Home Remedies for Scabies

It’s amazing that something so small can cause such a ruckus with your health. For example, it’s a tiny insect that is responsible for causing the itchy rashes and sleepless nights associated with scabies. If you are unfortunate enough to have contracted the skin condition, it’s suggested to learn about home remedies for scabies that help speed up the healing process.


What is Scabies?

Thanks to a tiny burrowing mite called Sarcoptes scabiei, scabies is a skin condition characterized by intense itching [1]. The scabies mite burrows (or tunnels) underneath the outer layer of the skin. They are only the size of a pinhead, but have the power to irritate your skin by laying eggs under the skin and feeding on your blood. In turn, the body reacts by producing pimple-like irritations called a scabies rash that typically worsens at night.

Scabies is highly contagious. The condition is transferred by direct skin-to-skin contact, but you can also come in contact with the mite through clothing or bedding of an infected person. Some people have even developed the condition after shaking hands with an infected individual.

Symptoms of Scabies

Extreme itching that worsens at night is one of the most common symptoms of scabies. The condition can also cause the skin to become red and blistered. The itching is your body’s response to the mites and their waste – an allergic reaction. Symptoms usually appear from two to six weeks after becoming infected. However, if you’ve battled the condition before, then symptoms can show within a few days.

The parts of the body most affected by scabies include [2]:

• Around the wrists, elbows and armpits
• Webs and side of the fingers
• Waist
• Thighs
• Nipples and breasts
• Genitalia and lower buttocks

Scabies Home Remedies

Since scabies is highly contagious, it’s important to act fast to prevent the spread of the skin condition. During treatment, you may want to use some of the following home remedies for scabies on the entire family:

a) Hot Water:

People infected with scabies contaminate their clothing and bedding. Washing contaminated items in hot water can kill mites and their eggs. For added protection, use the heat from an iron after washing.

b) Garlic:

Take a garlic supplement three times per day to aid in the healing of scabies. You may also consume raw garlic as a substitute. The garlic contains components that are antibiotic and fights against parasites.

c) Vitamin A:

Increase your intake of vitamin A, which is known to heal, as well as promote the construction of new skin tissue.

d) Onion Skin:

The skin of an onion contains natural components (such as quercetin), which can soothe and heal. Place the skins of 12 medium onions into one quart of water. Boil the contents for about 30 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool, and then apply the liquid to affected skin.

e) Walnuts:

There is a chemical found in walnuts called juglone that directly affects the mites that cause scabies. Add several whole walnuts to two cups of water and boil until half of the water has evaporated. Directly apply the residual water to affected skin.

f) Rhubarb:

Components in rhubarb have been known to rid the body of infections associated with parasites.

g) Oatmeal:

Relieve the itching of a scabies rash by soaking in a warm bath filled with a couple of handfuls of oatmeal.

h) Aloe Vera:

Treat the irritation and itching of a scabies rash by applying aloe vera gel to the skin.


[1] http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/scabies/DS00451
[2] http://www.health.state.ny.us/diseases/communicable/scabies/fact_sheet.htm


  • Anne

    We used neem oil mixed with tumeric powder, lather all over the affected area. let it dry for half hour. then rinsed with luke warm water. thereafter, to soak in tea tree oil mixed in warm water for 15-30 minutes. after 4 days, no more itching. got it from the net.

  • vivek

    plz give more tips

  • itchy and scratchy in MO

    I’ve had them 3 times in 2 years. I guess it’s going around down here. The best thing I’ve used was on another website given to the people by a young doctor. You mix 1 part bleach and 3 parts water. Put them in a spray bottle. Daily take a hot shower preferably at night and then spray down your body from the neck down with the bleach. Leave it on and let it dry. Wash your sheets the first day and dry in a hot dryer. Spray yourself for 5 days straight. I usually do it again on day 8. Do not wear the same clothes without washing in hot water and drying in a hot dryer. If you have them bad, it will take a while for the bumps to stop coming up and the itching to leave. Have faith and stop torturing yourself with home remedies. This one actually works. You can also take a bleach bath. Stay in the water at least 30 minutes. Make it hot as you can stand and make sure it smells like a strongly chlorinated pool. Also use latex gloves when handling laundry, etc. Don’t have sex. You can be rid of them in 5 days, but it will take a couple of weeks to get rid of the bad scabs and such. It can take months to get rid of the itching. It depends on how long you had them. Stay away from other people if you can.
    Some facts about scabies are that the eggs hatch in 1-3 days. They can’t live in hot water. Once a female is bred, all her eggs are fertilized for life. The itch is an allergic reaction to their poop under your skin, not them moving around.

  • Igor

    Take warm bath with two cups of bleach followed by a shower with coal tar soap(soap works co.) Do this twice a day. Apply over the counter hydrocortosone cream to the itchy areas of skin.

  • cc

    cant use bleach, most creams, or any thing with glycerin. tried tee tree oil , now I have hives to. ????? help I broke out on my arms, belly , face ?