I see a lot of people these days recommending coconut oil as a legitimate treatment for scabies.
Coconut oil in fact is very good as both a skin moisturizer and a cooking oil. Most studies have shown it to have some form of anti bacterial, anti viral and anti fungal properties.
All in one oil? Pretty amazing right!
But here’s the problem – scabies is not a bacteria, nor is it a fungus, nor is it a virus.
It’s a parasite.
Anti fungal, bacterial and viral treatments will not kill parasites and therefore will not kill scabies.
Does that mean you shouldn’t use it? Not exactly.
How can you use coconut oil in scabies treatment?
I actually recommend everyone use coconut oil during scabies treatment, but it should be used as a complementary treatment to things like tea tree oil and clove oil that are proven scabies killers.
That’s exactly how it’s been included in my Ultimate Guide To Treating Scabies – as a carrier oil for the more effective, stronger oils that have been long proven natural scabies treatments.
The other bonus of using coconut oil in this way is it protects the skin against things like infection. Especially as with scabies you’re bound to have some broken skin, and this makes you much more susceptible to skin infections like staph.
I also recommend permethrin as part of the protocol in the Ultimate Guide, and permethrin can be quite harsh on the skin. Permethrin is the standard prescription treatment for scabies in the US and across most of the world, but it is an insecticide and therefore toxic.
Using coconut oil on the skin in follow up treatments to this is advantageous because it acts as a moisturizer full of nutrients and the antimicrobial properties help prevent infection. If you use something harsh on the skin, always use something healing on it afterwards. Coconut oil after permethrin is the perfect example.
What coconut oil should you buy?
Because you are using it on your skin, and not eating it, it’s not of huge importance which coconut oil you buy.
However there are certainly oils that are better than others.
If you do plan on eating it, make sure you get food grade coconut oil. Any coconut oil you find in the cooking oils section of the supermarket will be food grade.
The ones that won’t be food grade could be ones you find in pharmacies that are more suited toward skincare.
The second thing you want is to get extra virgin coconut oil. This is not essential, but extra virgin oil is a much higher quality of oil. The opposite of extra virgin oil is highly refined oils, which can have damaged fatty acids and are less potent.
Thirdly you want the oil to be cold pressed. Many extra virgin oils are cold pressed anyway, but heat extracted oils are (in general) much less nutrient rich than cold pressed oils.
Finally, it’s always best to get organic. Non-organic oils are generally not harmful, but can still contain anything from pesticides to non-lethal chemicals in small amounts. Of course, organic oils are free from any substances like this.
Luckily this is not hard to find, nor expensive. You can generally find organic, extra virgin, cold pressed coconut oil in any large supermarket.
You can also get it on Amazon. This is the brand I use.
Hope that helps with your treatment, and wishing you back to full health soon!
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Douglas Huntzinger says
I have learned this about scabies in 17 months. The mite makes a hole in your skin. They lay eggs under the skin. Those holes heal up very nicely [the body is very efficient at healing] and its difficult to get poisons to those under skin nests. The eggs hatch and you have the larval stage. They become the mites. A week to ten days later the mature mites eat its way to the surface….mate and the cycle starts all over again. The new mite moves about one inch or so to a new site, eats a hole and lays more eggs. Its very nefarious and maddening.
2-3 cups of bleach in bath helped me.
How often did you take these baths?