39 Best Treatments For Scabies (Ranked Most To Least Effective)

39 Best Treatments For Scabies (Ranked Most To Least Effective)

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1. Salt (sodium chloride)

Salt (sodium chloride) is my number one recommendation for the treatment of scabies. It may sound simple, but after testing dozens of natural and prescription treatments, I have found that salt will treat scabies faster, cheaper, and with less side effects than anything else I have found.

How was salt used throughout history to treat scabies?

Salt water was likely the worlds first treatment for parasites. Whether ancient people knew it, or not, bathing in sea water naturally kills off skin parasites, and drinking salt water will kill off intestinal parasites. 

The use of salt to treat parasites, dates back to ancient Greece. The Greek physician Hippocrates, wrote about the use of salt water as an effective therapy for many diseases. He recommended that people take hot salt water baths to treat skin diseases like scabies, inhale salt water vapors for the lungs, and drink salt water to cure stomach upsets.

The salt water therapies that Hippocrates wrote about, would be badly needed by the Romans who conquered Greece. Despite having advanced sanitation and large public bath houses, the Romans were riddled with parasites, and scabies was an epidemic.

People who lived by the coast of the Roman empire, would bath in ocean water, which was a very effective cure for scabies. But, at that time, the Romans did not have efficient ways of extracting salt from the sea. This made salt a valuable commodity, that was even used as a currency in place of gold. For this reason, only wealthy people could afford to put salt in thier baths. 

Luckily, a short time after Hippocrates, Celsus, (a famous Greek philosopher) introduced a method of using sulfur to treat scabies, which became the standard treatment thereafter.

What does the research say about salt as a treatment for scabies?

There are currently no studies on the use of salt as a treatment for scabies. However, there have been studies done showing that salt can kill lice, which is a very similar parasite to scabies, in many ways. 

One study compared the standard treatment for lice (5% permethrin cream), to a 1% solution of salt water. They found that simply spraying the salt water on the scalp, was more effective at killing the lice than the 5% permethrin cream. You can read that study here.

There is actually a product on the market that was made, based on this research called lice freee. Lice freee is one of the most popular natural treatments for lice. It has rave reviews on amazon for its effectiveness and lack of side effects. I looked at the ingredients of this product, and it contains 1% salt and 99% water. If you look at the active ingredients, you will only see only one thing, “natrum muriaticum”, which is a fancy way of saying salt. You can check out this product on amazon here.

How does salt water kill scabies mites?

Salt water kills scabies mites by desiccating (dehydrating) thier bodies. When they are exposed to salt water, the salt easily passes through there exoskeleton, because they have an extremely thin and permeable shell.

The reason that they have such a thin exoskeleton is because they use it for breathing. Most mites and insects have spiracles (small holes in there exoskeleton) that funnels air into there tracheae, but scabies mites are one of the few that do not, so there skin needs to be thin enough to allow sufficient oxygen to pass through. This allows certain compounds like salt to pass unfiltered into there bodies.

In small amounts, salt is a vital nutrient needed for there survival. But, when exposed to high amounts of salt, it quickly displaces all of the water in there body, leaving them dehydrated and with nothing left for there body to function.

Are there any negative effects of bathing in salt water?

If you bath in salt water, there is no risk of your body absorbing to much salt, because your skin is water tight. If you drink salt water, you can certainly get dehydrated. But, your body will try to avoid absorbing the salt, either by making you vomit or flushing it out the other end, causing diarrhea. Some people intentionally drink salt water for the purpose of cleansing thier colon. I have tried this myself, and have never felt dehydrated from it. All of the salt water just passed through me, into the toilet.

Are there any other benefits of taking a salt bath?

Salt is a natural astringent (causes skin cells to contract), this means that it will make your skin tighter and your pores smaller. Salt is also very absorbent, and will pull toxins and oils out of your skin, clearing up acne and pimples. Salt is an exfoliant that will help remove dead skin and dandruff. Salt water can also be used as a sterilizing agent to kill of bacteria.

How do you use a salt bath to treat scabies?

If you do not already have sea salt, you can get it in bulk from amazon here. Then follow the steps below.

  1. Fill your bathtub with warm water.
  2. Add 4 cups (2 pounds) of sea salt.
  3. Soak in your bathtub for 30-60 minutes.
  4. Repeat this everyday for a week, or until your symptoms are gone. 

2. Sulfur

What is sulfur?

Sulfur is a yellow non-metal mineral, and is the fifth most abundant element on earth. Sulfur is also an essential nutrient, needed by all  animals, including humans.

How was sulfur used throughout history to treat scabies?

Sulfur is the oldest known treatment for scabies. In fact, the use of sulfur to treat scabies, is recorded as far back as 25 AD. Celsus, (a second century Greek philosopher) wrote about a technique, where he would mix sulfur with liquid pitch, and rub it into the infested persons skin, in order to cure them of scabies. 

It is also recorded in the bible in the 9th century BC, (5th chapter, second book of kings) that the prophet Elisha would baptize or “bath” infested people in the sulfur rich waters of Jordan, 7 times, to cure them of the “zaraath”, an ancient name for scabies.

What does the research say about sulfur as a treatment for scabies?

Because sulfur has a long history of treating scabies, many studies have been done, to find out just how effective sulfur actually is, for the treatment of scabies. All of the studies that have been done on sulfur, have had similar results. They have all found, that a 10% concentration of sulfur applied topically, is sufficient to treat a scabies infestation. The studies differ in the amount of time it takes, to totally eradicate the mites. Some studies report that patients were cured within 3 days, and other studies report that it took upwards of a few weeks.

However, it is not known whether sulfur can penetrate the shell of the scabies eggs, which take about 3-4 days to hatch. This is a factor that may influence the amount of time that sulfur is needed to completely cure scabies.

A 2015 study, compared a 10% sulfur cream to a standard prescription treatment called ivermictin. The sulfur cured 45% of people after three applications of the 10% ointment. Ivermictin was able to cure 62% of people after one oral dose of 200ug/kg. However, ivermictin is a very toxic drug with many side effects, and it is much more expensive. The researchers concluded that although ivermictin had a higher cure rate, it has very few advantages over the sulfur ointment. You can read that study here.

How does sulfur kill scabies mites?

The way that sulfur kills scabies is not fully understood. There is some evidence to suggest that sulfur interferes with the way that insects and mites produce energy. But researchers are still trying to find the exact mechanism that allows sulfur to kill scabies and other insects.

Are there any downsides of using sulfur?

The only down side to using sulfur as a treatment for scabies, is that you will smell like sulfur. In my opinion, it doesn’t smell bad at all, but does have a very distinct odor. Interestingly, not everyone has the ability to smell sulfur, so you may only get complaints from certain people. When you hear people describe the smell of sulfur, they will usually say that it smells like rotten eggs or sewage. But this is actually an entirely different compound, called hydrogen sulfide, which is a gaseous form of sulfur. 

Are there any other benefits of using sulfur?

Many people swear by sulfur as a beauty product. Sulfur is commonly used in ointments, to clear up acne and pimples, for soft glowing skin, to restore hair growth (even when balding), for removing scars, and much more. People also take sulfur as a supplement, in the form of MSM to enhance detoxification, boost immune function, alleviate allergies, decrease joint pain and arthritis, and as a post workout supplement, to speed up recovery.

How do you use sulfur to treat scabies?

  1. Get at least 10% sulfur ointment, I recommend this one from amazon.
  2. Rub the ointment all over your body, twice per day.
  3. Repeat this for at least 7 days, or until all of your symptoms are gone.

3. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is one pf the most talked about natural treatments for scabies. If you do any amount of searching on the internet, you will see it recommended all over the place. As far as essential oil go, it is one of the more effective ones. I have used tea tree oil to treat scabies myself, and have found it to be very effective.

What does the research say about tea tree oil as a treatment for scabies?

A 2004 study, Compared tea tree oil to the standard prescription treatments for scabies. The researchers exposed scabies mites to a 5% tea tree oil cream, a 5% permethrin cream, and a 5% ivermictin cream. When exposed to the tea tree oil, 60% of mites died within one hour. But, when exposed to permthrin and ivermictin, only 10% of the mites died within one hour. These results suggest that tea tree oil is about six times more potent than the standard prescription treatments for scabies. You can read that study here.

In the same study, researchers tested the individual components of tea tree oil, in order to find out which ones were most potent at killing the scabies mites. Terpinin-4-ol was the most abundant compound, making up 40% of the natural components of tea tree oil. a-terpineol comprised 3% of tea tree oil, and 1,8-cineole comprised 2% of tea tree oil. When scabies mites were exposed to these compounds individually, only 40%-60% of the mites were dead, after 16 hours. But when these three compounds were combined, they killed 90% of the mites within one hour, which is even more effective than the tea tree oil itself.

How does tea tree oil kill scabies mites?

The compounds in tea tree oil, that actually kill the mites, are terpinen-4-ol, a-terpineol, and 1,8-cineole. These compounds inhibit acetylcholinesterase, an enzyme that is responsible for metabolizing (breaking down) acetylcholine, in the brain of insects and mites. Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter that is responsible for stimulating neuronal firing in the brain. When acetylcholinesterase is inhibited, acetylcholine builds up to toxic levels, causing seizures, paralysis, and eventually death.

