Everyone knows coconut oil is good for you, but did you also know you can use it to treat head lice? Getting rid of lice using coconut oil is a bit more involved than prevention, but it is a far safer process than using toxic over-the-counter treatments on your scalp.
Coconut oil is helpful in the prevention of head lice because its oily nature does not allow the little creatures to easily attach their eggs, or nits, to the hair. If a louse’s egg won’t stick to the base of the hair shaft, the continuation of its life cycle is effectively terminated. The nits will come out of the hair with normal washing and combing and be lost down the drain or in the waste bin—and if the little egg manages to survive all of that, the louse that emerges will not be in a position to get the blood meal it needs in order to survive.
Follow these steps to naturally rid the hair of head lice using coconut oil:
Not only is coconut oil good for treating a lice outbreak, it’s good for preventing one, too—just incorporate it into your daily hair regimen by using our Quick Guide How to Use Coconut Oil as a Hair Treatment. Lice don’t stand a chance when coconut oil is around! Good luck!
From The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Coconut Oil Diet by Maria Blanco, CFH, and James Pendleton, ND, NMD