Some good strategies for eliminating lice and nits are washing your hair with strong rue tea, applying citronella spray, camphorated alcohol or even essential oils on your scalp. These homemade techniques can be used on children, as they are non-toxic, efficient and have good results against lice and nits.

These home remedies are also great for preventing a child, or even the parent, from getting lice or nits from the child, brother or school friends who have an infestation. In addition to these homemade recipes, you can make use of the fine comb, which is also a good strategy to eliminate lice and nits.

Thus, the 4 best home remedies for lice and nits are:

1. Wash your hair with Arruda tea

4 Home Remedies for Lice
4 Home Remedies for Lice

An excellent home remedy to treat lice and nits infestation is to wash your hair with rue tea, so that it is possible to eliminate lice and soothe the itchy scalp. The tea must be applied to wet hair before combing it and thus naturally eliminating lice and their eggs.


  • 40 g of rue leaves;
  • 1 liter of boiling water;

Preparation mode

Place the rue leaves in the boiling water and let it rest for 10 minutes. Cover, allow to warm and then strain. After the tea is ready you should apply this infusion to the hair, using a piece of cotton or gauze or pouring the tea directly on the scalp, ensuring that all hair is wet.

After that, you should wrap a towel around your head and let the rue infusion work for 30 minutes. Finally, wash your hair with shampoo, apply conditioner and do not rinse, using a fine comb on each strand of hair to remove dead lice and nits.

2. Usar spray the citronela

4 Home Remedies for Lice
4 Home Remedies for Lice

Citronella keeps insects away, including lice because it has a very intense aroma and works as a repellent, so the preparation of a spray with this plant can help eliminate these parasites.


  • 150 mL of liquid glycerin;
  • 150 mL of citronella tincture;
  • 350 mL of alcohol;
  • 350 mL of water;

Preparation mode

Mix all ingredients and place in a tightly closed container. Apply daily to the hair and root, leaving it to act for a few minutes and then use a fine comb to eliminate lice and nits. Finally, you can wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner that you normally use.

3. Apply oils to the scalp

4 Home Remedies for Lice
4 Home Remedies for Lice

Coconut, lavender, peppermint and eucalyptus oils help to kill lice and nits and can therefore be used to eliminate these parasites.


  • 50 ml of coconut oil;
  • 2 to 3 drops of lavender essential oil;
  • 2 to 3 drops of peppermint essential oil;
  • 2 to 3 drops of eucalyptus essential oil;

Preparation mode

Just mix the oils and apply to the entire scalp, leaving for 20 minutes. Then, comb it out and remove the dead lice and nits. You can wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner. These oils can be applied 2 to 3 times a day.

4. Spraying camphorated alcohol

Another option to eliminate lice and nits can be camphoric alcohol, which is easily found in pharmacies, and can be applied with a spray  directly on the scalp.

This mixture can also be made by buying only the camphor in small pieces and then adding it to the alcohol bottle and leaving the product inside. Just sprinkle some of this alcohol on all hair to prevent lice infestation.

Other care to eliminate lice

Another important tip to get rid of lice is to wash the infested child’s clothes, bed sheet, pillowcase and bath towel separately, being necessary to wash it with high water temperature, around 60 degrees in the washing machine, or put the clothes in a pot of water, boiling for a few minutes.

Each louse lives for about 30 days, and lays an average of 6 to 8 eggs per day, which hatch within 7 days, giving rise to the louse, and so when someone has lice it is necessary to be very careful that others do not contaminated, and to do this, it is important to avoid lending hats, sharing hairbrushes or clothes that may contain lice or nits. Check out  other tips on how to get rid of lice.