13+ Natural Home Remedies to Get Rid of Scabies Fast

If you are suffering from a persistent red rashes all over the body that is either itchy or painful (sometimes both) then chances are that you may be suffering from scabies. This article will provide a brief overview of the condition and will suggest some common home remedies to get relief fast.

What Causes Scabies?

Scabies is a highly contagious skin infection caused by a mite with the scientific name of Sarcoptes Scabiei. These mites burrow under the epidermis and may survive by feeding on the skin cells for up to a month. If untreated, they may reproduce making the condition even more serious.Getting Rid of Scabies Infestation

This condition is prevalent among children and young adults. Scabies can be transmitted from an infected person to someone who is not infected by direct physical contact. If one gets infected with scabies, that person can trigger a major outbreak in crowded areas, such as hospitals and day care centers. Scabies may be transmitted via sexual contact as well!

Common Symptoms of Scabies

Scabies appear as a rash the produces small red bumps, which look very similar to a mosquito bite. However, they are accompanied by a persistent itch which can soon become extremely painful as well. If left untreated, these bumps before more inflamed, ultimately turning into pus-filled blisters.

Scabies may appear all over the body, including but not limited to:

  • Armpits
  • The space between the fingers
  • Shoulder blades
  • Wrists
  • Under the breasts
  • Elbows
  • Genital area
  • Buttocks
  • Waist
  • Knees
  • Soles of the feet

Home Remedies for Scabies

As mentioned earlier, scabies is a very common skin affliction and your local pharmacy will probably be riddled with a laundry-list of over-the-counter and prescription-strength medications. However, there are several natural remedies, which are not very intrusive but are still highly effective to eliminate scabies without requiring you to opt for doctor prescribed treatments.

  1. Tea Tree Oil

You may be forgiven for thinking that our website may be funded (we are not!) by a tea tree oil lobby, because of the sheer number of times it shows up as a possible remedy for a wide variety of skin afflictions. Feel free to do your independent research, but at the end of the day you will find that tea tree oil is indeed a potent remedy for a wide variety of skin conditions, including scabies.

Using tea tree oil will cure you of your scabies because:

  • It balances the pH level of your skin by making it slightly acidic. Not only does your skin become healthy, but it also makes the environment extremely inhospitable for the scabies parasite.
  • Tea tree oil contains terpinen-4-ol which directly attacks and eliminates the scabies parasite.
  • The anti-microbial properties of tea tree oil will protect the affected area from secondary infections.

Following are the ways by which you can use tea tree oil to cure your scabies:

  • Fill your bathtub with lukewarm water and but about 12 drops of tea tree oil in it. Soak yourself in this water for at least 15 minutes, two times a day.
  • Mix tea tree oil with olive oil in a 1:1 ratio. Apply this to an unaffected part of your skin, to ensure that your skin is not overtly sensitive to it. If it is, you may increase the content of olive oil, however the ratio of tea tree oil to olive oil should not exceed 1:2, for the treatment to be effective. Now apply the mixture to the affected areas with a cotton ball. Do not wash the area and allow your skin to soak the mixture, so that it may eliminate the scabies parasite.

Both of the above methods should get rid of the scabies infection in a few weeks. Please note that tea tree oil is extremely harsh in an undiluted form and you should never apply it to your scabies without diluting it first. Also, tea tree oil should never be orally ingested under any circumstances.

  1. Borax and Hydrogen Peroxide

Borax and hydrogen peroxide can be combined to form a highly effective treatment for scabies. Borax is a natural insecticide and fungicide. Hydrogen peroxide is a known anti-bacterial agent. When used together, they will kill the scabies parasite and also reduce the chances of secondary infection in the inflamed area. Following is how you apply the treatment:

  • Fill a bathtub with lukewarm water.
  • Mix two cups of borax and one cup of hydrogen peroxide.
  • Soak yourself in this bath for at least 15 minutes.

Take this bath at least once a day and your condition should improve within weeks!

  1. Clove oil

Besides having known anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, clove oil is also an analgesic, which relieves the almost insatiable itch that accompanies a scabies infection. However, anecdotal evidence suggest that it will burn your skin if you use it in an undiluted form. Following is how you apply the treatment:

  • Take one tablespoon of olive oil and add it to 4 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil. If you cannot get hold of any coconut oil, you may replace it with olive oil, however the treatment will lose a bit of its potency as the lauric acid in coconut oil makes it a strong anti-bacterial in its own right.
  • Apply this mixture to the affected area and let the skin absorb it naturally.

Your condition should improve within two weeks.

  1. Onion

Yes, the humble onion, which is a staple in most kitchens around the world can cure a scabies infection as well. This is because of a couple of reasons:

  • Onions contain quercetin, which is a known analgesic that will relieve the symptoms of an itch.
  • Onion is also extremely rich in organosulfur compounds, which will directly attack and eliminate the scabies parasite.

