In this post I’m going to introduce you to what I believe is the best natural scabies treatment available today. I believe natural scabies treatments are an important part of curing scabies, and will only become more important in the future.
The treatments I’m going to talk to you about are all 100% natural, backed by science, and can be obtained easily from any supermarket or health store. This helped me greatly with my own scabies treatment and I hope it will do the same for you.
Why use natural treatments for scabies?
As scabies continues to spread around the world (we haven’t been able to get rid of scabies from our planet for several milleniums now) natural treatments are becoming more and more important. A study in Australia showed that some scabies mites are actually growing resistant to Permethrin – the standard prescription drug for scabies. This means natural scabies treatments are likely to come closer to the forefront of the battle against scabies.
In my ultimate treatment guide for scabies, I recommended complementing prescription scabies treatments with some of the established natural scabies treatments.
This recommendation was actually based on scientific studies (which I’ll share below), that actually showed some natural scabies treatments were more effective than Permethrin and Ivermectin.
How I used natural treatments for my own scabies
When I dealt with my own scabies nightmare, I spent a lot of nights reading about this little mite and how it’s terrorized us humans for so long (I was stuck at home anyway, with a mild bout of the ol’ scabies depression). I actually found it quite fascinating how resilient it was and spent many hours reading through the different treatments and studies.
Based on this research, I decided to formulate my own natural scabies treatment – almost like an “A Team” of scabies killers that I was sure no scabies mite would ever survive. That’s what I want to share with you today.
How effective was it at killing scabies?
While I used this natural scabies treatment daily, I also used the standard Permethrin and Ivermectin, so I can’t say for certain that it was only the natural scabies treatments that worked. But what I do know was I was cured of scabies within about 2 weeks, and my skin was completely back to normal after about 30 days. Everything in the treatment I’m about to show you has been backed by real scientific studies, so we know they work.
My advice to you is to do exactly the same. Use everything you can. If you’re suffering from scabies, you don’t want to mess around with trying one thing and then trying another and wondering if it’s working. You want to bring the onslaught and absolutely nail the infestation before it takes over your life and spreads to anyone else. Believe me – scabies is a horrible thing and you do not want to pass this to anyone, especially your family and loved ones.
What also makes the treatment below great is that it is safe for children (Permethrin is quite a harsh treatment and Ivermectin is definitely not safe for young kids) so you can absolutely use this to treat scabies in kids without worrying about toxicity. Most of the ingredients are also great for health in general, so you can use it with the peace of mind that you’re not damaging your body in any way.
Anyway, here is what you’re going to need for this natural scabies treatment. I call it the anti-scabies body mask, because that is exactly what it is – a mixture that you will be spreading all over your body. After my many hours of scabies research, this is the best natural scabies treatment I know of. The best thing is, you do not need a prescription for any of this. You can buy everything on Amazon or at your local health store/supermarket.
Anti-scabies body mask ingredients list:
To make this natural scabies treatment you are going to need six different ingredients. Hopefully you have some already lying around the house. If not, you can get them all reasonably inexpensively from the supermarket or on Amazon. It will cost you around $60 in total to make this mixture from scratch – much cheaper than Permethrin and arguably more effective. Here’s what you need:
Tea tree oil ($10-$15)
A study in Australia showed that tea tree oil is an effective natural scabies treatment and in some cases better than both Permethrin and Ivermectin. This is very good news. Tea tree oil is not only readily available in most countries it is also great for your skin and has many great antiseptic, antifungal and antibacterial properties. The best way to use tea tree oil is to mix it with a body lotion or to drop 10-12 drops in a warm bath and soak for at least 30 minutes. Unlike Permethrin, tea tree oil is non-toxic which makes it the perfect natural scabies treatment.
Neem oil ($10-$15)
The neem tree is amazing and has natural insecticide properties that many ethnic communities have been using for centuries. A study in India showed that a mixture of neem and turmeric had a cure rate of 97% in scabies sufferers:
“The ‘Neem’ and ‘Turmeric’ was used as a paste for the treatment of scabies in 814 people. In 97% of cases cure was obtained within 3 to 15 days of treatment.” –see full study here.
That is a higher cure rate than both Ivermectin and Permethrin.
Neem powder ($15)
We will use both neem oil and neem powder, as the skin absorbs these differently.
Turmeric powder ($2-$3)
Based on the India study cited above (again here). We will be making a similar mixture, just supercharged with more proven scabies treatments to make something seriously potent. We want to hit these mites as hard as possible! You can use any turmeric powder from your supermarket, or get some here on Amazon.
Coconut oil ($10-$15)
There are no studies showing coconut oil is an effective scabies treatment. We are simply using this as a carrier oil (to carry the other more powerful oils into your skin). You can use any unrefined, extra virgin coconut oil from your supermarket, or get some here on Amazon. You can also use extra virgin olive oil, if you want.
