Coconut Oil Lice Killing

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How does coconut oil kill or prevent lice?
    I have seen a lot of articles on the internet saying that shampoo with coconut in it prevents and kills lice, and that coconut oil does more than smother them.

    Anyone have any evidence of this?

    • ANSWER:
      m not sure about the killing lice part, but I am sure that when your scalp/hair is moist, it fights off the lice because lice's "habitat" is supposed to be dry...

  2. QUESTION:
    What are some good home remedies to get rid of lice?
    My kids spent the night at a friends house last week and now they have lice. I bagged all their stuff animals and washed everything in hot water but now I need a good home remedy to get rid of the lice in their hair. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Getting rid of lice effectively takes a lot of work. Lice shampoo such and nix and rid should be used...you can also get a prescription from your doctor. This shampoo or any other "treatment" will NOT kill the eggs. You must go through each section of hair and take them out yourself and kill them. You kill them by popping them with your nails, I know...it is really gross but this is the only way.
      You have to be really vigilant if you want to be successful in completely erradicating them. You must throw away all of your hair ties, boil your hair brushes with water and bleach,vacuum each day, wash your pillow sheets and bedding each day. RID makes a spray that you can go over your furniture with such as matress, pillows and couch.
      It can be quite overwhelming and time consuming but like I said, you need to be agressive if you want to get rid of them and get rid of them quick. If you dont want to use chemicals, you can use coconut oil but it will not kill them louse or lice but rather send them running and then you will need to kill them on your own but beware that they are fast.
      My daughter just caught it for the 5th time and she is nearly 12. It is such a pain because it is so much work but I always get rid of them in 2 weeks. Section the hair and go over all of it and remove all nits whether you think they are dead or alive. Use treatment every 5 days (about 3 times) and they should be gone as long as you also keep up with your home. My daughter has a lot of hair so I spend approximately 3 hours on her hair removing nits. I do this from everyday to every other day. It will also be helpful to take a flat iron to your hair as close to your scalp as possible without burning yourself, lice and their nits do not do well with heat over 125 F.

  3. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of head lice with just home supplies?
    Hi there i need a cure for head lice without going to the store or wasting money.SO,what can you use to get rid of lice?and please tell me how..i already got them before i don't want them now!!please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Senrii (and others). I run a lice removal/treatment service in the Los Angeles area. The one important ingredient you do not have in your home is a good lice/nit comb-- something which is highly recommended. However, to answer specifically how to do it without any special materials, here's how...

      You can smother the adult lice with household materials. But you have to do this repeatedly. I would recommend doing a smothering treatment every 4 days for 2-3 weeks if you are not doing any combing.

      The way it works is this-- take sunflower oil, olive oil or coconut oil. If you do not have any of these, use whatever cooking oil you have. Thoroughly cover the hair in this oil. What happens is the oil covers the breathing holes of the lice and newts (juvenile lice). But it still takes hours for them to asphyxiate. You should cover the oiled hair and leave it for 6-8 hours (i.e. sleep with a shower cap). Then use the finest toothed comb you have and comb the lice out before washing your hair.

      Another household ingredient you can use is Cetaphil hand lotion. Cover the hair with the lotion and blow-dry it. This will have a similar smothering effect. And after 6-8 hours in your hair, comb it out with the finest comb you have.

      DO NOT use mayonnaise, even though many people recommend it. The reason is that if it is effective (and I'm not sure it is), it will start to rot on your head if you leave it on long enough to actually work (blech!).

      Vinegar can't hurt, so long as you keep it out of your eyes. But at this point, vinegar treatments haven't been shown to be effective in actual clinical trials.

      The reason you have to do this repeatedly is that the nits (or eggs) are very hard to kill without serious poisons. If you do not have a good nit comb to remove them, then you are basically killing the adults, waiting for the remaining eggs to be born, then killing those as they are born. That is why it is important to repeat the smothering treatment every 4 days. The hatched bugs will reach sexual maturity in 7-10 days. So you want to smother them and get them out well before they have a chance to mate and lay more eggs.

      Don't forget to vacuum couches, rugs and car seats, and wash and dry bedsheets and clothing at the highest temperature they will tolerate.

      Good luck!

      --Rona

  4. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have any good remedies for very resistant lice?
    I have been dealing with lice on my daughters head for a couple of months now. I've tried every chemical lice treatment sold over the counter and they do not do what they say! I have combed, vaccuumed, and bagged repeatedly. Still they persist. Any ideas that have worked for you?

    • ANSWER:
      For head lice problem wash your hair with vinegar. It will kill all the nits in two days. Apply coconut oil to your head after shampoo and condition. Add ten to fifteen drops of tea tree oil into shampoo bottle and use it daily. Rub listerine mouth wash on your head. This will kill all the lice. Massage your head with mayonnaise and comb it after 2 hours. This will kill all the lice and their eggs. Apply a mixture of lemon and butter on your head, wait for 15 seconds and then rinse your head.

      Most other natural home remedies involve putting something on your child's scalp and hair to 'smother' the head lice. Popular choices include real mayonnaise, olive oil, and vaseline. These are usually left on overnight, often under a shower cap, and then washed out the next day. They can be very messy though and have not really been proven to work. Some experts believe that this method 'works' because you actually remove the nits and lice as you try to get this stuff out of the child's hair.

      If you do see live lice moving around on her head, then she needs to be treated. In addition to over-the-counter medicines, like Rid and Nix, and prescription medicines, such as Ovide, there are many natural home remedies that you could try. Keep in mind that according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, Nix 'is currently the recommended treatment for head lice, with retreatment in 7 to 10 days if live lice are seen.'

  5. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know what essential oils are used to make a lice shampoo?
    Hi everyone I am looking for a good remedy to mix together using essential oils. I have been battling lice with my 3 children ages 5,7 and 11 for about a month. I have tried absolutely everything that I could buy from a store. As well as spending hours of combing their hair. The lice shampoo that you buy from the stores don't seem to be very effective. I have heard that essential oils work good on ridding lice. If anyone knows of a good mixture that works good or what essential oils work to kill lice can YOU PLEASE SHARE WITH ME!!! My children have missed many days of school due to this nasty problem. I've also missed several days of work as well. I have seen on websites different mixtures that say there effective but I'm hoping that someone has a remedy that they have personally used and found effective. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE AND THANK YOU!!!!! Also are there essential oils that can not be mixed with one another. In does anyone know if vodka works I have seen that on a few websites and if so can you use it on children without it hurting them.

    • ANSWER:
      I know melaleuca (tea tree) will kill off lice, as well as lavender. You want to add 15 drops to every ounce of carrier oil such as coconut or olive oil. I sell a really good line of oils if you are interested in looking at the site. http://www.mydoterra.com/jamieduvnjak/
      I love all of the oils! They really work wonders for so many symptoms and conditions.

      Hope this helps!
      Jamie Duvnjak
      Certified Health Coach
      www.HealthCoachingWithJamie.com

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