10 Home Remedies Using Coconut Oil for Head Lice



Having lice is no fun. Besides, the mere thought of the word alone takes us back to elementary school, when some poor soul got a bad case every so often. Head lice can be a hassle and also embarrassing. Children are mostly plagued with this pesky problem but adults can also be affected. We’ve definitely been on a coconut oil high lately. We use this hydrating oil for practically everything these days. And while it’s true that the wondrous oil can provide limp and lifeless locks with intense hydration, can coconut oil treat head lice effectively?

Yes, but wait! Before you blow a bunch of money on products that will damage your hair, just take a look at your kitchen or medicine cabinet. I’m sure you will definitely find a bottle of coconut oil in there.



Coconut oil, a fatty oil or semi-solid fat extracted from fresh coconuts. It is one of the most used ingredients in many soaps and beauty products. Also, it doesn’t contain harsh chemicals and also allows your hair to grow healthily without infection. Coconut oil is also used in the food and medicine industries because of its high saturated fat content. But do you also know it can lasts up to 2 years without spoiling?

10 Home Remedies Using Coconut Oil for Head Lice

But one thing you should remember is that having head lice is not a sign of poor hygiene. It happens to the best of us and it’s better to start treating the problem as quickly as you can instead of wasting time feeling embarrassed. And the easiest way to do so is with coconut oil! But why, you ask? Well, just keep reading to know why…

Why Coconut Oil is Good for Head Lice

Coconut oil is an excellent treatment for head lice. This is due to its high-fat content and lubricating nature, making it difficult for the lice to grasp the hair follicles. It is also a natural moisturizer for the scalp and has an antibacterial quality. These helps in preventing some of the irritation and also infections that can damage the skin due to lice. 

Coconut oil is quite thick when applied to the hair and scalp, which suffocates the lice. This effectively kills them and also prevents them from reproducing. You can then run lice comb through your hair to remove the dead lice.

The viscous nature of the oil also makes it difficult for the lice to move or “escape” from your scalp onto other furniture or clothing. Because with that, they can then simply move on to another host. Due to this idea, once one person in a household has been infected by lice, everyone should quickly use the coconut regimen. This can be both as a rapid-response treatment and preventative measure.

Coconut oil is also rich in fatty acids. It contains high levels of medium-chain fatty acids such as capric acid, lauric acid, and caprylic acid. All of these make your hair follicles slick and difficult to grasp, making it hard for lice to physically take hold on the strands of hair. Moreover, the effects of this oil are long-lasting and leave your hair softer and also more silky smooth.

Excellent Home Remedies Using Coconut Oil for Head Lice

Try these natural home remedies for treating head lice. Coconut oil also treats dandruff in addition to head lice, leaving hair smooth and shiny. But, always use organic, virgin coconut oil that is white in color and also smells of coconut.

1. Coconut Oil

  • Coat your hair thoroughly with coconut oil and massage your scalp.
  • Cover with either a shower cap or towel for 1 – 2 hours.
  • Comb your hair to remove the dead lice and eggs.
  • Shampoo and condition your hair.

Or

  • Apply coconut oil to dry hair and massage your scalp.
  • Cover with either a shower cap or towel and leave overnight.
  • Comb your hair to remove the dead lice and eggs the next morning.
  • Shampoo and condition your hair
  • Repeat 1 – 2 times weekly for best results.

2. Coconut Oil and Apple Cider Vinegar for Head Lice

Coconut oil and apple cider vinegar may sound like a strange combination but they actually work really well together to get rid of lice. This is because apple cider vinegar dissolves the glue that lice secrete to stick to your hair shaft.

  • Coat your hair thoroughly with a bottle of apple cider vinegar.
  • Allow the apple cider vinegar to dry completely.
  • Coat your hair thoroughly with a jar of coconut oil.
  • Cover with a shower cap or towel for 3 – 5 hours.
  • Comb your hair to remove the dead lice and eggs.
  • Shampoo and condition your hair.
  • Repeat if needed.

3. Coconut Oil with Neem Oil

Neem and neem oil contain an insecticidal ingredient which is a powerful natural insecticide. This interferes with the reproduction and also growth of head lice.



