- Bush Tea
Bush tea (Lippia multiflora) is an herb that is native to Africa, but is now available in health food stores all around the world. Bush tea is rich in flavonoids, which is great for your skin in general. It also contains anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, which will help you get rid of your scabies infection from the inside.
Boil some water in the kettle, in the meantime grab a cup and a strained filled with organic bush tea leaves. Once the water is boiling hot, pour some through the strainer into the cup. Feel free to add a tablespoon of honey as a sweetner. Consume this tea at least three times every day!
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is another herb that can be used to make a highly potent cure for scabies. Rosemary contains cineole and alpha – pinene, two highly potent terpenoids with anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties that will protect the affected area against secondary infection and will help reduce the pain and the itchy sensations. It also contains camphor, a known astringent that will make the affected area extremely inhospitable for the scabies parasite.
Make some rosemary tea, the same way you would make the bush tea, as mentioned earlier. As you will not be consuming it, there is no need to add honey. Allow the tea to cool down to the room temperature and then apply it to the affected area with some cotton balls. You can apply this for up to three times every day.
The neem tree (Azadirachta indica) is native to the Indian subcontinent and has been used for centuries in traditional Indian medicine. It is a natural emollient, which means it has soothing properties that can provide you some welcome relief from the incessant itch caused by scabies. Scientific studies have verified neem’s anti-microbial properties, which can prevent the areas of scabies infestation from succumbing to secondary infections. Anecdotal evidence suggests that besides increasing the effectiveness of the turmeric treatment, neem is a potent remedy for scabies in its own right.
- Using neem oil: There are a couple of different ways by which you can use neem oil to treat your scabies:
- Fill a bathtub with lukewarm water and add about 10 drops of neem oil to it. Soak yourself in this water for at least 15 minutes. Feel free to take the neem bath for at least two times every day.
- Make a paste by combining it with turmeric powder, as mentioned earlier in this article.
- You can dilute neem oil with olive oil and apply that to the scabies infestation as well. Although you might find a few internet resources (of questionable reputation) asking you to apply neem oil directly to your scabies infection, please do not do that. This is because neem oil is extremely strong and may elicit a very harsh reaction, especially if you have sensitive skin.
- Using neem leaves: There are a couple of ways by which you can use neem leaves as well:
- Take a handful of neem leaves and boil them in water. Let the water cool down to room temperature. Drink one tablespoon of this liquid (ignore the bitter taste) at least four times every day. You should also apply this water to the affected area with a cotton ball and let it dry naturally.
- Throw some neem leaves in the blender, add a couple of tablespoons of water and then turn the blender on for a few seconds to make a smooth paste. Apply this paste to the affected area and let it dry naturally. Take a shower (or a neem bath) afterwards. You can also combine the neem leave paste with turmeric powder to make the treatment even more effective.
- Lavender Oil
There is scientific and anecdotal evidence of lavender oil being extremely effective in killing off the scabies parasite. It also helps in skin regeneration; allowing you to shed the infected skin cells. There are a few different ways by which you can use lavender oil to treat your scabies:
- Mix equal parts of lavender oil with olive oil and apply that to the affected area. Allow your skin to soak the oil and do not rinse the area until it is absolutely necessary. You can apply this treatment several times during the course of the day.
- You can also combine lavender oil with an equal part of rubbing alcohol. As rubbing alcohol is an extremely strong astringent, it will make the infected area even more inhospitable for the scabies parasite. Rubbing alcohol will also protect the area against secondary infections. Apply this treatment twice every day.
- Fill a bathtub with lukewarm water and add five drops of lavender oil in it and soak yourself in this water for about fifteen minutes. Taking this bath daily will help you get rid of scabies within a few weeks.
- Bitter Gourd
Bitter gourd is another treatment that helps heal your scabies from the inside. It is rich in vitamins B & C, folate, magnesium, manganese, zinc and phosphorus, which has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. Through a bitter gourd in the blender, take out the mush and squeeze it to extract the juice. As the name suggests, it is going to be extremely bitter, but you can make it slightly easier on your palette by adding a tablespoon of lemon juice. Anecdotal evidence suggests that drinking this once a day will help you get rid of the scabies parasite in a week!
- Cayenne Pepper
If you do not have sensitive skin, then you can use cayenne pepper to implement a very aggressive treatment against the scabies parasite. Cayenne pepper will burn the mites without having an adverse effect on your skin. Following is how you apply the treatment:
- Fill a bathtub with hot water and add a cup of cayenne pepper to it.
- Soak yourself in this water for as long as you possibly can, preferably till the water goes cold. Take special care so that you do not undergo any sudden movements that will get this water in your eyes. The burning sensation will be unbearably painful.
- Take a shower afterwards.
Taking a cayenne pepper bath, once a day will help you get rid of your scabies in a week!
- Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is not only helpful for treating sunburn and acne, but it can help get rid of you scabies outbreak as well! Not only will it soothe the itchy inflammations and protect the area from secondary infections, a study conducted by the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital in Ile-Ife, Nigeria in 2009 demonstrated that Aloe is as effective as benzyl benzoate, which is a common over the counter treatment for scabies. Following are a couple of ways you can apply this treatment:
- Get hold of some aloe leaves, chop off the rinds to take the leaves apart. Scrape the gel and apply that directly to the affected area. Leave it on for about thirty minutes and then wash it off with some lukewarm water. If you apply this treatment for at least three times every day, you will be able to get rid of the scabies parasite in a few weeks!
- Take two tablespoons of aloe, add a pinch of turmeric powder and some calendula petals to it. Calendula is an herb known for anti-microbial properties which can significantly increase the potency of the Aloe Vera treatment. Mix the components thoroughly to create a uniform paste. Apply this paste to the affected areas and let it dry naturally, then rinse the area with some lukewarm water. This treatment is highly recommended for advanced cases of scabies treatment, especially if some of the blisters have popped to create open sores!
If you are unable to procure any aloe leaves, then kindly purchase a tub of organic aloe gel from your local drugstore.
If the itch continuous for more than 2 weeks don’t hesitate to consult a doctor. There are strong over the counter products available to treat the problem fast.