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Folk remedies against lice and nits: we treat at home

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Get acquainted with popular folk remedies for getting rid of lice and nits

Folk remedies for lice were used even when people knew much less about lice themselves than today, but they met them more often and suffered from them more. As a result, popular wisdom tried and tested in practice has left us recipes that really give results.

Today it is known that almost all folk remedies for lice and nits are inferior in efficiency and ease of use to preparations for lice with synthetic modern insecticides. However, many traditional methods and means are much more affordable and are particularly suitable for treating parasites for those who love everything natural, as well as for people prone to allergies.


The specifics of the fight against different types of lice

Before you get rid of lice and nits folk remedies, first of all you need to choose the most suitable drug.The choice of traditional medicine is directly related to the type of lice, which must be destroyed.

For example, pubic lice are most often excreted with kerosene, black cumin, mercury ointment, angelica and white hellebore.

Removal of head lice folk remedies involves the use of mint and pomegranate juice, black cumin, geranium oil, burdock, cranberry juice, vinegar and salt, onion with garlic and all the same kerosene.

Before you choose a folk remedy, you need to understand what kind of lice will have to display

The louse clothes are removed by processing bed linen and clothes with washing powders, as well as washing at maximum temperatures. If you can not wash clothes in very hot water or steam, you can simply hang it on the balcony. In a week or two, lice will die from a nutritional deficiency.


Mercury ointment and its analogues

Mercury ointment and its analogues - this is perhaps the most effective folk remedy for lice and nits at home. It is used mainly against pubic lice as follows:

  • shave the affected area before treatment
  • wash thoroughly with ordinary soap and warm water
  • ointment is applied with a thin layer and rubbed.

Pubic louse

The procedure must be repeated 2 times a day during the week.

It should be borne in mind that mercury ointment contains toxic mercury compounds, so today it is practically not used in medicine. However, it is the toxicity of mercury compounds that makes this tool very effective against lice and their eggs (nits).

Instead of mercury ointment, you can take 5% boric ointment, but it is slightly less effective. Method of use remains the same.

Boric ointment is not as effective at getting rid of lice as mercury, but not as toxic.


“It is said that curing pediculosis is quite difficult. And I was helped by the usual penny ointment - 5% boric. The only thing you need to shave off your hair before use, but there will be no sense. ”

Anna, Yaroslavl



Kerosene is a combustible product of oil refining, as well as once the most popular folk remedy for lice and nits. To reduce the harmful effects on the skin, kerosene should definitely be mixed with any vegetable oil in a ratio of 1:10.

After that, the resulting solution is applied to the hair, which is wrapped with wax paper (sometimes just covered with a plastic bag). From above it is necessary to put on a kerchief or a cap. It is best to leave this pediculicidal compress all night long - so you can achieve a reliable effect.


Kerosene, especially undiluted, can cause a strong burning sensation of the skin, as well as lead to redness. Therefore, if you decide to use this tool, then it should be done very carefully, making sure to evaluate your feelings and immediately stop the process in case of severe discomfort.

On children, modern pediatricians do not recommend using this tool.

In the morning, the hair is washed with ordinary soap and combed off the dead lice with frequent comb. Before the procedure, the comb can be dipped in vinegar - this will help to remove the nits from the hair more easily.

A quality comb will help to comb out dead lice and nits.

Before using a kerosene compress it is necessary to tie a towel or a scarf on the hairline - this will prevent kerosene from getting on your face.


“In our childhood, lice were often taken out with kerosene. Therefore, when this attack appeared in my granddaughter, I did not think for a long time - I bought kerosene at the hardware store, mixed it with sunflower oil 1 to 10 and smeared it well. Of course, the little one complained of a strong smell, and then she had to wash her hair after a week for a week, but it seemed to help, then only comb out dead nits and everything went. "

Sofya Nikolaevna, Tver


Vinegar and salt

Table vinegar and salt - also quite effective folk remedies for lice, it is important only to be able to use them correctly.

Vinegar is an effective folk remedy for softening the attachment of nits to the hair

Using a mixture of vinegar and salt, you can get rid of lice on the head for a couple of procedures

To get rid of head lice, you must mix a glass of table vinegar diluted to 3% concentration and 43 grams of table salt. Then in a well-mixed solution, add another 5 ml of 96% alcohol.

On washed, towel-dried hair, it is necessary to apply the prepared preparation. For two days you need to repeatedly update the compress, wetting the hair with a solution. Then you need to wash your head and comb it out with a frequent comb.

