Did you know, that your skin, or the epidermis, as it is known officially, is the largest organ of the human body?
Because of this, it is susceptible to all kinds of ailments and health issues.
Skin complaints can make life very uncomfortable, and extremely miserable for all affected, yet with so many different causes, avoiding them can sometimes prove near impossible.
One skin issue that we’re looking at today is scabies.
In this article, we’re going to be looking at 15 natural remedies for scabies.
But what is scabies?
Well, prepare the be disgusted.
Scabies is a condition in which tiny mites burrow their way into the skin where they can then cause severe itching, inflammation, soreness, redness, and discomfort.
Female mites burrow their way under the skin where they then lay eggs.
These eggs hatch and the young mites dig their way to the surface of the skin, and the process repeats itself again and again.
There are plenty of scabies treatments out there, but the problem is that most of them cause more harm than good.
Today we’re going to be looking at 13 scabies natural remedies.
Take a look and see what you think.
13 Natural Remedies For Scabies
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is a plant that is famous across the globe for its medicinal properties.
Aloe Vera plants are primarily healthy thanks to the thick gel found inside the leaves.
Aloe Vera is well known for its soothing effects on the skin, especially when the skin is inflamed.
As mentioned, scabies can cause severe itching and inflammation of the skin, which in turn makes it extremely uncomfortable.
Applying Aloe Vera gel directly onto the affected area of the skin will help to dramatically reduce the amount of inflammation, pain, and discomfort caused by those pesky scabies mites.
2. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is another natural botanical ingredient that is used all over the globe for medicinal purposes.
Tea tree oil is a powerful antiseptic that helps to sterilize open wounds and sores and prevent infection.
It is also a very potent anti-inflammatory so it is great for easing sore and inflamed skin as a result of scabies.
Not only can the tea tree sterilize the skin and ease swelling and inflammation, but it can also help to significantly reduce the amount of itching caused by scabies.
Unfortunately, tea tree oil does not destroy the eggs of the mites buried beneath the skin, but it has shown promise in regard to destroying live mites.
Tea tree oil can be applied directly onto the skin.
3. Neem Oil
Next up we have an ingredient that is not as commonly recognized for its healing properties as the other two items on our list so far.
Yes, we’re talking about Neem oil.
Neem oil is one of the best natural remedies currently in existence.
Neem oil is a powerful antibacterial ingredient with very strong anti-inflammatory properties.
Applying neem oil to the skin will ease the itchiness and inflammation caused by the mites.
What’s even better, however, is the fact that the oil can also help to destroy the mites, so you can essentially ease the symptoms associated with it, and kill the mites once and for all and break the cycle.
4. Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper is not just a deliciously spicy pepper used to flavor all manner of dishes, it is also one of the best natural remedies that you could ever wish for.
Now, to some of you, the thought of applying spicy pepper directly onto inflamed skin would surely sound as if it would cause extreme pain, itching, inflammation, and discomfort.
The truth of the matter is that cayenne can actually help to ease pain, inflammation, itching, and discomfort caused by scabies mites.
This is all thanks to capsaicin.
Capsaicin is the compound responsible for giving chilies their heat.
The compound causes neurons in the skin to become desensitized, which means that you experience less pain and discomfort.
Some people also believe that cayenne is able to destroy the scabies mites but there is a lack of evidence to back up this claim.
Always test a small area of skin first, and if you experience any adverse reactions, discontinue use and seek medical advice just to be safe.
5. Clove Oil
Cloves are delicious spices that add a wonderful fragrance and aroma to all manner of dishes.
Clove oil, however, does so much more than function as a potent aromatic.
Clove oil is well known for its antioxidant, analgesic, anesthetic, anti-bacterial properties.
As well as that, it also functions as a very powerful insecticide, which means that it can eradicate the scabies mites and their eggs when it comes into contact with them.
