Do you wonder about head lice and coconut oil?
In the post, “Go on, ask me, I dare ya”, I opened it up so that readers could ask questions about anything they might want to know. This question came from Leah, and I decided to answer her first, because I soooo fear one of my kids coming home with lice, and I wanted to try to help her fast!
UPDATE: See my more recent post on this topic of getting rid of lice naturally, without chemicals!
“Please elaborate about coconut and lice. Thank you.”
photo by Erin Finkle
I just did a google search to refresh my memory. Many have had good results using virgin coconut oil – it suffocates the lice, and a few drops of tea tree oil with it may help things along. (I get my tea tree oil at a local health food store.)
Melt the oil and let it cool, meanwhile, get out the nits you can see. Put the coconut oil all over and sleep with a cap or something until showering it out in the morning. It may take a few washes with hot water to get this out! (Note: in the past when I’ve used coconut oil to moisturize and accidentally got it near my hair, I looked like a greaseball, even after washing, and I had to put some baby powder in my hair to get it out. I have no idea if this would affect the lice, though.)
Warning, I haven’t had to do any of this YET, I’m just telling you what I read online – you could google it and read more.
Another person suggested coconut milk, which would shower out easier, but I think it’s the oilyness (is that a word?) that does the suffocating…?
One other thing it said in a few of the hits was how plain old Suave coconut shampoo can be helpful. I’m not sure if I totally believe this, but it can’t hurt. I fear lice enough that I only buy coconut shampoo now. I buy the Suave when I’m feeling cheap, or an organic coconut shampoo otherwise. Besides, I love the smell.
Please share YOUR experience!
I’m hoping that any readers out there who have used coconut oil (or other natural remedies) for lice will jump in and share their experience! Thanks everyone!