Having lice has to be one of the most annoying things to grace your household. They’re dirty, horrible little bugs that, for most people, leave their skin crawling at the mere thought of them. Having lice, however, is far worse than the imagination can conjure and if your household is full of bustling kids and busy adults, it elevates quickly from a one-person problem to a whole household problem in mere days. Actually, it’s quite astonishing to think how quickly lice can spread when, in fact, lice do not have any wings and cannot jump. They have to be able to crawl across connected spaces to infect the entire family and, sometimes, the entire schoolhouse. In addition to most folks being unaware that lice walk between people, most people are also unaware of the ineffectiveness of DIY lice treatment methods. 

At-Home Treatments

Most folks who have had lice before, or who have dealt with lice in their household often sing the praises of this or that “natural remedy.” While natural remedies certainly serve a purpose in the holistic medicinal industry, they may not be so effective on what is essentially a pest infestation of the scalp. The reason that they usually don’t work is that most at-home remedies for lice rely entirely on the suffocation method. You can lather up your kid’s mead with a thick blanket of mayonnaise all you want, but the eggs of lice don’t need to breathe, thus, they won’t suffocate. So even though you spent the afternoon literally using a fine-tooth comb to scoop their little bodies lose of your child’s hair, the eggs, which are no bigger than the head of a pin, will remain and hatch at the end of their incubation period. They’ll, in turn, lay more eggs and render this method of elimination impractical. This is true for a couple of different remedies, but we’ll explore each in their own right and the potential benefits you could access through them, even if they’re not entirely effective. 

Coconut Oil

This is a classic example of how a natural remedy may not a cure-all, but it could cure some. A recent study actually found that a mixture of anise and coconut oil managed to cure around 41% of those who used it. If this were a math test, that would still be a failing mark, but it’s certainly not nothing. However, this method was used in comparison to the well-known chemical used in lice treatments everywhere: Permethrin. Since that was the non-natural lice treatment used, these numbers can appear deceptive. This is mainly due to the fact that while permethrin used to be the best option on the market, its effectiveness has been known to be actively decreasing ineffectiveness. Since lice are classified as pests, it seems they’ve started building up immunities to our old favorites, and that includes the less sought after permethrin. That being said, it’s still one of the most effective treatments to use on lice as it does, indeed take care of the eggs. 

It should be noted, however, that coconut oil when mixed with anise oil can have the same effect as mayonnaise, but act as a bit more of a hair health boost. Coconut oil is widely regarded as one of the more powerful natural hair remedies for dry hair and a damaged scalp. Because of its oil-like viscosity, it can both suffocate the remaining adult lice to prevent them from laying anymore eggs and add a protective layer to your child’s scalp and hair before you use the real chemicals to wipe out the last of an infestation. Nits, or the eggs of lice, aren’t as well-known for their super immunity to the old standbys and can still be relied upon to wipe out the infestation. However, chemicals aren’t always good for your hair and adding that initial protection could help your child’s hair stay glossy, despite having to be treated for a pest infection. 

Tea Tree Oil 

Another lice treatment that’s rising in popularity among the naturopaths is tea tree oil. Currently, its merits are being sung for skincare, scalp care, and more beauty product benefits as well as being a lice treatment option that you can do at home. While it’s not the incredible natural miracle cure it’s being purported as, it is fairly good at doing a couple of things: prevention and soothing. If you’ve ever smelled tea tree oil, you know it’s a heavenly scent and you know the calming effects it can have on the skin. Thus, it makes for a great way to soothe an aching scalp that’s been chomped on by little bugs for the last few days. It’s also really excellent at preventing potential lice outbreaks. For example, if you hear back from school that a child with lice attended in your child’s class, it wouldn’t be amiss to do a quick tea tree oil rub on their scalp. Head lice hate the smell and feel of tea tree oil and for that reason, it works as an excellent prevention method if you can catch it early enough. However, as a standalone treatment, it is entirely ineffective. It cannot suffocate adult lice on the scalp, nor does the tea tree oil do much to irritate the lice in any other way. 

Stick To Professional Lice Treatments In Houston

At Lice Treatment Solutions, we only use treatments that work. Don’t risk a DIY disaster and potentially get the whole family infected with lice. Reach out to the experts and schedule a delousing treatment for your child today to have the issue taken care of in no-time. Leave tampering with natural oils to others, and stick to what’s effective now.