So you’re dealing with scabies.
Along with the insatiable itching and ugly burrow marks, what makes scabies even more miserable is the prescription treatments are quite harsh on your body also.
If you’ve been to a doctor, you’ve probably been prescribed permethrin cream. This cream is is to be smothered all over your body from chin to toe, and while permethrin is very effective against scabies, it is also an insecticidal poison. That means it is very damaging to your skin, and many people will have adverse reactions to it.
The good news is there are alternatives. Natural treatments for scabies exist, some more effective than others, and they can all be purchased from your local health store. Here are some that are backed by real science and shown to be very effective in scabies treatment:
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic that comes from the Australian tea tree plant. Natives from this region have used tea tree extracts for centuries to cure all kinds of ailments, and tea tree oil is now one of the most popular antiseptics used around the world.
Tea tree oil has been showed to kill scabies mites in several studies, and is a great alternative to prescription treatments.
The best way to use it in scabies treatment is to mix it with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, or a basic moisturizer. Spread it all over your skin to ensure the entire body is treated. Tea tree oil is very potent, so a 4-5 drops per handful of cream is more than enough.
Both sulfur baths and ointment have been shown to be effective in treating scabies. Some studies show that twice daily application of sulfur ointment brings results in as little as 3 days. The best way to treat scabies with sulfur is to apply ointment directly to the skin, or sit in a warm sulfur bath. If you can find natural sulfur pools near to wear you live, that’s great too. Sulfur is good for the skin but can dry the skin quite quickly, so be sure to moisturize after.
Bleach is a home remedy for scabies that has many advocates all over the internet. While it’s difficult to soak in bleach long enough for it to penetrate the skin (it will burn if the concentration is too high) it is very effective at killing mites on the skin surface. If you do use bleach baths in your scabies treatment, be sure to supplement it with one of the other natural treatments listed here. Bleach will kill surface mites, but on its own will not kill a scabies infestation completely!
Neem is one of the most powerful natural insecticides and is very effective at killing scabies. The neem plant is used medicinally as both a powder and oil, both of which are great scabies treatments. In fact, you can even mix the two together before you apply it to your skin, or soak in a neem bath if you prefer.
Neem is also great for your skin, so that’s a bonus!
Clove oil is arguably the most effective natural treatment for scabies and has shown to kill scabies mites in less than 15 minutes in some lab trials. If you do plan on using clove oil for your scabies treatment, make sure you use it sparingly – it is extremely strong and will burn your skin if used excessively. Similar to the tea tree oil method, it’s a good idea to mix it with a moisturizer or carrier oil to protect your skin.
One of the best methods of combatting scabies naturally is to combine all the treatments above. Clove oil, neem oil and tea tree oil are all safe to mix together. A great carrier oil to bring them all together is coconut oil, which is very nourishing for the skin and will help your skin recover from both the treatment and the scabies burrows. A great guide on mixing these treatments together can be found here, written by someone who managed to knock their scabies infestation in just a couple of weeks.
Even if you do go ahead with the prescription treatments, a few natural treatments to give the scabies an extra hit is always a good idea. Hit them hard and fast – that’s what they deserve.