Repellent remedies to prevent and fight lice naturally

The louse is a parasite that feeds on the blood it acquires from the scalp, although there are also times when you can get to install on the eyebrows and eyelashes.

The louse is easily spread from one hair to another especially when they share already contaminated objects such as hair brushes, combs, hats, pillows, scarves, hair handkerchiefs, elastic bands of hair, locks, or also when there is direct contact with the heads, especially in children.

It is generally characterized as being a very small insect. In fact it measures around 2 or 3 millimeters, and among its most common symptoms we can say that the bites of these insects are annoying and cause many itching.

The reproduction of lice occurs quickly, since a female can get up to 20 eggs a day. These eggs are what we know by the name of nits, so once we notice that there is contagion we must act quickly.

Nits are hard to see and can be confused with dandruff, it differs from the dandruff in that they do not get loose, they remain attached to the hair.

Contaminated with lice especially when we have children of school age is quite common as they easily spread from one child to another.

In the market and pharmacies we can get products indicated to eliminate or prevent infection. However, if you prefer not to resort to industrial products to avoid chemicals, there are also natural products that we can get in herbalists, parapharmacies or natural products stores.

We can also resort to natural remedies that we can prepare at home and that will help us eliminate lice and clean the hair from nits.

Natural remedies to repel and prevent lice

Essential oils to repel lice and to eliminate them

We can resort to essential oils that are effective both to repel lice and to eliminate lice once we have become contaminated.

These essential oils are tea tree oil, lavender essential oil, rosemary essential oil and eucalyptus essential oil.

The essential oil that we choose should be mixed with a base oil, we can use sweet almond oil, olive oil, jojoba oil or wheat germ.

We will mix equally.

To use these oils we just need to put the mixture in an opaque glass bottle fitted with an atomizer and spray the hair, also including areas such as the nape of the neck, neck and behind the ears, once a week.

How to make a lavender repellent

Lavender for its aroma is an excellent plant to repel lice.

This homemade and natural lavender repellent is very easy to prepare, it is ideal to have it ready and ready to use when the children start the school season and especially for the time when the lice spread.

To prepare this repellent we need:

  • A liter of white wine vinegar.
  • 150 grams of fresh lavender flowers.

We put the lavender flowers in the white wine vinegar to macerate for 30 days.

After the time we queue and put the liquid in an opaque glass jar with airtight seal.

We keep the jar protected from light in a dark place.


To apply the lavender repellent we put some drops on the scalp and massage, also behind the ears.

We can use it once a week.

Wash your hair with walnut leaves

The extract of walnut leaves is an effective natural option that helps control lice quickly. To make this natural remedy you only have to put in a saucepan the equivalent of half a liter of water, and boil in it for 5 minutes 2 teaspoons finely chopped walnut leaves. After this time turn off the heat, cover and let stand another 5 minutes.

  • How to apply the remedy: you just have to strain the infusion and wash your hair with this extract every day, until the lice disappear.

Natural anti lice shampoo

From a natural point of view it is possible to make a natural shampoo with rue. To do it you need: 700 ml. of mineral water, 50 gr. of glycerin soap, 20 gr. of rue, 15 drops of tea tree essential oil, 10 drops of lavender essential oil and 10 drops of thyme essential oil.

To make it, put the water in a saucepan and the leaves of rue, letting it boil for 5 minutes. Then turn off the heat, cover and let rest another 5 minutes. When it is warm add the soap cut into pieces and stir well until it dissolves. Then add the drops of essential oil from the tea tree, lavender and thyme. Reserve in a jar or glass jar.

  • How to apply the remedy: you just have to wash your hair with this natural shampoo, using it daily for 5 days.

Essential oil lotion

There are certain essential oils useful when it comes to fighting lice, which also give off a pleasant aroma during washing. You need 50 ml.of olive oil, 10 drops of rosemary essential oil and 10 drops of lavender essential oil. Put the olive oil and the rest of the essential oils in a bowl, mixing well with the help of a wooden spoon.

  • How to apply the remedy: apply this lotion on the scalp. Then cover with a bathing cap and let it act for 1 hour. After this time apply a natural shampoo against lice and rinse well.

Apple vinager

Apple cider vinegar is one of the most popular and well-known natural remedies, and probably one of the most effective in terms of results and simplicity when preparing / applying it. You only have to put in a saucepan the equivalent of a cup or a glass of water of apple cider vinegar, and heat a little.

  • How to apply the remedy: once warm apply the apple vinegar all over the hair and cover with a plastic cap, leaving for half an hour. Then brush the hair with a special comb in order to remove the nits.

Home remedy to eliminate lice

This natural and homemade remedy is effective for when we have been infected by lice.

To prepare this remedy we only need:

  • 150 ml. of virgin olive oil.
  • 15 drops of lavender essential oil.

Heat the olive oil with soft fire.

Remove from heat and add drops of lavender essential oil, stir and let warm.


We moisten the hair, we take the preparation still warm and we apply it on the scalp with gentle massages.

Then we cover our hair with a shower cap or plastic.

We let the preparation work for half an hour.

Then rinse the hair well with warm water.

This preparation is good to apply once a week.

Hygiene advice to prevent and deworm

Once we have become infected, we must take extreme measures of hygiene and do everything possible to deworm them and to prevent other family members from being infected too.

In addition to using natural products or remedies to eliminate lice, we must clean the hair to remove nits or eggs that remain attached to the hair.

To remove the nits we need a special lice comb that we can buy in the market or in pharmacies.

Once we have used it, we should wash it with very hot water.

We will also wash with other hot water other brushes, combs of hair, as well as rubber bands, ribbons and hair locks.

Both bedding and clothing, hats, scarves, handkerchiefs and stuffed animals in the case of children, we wash them in the washing machine with hot water at a temperature of 60ºC. This article is published for informational purposes only. It can not and should not replace the consultation with a Physician. We advise you to consult your Trusted Doctor.

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