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