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Home Remedies for Lice


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Getting lice can be devastating, especially for kids.  They spread quickly and if you don’t address the problem immediately, it can take sometimes weeks to get rid of them.

Many people have some crazy recipes to get rid of lice, everything from gasoline to using a lot of chemicals.  We want to kill lice but not ourselves, so let’s stick with a natural solution.  I will tell you right now that bugs, ants and lice do NOT like peppermint.  I wrote about my experiment before, but ants actually try to get away from it.

I’ve come up with a shampoo to combat these little enemies that I’m sure you’ll like a whole lot better than the gasoline treatment.  You will need to buy or dig up castille soap, vinegar, peppermint, thyme and tea tree oils.  To make it really good, if you can find paw paw fruit, I would mix that right in as well including the seeds.

If you would like to learn more about the paw paw and the research behind my use, click here.  The research goes on to speak of its effect on cancer as well here.

My Home Made Recipe:

  1. Mix well the paw paw fruit and grind the seeds together.
  2. Combine 1/2 c. of castille soap.
  3. Add 1 c. of vinegar.
  4. Use 20 drops of peppermint essential oil
  5. 10 drops of thyme essential oil
  6. 10 drops of tea tree (melaluca) oil
  7. Mix well

Application Instructions:

Wash hair first if you’d like, then rinse and apply the above mixture.  Make sure to thoroughly apply in your hair. Leave in for at least 60 minutes or more and use a shower cap to protect your hair.  You may want to leave the recipe in your hair over night as well.  After application, rinse thoroughly in the shower.  Dry and comb hair with lice comb and remove nits or remaining lice.  You will probably have to repeat this process for at least a week.

I recommend that you use the peppermint and castille soap in your laundry as well.  Make sure to wash frequently all sheets and clothing.  This is not an easy task to get rid of these little buggers.  If you are really not into making your own lice shampoo, here is a great option as well.  Good luck!