The head louse is an external parasite that makes its home on the scalp. Contrary to popular belief, the presence of head lice -- pediculosis -- does not suggest poor hygiene habits. Lice are easily spread from person to person, meaning that if you come into direct contact with someone who has lice, you are likely to get lice yourself. 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 treatments commercially available can be just as bad. Pregnant or breastfeeding women, children and babies, and those who prefer natural alternatives can try home remedies for lice, instead.
Olive and almond oils act as sedatives on lice. They can slow the bugs and weaken them, making them easier to remove from the scalp and hair. Smother your head and hair with oil, then either use a nit comb right away or leave the oil in overnight by wrapping your head in a towel or shower cap. Letting the oil sit overnight will have a greater effect on the lice and make them easier to remove in the morning. Whether you immediately comb the hair or wait overnight, thoroughly rinse the comb after running it through each section of hair. Afterward, shampoo and rinse the hair twice. Repeat this process every day for one week.
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