What Is The Best Home Remedy For Lice?

This is a question we hear all too often at NitNot and we maintain that our eco friendly head lice serum along with our nit comb is the single best product to combat hair lice.

There is absolutely no scientific evidence to suggest that home remedies work for hair lice, but some of the methods on the market include;

A number of oils have been shown to be effective — along with combing — in eliminating head lice, but there isn’t enough research to be sure that essential oils are safe for children.

Though pretty rare, some kids have allergic reactions to these oils — usually tea tree oil. If your child is allergic to one, move on to the next oil on the list. The oils that have shown effectiveness are:

  • Tea tree oil
  • Lavender oil
  • Neem oil
  • Clove oil
  • Aniseed oil
  • Cinnamon leaf oil
  • Peppermint oil

Mix 2 ounces of olive oil with 15 to 20 drops of the essential oil. Apply this mixture to the scalp using cotton balls. Leave it on the scalp and hair overnight — at least 12 hours. Comb out and shampoo, rinse, and repeat.

Remember — combing out the hair is absolutely essential to remove the lice and their eggs.

Lice Smothering
This method involves a similar method to the above, but you’re essentially suffocating the lice with a thick liquid (Vaseline is not recommend due to difficulties in washing the product out).  Instead use almond or olive oil.  Some people suggest coating the comb instead of the hair.

As advised above, these methods are not scientifically proven and their effectiveness is backed up by neither NitNor or the CDC.

We strongly recommend that you use the NitNOT comb alongside our NitNot Eco Head Lice & Nit serum to combat head lice. Our hypoallergenic, pesticide and chemical-free treatment kills all lice and eggs without harming sensitive scalps, meaning you only need to concentrate on removing dead lice and eggs with the comb*.

Not only is NitNOT certified by the government's Medical and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), but it's also the only lice treatment that has been endorsed by The British Association of Professional Nannies (BAPN).  Contact us for more information about our products or head lice.