How To Use Salt To Kill Scabies

How To Use Salt To Kill Scabies

Salt and parasites

Salt has been used as a method to kill parasites for thousands of years, as far back as the ancient Greeks and Romans. They would drink salt water to flush out intestinal worms, and bath in sea water to kill off skin parasites. Salt, or (sodium chloride) kills parasites by desiccating (dehydrating) their bodies. When exposed to a high level of sodium chloride, they will die. A simple solution of salt water is able to kill off lice, ringworm, and of course, scabies. It even kills the eggs of the parasites, because it can penetrate through their shells and displace the water. Salt can also kill off bad bacteria, by changing the osmotic pressure and causing the fluid to leak out of there cells.

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How do you use salt to kill scabies?

Using salt to kill scabies is very simple. You can either take a hot bath in sea salt or you can fill up a spray bottle with salt water and spray it on your skin. I will go into more detail on each method below.

Salt Spray for scabies

You can can make a salt spray in a couple minutes, by adding a tablespoon of salt to a spray bottle and adding warm water, then spray it on your rash. There is actually a product like this, already on the market, called licefreee. It is sold as a spray for killing lice, which are actually very similar parasites to scabies in many ways. They claim that the product is even able to kill the lice eggs in the same way it kills the mites. From what I can tell, it is one of the most popular natural products for killing lice. The ingredients are 1% salt and 99% water. 

There are even studies showing that it is just as effective, if not more, than standard pesticide treatment. (you can see that study here). This study does not say anything about salt killing scabies specifically, but does show that salt can be an used as an alternative to pesticides for killing a similar parasite. You can get the product off amazon here, or you can just make a mixture of salt and water yourself.

Salt Baths for scabies

I have heard from multiple different people that taking salt baths, was the thing that finally cured their scabies. I personally have found that it is one of the cheaper and more effective treatments you can use. When you take your first bath, it might sting a little if you have open sores, but the relief you will get from the itching is worth it. I recommend taking a salt bath every night for about a week, to really eradicate the scabies and their eggs. You will need about four cups of sea salt per bath. Another tip is to add a couple cups of epsom salt into your bath at the same time, to speed up wound healing.

salt bath for scabies

How do you take a salt bath?

1. Fill your bathtub with the hottest water you can stand.

2. Add 2 pounds (4 cups) of sea salt.

3. Try to soak in it for at least one hour.

4. Repeat this everyday for a week.

Table salt vs sea salt

Some of you might not have sea salt on hand, and only have regular table salt. This will still work for killing scabies, but there is a few things to consider. Table salt is highly processed and stripped of all its minerals, except for sodium chloride. It is then bleached and mixed with aluminum and silica as anti caking agents. Because of this, I recommend using sea salt which contains minerals like sulfur, calcium, magnesium, and potassium, without the added aluminum. But if all you have is table salt, then it is still a better option than rubbing pesticides on your skin.

If you want the highest mineral content possible, then you can get Himalayan pink salt. Despite the name it doesn’t actually come from the Himalayas, but is actually mined 300 miles away in Pakistan. But it contains all 84 essential trace minerals that your body requires. I would not recommend using in your bath though, because it is more expensive than sea salt or table salt.

Benefits of salt for your skin

Besides killing scabies, salt has many other benefits for your skin. As an astringent, it will pull toxins and oils out of your skin, clearing up acne, and making your pores smaller. The other trace minerals in salt, benefit your skin, by giving it the vital nutrients needed for growth and recovery. Salt (sodium chloride) is also the main mineral your body uses to retain water, and stay hydrated. Hydrated skin will look younger and healthier. In addition, the more water that your skin has available, the easier it will be for it to remove the waste that the scabies are dumping (pooping) into your skin. It also kills any bacteria or fungus that may want to infect your open sores.

Epsom Salt for scabies

Epsom salts will not kill scabies because it does not contain sodium chloride. It is actually made up of a compound called magnesium sulfate. However, using epsom salt is still a great way to speed up the healing process after a scabies infection. Epsom salt works by breaking down into magnesium and sulfate when you add it to your bath water. Your body can then absorb the magnesium, which will help heal your sores in a few different ways.

 Firstly, it will reduce pain and irritation by blocking the NMDA receptors that are sending out pain signals. It will also reduce the inflammation that is being caused by your skins allergic reaction to the scabies because magnesium is an anti-inflammatory compound. When the inflammation subsides, so does your symptoms, helping you make a faster recovery. Lastly, it has antimicrobial properties that will help prevent your sores from getting infected.

Good Luck

PS: I hope this salt treatment helps heal your scabies.

This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. Many thanks for the info to help banish these horrible, almost debilitating, creatures. I’ve had 3 rounds of prescription creams that only work temporarily & is harsh on my skin, its a mess. My doc will not give me the oral meds because of the liver issues, I say its my liver or my sanity.
    For months now have been doing my daily cleaning routines. It’s exhausting! I am so over it. I’m doing my 1st soak after my run this morning. Again thanks, love a more natural way to kill these little bastards, or as I like to call them God’s sick way of torture.

  2. Can I use it as a lotion as well? And how would I make it into a lotion to rub onto your skin? And for how long?

  3. I have been fighting the little MFers for 6 months now. The permethrin is harsh on my skin and I suspect that the scabies have developed some resistance to it since they always come back with a vengeance after about a week, ivermectin seems about as useful as M&Ms, the salt baths cleared it up but after i week straight of salt baths I tapered to one bath every 2 or 3 days and they came back again, too, but only on the back of my hands. I am resuming the salt baths using even more salt and doing it for at least 2 weeks. God, I hate those GDMFers!

  4. Hi

    Will this salt bath be ok for somebody with high blood pressure

    Thank you

    Regards Hannetjie

  5. Yes, salt baths are ok for people with high blood pressure because your body does not absorb salt through your skin.

  6. salt baths do you rinse after or leave on? hair ? scalp do you leave in shampoo and rinse condition? scalp itches so bad!

  7. can I spray salt water on furniture and carpet? how about borax? or both

  8. been using salt and kleen green. should I rinse salt off after 3 hrs.made salt stronger how long does it take to kill mites.? how long

  9. My life has become so overwhelmed due to this mite concerning myself & my precious 4 year old son. His Dad brought it to our door without letting us know the hardship we got stuck with. It has been 4 months & nothing makes it go away longer then 5 days. Permethrin has been used 7 times each plus 2 doses twice of oral Ivermectin. I think it’s going to kill me…I am so afraid for our lives.

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  11. If salt doesn’t absorb in the skin how will it kill burrowing mites and eggs?

  12. Good question, your skin is seven layers thick, and although salt will not penetrate all seven layers, it will drastically change the environment of the top layers of skin where the mites live.

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