Coconut Oil For Lice Treatment

I remember once when I was 8, my sister, who was 6 at the time, came back from school scratching her head and complaining about the nasty itch. At first, my mum thought it was nothing until she looked at my sister. Her face drained of color, and she was in a state of panic. When my mother started checking my sister’s hair and looking around, we were all waiting with bated breath. I was just confused until my mother declared, “You have head lice.” To say the least, we were scared. Head lice are abhorred in our household and treated like the devil. It’s one of those pesky, blood-sucking insects that are so tiny, you need to have a sharp eye to be able to spot them, and the worst part is, they are way contagious than the flu, and they leave EGGS! Itching and irritation are the least of your concerns when you have this sucker taking over your scalp. However, we were lucky ’cause my mother had a profound love for coconut oil and believed it could treat everything. And cue the magical coconut hair lice treatment. It took a little over a week and treating my sister like she was the scapegoat of the family, but eventually, we were able to get rid of the lice with our magical cure; Coconut oil.

coconut oil and lice

Let’s find out more about how coconut oil helps get rid of head lice. 

  • How Did I Get It? 
  • Does Coconut Oil Kill Lice? 
  • How to Use Coconut Oil For Lice Treatment? 
  • Just Coconut Oil 
  • Coconut Oil and Tea Tree Oil
  • Coconut Oil and Apple Cider Vinegar

How Did I Get It? 

Before we talk about coconut oil and how it can help treat your little hair lice issue, the little tid-bit that’s probably got you panicked is “How the hell did I get it?”. Poor hygiene is usually one of the main reasons for contracting pediculosis a.k.a lice infestation. But the other most common reasons for contracting lice also includes transfer from someone else because this condition is contagious. It could’ve been transferred when you were hugging someone or using their clothing like scarves, caps, and beanies, or you must’ve been sleeping or sitting next to them, or you could’ve been using their hair accessories, or you must’ve laid down on their bed, or sofa. There are many ways to catch these suckers, and it happens to the best of us. All we can do is be cautious when it comes to sharing your hair accessories or clothing materials. 

It’s really easy to rush to your nearest pharmacy and get some really harsh chemical-killing lice treatments, but I highly discourage it as it could damage your hair. I’ve noticed that kids seem to be more prone to lice than adults ’cause they’re usually not as cautious as adults are. And using such harsh chemicals on their scalp can affect their overall hair health and damage their hair significantly, which is why I suggest looking into your medicine or kitchen cabinet first before rushing off to your nearest pharmacy. And I highly recommend investing in a good lice comb. 

Does Coconut Oil Kill Lice? 

So far, many studies have been conducted to study the effectiveness of coconut oil in treating hair lice. A study conducted in Brazil found that coconut oil is more preferable and effective in treating lice than those harsh chemicals for lice treatments. According to the findings of a more widespread study from England, coconut oil, along with anise oil, is more effective in treating lice infestation. We’ve got the studies to back it up, but how exactly does coconut oil on lice-ridden scalp work? There are a few theories. Coconut oil and most oil-based solutions work by suffocating the lice and killing them, while at the same time providing your scalp and hair with the nutrients it needs to strengthen from a lice infestation. Coconut is oil is also viscous in nature, which prevents lice transfer onto clothes or any other surface, therefore preventing its spread. And coconut oil is rich in fats such as lauric acid and capric acid is presumed to kill lice and to make it hard for them to hold onto your hair, making them slip and easy to comb them off. Skip those harsh chemical-lice treatments and go for something natural like coconut oil, not only is it easy to find, but it strengthens your hair, makes for an excellent conditioner and doesn’t damage your hair. And coconut oil and lice treatments go hand in hand. 

How to Use Coconut Oil For Lice Treatment? 

  • Just Coconut Oil 

coconut oil for lice treatmentI remember my mum using plain ole coconut oil to get rid of those lice on my sister’s scalp. And it’s really easy to use. Apply coconut oil onto your hair and scalp and give it a good massage before wrapping your hair up in a shower cap and then a towel. Leave it on for 45 minutes to 60 minutes. Then comb and pick the lice off with a nit comb. Give your hair a good rinse with shampoo and conditioner. Use this as frequently as possible until you can successfully get rid of the lice. Like olive oils, coconut oil is a great conditioner. Olive oil and constipation treatments, along with conditioning your hair goes hand in hand. 

  • Coconut Oil and Tea Tree Oil

Another great way to use coconut oil for lice treatment is by mixing in 5 to 6 drops of tea tree oil with 3 tablespoons of coconut oil. Tea tree oil is known for its antibacterial, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties. And when combined with coconut oil, it makes for a powerful combination to get rid of lice. Massage the oil mixture into your hair and cover it up overnight. This’ll suffocate the lice, loosen them from your scalp and hair and kill them. When you wake up, comb the lice and nits off using a nit comb and wash your hair with a shampoo and condition your hair. 

  • Coconut Oil and Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar for UTIs and for hair. Apple Cider vinegar not only helps prevent UTIs, but they’re a great prevention treatment for lice infestations as well. It helps loosen the lice as they secrete a sticky substance to stick onto your hair and scalp. Even though it sounds like a weird mixture, it is known to be effective against lice infestations. Mix a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar and equal amounts of coconut oil before massaging it onto your hair and scalp before covering it up using a shower cap. After 15 minutes, use a nit comb to pick out nits and lice before washing your hair off with a shampoo and conditioner. 

At Auraat, we understand how taking care of yourself, and your hair is important. Lice infestations does hell for your hair health and self-esteem, and it happens to the best of us. Take it in a stride; don’t stress out and panic. Take your precautions seriously, try not to go for harsh chemical treatments, and instead try out natural remedies like coconut oil, anise oil, or even sesame oil, health benefits are plenty. Coconut oil is an excellent conditioner and a healthy source of all those fatty acids, your hair, and your health needs. So give it a try, hair lice, or no hair lice, and you can thank me later.

Stay safe, healthy, and lice-free!

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