5 easy home remedies to treat lice (head louse)

By Shruti Saxena | Updated: Mar 12, 2014, 20:25 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau/Shruti Saxena

New Delhi: Don't you get that itchy feeling in your hair when you see someone sitting or standing just next to you scratching his/her hair and suddenly you notice some creepy-crawly creatures crawling in their tresses? Yes, they are head lice. Head lice are parasitic insects that live on the human scalp and survive by sucking human blood, make the scalp itchy.

Lice spread when one comes in contact with contaminated hair, hairbrushes, clothing, or may be bedding.

Read on to find easy home remedies of how to get rid of head lice if you or your your child catches it.

-Use a medicated shampoo as it will help delouse your child's hair. Apply it in your child's hair and leave it for 10 minutes. After this rinse it off with water and then comb your child's hair with a nit comb to remove the louse. Repeat the procedure every week.

-Using vinegar is an extremely good idea. After washing your hair, take some water and then add equal amounts of vinegar into it and then rinse your hair with this solution.

-One can even apply mayonnaise in his/her hair and then put a shower cap and leave it overnight. Next, wash it off in morning. You will see good results the next morning.

-You might not know but garlic too helps a lot. Make a paste by grinding 8-10 garlic cloves and add a little lime juice and water into it. Now, apply this paste in the scalp for at least half an hour and then rinse thoroughly.

-One can also use neem oil to treat hair louse as it is a natural insecticide. One can easily purchase neem oil or neem shampoo form market.