One of the most effective natural treatments for lice is aloe vera. It has been shown to kill lice and nits. You can apply the gel to your hair like you would carrier oils. After applying the gel, use a nit comb to remove any remaining lice.
When applied on the affected area, aloe vera gel may cause some discomfort. If this happens, rinse with cool water. Also, do not rub aloe vera directly into the eyes. In case of an allergic reaction, you should consult a doctor. Several aloe vera products are derived from the same plant.
Using a tea liquid shampoo is another natural remedy for head lice. It will kill nits and lice by soaking in the hair for at least four hours. Rinse the hair thoroughly with water to remove any residue. Alternatively, you can use a solution of two ounces of olive oil and four ounces of rubbing alcohol. After applying the solution to the head, use a comb to remove any remaining lice.
However, the problem with home remedies is that they do not eliminate lice permanently. One study of natural treatments found that most infestations returned within two to eight weeks. This is because lice reproduce rapidly and are painful and itchy.