Are there any other benefits of using tea tree oil?

Tea tree oil has many benefits for your skin, hair, and over all health. It helps treat skin conditions, like acne, eczema, and psoriasis. It balances both dry and oily skin. When applied to the scalp, it can promote hair growth and reduce dandruff. It makes a perfect toothpaste for brushing your teeth. It smells great, and makes a great deodorant. When it is inhaled for aroma therapy, it can help relieve coughs, congestion, and colds.

Tea trees oil’s main component terpinen-4-ol has also been shown in scientific studies to kill bacterial, and viruses. Researchers have found that it can inhibit bacteria and viruses from replicating. Bacteria and viruses have very short life spans (although viruses are not technically alive), which makes them reliant on constant reproduction to survive. This may be one reason why tea tree oil is so effective at treating infections.

Tea tree oil is commonly used as a home treatment for fungal infections, such as ringworm, athletes foot, and toenail fungus. I have not yet come across any studies that have used tea tree oil to treat fungal infections. But there is a lot of anecdotal evidence from many people who are using tea tree oil as a natural treatment for fungal infections.

How do you use tea tree oil to treat scabies?

If you don’t have tea tree oil, I recommend this one from amazon. Then follow the steps below.

  1. Measure out 1/2 cup of coconut oil.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of tea tree oil.
  3. Mix it together, until it is a consistent texture.
  4. Rub the mixture over your entire bod 

4. Borax Baths

  1. What is borax?

Borax is a natural white crystalline salt that is mined out of the ground and also found in sea beds. Borax was first discovered in Tibet in 800 BC where it was traded across Asia and Europe through the silk road.  The ancient Chinese would use borax for many things, including pottery glaze, noodle making, and even as a treatment for some diseases.

What does the research say about borax as a treatment for scabies?

There have not yet been any scientific studies on borax, as a treatment for scabies. However, it has a long documented history in killing all kinds of insects, including bed bugs, mites, ants, spiders, and cockroaches. There is also very strong anecdotal evidence, that it is able to kill scabies mites. I know people who have used borax baths as a home treatment for scabies, and they usually report a great reduction or total elimination of symptoms.

How does borax kill scabies mites?

Borax kills scabies in the same way that salt does. It absorbs into there bodies through osmosis and dehydrates them from the inside. Borax will kill almost all insects and mites through this same process. It can also kill larger insects as well, such as ants, cockroaches, and spiders. 

Is borax safe for humans?

There has been a lot of debate about whether borax is safe for humans or not. The main concern is whether it is safe to consume. There is actually no evidence that suggests borax is harmful to humans in any way. But recently, borax has been banned as a food additive in the US and UK. 

Despite this, many people still use borax as a supplement, and for baking. My advice is, until further research is done, to refrain from eating it, but there is extremely low risk of any negative effects, when using borax on your skin or around your house. The only precaution that you need to take when using borax on your skin, is to dilute it with water, because it is a very alkaline mineral, with a pH of 10.

Are there any other benefits of taking a borax bath?

The health benefits of borax are very controversial. But, many people still use it as a health and beauty product, and report positive benefits from it. Some of the things that people use borax to treat, include acne, yeast infections, urinary infections, athletes foot, soar throats, congestion, menstrual cramps, arthritis and much more. There are currently no studies to back up any claims that borax has health promoting benefits. There is only anecdotal evidence from people who use it for themselves.

How do you take a borax bath to treat scabies?

If you do not already have borax you can find it at most stores, or you can order it from amazon here. You will also need 12% hydrogen peroxide for this bath which you can get from amazon here. Then follow the steps below.

  1. Fill your bathtub with warm water.
  2. Add 4 cups of borax and 2 cups of hydrogen peroxide.
  3. Soak in your tub for 30-60 minutes.
  4. Repeat this everyday for a week, or until your symptoms go away.

5. Bleach Baths

What does the research say about bleach baths as a treatment for scabies?

There have not been any studies done on the use of bleach for the treatment of scabies. However, bleach is able to kill almost any insect or mite, including scabies. There is also plenty of anecdotal evidence from people who have used bleach baths as a home treatment for scabies, that it is very effective. Based on this evidence, some doctors are even recommending bleach baths to patients, as an additional therapy to the prescription drugs. I have also heard from many people who have taken bleach baths to treat scabies, that it totally cured them within a couple weeks.

How does bleach kill scabies mites?

Bleach kills scabies through a process of rapid oxidation. Oxidation is what happens to metal when it rusts, and what happens to all living things as they age. Technically, oxidation is when one molecule steals electrons from another molecule. Bleach is known to destroy most things through this process, including metal, plastic, and other hard materials. Bleach will kill all kinds of bacteria, viruses, fungus, insects, and mites. It will also kill most types of plants and even large mammals, when ingested.

Is bleach safe for humans?

The interesting thing about bleach, is that it is produced inside your own body, by your white blood cells, to fight off bacteria and viruses. But as with most chemicals, “the dose makes the poison”. In small amounts, it can kill tiny organisms, without doing to much harm to your own cells. Because humans are millions of times bigger than the microscopic scabies mites, we have much more electrons to spare. This means that the amount of bleach that is needed to kill a scabies mite, results in very little oxidation to our own bodies.

Are there any other benefits of taking a bleach bath?

In recent years, bleach has grown in popularity as a beauty product, and also as a home treatment for many types of skin conditions, like acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Some people even use bleach for whitening thier skin, removing blemishes, treating warts, ringworm, and athletes foot, and killing off anti-biotic resistant strains of bacteria (mrsa).

What precautions do you need to take when using bleach?

  • Even though bleach is naturally produced in our bodies, it can still be dangerous in high amounts. So you should always dilute your bleach especially if you are using it on your skin.
  • Do not get bleach in your mouth. If bleach is swallowed, it can severely burn your esophagus and stomach. This may require immediate surgery to prevent permanent damage. 
  • Don’t mix bleach with other household chemicals. If bleach is mixed with ammonia or anything acidic, like vinegar, it will react to make chlorine gas, which is highly toxic, and can be lethal. Bleach also reacts with other household chemicals found in window cleaners, detergents, and drain cleaners. This is why it is best to keep bleach far away from any other cleaning products.
  • Keep bleach far away from your eyes. If you get bleach in your eyes, it can cause severe chemical burns and even blindness.

How do you take a bleach bath to treat scabies?

If you don’t already have bleach, you can get it at most department stores, or you can order it from amazon here. Then follow the steps below.

  1. Fill your bathtub warm with water.
  2. Add in 1/4 cup of bleach.
  3. Soak yourself in the bath for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Repeat this everyday until your symptoms go away.

6. Turpentine

What is turpentine?

Turpentine comes from the extraction and distillation of pine tree sap. It is commonly used as a water replant, paint thinner, and lamp oil. 

How has turpentine been used medicinally throughout history?

Turpentine has been used for thousands of years as a medicine. In fact, the father of medicine, Hippocrates wrote about the use of turpentine to treat parasitic infestations, lung diseases, and gall stones. But the use of turpentine goes back in history much further than ancient Greece. Hippocrates learned about turpentine from studying the ancient Egyptian medical texts. Then when the roman empire conquered Greece, they too, embraced the use of turpentine as a medical panacea. The interesting thing is that, all of these ancient cultures were well aware of the dangerous and sometimes fatal consequences of using this substance, internally. But, for some reason it has survived thousands of years of medical innovation and is still accepted as a medical cure all to this day.

What does the research say about turpentine as a treatment for scabies?

The only study that I could find on turpentine for treating scabies, is from 1944. The study compared turpentine to benzyl benzoate (the standard treatment for scabies at the time). The results of the study showed that turpentine killed scabies on direct contact, within one minute and twenty seconds. Benzyl benzoate killed the mites, in almost the same amount of time. The researchers concluded that turpentine could be effectively used as a natural treatment for scabies. However, they noted that both turpentine and benzyl benzoate are contact poisons that need to be touching the mites directly in order to kill them. This means that it may not kill, the eggs and female mites until they come to the surface of your skin. You can read that study here.

How does turpentine kill scabies mites?

As the name turpentine implies, it is full of insecticidal compounds, called terpenes. The exact mechanism of how terpenes kill scabies mites varys from compound to compound. Because there are so many different insecticidal compounds in turpentine, it makes it hard for researchers to pinpoint the exact compounds that are specifically killing the mites. There are likely multiple different terpenoid compounds, that exert a negative effect on the mites. Most terpenes kill insects by having a toxic impact on thier central nervous system, which can kill them in a variety of ways.

Are there any other benefits of using turpentine?

The main benefits of turpentine are as a topical, anti-septic, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-parasitic. It can also be used on the skin as an analgesic to relieve pain and irritation. 

What precautions do you need to take when using turpentine?

