Eliminating lice and nits completely naturally is possible if you know how. Discover some simple and useful tips to easily achieve it at home.
Did you know that, in reality, lice are a very common and common problem? Above all, it is common in the smallest of the house, usually between 3 and 12 years of age, although older people can also suffer from it. As you surely know, they consist of small parasitic insects that do not have wings. These proliferate in the hair of human beings, feeding on the small amounts of blood they draw from the scalp.
Although it is true that they can produce a lot of disgust, the reality is that lice are not dangerous, nor do they transmit any disease. Of course, this does not prevent them from being contagious (that is, they can pass from one child to another easily), and they can also become very annoying, since their bites tend to cause annoying itching and inflammation of the scalp, which leads the child or the person to scratch continuously. Then, this annoying action can cause skin irritation, even causing infections in those areas that are affected.
What are nits?
Surely you already know that when we talk about lice we must also talk about nits. These consist of lice eggs, which – before hatching – have an appearance similar to tiny yellow, mustard or brown dots.
Lice tend to spawn between the strands of hair, very close to the scalp, where the temperature is ideal for the nits to remain at a more or less hot temperature until the time comes to hatch.
If the infestation is not considerable, which does not usually happen very often, the most common is to see only nits in the child’s hair, and not lice moving freely on their scalp.
What are lice?
When the nits reach adulthood is when we find the lice, which does not occur until one to two weeks after hatching. During this time they are known as nymphs.
As a general rule, lice feed on the blood present on the scalp several times a day, although there is evidence that they are capable of surviving outside the scalp for up to two days.
In relation to their size, these are not very large, so that in most cases they are usually no larger than a sesame seed. Regarding its color, it tends to be white, pulling something darker (grey) and cinnamon.
Tips to get rid of lice and nits
- Special anti-lice creams or shampoos: you can find this type of product in pharmacies, and even some products of natural origin in herbalists. They are traditional remedies to eliminate lice and nits naturally. Of course, it is much more advisable to look for anti-lice products that have been made with natural ingredients, and that do not contain pesticides.
- Infusion of eucalyptus leaves and lemon: eucalyptus is a traditional remedy that helps eliminate head lice, which combined with lemon juice, turns out to be even more effective. To make this remedy you only have to boil a cup of water, add the eucalyptus leaves and leave it to infuse for 3 minutes. Meanwhile, squeeze the juice of a lemon. When the 3 minutes are up, strain and add the lemon juice. Then you can apply this lotion, leaving it to act for half an hour, while it is convenient to brush the affected areas with the help of a special comb.
- Rosemary essential oil: With 15 drops of rosemary essential oil and 3 tablespoons of sunflower oil you can make an equally effective lotion. In that case, you should heat 60 centiliters of water, and mix the drops of rosemary and sunflower oil in it, leaving it to macerate for 10 hours. The form of application is then the same as with the infusion of eucalyptus leaves and lemon.
- Lotion of pioneer grass or Staphysagria: it is one of the most traditional plants in the fight against lice, although as it is not so well known today it is a natural option that is in a certain sense difficult to obtain. If you are lucky enough to find it in herbalists, just apply a little of its lotion to your scalp, leaving it on for 30 minutes while you brush the affected areas several times.