There are a few ways by which you can use onion to treat scabies:

  • Take a piece of onion, and chop it up in a few whole pieces and put it in a bowl. Sprinkle some salt on it and then cover the bowl. Apply the resulting juice using a cotton ball on the affected area.
  • Take an onion and put it in the mixer and turn it on for a few seconds. Take the resulting paste in muslin cloth and squeeze all the juice out. Apply it on the inflamed area.
  • Take about 8 onions and boil them in a quart of water. Let the water cool down to room temperature and apply it on the infected area.
  1. Bleach

Bleach contains chlorine, which is a known disinfectant that will kill the mite that is causing the infection in the first place. Following is how you apply the treatment:

  • Take a large container. Pour one cup of bleach in it, followed by three cups of water. Mix it thoroughly.
  • Take a cotton ball and apply liberal quantities of this solution on the affected area. Let it dry naturally.
  • Take a shower afterwards.

Bleach is extremely corrosive in an undiluted form and you should not touch it without diluting it first. Even after you dilute it, it should never reach your eyes and you should not ingest it either. If it reaches your eyes by any chance, rinse your eyes repeatedly with fresh water. If you suffer from any blurred vision then you should immediately visit the emergency room!

  1. Turmeric

Turmeric is an herb with strong anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can wreak havoc on the scabies parasite and also protects the area against secondary infections. There are several different ways by which you can use turmeric to combat scabies:

  • Using Turmeric and Neem Oil:
    • Take a 1 tablespoon of turmeric and add a few drops of neem oil to it.
    • Mix it thoroughly to form a smooth paste.
    • Apply this paste on the affected area and let it dry naturally. This should have about an hour.
    • Take a moist piece of cloth and scrape of the dried turmeric paste.
    • Take a shower.
  • Using Turmeric and Neem Powder:
    • Take 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder and one tablespoon of neem powder and mix it thoroughly.
    • Add a few drops of water to form a smooth paste.
    • Apply the paste and wash it off, the same way it was mentioned in the turmeric and neem oil treatment.
  • Using Turmeric and Lemon Juice:
    • Take one tablespoon of turmeric powder and add a few drops of lemon juice to it to form a smooth paste.
    • Apply this paste on the infection and let it dry naturally. This should take about 1 hour.
    • Rinse it off with lukewarm water.
  1. White Vinegar

White vinegar contains acetic acid, which reduced the pH level of your skin making it more acidic. As mentioned earlier in this article, a slightly acidic pH level is fantastic for your skin but it makes your skin toxic for the scabies parasite, eventually killing it.

Following is how you would use white vinegar to treat your scabies:

  • Mix white vinegar and fresh water in a 1:1 ratio.
  • Apply the solution to the affected area with a cotton ball.
  • Leave it on for about five minutes and then rinse it off with lukewarm water.

This treatment can be applied for up to three times a day. You should notice a visible difference within a few days, with the infection being completely eliminated in two weeks!

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1 Comment on 13+ Natural Home Remedies to Get Rid of Scabies Fast

  1. Hi, I’ve just read through your 13 natural treatments for scabies and A, I would have been immensely thankful for this information when I had scabies a few years ago, because no prescription or ever the counter pharmaceutical product worked; And B, I’m surprised not to see sulphur mentioned as treatment on its own because my research revealed that sulphur has been used to treat scabies for hundreds, possibly thousands of years, and it was ultimately what worked for me.

    Here is my story of how I came to discover and use sulphur to kill the scabies mites and their eggs – and tea tree oil for relief from the itching during the two weeks it took to finally stop itching.

    Initially I simply took baths with tea tree oil, and whilst this alleviated some of the itching, it did not actually resolve the problem, which is why I kept researching and discovered sulphur.

    Initially I took two baths a day using sulphur soap purchased online, using the soap liberally and soaking in the bath for about an hour. Starting off with water as hot as I could bear (which also helped alleviate the itching for a short while, which I assume was probably more to do with intense stimulation of the entire surface of my skin than because it was actually doing anything to the scabies themselves.

    Though I found considerably relief, I was still getting fresh patches of infection. I’m aware that even once the mites and their eggs are dead it can take a couple of weeks for the itching to finally stop because of both the dead mites and eggs, and their excreta under the skin. What I was experiencing, however, were fresh outbreaks; I had had scabies about six years previously so knew more about the symptoms the second time around.

    I discovered that scabies in some parts of the world have evolved a resistance to the usual medical options through research driven by the fact no over the counter medical treatments worked, nor did anything prescribed my GP (General Practitioner = family physician – I’m in the UK, so not sure if you use the same term in the USA), and it was because my GP had no idea what to suggest – clearly being entrenched in the medical profession’s depression addiction to pharmacological solutions and being clueless when they fail – that I started looking for answers online, and as a scientist myself I’m systematic and thorough in conducting research.