  • Mix 6 drops of pure neem oil with a few tablespoons of coconut oil.
  • Massage the mixture well into your scalp and let it sit for an hour.
  • Rinse it off with shampoo and water.
  • Repeat this process at least twice a week for a month.

4. Coconut Oil with Garlic

Who doesn’t love garlic when cooking their delicious meals? But using garlic with coconut oil for head lice may be too stinky for some. However, garlic works as a great antiparasitic and also antifungal agent. This helps in getting rid of lice, especially when mixed with coconut oil.

  • Mix 8 – 10 cloves of ground garlic and 2 – 3 teaspoons of coconut oil.
  • Coat your hair thoroughly with the paste and leave for 30 minutes.
  • Comb your hair to remove the dead lice and eggs.
  • Shampoo and condition your hair.
  • Repeat regularly for best results.

5. Coconut Oil with Lemon, Garlic and Green Tea

When it comes to treating a lice infestation, these 3 ingredients combine to make a pretty powerful weapon. While the coconut oil makes your hair too slippery for the lice to latch on, the acidity of the lemon juice makes an inhospitable environment for them. As for the green tea, it counteracts the harshness of the lemon juice and also reduces the inflammation on your scalp where you have scratched it too much.

  • Mix fresh garlic juice, coconut oil, lemon extract, and green tea.
  • Coat your hair thoroughly with the solution.
  • Cover with a shower cap or towel for 30 – 60 minutes.
  • Comb your hair to remove the dead lice and eggs.
  • Shampoo and condition your hair.
  • Repeat weekly for 2 months for best results.

6. Coconut Oil and Lavender Oil

Lavender oil is also another great oil to take care of lice problems.

  • Take a few teaspoons of coconut oil and a few drops of Lavender oil and mix
  • Apply this mixture well on your hair. Keep it covered with a shower cap if needed.
  • Let it stay for 15-30 mins.
  • Comb out the lice and nits from your head
  • Using a good shampoo wash your hair.

7. Tea Tree Oil and Coconut Oil for Head Lice

Tea tree oil is one of those miracle natural ingredients that work as a potent antibacterial and also insecticide. So, it pairs perfectly with coconut oil in getting rid of lice.

How to Use

  • Mix 3 tablespoons of coconut oil, 1 ounce of natural shampoo, and a teaspoon of tea tree oil.
  • Coat your hair thoroughly with the paste.
  • Cover with a shower cap or towel for 30 minutes.
  • Comb your hair to remove the dead lice and eggs.
  • Shampoo and condition your hair.
  • Repeat regularly for best results.

Or

  • Mix 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and 3 – 5 drops of tea tree oil.
  • Coat your hair thoroughly with the solution.
  • Cover with a shower cap.
  • Leave overnight.
  • Blow dry your hair over the shower cap for 3 – 5 minutes to suffocate the lice.
  • Apply shampoo the next morning and massage your scalp.
  • Cover with a shower cap or towel for 30 minutes.
  • Comb your hair to remove the dead lice and eggs.
  • Shampoo and condition your hair.
  • Repeat regularly for best results.

8. Coconut Oil with Tea Tree Oil Shampoo

  • Coat your hair thoroughly with coconut oil.
  • Cover with a shower cap.
  • Blow dry your hair over the shower cap for 3 – 5 minutes to suffocate the lice.
  • Leave for 2 – 4 hours.
  • Wash with tea tree oil shampoo.
  • Repeat regularly for best results.

9. Coconut Oil with Oregano Oil

Oregano oil is extremely strong but can make this solution for head lice even more effective.

  • Mix 5 parts coconut oil and 1 part oregano oil.
  • Coat your hair thoroughly with the solution.
  • Comb your hair to remove the dead lice and eggs.
  • Shampoo and condition your hair.
  • Repeat regularly for best results.

10. Coconut Conditioner with Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Add apple cider vinegar to coconut conditioner and mix well.
  • Coat your hair thoroughly with the conditioner and massage your scalp.
  • Leave for 5 – 10 minutes.
  • Comb your hair to remove the dead lice and eggs.
  • Shampoo and condition your hair.
  • Repeat twice weekly for best results.

Well, aren’t you glad you learnt how to use coconut oil for lice treatment? I sure you are. But have you tried any of these methods? Or do you know any other methods to treat head lice? Share your experience with us in the comment box below!



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