What Are the Different Types of Natural Scabies Treatments?

Some people also use a mixture of petroleum jelly and sulfur to help kill scabies.
Oil derived from neem trees can be effective in treating scabies.
A bottle of calamine lotion, which can help with scabies.
Witch hazel can be used to naturally reduce inflammation.
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Some different natural scabies treatments include tea tree oil and neem oil. Tea tree oil has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that may be able to kill scabies in addition to treating many other skin problems. Neem oil is often used as a pesticide in many natural insect killers and could also kill scabies on the skin. Some people also use a mixture of petroleum jelly and sulfur to help kill scabies. Witch hazel and lavender oil are other natural scabies treatments that might be effective.

People who use tea tree oil to kill scabies typically either dilute several drops into water or bypass dilution and just use it directly on the skin. Diluting it with water may be best for people with very sensitive skin. It can also be mixed up with witch hazel, which can boost its healing effects. When neem oil is used for treating scabies, it is typically diluted in a warm bath. It can also be purchased in stick form, which may be applied directly to the irritated skin. A mixture of petroleum jelly and sulfur may be an effective scabies remedy for children because it is non-toxic and easily attained. In most cases, the mixture is applied directly to the skin and left on for several minutes before being washed off with either a wet rag or a bath.

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Lavender oil may also be one of the most effective natural scabies treatments. A few drops are typically mixed into alcohol and then rubbed over the affected areas. This method may kill the eggs as well as the scabies mites. Some people also take care to eat certain foods when they are dealing with an outbreak of scabies. Garlic is a natural anti-parasite, and a person with scabies may benefit from eating lots of it until he or she is healed.

One of the biggest downsides to having scabies is that the itching tends to persist for a few weeks with natural scabies treatments or prescription methods. This may lead some people to believe that what they are doing isn't working, but this is usually not the case. A person with scabies may benefit from daily cool bath soaks, which can temporarily relieve the itching. Diluting bath water with calendula oil and slathering the skin with calamine lotion should also provide some scabies itching relief until the treatment has fully done its job. Scabies spreads very easily from person to person, so it is very important for anyone with scabies to thoroughly wash all of his or her clothing and bedding in an attempt to keep others from getting scabies.

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anon977080
Post 4

I am wondering if castor oil mixed with eucalyptus and peppermint oils might do the trick. Oils absorb into the skin and if they are applied several times a day, especially after they have dried and/or are removed from washing, rubbing, etc., I would think that they would work fairly well at killing off the bugs. One thing I know is, when treating bugs, the treatment must remain in contact with the skin until the bugs are dead.

literally45
Post 3

Although these natural oils and things can help, I do think that at the end of the day, a long-term scabies problem has to do with a weak immune system. I realize that scabies is very contagious and the mites reproduce fairly quickly. I'm not saying that one shouldn't try to treat it with medications or remedies. It's definitely important to do that. But it's also important to strengthen the immune system. So cutting down on stress, eating healthier, exercising more and avoiding alcohol and tobacco will also help.

ysmina
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Aside from tea tree oil, grapeseed oil is also great for getting rid of scabies. It must be applied on the affected areas. It prevents scabies from breathing, it suffocates them.

The issue with scabies is that since they burrow underneath skin and also leave eggs, it takes a long time to kill everything. Most people recommend using these natural treatments for at least three months.

It can also be confusing whether the infection is gone or not because the itching caused scabies can last even after scabies is gone. I think it's a good idea to continue treatment until the itching is also gone, just to be on the safe side.

discographer
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Food grade diatomaceous earth is supposed to work for scabies. I'm not sure how it's used though. I guess it's applied on skin. I've previously heard that diatomaeous earth kills pests. The same applies to this situation.

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