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!