  • Do not consume turpentine. Oral use of turpentine can cause hydrocarbon poisoning, which can cause rapid breathing and heart rate, vomiting, severe coughing, swollen throat, bloody urine, bloody stool, kidney and liver failure, coma, and even death.
  • Do not put turpentine near your eyes. If you get turpentine in your eyes, it can cause severe burning, and even blindness.
  • Do not inhale turpentine. Breathing high amounts of turpentine fumes, can inflame of your nose, throat, and lungs, causing coughing, difficulty breathing, and a painful burning sensation. Inhaling turpentine can also cause headaches dizziness, and nausea.
  • Do not bring turpentine near heat or flames. Turpentine is extremely flammable, and The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has given turpentine a flammability rating of 3.
  • Do not mix turpentine with other oxidative chemicals, such as bleach, because this can cause an explosion.

How do you use turpentine to treat scabies?

If you do not already have turpentine, it is available at most department and hardware stores. You can also order it from amazon here. Then follow the steps below.

  1. Apply a small amount of turpentine onto a swab or cotton ball.
  2. Gently rub the liquid directly onto your rash.
  3. Use small amounts at first, and gradually add more. (using too much at once can cause skin irritation).
  4. Repeat this twice a day, until your symptoms go away.

7. Neem Oil

  1. What is neem oil?

Neem oil comes from the seeds of the neem tree. The oil has a bitter taste, and smells like garlic. The tree mainly grows in India, where they use the seeds as a natural insect repellent for there crops.

What does the research say about neem oil as a treatment for scabies?

A study out of India, used a mixture of neem oil and turmeric, to treat 814 people who were infested with scabies. The researchers found that 97% of people who were treated, were cured within 3-15 days. They concluded that the mixture of neem and turmeric was very cheap and effective, and noted that thier were no negative side effects to the treatment. You can see that study here.

Another study done in  New Zealand, tested neem oil against the standard treatment for scabies (5% permethrin). The study was conducted on rabbits rather than humans, but the results of the study are still applicable. You can read that study here.

The researchers applied a 30% concentration of neem oil to the rabbits infested with scabies, and reported that the rabbits were healed within 10 days. They repeated the same thing with 5% permethrin, and reported that the rabbits were healed within 8 days. These results show that an ointment that is at least 30% neem oil, is almost as effective at treating scabies, as the prescription treatment. However, this is an older study, and permethrin gets less and less effective every year, do to the fact that scabies mites are developing a resistance to the medication.

How does neem oil kill scabies mites?

Neem oil contains a compound called Azadirachtin. Azadirachtin disrupts the reproductive hormones of the mites, stopping them from mating and laying eggs. Scabies mites live an average of 1-2 months, so infertility alone will not get rid of the mites right away. Azadirachtin also does something to the mites that makes them stop eating food (dead skin). But how it does this, is unknown, it causes the mites to eventually die of starvation.

Neem oil also contains two other compounds called (octadecanoic acid-3) and (4-tetrahydrofuran diester) which interfere with the metabolism of the mites and causes death. You can read a study about that here.

Are there any other benefits of using neem oil?

Advocates of neem oil, talk about it as if it were a panacea. But they have good reasons for this attitude. Neem oil has many other benefits and uses, other than killing insects. I will list some of the benefits here. It can promote hair growth, reduce dandruff, make your hair soft and silky, moisten your skin, balance the oil production of your pores, heal scar tissue, remove wrinkles, help bad breath, remove plaque from your teeth, boost immune function, cure warts, treat acne, eczema, and psoriasis, kill off fungal, bacterial, and viral infections, and much more. 

How do you use neem oil to treat scabies?

If you do not have neem oil, I recommend this one from amazon. Then follow the steps below.

  1. Mix 1/2 cup of neem oil with 1/2 cup of coconut oil.
  2. Rub this mixture all over your body.
  3. Repeat this twice a day, until all of your symptoms are gone.

8. Clove Oil

What does the research say about clove oil as a treatment for scabies?

A study published in 2016, compared 10 different essential oils to find out which ones were most effective for treating scabies. They found that clove was by far the most effective essential oil, out of ten that were tested. The researchers reported that a 1% concentration of clove oil was potent enough to kill all of the scabies mites within 20 minutes, when applied topically. You can read that study here

Another study published in 2010, studied the effects of a specific compound in clove oil called eugenol. The researchers exposed permethrin resistant mites to a 1.5% concentration of  eugenol. 100% of the mites died within 15 minutes of exposure. You can read that study here

How does clove oil kill scabies mites?

The most abundant bio-active compound in clove oil, is eugenol. Eugenol is a natural pesticide, but more specifically, an acaricide (kills mites). It kills scabies by binding to the octopamine receptors in their brains, causing there central nervous system to get over stimulated. Octopamine is the insect equivalent of adrenaline. When adrenaline gets too high, it can cause organs to stop functioning. In insects and mites this usually results in death.

Most essential oils contain compounds that are classified as pesticides. These compounds do not have the side effects of man made (synthetic) pestisides, and they are generally safe for humans. In fact, all of the compounds in clove oil have positive health benefits, especially when eaten. In addition to this, man made pesticides (like permethrin) are getting less and less effective, every year, at killing scabies, because the mites are developing resistance to these drugs.

Are there any other benefits to using clove oil?

Besides killing the mites, clove oil has a powerful analgesic effects. It can relieve the itching and pain that is caused by the mites burrowing and pooping underneath your skin. The moment that you rub clove oil onto your skin, you will feel a general warmth and numbing sensation. However, do not apply pure (undiluted) clove oil to your skin, because it may be to strong, and may cause further irritation.

Clove oil also contains natural anti-fungal, anti-microbial, and anti-viral compounds. These compounds will kill off organism that would other wise take advantage of your vulnerable skin.

How do you use clove oil to treat scabies?

If you don’t have clove oil, I recommend this one from amazon. Then follow the steps below.

  1. Measure out 1 cup of coconut oil.
  2. Add two tablespoons of clove oil.
  3. Mix it together, until it is a consistent texture.
  4. Rub the mixture over your entire body. 

9. Palmarosa Oil

What is palmarosa oil?

Before reading this study, I was unfamiliar with what palmarosa oil actually was. After doing some research, I found out that palmarosa is actually a grass that grows in the wetlands of india, and it smells just like roses. Because of its smell, it is often used to make perfume at a cheaper cost than rose oil.

What does the research say about palmarosa oil as a treatment for scabies?

Palmarosa oil, was studied along side clove oil, for its effectiveness to treat scabies. It was also able to kill all scabies at a 1% concentration in about 50 minutes, when applied topically. Palmarosa oil was the second most effective treatment in the study overall.

How does palmarosa oil kill scabies mites?

The main component of palmarosa oil is geraniol, which accounts for 70% of the active compounds in palmasosa oil. Geraniol is responsible for palmarosas rose like smell, and its acaricidal (mite killing) abilities. Geraniol kill scabies in theIt is also effective at treating bacterial infections, viral infections, fungal infections, and as a repellent for larger insects, like mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks. 

Are there any other benefits of using palmarosa oil?

Palmarosa oil is able to help your cells absorb and retain water. The more hydrated your skin is, the better it can handle any skin disease, including scabies. Keeping your skin hydrated, will enhance detoxification, increase blood flow, decrease inflammation, and clear up rashes and pimples. For this reason, palmorosa oil is a popular beauty product for making skin clearer, softer, and more vibrant. It is especially helpful for treating skin diseases like acne and eczema.

Some people also use palmarosa as a herbal supplement. When taken internally, it can help hydrate your entire body. Systemic hydration will help prevent more serious diseases, like heart attacks, strokes, and any other disease that you can think of. Common reasons that people take palmarosa internally include, reducing joint and muscle pain, treating respiratory disorders, reducing fevers, managing depression and anxiety, and helping digestion, by stimulating the secretion of enzymes.

How do you use palmarosa oil to treat scabies?

If you don’t have palmarosa oil, I recommend this one from amazon. Then follow the steps below.

  1. Measure out 1/2 cup of coconut oil.
  2. Add two tablespoons of palmarosa oil.
  3. Mix it together, until it is a consistent texture.
  4. Rub the mixture over your entire body.

10. Geranium Oil

What is geranium oil?

Geranium oil is extracted from the leaves of the rose geranium plant. There are many different varieties of rose geranium, but only a few of them produce enough oil to be extracted. They all have bright pink/purple flowers and very similar medicinal properties. These flowers grow pretty much all over the world, and have been documented for there use in medicine, as far back as the ancient Egyptians.

What does the research say about geranium oil as a treatment for scabies?

Along with palmasora and clove, geranium oil was researched in the same 2016 study, and was found to be the third most effective oil, out of the ten that were tested. Geranium oil was the only other oil, that was able to kill the scabies mites at a 1% concentration. The seven remaining oils had to be increased to 5% before they were lethal to the mites. You can read that study here.

How does geranium oil kill scabies mites?

Geranium oil contains citronellol and geraniol. These compounds act as potent neurotoxins to the mites, by inhibiting acetylcholinesterase. This leads to convulsions, paralysis, and death.

Are there any other benefits of using geranium oil?

