Head lice happens to people of all ages, but is now mostly seen in children. Although this writer managed to go through childhood without tiny passengers, when I became homeless in the UK, my head became a head lice high rise complex. Not being able to afford a doctor or an over the counter delousing treatment, I came up with this home remedy.
But I do want to stress that this home remedy is not to be a substitution for a doctor’s advice. If you or your children have head lice, please go to the doctor or pediatrician. This home remedy is for emergency situations, such as being homeless.
You need a basin or bathtub, a lot of water, a nit comb, an old towel (that you’ll probably want to throw out) and any cosmetic cream. This can be a body cream, hand cream, shampoo or conditioner. It just has to be thick and clingy. You’ll need at least one entire bottle. If you want, you can add a couple of drops of aromatherapy oil to help you relax and to repel the lice. The best aromatherapy oils for this purpose are lavender, tea tree and eucalyptus.
You also need access to a dryer. Put all of your clothes and bedding in the dryer for at least ten minutes on the highest temperature setting. This will kill any head lice that have left your head and are resting in your clothes or bedding. If you can vacuum or steam-clean your carpets, go for it. Head lice rest in there, too.
Head lice adults are very easy to kill. The goal is to drown all of the adult head lice. Unfortunately, this doesn’t kill the eggs that can be fastened securely to your hair strands. So, you will have to do this procedure all over again in about a week to kill the latest crop.
Strip off and get in the tub. Either that or mostly fill a bucket or basin with warm water and soak your hair. Soak it a long time at least ten minutes. In this way, any bubbles of oxygen finally burst that the head lice may move to get into. Lice drown pretty quickly, so you don’t have to worry about them crawling onto another part of you while you’re naked in the tub.
When the hair is completely saturated, pour the bottle of cream shampoo or whatever on your hair. Completely plaster every strand of your hair with it. This not only kills any remaining head lice, but also makes them easier to remove.
Do not rinse your hair. You will now comb your hair with the nit comb. Wipe the residue onto the old towel. Only after your hair is completely combed out (and this will take a long time, depending on how much hair you have), then you can rinse your hair and let it dry.
Personal experience homeless in the UK from 2000 – 2005