One of the best home remedies for lice is lemon juice. This treatment is pretty safe and highly affordable. Let us take a look at why and how lemon juice works to get rid of nits and how it should be applied.
Lemon juice contains citric acid at a concentration of about 5%. This acid helps to dissolve the cement that glues the nits to the hair shaft. This helps to remove them manually or comb them out more easily.
There are several ways you can apply lemon juice. Take a sufficient amount of it to wet your hair. The amount you need depends on how long your hair is. Apply the juice to dry and clean hair and leave on for at least 10 minutes.
Another variation of the lemon juice for head lice treatment is to mix it with some garlic paste. Yes, this treatment would not smell as nice as lemon juice alone, but it would also be effective.
You apply this mixture to your hair and scalp and leave it on for about half an hour. Then you wash it off with warm water and shampoo your hair with normal shampoo. Next, you proceed with combing out all the dead or live lice and nits from the hair. You should use a special head lice comb to do that. Note that lemon juice might not help you to kill adults, but it is usually very effective to unglue the nits from the hair, which makes it easier to comb them out.
The person being combed should be sited in the bright light or sunlight. A head lice comb has fine teeth, so it can help you to remove unglued nits. This lemon juice treatment should be repeated for several days in a row to make sure you get rid of all the eggs.
Keep in mind that lemon juice can cause a burning sensation on your skin if the skin is damaged. It can also cause chemical burn of the damaged skin. Use it with great care and avoid getting it into your eyes. Take special care when applying it to kids. Screen their heads for scratches before you apply lemon juice and make sure they don’t get any in their eyes.