Q. I am a kindergarten teacher and on occasion pick up lice from my students. The best home remedy I've ever used to kill lice and easily remove nits is coconut oil.
I completely saturate my hair with the oil and cover my head with a shower cap. I leave it on overnight and wash it out with regular shampoo the next morning. This leaves my hair silky, without lice. If the infestation is bad, I do this again a second night. It really works!
A. There used to be a product called HairClean 1-2-3 that contained coconut oil along with anise oil and ylang ylang oil. Although people told us they found it effective, it is no longer on the market. Thanks for suggesting this substitute.
We have also heard from people who rinse their hair with original formula Listerine. The alcohol and herbal oils seem to help kill lice.