Natural Remedies for Scabies
This pages focuses on natural remedies for scabies, using herbs and essential oils to get rid of the scabie mites. For information on
the symptoms and causes of scabies, please visit this page.
There are quite a few natural remedies for scabies that are safe and effective, although it does take longer for natural remedies to produce results than conventional
medications. If I had scabies, I would start with natural remedies and move on to conventional medicines only if the natural remedies could not bring relief.
Because scabies spreads so easily, it is advisable to have treatment for all family members and other close contacts, even if they show no signs of scabies infestation.
In addition, no matter what treatment you use, you need to take additional measures to prevent re-infestation and to prevent the mites from spreading to other people. For
- Use very hot, soapy water to wash all clothes, towels, and bedding you used at least two days before treatment. Dry with high heat.
- Place all the items you cannot wash in a sealed plastic bag and leave it in, say, the garage for a couple of weeks to starve the mites, which
die if they do not eat for a week.
Natural Remedies for Scabies - Herbs
Herbs are good natural remedies for scabies. Some herbs can kill the mites and some can bring relief from the itching caused by scabies.
Useful herbs for scabies include:
- Neem and Turmeric: Neem contains an extract that is powerfully active against many insect pests, including mites. Turmeric has a long folk
history for treating itchy skin problems. The easiest way to use these two herbs to treat scabies is to get an organic neem oil product, add several teaspoons of turmeric
to it to make a paste and apply it to the affected areas.
- Onion: Onion skins contain quercetin, one of Nature's best skin-soothing compounds. For scabies, you can boil the skins of a half-dozen onions
for 15 to 30 minutes in a quart of water. Let the liquid cool, strain off the skins, then apply the liquid liberally all over your body.
- Evening Primrose and St.-John's Wort: Evening primrose oil soothes the skin; the herb St.-John's wort when applied directly to the skin can provide
immediate relief from the itching of insect bites. To treat scabies, add a dropperful of the tincture of St.-John's wort to a tablespoon of EPO and dab the oil on the
- Oat: Oat is an excellent anti-itch, skin-soothing herb. If you suffer from scabies, take an oatmeal bath every day to stop the itch. Just
scoop a few handfuls of oatmeal into a hot bath and let it soak your body.
- Aloe Vera: The gel of aloe contains a compound which is soothing for the skin. Applying the gel on affected area should help to relieve the
annoying itch and irritation of a scabies rash.
Natural Remedies for Scabies - Aromatherapy
Essential oils that are antiseptic are good natural remedies for scabies. When using essential oils for scabies, use them topically only. Never ingest essential oils.
If you are using the oils for the first time, it is advisable to do a skin test to see if you develop any allergic reaction to the oils.
Useful essential oils for scabies include:
- Tea tree: Tea tree oil is best known as an antiseptic, but it is also useful against parasites, including the scabie mites. As tea tree oil is
rather strong, always dilute the oil in a carrier oil (e.g. olive oil) before applying it on your skin.
- Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus oil has strong antiseptic and germicidal disinfectant properties. The oil can be used as an insect repellent and for the
relief of bites. Add two to three drops of eucalyptus to a tablespoon of olive oil and apply it to affected areas.
- Peppermint: The active ingredient in peppermint is menthol, which has cooling, anesthetic and antiseptic properties. Menthol and related compounds
are recommended by many to treat scabies. You can add a couple of drops of peppermint oil to the eucalyptus oil mixture above for synergistic effects.
- Lavender: Lavender oil has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and is excellent for many skin conditions. It soothes and heals the skin.
Lavender oil is rather gentle on the skin so you can apply it neat to affected areas (but do a skin test first).
Natural Remedies for Scabies
Duke, J.A. The Green Pharmacy Herbal Handbook. (St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2002).
V.A. Worwood, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, (New World Library, 1991).
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