Frugal Tip: Olive oil also works for lice

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, June 26, 2017 | 1 comments
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Image: St. Lunaire Refugee Home
After trying two doses of Nix and ending up with lice that were still wiggling (ICK!) I used olive oil as a friend suggested. She says mayonnaise also works.

You don't have to leave it on overnight, although I did just to be safe. A few hours will do the trick.

Comb out dead buggies with a lice comb, then wash hair and pick out remaining nits.

This treatment should be done on days 1, 2, 5, 9, 17, 19, and 21 to coincide with the life cycle of the lice.

Value added is it's not so hard on your drains when you wash it out.

Thanks to Katie for this Frugal Baby Tip!

Photo Credit: St. Lunaire Refugee Home
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1 comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Each of my girls came down with lice at 9 years of age. 1st time I did the Kwell, etc., beauty shop, vinegar rinses-at end of a month got her a short haircut. 2nd girl, I contacted every old lady I knew and all said the same thing - 1/2 kerosene with 1/2 olive oil - I tired it on me 1st - no burn - leave on 5 minutes, wash off with regular shampoo. Hair is beautiful. No more lice ever again during their school years and I would always do this and braid their hair when the lice were reported in the schools. Interestingly, both are educators in the public school system.

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