Clove oil ($7-$10)
This Australian study tested the effectiveness of clove oil as a natural scabies treatment and found that scabies mites put in contact with clove oil resulted in a 100% mortality rate.
Yes, clove oil killed every single scabies mite they exposed it to.
The thing about clove oil is it is actually quite harsh on the skin, so as much as you would like to lather it all over you and dish out a scabies genocide, you need to be careful. It’s best to combine it with a carrier oil like neem oil or coconut oil, or add it to a warm bath.
If you would like more information on these ingredients, you can check out my article The Best Home Remedies For Scabies.
Anti-scabies body mask recipe
Now you’ll need to mix these ingredients into a body paste. There are some serious scabies killers in here as you’ve seen above, so when mixed together you have some pretty potent scabies kryptonite. Here’s the recipe that I use:
Anti-scabies body mask recipe:
- Half a cup of neem oil
- Half a cup of coconut oil
- 12-14 drops of tea tree oil
- 2-3 tablespoons of neem powder
- 4-6 drops of clove oil
- 1-2 tablespoon of turmeric
Mix all these ingredients together in a bowl. Obviously if you are treating more than one person you’ll need to mix up more. You can also add more neem oil or more turmeric if you wish, as these are not harmful in large amounts (tea tree oil and clove oil can be, as they’re quite strong).
How to use the anti-scabies body mask
Now that it’s mixed well, you want to strip down and stand in either a bathtub or the shower, or just on a bathmat in your bathroom. This is just so you don’t get the mixture on your carpet, clothes or furniture.
Lather the mixture all over your body. Get it absolutely everywhere! Scabies can live anywhere on your skin, so you want to get it everywhere, similar to the way you would apply Permethrin cream. Some places people commonly miss are:
- The armpits
- In between the fingers and toes
- Behind the ear
- Belly button
- Under the fingernails
- Under the toenails
- Between the buttocks
- The genitals (don’t worry, it’s safe!)
One thing that makes mixture great is that it’s safe to use on the scalp and face, unlike Permethrin, which is low-level toxic. So if you’ve been itchy there, go ahead and slather it on.
Once you’re done applying this natural scabies treatment to your body, you should resemble the incredible Hulk. If not, apply more! You want to get hit these scabies mites hard.
Leave the body mask on for 45 minutes – 1 hour
You want to leave the body mask on for at least 45 minutes. This will give it time to penetrate into the skin. Ideally you want to leave it on for several hours, but that is simply not practical.
Now you might be thinking, what the heck do you do for one hour with this stuff all over your body? You can’t put any clothes on, you can’t sit on the couch, you certainly can’t leave your house.
Unfortunately, I don’t have a good answer. Just be patient and let the scabies treatment do its thing. What I do is just bring my laptop into the bathroom and watch Netflix for an hour or two (yes, standing up. It’s good for you!).
I also avoid applying to the soles of my feet so I can still walk around. Instead, I treat the soles of my feet at night with a mixture of moisturizer and oils (I’ll get to that soon).
Wash off the scabies treatment after one hour
After an hour, you can just jump in the shower and wash it off. The neem oil is probably going to leave brown and green streaks on the inside of your shower, so make sure you give it a good wash. Make sure you give your hair a good wash too.
Ideally you want to do this every day for about a week. However if you can only manage to do it once or twice, that’s great too. The important thing is that you leave it on long enough for it to work. It’s best to do it one day for an hour then four or five days for only ten minutes each time.
I did it every day for 3 days, and then on and off for a few more days. In total I did it about 7 times.
The great thing about this natural scabies treatment is it’s actually quite good for your skin. The oils are nourishing and the coconut oil especially has been used as a skincare godsend for many generations all over the world.
However, it’s important to take triple extra care of your skin during a scabies infestation, as you’ve probably been scratching a lot and many people have allergic reactions to the mites and the faeces they leave under your skin.
This is where the moisturizer comes in.
Get any regular body lotion (something like this is perfect) and your bottles of tea tree oil and clove oil. Now squirt a bit of moisturizer in your hand, mix with a few drops of tea tree oil and single drop of clove oil and rub that all over your body. I did this every morning and every night, to ensure that I was attacking scabies on my skin 24 hours a day. In fact, I loved the feeling of having such healthy feeling skin that I still do this today, long after my scabies have been healed.
There you go – the best natural scabies treatment you can make at home, backed by real science and proven to kill scabies mites. The reason this is such a good natural scabies treatment is that it hits from several angles (clove oil, tea tree oil, neem oil, neem powder) and is also working 24 hours a day if you use the moisturizer as I recommended at the end. When dealing with scabies, and especially when using home remedies for scabies, it’s important to really hit the infestation hard. You don’t want to be doing lazy treatments for months and months because it won’t work and you’ll end up miserable while also wasting a ton of time and money. Hit it hard from the very beginning and kill your scabies mercilessly. That is the best way to cure scabies fast and get your life back.
Hope that helps and good luck with your treatment! If you have any questions, leave them in the comments and I’ll get back to you asap.