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Head Lice and Homeopathy: A Natural Approach

Dealing with head lice can be a frustrating and recurrent issue, particularly for young children. The tiny insects, known as nits, are about 3mm long, yellowy brown in colour, and their white eggs are often visible on the scalp, nape of the neck, and behind the ears. These parasites feed on the host’s blood and can cause intense itching and discomfort. Though often associated with unclean hair in the past, head lice infestations are now recognized as a common problem unrelated to hygiene, easily spreading through head-to-head contact, especially in schools.

Understanding Head Lice

Head lice thrive on the scalp, causing itching and minor injuries due to their bites. They are highly contagious, spreading quickly among children through direct contact or sharing personal items like combs and hats. While lice infestations are a common problem, they can be managed effectively with various treatments, including homeopathy.

Homeopathic Treatment for Head Lice

Homeopathy offers a gentle and natural alternative to conventional chemical treatments for head lice, avoiding potential side effects. It is the second most popular medical therapy globally and focuses on holistic health. Homeopathic remedies can be used both to treat an existing infestation and to prevent recurrent episodes.


For children prone to regular infestations, two homeopathic remedies are recommended, however, please stop for a moment to consider why your children are susceptible... Did you know that Constitutional Homeopathic Prescribing can give your child's health a real boost. During a consultation I look in depth at the whole picture - sleep, diet and critically- the emotional state. If your child has underlying worries this takes up energy so that they may be unable to reach optimal physical health. This is an area where homeopathy comes into its own. If you are unsure, just book a free chat to discuss your children with me so I can help:

Psorinum: This remedy is suggested for weekly use over two months to reduce susceptibility to lice.

Staphysagria: Similar to Psorinum, Staphysagria is also used weekly to prevent infestations. Known as Larkspur or Lice-bane, it has a historical use in eradicating body lice.


The choice of homeopathic remedy depends on the individual’s symptoms and constitution. Here are some remedies that have been found effective:

Apis: Suitable for busy, curious, and fidgety children who can be jealous and easily angered.

Eucalyptus globulus 1X: Treats lice on the body and is useful for severe itching.

Lachesis: For jealous, talkative, and intense children with a sensitive scalp.

Lycopodium: Helps children who lack confidence and are easily overwhelmed by expectations, often showing different behaviors at home and in public.

Nux Vomica: Useful for children experiencing lethargy, pallor, and other symptoms after using chemical pesticides.

Pediculus Nosode: A specialized remedy made from the louse, used under a homeopath’s guidance.

Psorinum Nosode: Used preventively on exposure to lice, given weekly.

Staphysagria: Addresses sensitivity, suppressed emotions, and feelings of shame associated with lice infestations.

Sulphur: Ideal for warm-blooded children who dislike bathing and washing their hair.

Comprehensive Management and Prevention

In addition to homeopathic remedies, adopting certain practices can help minimize the risk of lice infestations:

  • Maintain personal hygiene: Regularly wash hair and clean hair accessories to prevent lice spread.

  • Avoid sharing personal items: Ensure children do not share combs, hats, or other items that come into contact with the scalp.

  • Encourage good habits: Teach children to avoid head-to-head contact and keep their personal belongings separate.

  • Regular inspections: Check for lice frequently, especially during outbreaks, and use a fine-toothed comb to remove lice and nits.

Boosting Overall Health

Children prone to lice may benefit from a holistic health approach, including a nutritious diet, adequate sleep, and addressing emotional well-being. Remember, as I mentioned above, that Homeopathy excels in this area, providing remedies that support overall health and immune response, making children less attractive to lice.

Additional Tips

  • Use essential oils: Oils like neem, tea tree, and lavender can be added to shampoos or used as rinses to deter lice.

  • Regular combing: Frequent brushing and combing, especially with oils, can help remove lice and their eggs.

  • Heat treatment: Blow-drying hair can help kill lice due to the heat.

Head lice can be a persistent problem, but with the right approach, they can be managed effectively. Homeopathy offers a safe and holistic solution, addressing not only the infestation but also boosting the overall health and resilience of the child. By combining preventive measures, regular inspections, and appropriate remedies, you can keep head lice at bay and ensure a healthier, happier child. If infestations persist, consulting a homeopath for personalized treatment can provide further relief.

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