Geranium oil has many benefits for your skin, your mood, and the rest of your body. When applied to the skin, it can improve acne and eczema, speed up the healing of burns and sores, act as an analgesic to reduce pain, and tighten loose skin. Geranium oil makes a great natural deodorant, that smells like flowers. It can be inhaled or taken as a supplement to reduce anxiety and promote relaxation. It helps regulate menstrual symptoms and acts as a diuretic to improve regular urination. 

How do you use geranium oil to treat scabies?

If you don’t have geranium oil, I recommend this one from amazon. Then follow the steps below.

  1. Measure out 1/2 cup of coconut oil.
  2. Add two tablespoons of geranium oil.
  3. Mix it together, until it is a consistent texture.
  4. Rub the mixture over your entire body

11. Citronella Oil

What is citronella oil?

Citronella oil, is an extract of lemon grass. Lemon grass grows to over six feet in hight, and is found all over Asia, Africa, and Australia. It gets its name, because of its distinct citrus smell, similar to lemons.

What does the research say about citronella oil as a treatment for scabies?

There are no specific studies on citronella oil for the treatment of scabies. However, a 2012 study, researched the effects of three compounds in citronella oil, eugenol, citral, and geraniol, for thier effectiveness at killing chicken mites. Undiluted, all three compounds killed 100% of the chicken mites. At a 10% concentration, eugenol killed 54% of mites, citral killed 34% of mites, and geraniol killed 21% of mites. This study shows that multiple compounds in citranella, have acaricidal (mite killing) capability. You can read that study here.

In addition, other studies have shown that the toxic effect of essential oil compounds on mites is much greater when combined. This means that if the mites were exposed to citronella oil itself, it would likely have a much more toxic effect, than each isolated compound had alone.

How does citronella oil kill scabies?

Little is known about how geraniol and citral kills mites, but they likely have a neurotixic effect. There is also some evedince, that geraniol may break apart chitin, (the waxy material that makes up the exoskeleton of the mites) which makes them very vulnerable to other treatments.

Are there any other benefits of using citronella oil?

One of the most common uses of citronella, is as a natural pesticide. Spraying citronella around your home, will make it smell great, and keep bugs away. Some people use citronella to relieve depression and anxiety. It is also helpful in treating many skin conditions, like acne and eczema. Citronella has also been shown to inhibit the growth of bacteria, fungus, and viruses. 

How do you use citronella oil to treat scabies?

If you do not have citronella oil, I recommend this one from amazon. Then follow the steps below.

  1. Measure out 1/2 cup of coconut oil.
  2. Add two tablespoons of citronella oil.
  3. Mix it together, until it is a consistent texture.
  4. Rub the mixture over your entire body.

12. Aloe Vera

What does the research say about aloe vera as a treatment for scabies?

In a 2009 study, researchers compared aloe vera to benzyl benzoate (a prescription drug used for treating scabies). During the study, 16 patients where given topical aloe vera gel, and 14 patients where given topical benzyl benzoate cream. After two rounds of treatment, virtually all of the patients had no symptoms of scabies. The researchers concluded that aloe vera gel was at least as effective as benzyl benzoate for the treatment of scabies. You can read that study here.

How does aloe vera kill scabies?

Aloe vera contains a diverse array of insecticidal compounds called anthraquinones. The most active anthraquinone in aloe vera is aloin. Aloin kills insects, mites, bacteria, fungus, and viruses. Although, the exact mechanism of how aloin kills scabies mites, in still unknown.

Are there any other benefits of using aloe vera?

Aloe vera has become very popular as a health food and beauty product. There has also been lots of scientific research on aloe vera to back up all of these benefits. I will go through some of the health benifits here. Aloe vera is helpful as a laxative, for relieving constipation. It balances blood sugar, which is extremely beneficial for people with diabetes. It heals wounds, burns and sore muscles, because it contains all of the essential amino acids that your body needs to repair itself. It reduces wrinkles for this same reason. Its anti-septic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties will prevent infections and sterilize your wounds. There are are many more benefits that I don’t have time to mention here.

How do you use aloe vera to treat scabies?

If you do not have aloe vera, you can find it at most grocery stores. I use a pre-bottled aloe vera gel, that you can get from amazon here. Then follow the steps below.

  1. Rub the aloe vera gel over your entire body.
  2. Let it sit on your skin for as long as you can, over night if possible.
  3. Repeat this twice a day until your symptoms go away.

13. Lavender Oil

What does the research say about lavender as a treatment for scabies?

Lavender was researched in the same study, where ten essential oils were compared, to test thier effectiveness as a possible treatment for scabies. You can read that study here. When the results of the study were looked at, lavender was the sixth most effective oil, when it came to killing the scabies mites. But, it still killed the mites at just a 5% concentration, when it was applied topically. This makes lavender a comparable with the standard pesticide treatments for scabies.

How does lavender kill scabies?

Lavender contains a compound called linalool. Linalool kills many insects, including scabies mites, by increasing the activity of sensory and motor neurons in thier brains. This leads to seizures, followed by paralysis and death.

Are there any other benefits of using lavender?

Lavender essential oil is used most popularly in perfumes and in aromatherapy. But it has many benefits for your skin also. Studies show that it can fight off lungful infections, like athletes foot and ringworm. It has been shown to speed up the healing of wounds. Another study showed that it increased hair growth by 44% when applied to the scalp. Lastly, lavender oil is great for treating anxiety naturally, and without side effects.

How do you use lavender oil to treat scabies?

If you do not have lavender oil, I recommend this one from amazon. Then follow the steps below.

  1. Measure out 1/2 cup of coconut oil.
  2. Add two tablespoons of lavender oil.
  3. Mix it together, until it is a consistent texture.
  4. Rub the mixture over your entire body. 

14. Eucalyptus Oil

What is eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is actually a genus plant that includes over seven hundred different species of trees and shrubs. But, when people refer to eucalyptus essential oil, they usually mean Eucalyptus globulus, or the southern blue gum tree. The southern blue gum tree, is a tall evergreen tree that grows in south eastern Australia, and is responsible for all the benefits that is associated with eucalyptus essential oil.

he research say about eucalyptus oil as a treatment for scabies?

A study done in Egypt in 2003, researched the effects of eucalyptus oil on people infested with scabies. The researchers reported that eucalyptus oil cured the patients with scabies, in 5-10 days when applied topically at a 50% concentration. You can read that study here.

In another study, Researchers reported that a 5% concentration of eucalyptus oil was able to kill the scabies mites with one hour and nine minutes, when applied topically.

How does eucalyptus oil kill scabies?

Eucalyptus oil contains an insectacidal compound called 1,8-Cineole. 1,8-Cineole inhibits acetylcholinesterase, an enzyme that is responsible for metabolizing (breaking down) acetylcholine, in the brain of the insects. Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter that is responsible for stimulating neuronal firing in the brain. When acetylcholinesterase is inhibited, acetylcholine builds up to toxic levels, causing muscle spasms, paralysis, and at high enough levels, death.

Are there any other benefits of using eucalyptus oil?

Eucalyptus is very good as an aromatherapy, to relieve coughs, congestion, and allergies, like asthma. It acts as an analgesic to reduce pain and itching. You can use it to clear up acne, and other skin conditions. You can also use eucalyptus oil to treat fungal infections, like foot fungus, and get rid of molds around your house.

How do you use eucalyptus oil to treat scabies?

If you do not have eucalyptus oil, I recommend this one from amazon. Then follow the steps below.

  1. Measure out 1/2 cup of coconut oil.
  2. Add two tablespoons of eucalyptus oil.
  3. Mix it together, until it is a consistent texture.
  4. Rub the mixture over your entire body.

15. Rosemary Oil

What does the research say about rosemary oil as a treatment for scabies?

Rosemary oil has not been researched for treating scabies specifically, but it has been shown in scientific studies to kill many other types of mites. One study exposed dust mites to 14 different essential oils, including rosemary oil. Rosemary oil was one of the most effective oils at killing the dust mites. After 38 minutes of exposure to rosemary oil, all of the mites were dead. You can read that study here.

How does rosemary oil kill scabies mites?

Rosemary oil kills scabies mites in the same way that eucalyptus oil kills them, because it contains the same primary active compound, 1,8-cineole. 1,8-cineole makes up 28% of the active compounds in rosemary oil, and 45% of the active compounds in eucalyptus oil. As I mentioned above, 1,8-cineole kills scabies mites by inhibiting acetylcholinesterase, which causes convulsions, paralysis, and death.

Are there any other benefits of using rosemary oil?

Besides, killing mites, rosemary can be used for many different applications. It is mainly known as a culinary herb used for cooking Italian dishes. I love the taste of rosemary, but it also has some great health benefits. Studies show that rosemary oil can stimulate brain function and improve memory when eaten or inhaled. Other studies show that it can increase alertness and decrease drowsiness, similar to a cup of coffee. Rosemary increases blood flow to the part of your body that you apply it too, or if you want to eat it, it can increase blood flow systemically. Lastly, some studies have shown that it can treat alopecia and stimulate hair growth when applied to the scalp.

How do you use rosemary to treat scabies?

If you do not have rosemary oil,I recommend this one from amazon. Then follow the steps below.

