The head louse is an external parasite that makes its home on the heads and scalps of people. Contrary to popular belief, the presence of lice doesn't suggest poor hygiene habits. Lice are easily spread from person to person, meaning that if you come into contact with one person that has lice, you are likely to become infected. Head lice can live up to 30 days on a host. During that time, they will feed on the host's blood and lay eggs, called nits. A lice infestation is unpleasant, but the harsh, chemical-based solutions that are available for getting rid of the problem can be equally unpleasant. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, treating infected children or babies, or simply prefer a natural solution to conventional treatments, you may want to give these home remedies for lice a try.
Oils, such as olive oil or almond oil, work as a sedative on lice. The idea here is to slow the lice down and weaken them so they are easier to remove from the scalp and hair. To use, smother your head and hair with oil. Then, you can either begin to comb your hair with a nit comb to remove the stunned lice or leave the oil in overnight by wrapping your head in a towel or putting on a shower cap. Letting the oil sit overnight will have more effect on the lice and make them easier to remove in the morning with a comb. Whether you immediately comb the hair or wait overnight, thoroughly rinse the comb after you have carefully combed each section of hair, then shampoo and rinse hair twice. Repeat this process every day for one week.
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