While head lice aren't dangerous, they are annoying and can spread to other people. Using home remedies for head lice is an alternative to harsh commercial products to get rid of lice.
Plus, commercial products are becoming less effective, according to a Woman's Day article. The article also busts two myths about lice. First, lice cannot be spread by hats, scarves, or other items. Lice only spread by head-to-head contact. Second, getting lice doesn't mean hair is dirty. Lice are more attracted to clean hair than dirty.
An essential part of getting rid of head lice is a nit comb. Nits are lice eggs, and they're much harder to kill than the adult lice. A nit comb has fine teeth that are very close together and snag the nits as you comb through the hair. Use a nit comb in addition to any other home remedy you use for lice.
Some studies suggest essential oils may be effective in home remedies for head lice.
Caution: The following aromatherapy blend is strong and some people may be sensitive to it. Patch test first, especially on children. Make sure you keep the solution out of eyes. If irritation starts to develop, immediately wash the solution out of the hair.
Repeat the use of this remedy once a day for three days to make sure you get rid of all lice and their nits.
Blend the following essential oils with four ounces of carrier oil (some sources indicate coconut oil, olive oil, and neem oil may help kill lice):
Note: If you don't have one of the essential oils for lice used in this aromatherapy recipe, replace it with tea tree oil.
If the first blend is too strong for you or your child, try one of the following home remedies.
Prevention: Apply one drop of an undiluted mixture of lavender and tea tree oils to the nape of the neck and temples.
Source: The Essential Guide to Natural Skin Care
Use the following blend for three treatments in one day. Seven days later, again do three treatments in one day to kill any eggs that hatched. Wash all bedding and clothing each day you use this home remedy for lice.
Source: Essential Oils For Healing