  1. Measure out 1/2 cup of coconut oil.
  2. Add two tablespoons of rosemary oil.
  3. Mix it together, until it is a consistent texture.
  4. Rub the mixture over your entire body.

16. Oregano Oil

What does the research say about oregano oil as a treatment for scabies?

There are not yet any studies showing the effect of oregano oil on scabies mites. However, there are studies that show oregano oil can kill many other types of mites, that are similar to scabies. A study done in 2017, tested oregano oil, to find out if it could kill varroa mites, (parasitic mites that eat honey bees) without doing harm to the honey bees. The researchers vaporized oregano oil using an electric vaporizer underneath the bee hives. 97% of the parasitic varroa mites died, and the oregano oil left the honey bees unharmed. You can read that study here.

How does oregano kill scabies?

Oregano oil contains an array of insecticidal compounds, such as carvacrol, thymol, eugenol and 1, 8 cineole. These compounds are all neurotoxic to mites and insects. They all cause extreme stimulation of the central nervous system, leading to convulsions, paralysis, and death.

Are there any other benefits of using oregano oil?

Oregano oil is most often used as a herbal supplement, as well as being used as a common seasoning in Italian food. Some of the benefits of taking oregano oil include, killing off viruses, bacteria, and parasites, stabilizing blood sugar, improving gut health, soothing sore muscles and relieving joint pain, preventing cancer, loosing weight, strengthening bones, boosting your immune system, stimulating digestion, and improving heart health.

How do you use oregano oil to treat scabies?

If you do not already have oregano oil,I recommend this one from amazon. Then follow the steps below.

  1. Measure out 1/2 cup of coconut oil.
  2. Add two tablespoons of oregano oil.
  3. Mix it together, until it is a consistent texture.
  4. Rub the mixture over your entire body.

17. Thyme Oil

What does the research say about thyme oil as a treatment for scabies?

Thyme oil has yet not been scientifically studied for its ability to treat scabies. There have been studies showing that thyme oil can kill other types of mites, as well as lice. One study tested eight essential oils for there effectiveness in the treatment of head lice. The application of thyme oil to the scalp, and rinsed with water, resulted in 100% mortality of the lice, and 50% mortality of there eggs. You can read that study here.

How does thyme oil kill scabies?

Thyme contains an insecticidal compound called Cymene. Cymene kills insects, mites, lice and scabies, by acting as a central nervous stimulant, causing seizures and death.

Are there any other benefits of using thyme oil?

Thyme is another herb that is used in food just as much as it is used as an essential oil. Thyme has many heath benefits, whether you eat it, or use the oil on your skin or for aromatherapy. Research has shown that thyme oil kills cancer cells, helps arthritis, relaxes muscles, dilates blood vessels, reduces flatulence, heals scar tissue, clear mucus from your sinuses, reduce coughing, and regulate menstrual cycles.

How do you use thyme oil to treat scabies?

If you do not already have thyme oil, I recommend this one from amazon. Then follow the steps below.

  1. Measure out 1/2 cup of coconut oil.
  2. Add two tablespoons of thyme oil.
  3. Mix it together, until it is a consistent texture.
  4. Rub the mixture over your entire body.

18. Anise Seed Oil

What is anise seed oil?

Anise seed oil is an extract from the seeds of the anise plant. The anise plant mainly grows in the Mediterranean, and is used as a spice that smells and tastes similar to liquorice or fennel.

What does the research say about anise seed oil as a treatment for scabies?

So far, there is no study showing whether anise seed oil is an effective treatment for scabies. But it has been shown to be an effective treatment for head lice, which is similar to scabies in many ways. A study in 2009, compared a spray of anise seed oil and and coconut oil to the standard treatment of permethrin cream. They gave 50 participants the anise seed spray, and another 50 participants, gave the permethrin. The anise seed oil spray resulted in 41/50 people being cured within two treatments. The permethrin cream resulted in 21/50 people being cured after two treatments. The researchers concluded that anise seed oil was more effective than permethrin, for the treatment of lice. You can read that study here.

How does anise seed oil kill scabies?

It is not known exactly how anise seed kills insects, lice or mites. It is thought to contain similar insecticidal compounds to other essential oils, that are neurotoxic to lice, mites, and other insects..

Are there any other benefits of using anise seed oil?

The health benefits of anise seed include managing anxiety and depression, curing stomach ulcers, it kills fungus and bacteria, reduces symptoms of menopause, balances blood sugar, helps epilepsy, relieves joint pain, stimulates digestion and relieves constipation, reduces gas, and increases blood flow, where ever it is applied.

How do you use anise seed oil to treat scabies?

If you do not already have anise seed oil, I recommend this one from amazon. Then follow the steps below.

  1. Measure out 1/2 cup of coconut oil.
  2. Add two tablespoons of anise seed oil.
  3. Mix it together, until it is a consistent texture.
  4. Rub the mixture over your entire body.

19. Cayenne Pepper

What does the research say about cayenne pepper as a treatment for scabies?

There is no scientific research on cayenne pepper as a treatment for scabies. Despite this, cayenne pepper is one of the most popular home treatments for scabies.

However, there is evidence that cayenne pepper has insecticidal properties. One study exposed 15 termites to freshly squeezed cayenne juice, and another 15 termites were exposed to 50% cayenne juice, diluted with water. The termites that were exposed to the pure cayenne juice, died within 15 minutes. The termites that were exposed to the diluted cayenne juice, dies within 2 hours. The researchers concluded that cayenne pepper contains insecticidal compounds that kill termites. You can read that study here.

How does cayenne pepper kill scabies?

Cayenne pepper contains a compound called capsaicin, which is responsible for making peppers spicy/hot. Capsaicin was registered as an insecticide in 1962, when researchers realized that it could kill many types of insects and mites. The mechanism by which capsaicin kills insects and mites, is through over stimulating there central nervous system, disrupting there metabolic processes, and causing damage to neural membranes.

Are there any other benefits of using cayenne pepper?

When used on the skin, cayenne acts as an analgesic to relieve pain and itching. Studies show that cayenne can treat psoriasis and other skin diseases, when used topically. When used internally, cayenne can act as a natural blood thinner, lower blood pressure, stimulate digestion, relieve joint pain, decongests your sinuses, relieves migraines, and kills off bacterial, fungal, and viral infections.

How do you use cayenne pepper to treat scabies?

If you do not already have cayenne pepper, I recommend this one from amazon. Then follow the steps below.

  1. Measure out 1/4 cup of cayenne pepper.
  2. Add a small amount of hot water, until it becomes a thick paste.
  3. Rub the paste anywhere you have bumps or rashes.
  4. Repeat this once a day until your symptoms are gone.

20. Peppermint Oil

What does the research say about peppermint oil as a treatment for scabies?

Peppermint oil has not been specifically researched for the treatment of scabies mites. However, peppermint oil is used as an insecticide, to kill many similar pests. A 2015 study, tested peppermint oil, to see if it was effective at killing demodex mites. Demodex mites are microscopic mites that live in your hair follicles and feed on your dead skin. The researchers exposed the mites to pure peppermint oil and all of the mites died within 11 minutes. They then exposed the mites to diluted peppermint oil. The more that they diluted the oil, the longer it took for the mites to die. You can read that study here.

How does peppermint oil kill scabies.

Almost half of the active compounds in peppermint oil is comprised of menthol. Menthol is an insecticide that targets the central nervous system of mites, causing spasms, paralysis, and death.

Are there any other benefits of using peppermint oil?

There are many benefits of peppermint oil whether you use it topically or internally. Peppermint oil can protect your skin from getting sun burnt. It can numb pain, itching, and irritation. It can promote hair growth and reduce dandruff. You can use peppermint oil to clean your teeth and get rid of bad breath. If you use it internally, it can relieve nausea, help ibs, kill intestinal parasites, stimulate brain function, and helps your body fight off colds and other viral infections.

How do you use peppermint oil to treat scabies?

If you do not already have peppermint oil, I recommend this one from amazon. Then follow the steps below.

  1. Measure out 1/2 cup of coconut oil.
  2. Add two tablespoons of peppermint oil.
  3. Mix it together, until it is a consistent texture.
  4. Rub the mixture over your entire body.

21. Onion/Garlic

  1. How does onion and garlic kill scabies?

Onions and garlic kill scabies because they contain very high amounts of sulfur. As I explained earlier, the reason that sulfur kills scabies mites, is not entirely understood, but it is one of the oldest and most effective treatments around.

Are there any other benefits of using onion and garlic?

Onions are probably best known for treating hair loss when the juice is applied to the scalp. Because of the high sulfur content in onions and garlic, they can help detoxify the skin and clean out your pores. They are also high in quercetin, which is well known to help relieve allergies. Lastly, onions and garlic contain a lot of vitamin C and antioxidants, that help will help boost your immune system and overall heath.

Are there any down sides of using onion and garlic?

The down sides of putting onion and garlic juice on your skin, is that you will constantly be sticky and you will smell strongly of onion and garlic. You will probably get lots of complaints about how you smell. You can can get around this by applying the onion and garlic juice before bed, and taking a shower in the morning. Your bed sheets will likely get sticky, but you should be washing them everyday anyway.
 

