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An infestation of head lice can cause stress, discomfort and embarrassment. If you or your children have head lice, you can spread it to others by sharing combs, brushes and hats and by using the same pillows and bed linens. You can kill the lice eggs in your home by washing everything that has touched your head in hot water and steam-cleaning the carpets and furniture. To kill the head lice in your hair and destroy their eggs, try a homemade herbal remedy.

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Mix the olive oil with the tea tree, lavender and eucalyptus oils. Add a very small amount of shampoo and mix thoroughly.

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Apply the mixture to the head, making sure to cover around the back of the ears and the nape of the neck. Put the shower cap on, making sure it is secure around the head. Leave it on for one hour.

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Remove the shower cap and wash the hair thoroughly with regular shampoo. You may need to lather and rinse more than once to remove the oils.

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Comb hair to remove any tangles. Using the nit comb, carefully go through the hair in sections to remove eggs and dead lice.

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Check the hair each day with the nit comb. If you notice any remaining lice or eggs, repeat the oil-mixture process daily until the eggs are gone.

Tip

Use the treatment on everyone in the house as a precaution.
If your child has been in contact with other children, contact their parents or their school.

Warning

Do not use eucalyptus oil on children under the age of five. Its fumes are very strong and may cause respiratory problems.
Avoid eucalyptus oil if you are pregnant.

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Linda Bond

Linda Bond has been a freelance writer since the beginning of 2009. She started out writing articles related to her business and then went on to be a ghost writer. She has since started writing articles for eHow.com. She likes to write on a wide variety of topics, but her favorite are those that deal with personal care and crafts.