As many of you are aware neem oil has been used from time immemorial for treating variety of diseases and here in our village it is very rare to find a home without neem oil. We at least have a small bottle of neem oil for different uses and one such use of neem oil is treating head lice. Neem oil treats all the problems of the hair very effectively especially head lice. Unlike other oils, pure neem oil is very cheap and can be got very easily. The only side effect of neem oil is it’s smell, it is very unpleasant, lingers for quite some time and is very strong. But if you combine neem oil with other oils, it will greatly reduce the strong odor. There are various ways in which we can use neem oil for treating lice. The first is using pure undiluted neem oil. If you have plenty of head lice, this treatment works but please remember the smell is very strong and it might take 2 to 3 days for the smell to go from the hair. The second method is mixing neem oil with equal quantities of any unrefined oil, this is best to use if the infestation is not very severe. The next method is using neem shampoo or neem flower oil for prevention. This prevention method using neem lfower oil and neem shampoo is especially very useful for young school going girls who gets infected with lice very easily. Before starting neem treatment remove the lice completely using a lice comb. The difference between ordinary comb and lice comb is that the bristles in the lice comb is placed very near to remove the lice from the hair. Make sure to buy a lice comb with smooth edges, else it will hurt the scalp very badly. Once you have got rid of the lice using lice comb, clean the combs, towels and sheets. Then regularly apply this neem flower hair oil continuously for few weeks, to prevent from getting it back. Make sure to dry the neem flowers completely in the sun before making this oil, else the oil will turn rancid soon. Try not to skip the tea tree oil, as it is a natural antiseptic and it really helps. Try applying the oil regularly, at least for a few days.
1. Dry the neem flowers in hot sun, till it is completely dry.
2. Heat coconut oil in a pan, till it is very hot.
3. Add the dried neem flowers and switch off immediately.
4. Keep the oil aside, till it cools completely. Strain the oil. Add the tea tree oil and store in a glass bottle.
- The neem flowers should be sun dried till it’s crisp.
- This neem flower oil should be applied regularly, for best results.