How do you use onion to treat scabies?

The easiest way to prepare onions for treating scabies, is by juicing them.

  1. Take 1 onion and put it into a juicer or blender.
  2. Juice the onion until you get all of the liquid separated from the pulp.
  3. Rub the onion juice all over your body.
  4. Repeat this everyday for two weeks.

How do you use garlic to treat scabies?

Garlic does not have as much water in it as onions do, so it is best to boil them, in order to get the sulfur and other compounds out.

  1. Add as much garlic as you have to a small pot of water
  2. Boil your garlic until the water is slightly yellow.
  3. Let it cool down and apply the liquid to your skin.
  4. Repeat this everyday for two weeks.

22. Calendula Oil

What is calendula oil?

Calendula oil, is an extract of the marigold flower. Marigolds most commonly grow around the Mediterranean. The flowers are edible, and are often used in salads. The oil that is extracted from the flower, is yellow, and has a musky/woody smell.

What does the research say about calendula oil as a treatment for scabies?

A 2013 study, tested 3 treatments for scabies on a group of 24 dogs, infested with scabies. They compared ivermictin + calendula oil, ivermictin +N-acetyl cysteine, and ivermictin alone. The results of the study, showed that the dogs treated with ivermictin + calendula oil, had the fastest cure rate. The researchers concluded that calendula oil has potential as an adjudicative treatment for scabies. You can read that study here.

How does calendula oil kill scabies?

Calendula oil contains limonene and 1, 8-cineol. These compounds inhibit acetylcholinesterase, which leads to toxic build up of acetylcholine in the brain. This causes spasms, paralysis, and death.

Are there any other benefits of using calendula oil?

Calendula oil can be used as a home remedy for things. You can use it on your skin, in aromatherapy, or as a supplement. Here are some of the benefits. It can help skin conditions like acne and eczema, treats pink eye and ringworm, clears up diaper rash, helps varicose veins, balances both dry and oily skin, promotes hair growth, kills fungus, bacteria, and virus and reduces scars and stretch marks. If you take it as a supplement, it can stimulate digestion, regulate menstruation, improve blood circulation, and can kill off yeast overgrowth.

How do you use calendula oil to treat scabies?

  1. Measure out 1/2 cup of coconut oil.
  2. Add two tablespoons of calendula oil.
  3. Mix it together, until it is a consistent texture.
  4. Rub the mixture over your entire body.

23. Permethrin

What is permethrin?

Permethrin is a synthetic insecticide that was first synthesized in 1973. It was made to mimic the effect of natural pesticide compounds found in the chrysanthemum flower, called pyrethroids. It is most commonly prescribed in a 5% cream, for the treatment of lice and scabies.

What does the research say about permethrin as a treatment for scabies?

There have been dozens of studies done on permethrin to show that is effective at killing scabies mites. However, because permethrin has been over prescribed for decades, scabies mites as well as lice, have become resistant to this drug.

A 2017 study states that in 1994, before permethrin was widely used, research showed that 100% of mites were killed within one hour of exposure. After only six years of widespread permethrin use, another study done in the year 2000, showed that 35% of scabies mites survived after three hours of exposure to permethrin. You can read that study here.

How does permethrin kill scabies?

Permethrin works as a sodium channel blocker to prevent sodium from crossing the plasma membrane into the neural cells of insects and mites. This causes convulsions, paralysis, and death.

Are there any side effects of permethrin?

Topical side effects of permethrin include itching, numbness, rashes, redness, and tingling/stinging/burning sensations. If you ingest permethrin, you may develop a fever, headaches, dizziness, vomiting, diarrhea, and seizures.

How do you use permethrin to treat scabies?

In order to get the standard 5% permethrin cream, you will need to get a prescription from your doctor. However, you can get 1% permethrin cream (nix), from amazon here, or you can get 10% permethrin liquid from amazon here. Then follow the steps bellow.

  1. If you have 5% permethrin cream, apply it all over your body.
  2. If you have 10% permethrin liquid, mix it 50/50 with any kind of lotion.
  3. If you have 1% nix cream,  mix it 60/40 with the 10% liquid permethrin.
  4. Rub the cream all over your body once a day, until your symptoms go away.

24. Ivermictin

What is ivermicetin?

Ivermictin is the only oral drug, currently used to treat scabies. It was first synthesized in 1975 and is now one of the most commonly prescribed pesticides. It is most often prescribed for oral use, but can be used topically as well.

What does the research say about ivermictin as a treatment for scabies?

Studies done in 1997 showed that ivermictin killed scabies mites within one hour of exposure. However, over-prescribing of ivermictin has led to mites developing a resistance to the drug. Further studies done in 2006 showed that scabies mites survived for two hours after exposure to ivermictin. This number gets worse every year. You can read those studies here.

How does ivermictin kill scabies?

Ivermectin over stimulates the glutamate-gated chloride ion channels inside the nerve and muscle cells of insects and mites. This over stimulation, causes spasms, paralysis, and death.

Are there any side effects of using ivermictin?

Ivermictin can be used topically or orally. When used toppically, it has about the same side effects as all of the other prescription pesticides, that are used to treat scabies. This includes burning, itching, stinging, redness, dry skin. But when used internally, side effects can be more serious including headaches, muscle pain, nausea, diarrhea, swelling of hands, feet, and ankles, chest pain, confusion, seizures, coma, and even death.

How do you use ivermictin to treat scabies?

If you do not already have ivermictin, you will need to get a prescription from your doctor. But, I have also found an ivermictin cream that is labeled for de-worming, which you do not need a prescription for. You can get that from amazon here. After you have gotten ivermictin cream, follow the steps below.

  1. rub the ivermictin cream all over your body.
  2. leave it on your skin for as long as possible, preferably over night.
  3.  Repeat this every two days, until your symptoms go away.

25. Benzyl Benzoate

  1. What is benzyl benzoate?

Benzyl Benzoate is another prescription drug that is prescribed for the treatment of lice and scabies. Doctors will most often recommend benzel benzoate for pregnant women, because it has been shown not to have negative effects in-utero, where as permethrin or ivermictin do. 

What does the research say about benzyl benzoate as a treatment for scabies?

A 2009 study, compared three different treatment options for there efficacy and cost effectiveness for the treatment of scabies. They tested 5% permethrin cream, 200 ug/kg oral ivermictin, and 25% benzyl benzoate cream. After testing the three treatments on 103 patients, the researchers looked at the results. Permethrin and ivermictin, cured patients in about two weeks, where as benzyl benzoate cured patients in about four weeks. However benzyl benzoate was much more cost effective than permethrin, and had less side effects than ivermictin. You can read that study here.

How does benzyl benzoate kill scabies?

The mechanism of how benzyl benzoate kills scabies is not known. But it is thought to have a nuero-toxic effect on the mites. It is also known to kill the scabies eggs as well.

Are there any other side effects of benzyl benzoate?

Infrequent side effects of benzyl benzoate include, hives, itching, rashes, and stinging. Rare side effects of benzyl benzoate include low Blood Pressure, drowsiness, headaches, tremors, seizures, and loss of conciousness.

How do you use benzyl benzoate to treat scabies?

If you do not already have benzyl benzoate cream, you will need to get a prescription from your doctor. However, you can also get benzyl benzoate in liquid form without a prescription, from amazon here.

  1. Rub the cream all over your body.
  2. Leave it on your skin for as long as possible.
  3. Repeat this every two days, until your symptoms go away.

26. Crotamiton (Eurax)

What is crotamiton?

Crotamitin is a drug that is prescribed to stop itching, as well as for the treatment of scabies. It is one of the first prescription drugs to be used for treating scabies. It has since been replaced with more effective drugs, but it is still commonly prescribed today.

What does the research say about crotamiton as a treatment for scabies?

A 2013 study, 5% permethrin cream, to 10% crotamiton cream for thier effectiveness in the treatment of scabies. 350 patients were treated with either permethrin or crotamiton. 70% of patients that received the permethrin treatment, were cured within two weeks. But only 45% of patients that received the crotamiton treatment, were cured after two weeks. The researchers concluded that permethrin was a more effective treatment than crotamiton for scabies. You can read that study here.

How does crotamiton kill scabies?

The machanism by which crotamiton kills scabies mites, has never been discovered.

Are there any side effects of crotamiton?

The side effects of crotamiton are relatively mild. The main side effects include skin irritation, itching, burning, and stinging.

How do you use crotamiton to treat scabies?

If you do not already have 10% crotamiton cream, you will need to get a prescription from your doctor. Then follow the steps below.

  1. Rub the cream all over your body.
  2. Let it sit on your skin for as long as possible.
  3. Repeat this twice a day, until your symptoms go away.

 

27. Turmeric

What does the research say about turmeric as a treatment for scabies?

A study done in 1992, tested a mixture of neem oil and turmeric on 812 patients who were infested with scabies. The researchers reported a 97% cure rate within 3-15 day of treatment. They concluded that turmeric and neem oil is a safe, cheap, and effective treatment for scabies, with no adverse side effects. You can read that study here.