It is worth noting that this folk remedy for the treatment of lice also helps to relieve the itching that appears when there is a strong lice.


“Lice discovered after a long move in a foreign car. Since they were on vacation, there was simply nowhere to buy a normal medication for lice. Mom offered to try the popular recipe - she said that vinegar helps against liceif mixed with salt. Well what can I say? For two days I had to stay at home, since my head looked like a crow's nest. But when washed, lice became much less. But after 5-6 days everything had to be repeated. So the whole vacation and was treated.The next time I would take something from a pharmacy, more reliable. "

Veronika, Kharkov


Broth of burdock against lice

Burdock has long been known for its insecticidal properties, so it can also be used as a folk remedy for lice. To prepare the medicine, you need to take a dry or fresh plant, rinse it and pour boiling water. An hour later, the infusion should be filtered and used for washing the head.

Broth of burdock has insecticidal properties, so it will be effective in the fight against lice


“My daughter recently got head lice - either in the kindergarten she picked them up, or on the street. I decided not to run to the pharmacy for chemistry, since it is allergic to me. Grandmother advised to take the usual infusion of burdock, which is usually used to strengthen the hair. With this infusion, I used to wash my daughter's hair (without soap) every day, and then I sat down and combed nits with a comb. I do not know, burdock helped or not, but many lice fell out dead, and nits were easily separated. So quickly and healed. "

Ira, Pskov


Black cumin

Treatment of lice folk remedies in the East is often carried out using strongly smelling spices. Most often, ground seeds of black cumin, which are combined in equal proportions with apple cider vinegar, are used for this purpose.

Seeds of black cumin - a rather exotic, but also an effective remedy for lice, if you combine it with vinegar

Apple cider vinegar along with ground black cumin seeds will help to get rid not only of lice, but also of nits on the head

The resulting "lotion" rub hair on the head or pubis, and then for about 20 minutes, expose the affected area to ultraviolet radiation (standing in the sun). Conduct such therapy every day throughout the week.


“And here I am“ lousy ”after spending the night in Indian hostels. All anything, just buy a normal drug for lice then it was not possible. A familiar Hindu helped: he prepared a gruel of black cumin and vinegar, advised him to smear his head, and then stand in the sun for half an hour. I took this method with irony, but in vain: a few days later my head was clean and I combed out the dead insects with a comb. ”

Anton, St. Petersburg



The fight against lice folk remedies is often associated with the use of medicinal herbs. And one of the most effective recipes is infusion of root devyasila.

The infusion of the root of the elecampane has also been used by the people for lice control for a long time.

For its preparation, fresh or dried grass and roots must be filled with boiling water, leave for 1 hour. Use to wash your hair.


Angelica root and white bird cherry

From the root of angelica and white cherry can be prepared ointment - also a very effective folk remedy for getting rid of lice.To do this, take the crushed herbs in an equal amount, mix them with pork fat and put in a glass container.

After several days, the ointment will be ready. It needs to be rubbed several times a day into the infected place.


Geranium oil

Geranium essential oil is known for its insect repellent smell. This also applies to lice - they simply do not tolerate the characteristic flavor. You can add a few drops of oil to the shampoo or mix it with basic burdock oil.

Geranium oil can be added to regular shampoo or mixed with burdock oil

After such an impact, the number of lice should be drastically reduced.


A mixture of mint and pomegranate juice

Folk remedies for lice and nits in the home can be somewhat exotic. One of these recipes suggests boiling mint leaves in a glass of pomegranate juice, and then rub the mixture in the affected places.

Ground mint leaves are mixed with pomegranate juice and rubbed into the head

Pomegranate juice - a popular folk remedy for lice

As practice shows, the essential oil of mint and pomegranate acid really contribute lice destruction and easier combing nits (acid softens the gummy secrets that attach the nits to the hair).


Cranberry juice

Substances contained in cranberry juice makes it an excellent folk remedy for lice.For treatment, it is necessary to squeeze the juice from 1-2 handfuls of berries, mix it with a teaspoon of honey and rub into the hair roots. Juice kills live lice and reduces the number of larvae that hatch from nits.

The special properties of cranberry juice contribute to the destruction of lice and reduce the number of larvae hatching from nits.

It is said that the treatment of lice folk remedies will not always be quite productive. This is due to the fact that none of these tools can fully affect nits, and destroys mainly only adult individuals.

To obtain a reliable result, the destruction of lice should be carried out in two stages with a break of a week. In this case, in the first baiting, adult insects and larvae are destroyed, and in the second, young larvae that hatch from surviving nits.