    I found endless references to use of sulphur to treat skin problems seemingly since the beginning time, but could only find substantive evidence going back to the middle ages.

    The sulphur soap I bought online not only expensive at £4 (around $6.5 at that time; currently $5 – November 2016) a bar, but they were small bars and I used both bars within a week because I was not only taking two long baths a day but aloo getting out of the bath, slathering myself in the soap and allowing it to dry on my skin. Whilst this was uncomfortable and inconvenient to say the least because it meant sitting naked on a plastic bag on my coach for a couple of hours nor able really to do much other than watch TV, and I’m someone who likes to be working but I didn’t want dried soap flakes getting into my laptop…

    Sitting with the dried soap on me was when I got the most relief, but the biggest issue was how extremely dehydrating this was for my skin, and I mean to the point where I could feel my skin tightening in a way that was not exactly painful but was unpleasant. That would have been fine has it worked, but the scabies persisted, so, being a scientist I analysed the problem, decided that perhaps the soap did not contain enough sulphur – it was sold as acne treatment – so I ordered a kilo of sulphur from amazon and began experimenting with different soap to see which would readily melt and mix readily with the sulphur. And trying several brands, the one with melted readily and mixed perfectly with the powdered sulphur was standard Pears transparent soap – and this was in 2011, so it’s the current formula (for anyone interested enough to want to know, the formula has changed several times in its 200 year history, which is only relevant because it has changed two or three times this century, most recently in 2010, to the best of my knowledge, which is why the fact that it was 2011 is relevant.

    I cannot recall the concentration of the bars I bought online, but I made several different concentrations, and it was two moderately heaped tablespoons to one bar – I was still being driven insane by the scabies itch to be truly scientific and weigh the amount, but the bottom line is that within just five days of using my own super-concentrated sulphur soap that the itching starting to decline rapidly. There were no new outbreaks in this period so I know I was getting it right.

    To recap, I was taking baths of around 1 hour, using very large quantities of the soap, then getting out of the bath and soaping myself all over and sitting for up to two hours with the dry soap on me. Only with the super-concentrated home-made sulphur soap I looked like I’d been in a yellow mud bath. After washing off the soap I then had to cover myself in emollient cream between two and three times to rehydrate my skin, and I used tea tree oil in high concentration mixed with a very high quality moisturising balm – Issey Miyake aftershave balm; £30 a bottle and I used a whole bottle in one week but boy was it worth it.

    So, that’s how I came to discover sulphur soap and use it to get rid of scabies when nothing the pharmaceutical industry had to offer was of any use. Don’t get me wrong, I’m certainly not a pharma-basher, it’s simply that scabies are evolving to cope with the expensively developed and toxic pesticides the drug companies have to offer, and there’s a definite lesson in there.

    What I would do differently now is instead of using emollient cream and expensive moisturiser, I would use coconut oil, having discovered the astounding anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and even, apparently, anti-viral properties of the stuff.

    This was another case of seeking solution where pharmacology had failed because I had picked up athletes foot at the pool at the gym and the conventional treatments were not working, but within three days of applying coconut oil the cracks between my toes had repaired themselves and within a week my feet were healthier than they had been in years – because I also get eczema on my hands and feet as well as contact dermatitis when I use certain chemicals, but coconut oil it truly astounding stuff. Especially if mixed with a few drops of tea tree oil. I now avoid the steroid creams I used for years on my eczema, much preferring coconut oil, sometimes mixed with a little sulphur because it’s also exceptional for that too.

    I hope you find this of value and whilst I am aware that I have written a lot, if I stopped to edit I would be here for another hour and I can’t afford the time, but I thought this was worth sharing and hope you agree.

    Finally, as I have mentioned athlete’s foot, I will also share that fact that I have suffered a few acute cases of in the almost five decades I’ve been around, and in 2005 was living in an apartment where it was clearly in the carpets and no matter what I did – extensive and regularly repeated bleaching in the bathroom, shampooing the carpets etc., I simply could not get rid of it; my feet would heal after couple of weeks of having to wear flip-flops in my own shower and going to great lengths to keep my feet clean and dry, but then I would forget one day – or, more usually, one night when I would get up to go to the bathroom – and when, two or three days later my feet would be hideous again. Until, that it, I discovered the miraculous stuff that is potassium permanganate, just a few crystals of which dissolved in a few pints of warm water in which infected feet should be soaked for about fifteen minutes at least once but ideally two or three times a day. Athlete’s foot will clear up far more rapidly than using any of the powders and potions purchased at a pharmacy. What is truly sad but not at all surprising is that when I have asked for it in pharmacies and got talking to the pharmacist, only about 1 in 4 are aware of this rapid and effective treatment. Now, of course, I go straight to the coconut oil, but it’s good to have options.

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