How does turmeric kill scabies?

Turmeric contains many insecticidal compounds. But the compound most known for its insecticidal effects is ar-turmerone. Ar-turmerone works in the same way as most other essential oil compounds. It inhibits acetylcholinesterase, which causes a build up of acetylcholine. This leads to seizures, paralasis, and death.

Are there any other benefits of using turmeric?

The main benefit of turmeric, is that it contains natural anti-inflammatory compounds. This is very beneficial for your skin in many ways. The anti-inflammatory compounds in turmeric inhibit the effects of histamines and cytokines, that are triggered by your immune system, in response to foreign organisms, such as scabies mites. These histamines and cytokines are what actually cause, the red bumps, rashes, and itching, in the first place. When these compounds are inhibited, all of your symptoms will start to disappear. 

How do you use turmeric to treat scabies?

If you do not have turmeric, I recommend this turmeric oil from amazon.

  1. Rub the oil all over your body.
  2. Let it sit on your skin for as long as possible.
  3. Repeat this everyday, until your symptoms go away.

28. Zinc oxide

What is zinc oxide?

Zinc oxide is a natural crystalline mineral that is used for making everything, from rubber to batteries. It is also used as a natural ingredient in sunscreen, because it is able to reflect UV rays away from your skin.

What does the research say about zinc oxide as a treatment for scabies?

Zinc oxide has never been tested for its ability to kill scabies mites. There is only anecdotal evidence from people who have used zinc oxide ointment topically , and reported that it was effective in treating thier scabies infestation.

However, zinc oxide is used as a pesticide, to kill a wide variety of insects and mites. One study exposed a common type of white fly, to a small amount of zinc oxide. The effect of the zinc oxide exposure was lethal to the flies. You can read that study here. Many other studies have been done to show that zinc oxide is lethal to different species of insects, such as mosquitoes, aphids, and many others.

How does zinc oxide kill scabies.

More research is needed to find out how zinc oxide works as an insecticide. However, it is most likely that zinc oxide exerts a neurotoxic effect on insects and mites.

Are there any other benefits of using zinc oxide?

Other than killing insects, the most common use of zinc oxide, is as an ingredient in sunscreen. Zinc oxide blocks UV rays, and protects your skin from getting sun burns. Zinc oxide can help treat skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema, rosacea and acne, by reducing inflammation. It can kill off bacterial, viral, and fungal infections.  It can stimulate the production of collagen, which will speed up wound healing and make your skin look younger.

How do you use zinc oxide to treat scabies?

If you do not already have an ointment that contains zinc oxide, you can get it from amazon here. Then follow the steps below.

  1. Rub the zinc oxide ointment on your rash.
  2. Leave it on your skin for as long as possible.
  3. Repeat this twice a day, until you symptoms go away.

29. Colloidal Copper

What is colloidal copper?

Colloidal copper is basically copper that is dispersed into water. Copper is an essential mineral for the human body. It is needed to build everything, from bones to red blood cells.

What does the research say about colloidal copper as a treatment for scabies?

There is only anecdotal evidence to show that colloidal copper kills scabies mites. But many people have used colloidal copper topically, and have reported that it helped in treating their scabies infestation.

However, research has been done on copper oxide to show that it is effective at killing dust mites. A 2008 study, impregnated the fabric of clothing with .2% copper oxide. The researchers watched what happened to dust mites as they crawled on the copper impregnated clothing, vs regular clothing. The study resulted in 100% of dust mites dying within 10 days of crawling on the copper oxide impregnated fabric, and the fabric without copper, had no impact on the mites mortality. The researchers concluded from this, that copper oxide has a direct toxic effect to mites.

How does copper kill scabies?

More research is needed to find out how copper acts as an insecticide. However, it is speculated that it has some kind neurotoxic effect on insects and mites.

Are there any other benefits of using copper?

Colloidal copper has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties. Copper is being used as a building material in hospitals to kill off anti-biotic resistant bacteria. Copper oxide is being used in sheets and pillow cases to reduce wrinkles and prevent acne. It is being put into socks to cure athletes foot. Copper oxide infused clothing, reportedly speeds up wound healing and the recovery of sore muscles. Colloidal copper is also used topically to fight off skin infections and as a beauty product to reduce wrinkles and make your skin look younger.

How do you use colloidal copper to treat scabies?

If you do not already have colloidal copper, you can get it from amazon here. Then follow the steps below.

  1. Rub the colloidal copper on your rash.
  2. Leave it on your skin for as long as possible.
  3. Repeat this twice a day, until you symptoms go away. 

30. Colloidal Silver

What is colloidal silver?

Colloidal silver, is silver that has been dispersed into water. Silver has been used for centuries as a currency, but also as a medicine. Hippocrates used silver for treating infections and disinfecting wounds, and it is still being used in hospitals today.

What does the research say about colloidal silver as a treatment for scabies?

There is only anecdotal evidence that silver can treat scabies. However, silver is known to have toxic effects on a wide variety of insects and mites. One study, tested the toxicity of silver and zinc on aphids. The researchers found that both minerals had a lethal effect on the aphids. They concluded that zinc and silver could be used as an effective pesticide, for a wide range of other insects.

How does colloidal silver kill scabies?

Colloidal silver acts as an insecticide in a couple different ways. It alters gonadotrophin release, which leads to reproductive failure. It also inhibits acytlcholinesterase, which causes toxic levels of acytlcholine to build up, leading to spasms, paralysis, and death.

Are there any other benefits of using colloidal silver?

Colloidal silver is a controversial health product. Some people see it as a medical panacea, and other people say that it is toxic. My opinion is that it does have many benefits, and is only toxic in high amounts. The main benefit of silver is its ability to kill of almost any type of bacteria, virus or fungus. It is especially useful for killing anti-biotic resistant strains of bacteria. For this reason it is used as a treatment for colds,  strep throat, ear infections, influenza, pneumonia, athletes foot, staph infections, herpes, ringworm, yeast, and much more. There is also some evidence that colloidal silver can speed up wound healing. 

How do you use colloidal silver to treat scabies?

If you do not already have colloidal silver, you can get it from amazon here. Then follow the steps below.

  1. Rub the colloidal silver on your rash.
  2. Do not rinse it off.
  3. Repeat this twice a day, until you symptoms go away. 

31. Witch Hazel

What is witch hazel?

Witch hazel, also called winter bloom, is a short shrub, that is native to north america. The witch hazel that you get from the store consists of a liquid extract of the leaves and bark of the witch hazel shrub, as well as water and alcohol.

What does the research say about witch hazel as a treatment for scabies?

There is not much research on witch hazel as a treatment for scabies. However, there is some anecdotal evidence, that it kills the mites. Many people have used witch hazel as a home treatment for scabies, and have said that it gave them great relief. Others have reported being completely cure after using witch hazel to treat thier scabies infestation.

How does witch hazel kill scabies?

Witch hazel contains many different insecticidal compounds. But, not enough research has been done on witch hazel, to determine what compounds are responsible for  killing the insects and mites, or by what mechanism that they do it.

Are there any other benefits of using witch hazel?

Witch hazel is a common household remedy for many different skin problems. It is often used to treat acne, hemorrhoids, and skin infections. It helps reduce itching, tightens your skin, relieves sunburns and bug bites, and reduces dandruff.

How do you use witch hazel to treat scabies?

If you do not already have witch hazel, you can find it at most department stores, or, you can get it from amazon here.

  1. Pour the witch hazel onto a cotton ball or cloth.
  2. Rub it anywhere that you have a rash or bumps.
  3. Repeat this twice a day, until your symptoms go away.

32. Lemon Juice

Does lemon juice kill scabies?

Yes, lemon juice kills scabies mites, by altering the pH of your skin. Some people like to use vinegar to treat scabies, because it is very acidic, with a pH of 2.5. But, lemon juice has an even lower pH of 2. Lemon juice also contains insecticidal compounds, such as limonene. Limonene has a neurotoxic effect effect on mites, by interfering with the neurotransmitter aceytlcholine.

Are there any other benefits of using lemon juice on your skin?

Lemon juice isn’t typically used as a topical treatment for skin problems, but it does have some benefits. It is full of vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant, and a precursor to collagen. This means it will make your skin look healthier and younger. Another thing that people use lemon juice for, is lightening skin tone, and getting rid of dark spots. Lastly, lemon juice has been reported to help clear up acne and psoriasis, perhaps because of its high antioxidant content.

Are there any downsides of using lemon juice on your skin?

The only downside of putting lemon juice on your skin, is that citric acid can sting when it contacts open sores. The other thing is that the lemon juice will make your skin slightly sticky, which will allow dirt to accumulate.

How do you use lemon juice to treat scabies?

The less diluted the lemon juice is, the more effective it will be. The most that you should dilute it, is 50/50 lemon juice to water.

  1. Rub diluted or pure lemon juice, on your skin.
  2. Leave it on for as long as possible.
  3. Repeat this twice a day, until your symptoms go away.

33. Hydrogen Peroxide

What is hydrogen Peroxide?

