are highly mobile so care must be taken to treat all people or objects simultaneously regardless of whether there are symptoms or not.  This is the only way to ensure all the lice have been eliminated. 

As I mentioned earlier, not all of these treatments will work equally well for all people so try several if you don’t succeed at first.  If all else fails and the lice treatment at home doesn’t work, see your Doctor and they will prescribe either over the counter or prescription treatment that should hopefully get rid of the lice once and for all.  People concerned about using those harsh chemicals should always try the natural lice treatment options first however.

Good luck!