Popular recipes have worked well and as prophylactic agents for lice. Essential oil of geranium or tea tree, as well as decoction of burdock when applied to the hair scare the lice and reduce the risk of infection in crowded places. It can be said that as a preventive measure, folk remedies for lice are more convenient and easier to use in many artificial preparations.


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To the entry "Folk remedies against lice and nits: we treat at home" 36 comments
  1. Vikusya:

    And why add honey to cranberries?

  2. Surgeon:

    Veronika Zhurenko, 15 years old. In 2011, when her head was treated with kerosene (to get rid of lice) her hair was inflamed. Has transferred 3 operations on face skin transplantation.

    Do not use kerosene to fight lice, medicines will be much cheaper.

    • Lily:

      That's true, why write such tips in an article if it can be dangerous to health? It seems to me that all these folk methods are a waste of time. And with pediculosis it is necessary to fight immediately so that this rubbish does not breed. As soon as I noticed a child lice, immediately turned to the professionals. She left a request to call a specialist at home. Why wise something, if for the removal of parasites there are specially trained people)

  3. Saida:

    We were helped by medicine for bathing animals.

  4. Nika:

    My daughter has lice! Which way is more effective?

  5. Kirill:

    It is best to buy Pedilin shampoo at the pharmacy ... It is available without a prescription, and is fairly inexpensive.

  6. Dilnara:

    Does he help?

  7. Sofia:

    What is more effective?

  8. Tatyana:

    Nothing helps us, tell me, for sure. Just hope is lost.

  9. Anna:

    Here - shampoo.

  10. Anastasia:

    At school they said shampoo and vinegar, I tried, but nothing helped. What else can be derived? Ponochela a friend called.

    • Anonymous:

      Sand is the culprit of your appearance ... Do not pour sand on your head. Do not lie without a hat on the sand, and if this happens, then shampoo immediately, after combing the sand from the head.

      Maybe your girlfriend has nothing to do with it. Good luck.

  11. Sergei:

    A good remedy is dust soap!

  12. Anya:

    Found a child nits! Tell me, please, what to do?

  13. Natalia:

    Can be removed with hair dye.

  14. Yuliya:

    When the daughter went to the garden, 4 times were nits. And I did not see the lice themselves. Are they laying eggs and everything? Brought them, by the way, Couple Plus.

  15. Anya:

    Lice are very difficult to remove. I tried everything, the pair plus is not the same as it was before. A vinegar did not help. What to do?

  16. Aselia:

    We can not get rid of these creatures. Everyone tried, except kerosene, because it is very dangerous.We decided to try burdock oil. Then let's say the result.

    • Tatyana:

      In the pharmacy, a lot of drugs for lice, but in cases where it was simply not possible to buy shampoos for pediculosis, drops from fleas saved us ... In ampoules, for cats. Apply only on the roots and scalp, dotted, do not need to smear the entire head. And there is no smell of the wild, they are washed away without problems in a couple of hours ... You can keep it longer.

  17. Albinochka:

    It is very painful to treat with kerosene against lice, it bakes your head for two hours, and after 5 weeks the skin will get very hard. But vinegar and salt help, but where will I take your comb?

  18. Raisa:

    I always bring these creatures with kerosene. 30 minutes, that's all, the question is exhausted. But you need to repeat in a week ... The main thing is not to approach the fire 🙂

  19. Diana:

    I have lice, what do you recommend? Studying soon, but nothing helps: neither vinegar, nor drugs such as Lavinal, Couple Plus, etc. What to do, help, plizz (((

  20. Anonymous:

    First, the drug from the pharmacy was combed out with a special comb, the salve was richly balm for the hair, and at the end they were painted with the hair-color paint - this is for sure.The summer passed, the school began and again brought home the head friends ...

  21. Katya:

    Where to get dust soap?

  22. Amina:

    We did not help the tool from the pharmacy, and quite expensive. Then they bought the Leopard bathing facility at the veterinary store, it helps the first time ... Now we keep it at home all the time, otherwise it became a habit for the boy to bring these creatures from the kindergarten home ((

  23. Raya:

    And we were not helped by the Pair Plus, and they do not care for the dust soap. What to bring nits?

  24. Anya:

    You rub with vodka or alcohol (if alcohol, then 15-20 minutes, and if vodka, then at least an hour, you can take two hours). Washed, washed with shampoo and balsam, and from wet hair comb a nits comb.

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