Hydrogen Peroxide (h2O2), is chemically very similar to water (H2O), except it has an extra oxygen molecule. The oxygen-oxygen bond is very weak, and when hydrogen peroxide is exposed to other compounds or is heated, it breaks down into oxygen and water.

Does hydrogen peroxide kill scabies?

Yes. hydrogen peroxide kills scabies in the same way that bleach does. It is a powerful oxidizing agent, that kills insects and mites, through a process of rapid oxidation. For this reason, it is used as a pesticide, and as an ingredient in many pesticide formulations. Like bleach, hydrogen peroxide is actually produced by your own body to kill off bacteria, viruses, and other foreign organisms. But it is also lethal to larger insects and mites. The larger an organism is, the more hydrogen peroxide is needed to be lethal. For the microscopic scabies mites, household hydrogen peroxide, (3% hydrogen peroxide and 97% water), is strong enough to kill them.

Are there any side effects of using hydrogen peroxide on your skin?

Household 3% hydrogen peroxide is not strong enough to cause any noticeable effects to your skin. If you were to use pure hydrogen peroxide, it would have the same negative effects as putting undiluted bleach on your skin. This would cause severe burns and blisters.
 

Are there any benefits of using hydrogen peroxide on your skin?

Hydrogen peroxide has many practical uses for your skin. You can use it as a facial cleanser, for clearing out earwax, to clean and whiten your teeth, as a natural deodorant, to disinfect wounds, and to kill off bacterial, viral, and fungal infections.

How do you use hydrogen peroxide to treat scabies?

You can either use 3% hydrogen peroxide directly on your skin, or you can get 12% hydrogen peroxide to put in your bath. 12% hydrogen peroxide is hard to find in stores, but you can get it from amazon here.

  1. If you have 3% hydrogen peroxide, apply it directly to your rash.
  2. If you have 12% hydrogen peroxide, you can add 4 cups to your bath.

34. Vinegar

Does vinegar kill scabies?

Yes, vinegar kills scabies because it is very acidic, with a pH of 2.5. The acidity of the vinegar burns the mites, but it is not so acidic that it will irritate your skin. 

Are there any other benefits of using vinegar for your skin?

The acidity of vinegar can help your skin in many ways. But, if you use apple cider vinegar, you will also be getting vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, that are processed out of white vinegar. Some of the benefits of vinegar for your skin include, treating acne, removes excess oil, moisturizes skin, relieves sunburns, helps bug bites, treats warts, treats athletes foot, reduces dandruff, makes hair silky and shiny, and it acts as a mild antiseptic.

How do you use apple cider vinegar to treat scabies?

You can either apply vinegar directly to your skin or put it in your bath. The less diluted it is, the more effective it will be.

  1. Rub pure vinegar directly onto your skin.
  2. Or, add 4-8 cups to your bath.

35. Baking Soda

Does baking soda kill scabies?

Yes. Baking soda is a very alkaline substance with a pH of 9. It kills scabies mites by altering the pH of there environment, and also by dehydrating there bodies, because baking soda is a form of salt.

Are there any downsides of using baking soda?

As far as skin health is concerned, it is better to use an acidic substance, rather than an alkaline substance. This is because your skin has a naturally acidic barrier that protects it from foreign organisms and toxins. When you put an alkaline chemical like baking soda on your skin, it can disrupt this barrier and cause skin problems.

How do you use baking soda to treat scabies?

The best way to use baking soda to treat scabies, is to put it in your bath. I recommend using salt as well because it will help dehydrate the mites much faster.

  1. Fill up your bath with warm/hot water.
  2. Add 2 cups of salt and 2 cups of baking soda.
  3. Soak in your bathtub for at least 30 minutes.

36. Lindane Lotion

What is lindane lotion?

Lindane is a synthetic pesticide drug that is prescribed for the treatment of lice and scabies. It was widely used as an agricultural pesticide throughout the 20th century, but due to human and environmental toxicity, it has been banned in almost all countries. Despite this, doctors are still prescribing lindane, to people, as a topical treatment for human parasites, like lice and scabies.

What does the research say about lindane lotion as a treatment for scabies?

A 2015 study, compared 1% lindane lotion to 5% permethrin cream for thier effectiveness as a treatment for scabies. 60 patients were given the permethrin cream, and 60 patients were given the lindane lotion. After two weeks, the permthrin cream cured 48 (80%) of patients. Where as, the lindane lotion cured 28 (47%) of patients, after two weeks. The researchers concluded that 5% permethrin cream is more effective than 1% lindane lotion, for the treatment of scabies. You can read that study here.

How does lindane lotion kill scabies?

Lindane acts as a neurotoxin, by binding to the GABA receptors of insects and mites, causing sezuires, paralasis, and death.

Are there any side effects of lindane lotion?

Lindane is a powerful pesticide that can have serious side effects. Common side effects include dry skin, itching, burning, stinging, dizziness, and drowsiness. Rare side effects include, vomiting, tremors, seizures, and death.

How do you use lindane lotion to treat scabies?

Although lindane lotion is effective at treating scabies, I do not recommend that you use it, because it is extremely toxic, even compared to other pesticide treatments. If  you do want to use it, you will need to get a prescription from your doctor. Then follow the steps below.

  1. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on much lotion to apply, and how often, depending on your body weight, age, and gender.
  2. Lindane is a dangerous drug, so if you decide to use it, do not use more than your doctor recommends.

37. Saunas

Do saunas kill scabies?

Yes. Saunas kill scabies mites through heat. Scabies start to die at a temperature of 122 degrees Fahrenheit and most saunas get up to 150-175 degrees Fahrenheit. However, research shows that the heat from a sauna only raises the surface temperature of your skin and not the deeper layers where the scabies mites live. This means that sitting in a sauna will most likely only kill the mites that are crawling around on the surface of your skin.

Are there any other benefits of using a sauna?

Although saunas may not cure your scabies infestation, they are still very beneficial for your skin and over all health. Saunas can help remove toxins from your pores. It can kill off bad bacteria and viruses. It can increase blood circulation throughout your body. It can improve your overall energy by stimulating your mitochondria. And it can even help your muscles recover faster after a workout.

How do you use saunas to treat scabies?

If you do not have a sauna, you can find them at most gyms. You can also get a small two person sauna for your own house at a surprisingly low price at amazon here.

  1. Use a sauna that gets hotter than 122 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Sit in the sauna for at least 10 minutes.
  3. Repeat this everyday, until your symptoms go away.

38. Alcohol

Does alcohol kill scabies?

No. According to the research, alcohol is ineffective at killing scabies. However, the type of alcohol used in most topical antiseptics is ethanol. Other types of alcohol, like isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol, may be more effective.

What does the research say about alcohol as a treatment for scabies?

A study published in 2014, evaluated the effectiveness of alcohol based hand sanitizers for killing scabies. They tested two different alcohol based topical antiseptics and one iodine based antiseptic. They also looked at the effect of hand washing with soap. The results of the study showed that none of these methods were effective at killing the scabies mites. The researchers concluded that topical antiseptics do not kill or prevent the transmission of scabies. You can read that study here.

39. Diatomaceous Earth

What is diatomaceous earth?

Diatomaceous earth consists of the fossilized shells of single celled algae, such as phytoplankton. These shells are mainly composed of a crystalline mineral called silica. After thousands of years of fossilization, these shells turn into what looks like a fine white powder called diatomaceous earth. This powder is harmless to humans, but to insects and mites it acts like millions of tiny shards of glass. 

What does the research say about diatomaceous earth as a treatment for scabies?

There are no studies on diatomaceous earth as a treatment for scabies specifically, but there are many other studies that show it can kill many types of insects and mites. A 2014 study, exposed cockroaches to diatomaceous earth. The researchers reported that up to 80% of the cockroaches died, within a 24hr period. The researchers concluded that diatomaceous earth is an effective pesticide for killing cockroacges. They also noted that, because of chemical pesticide resistance, diatomaceous earth is preferred, because it carries no risk of resistance. You can read that study here.

Does diatomaceous earth kill scabies?

Yes, but it does not penetrate your skin. This means that diatomaceous earth will only kill the mites that are crwling around on the surface of your skin, and not the mites that are living underneath. Because of this, it is not a very effective treatment for scabies, but can be used to kill mites around your house, and on your carpet.

How do you use diatomaceous earth to kill scabies?

If you do not have diatomaceous earth, I recommend this one from amazon. Then follow the steps below.

  1. Sprinkle the diatomaceous earth all over your house.
  2. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Vacuum it all up.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. I appreciate your knowledge and sharing it, but I have a question regarding the salt treatment…why wouldn’t the salt produced when we sweat kill them off?

  2. Thank you for your question.

    The answer is that your sweat does not have a high enough concentration of salt to kill scabies. On average, sweat contains about .1% salt. Compare this with sea water, which contains about 3.5% salt. This is 35 times the salt content of your sweat.

    You can read this PDF http://bit.ly/whats-in-your-sweat-PDF to see the amount of different minerals that are released when you sweat. In theory I suppose that you could sweat enough to kill the mites, but it would take 35 times more sweat than if you just used salt water.

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