Clove oil can, therefore, help to ease inflamed and itchy skin, it can prevent infection, it can help to soothe the skin, and it can kill the scabies mites and eradicate all traces of them.
If you suffer from scabies and have not yet tried clove oil, we strongly recommend that you head to the store and rectify that as soon as you can.
6. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is one of the healthiest natural ingredients in existence.
ACV is loaded full of powerful antioxidants that help to promote cellular health, boost the immune system, and destroy free radicals in the body.
ACV also helps to promote healthy digestion, it promotes satiety, and it helps to ease pain and discomfort caused by inflammation.
This is where it proves useful for treating the symptoms associated with scabies.
ACV helps to calm down the skin, it eases itchiness caused by the mites, and it MAY even kill them off too.
We emphasized the word ‘may’ because the jury is still out on that, and there is not yet enough evidence or research to back up these claims.
One thing that is for certain, however, is the fact that apple cider vinegar is an extremely healthy beverage and is certainly up there as one of the best natural remedies.
7. Clean Yourself And Your Clothes
When a pet is infested with fleas, the advice is often to wash bedding and soft furnishings as frequently as possible and to give the pets a bath.
Now, scabies is not the same as fleas, but there are plenty of striking similarities.
If you find that you’re suffering from scabies, one of the first things you should do is wash, and wash your clothes as quickly as possible.
This is to help remove any traces of the mites and to get rid of any loose eggs that may be hiding in your clothing.
If you can remove the eggs and break the cycle, you’ll find that you recover much quicker.
8. Vacuum Your Home
Another piece of advice often given to pet owners with pets infested with fleas is to vacuum their home.
This is to again get rid of any traces of the fleas, including their eggs.
Scabies mites get everywhere, and their eggs get everywhere.
Whilst vacuuming your home will not cure your scabies or provide any relief from the painful itching associated with scabies, what it will do is help to prevent the mites from hatching again and spreading.
Again, it all comes down to breaking the cycle so that you can clear up the infestation as soon as you possibly can.
Plus, vacuuming your home will leave it looking nicer and becoming more hygienic, so who wouldn’t want that?
9. Diluted Bleach
We need to be crystal clear here when it comes to health and safety because bleach is no joke.
Diluted bleach is one of the best natural remedies, but it is also an incredibly dangerous chemical.
If you use bleach to treat your scabies, you must ensure that it is diluted down extremely well, otherwise, it could burn your skin and cause all manner of side effects.
If bleach gets onto your clothes it will stain them, and it can also damage the eyes and the lungs.
Basically, we’re trying to tell you to be very careful if you treat scabies with bleach, even if it is diluted.
Bleach diluted down in water will not ease your itchy and inflamed skin, in fact, it will likely make it worse.
So it should not come into contact with your skin.
What it will do, however, is destroy any scabies mites that it comes into contact with, as well as their eggs.
Use diluted bleach for cleaning your home and you’ll find that any scabies mites that come into contact with the solution will not last long.
Zinc is not just an essential mineral when it comes to the immune system, our hormones, and various other nutritional deficiencies.
Zinc is also very useful when used by people affected by scabies.
Now, zinc does not treat scabies, nor does it kill the mites or the eggs, or ease swelling, inflammation, and itching.
You’re probably wondering what good zinc is then, which is what we’re about to tell you.
Zinc supplements are very useful for people that have open wounds on their skin caused by scratching.
Yep, the itching associated with scabies is so bad that people often scratch their skin open, leaving them susceptible to infections.
Zinc is a powerful antiseptic, antiviral mineral that helps to prevent illness and infection.
The borax solution is another chemical that should not be treated lightly.
It is a very powerful chemical that is often used in a variety of cleaning products.
Sodium borate, as it is also known, has been found to destroy all traces of scabies mites and their eggs when it comes into contact with them.
We need to make it clean that borax, even heavily diluted, should not be applied onto the skin.
Applying Borax to the skin is dangerous, it will be painful, and it will make you even more uncomfortable.
What you should do if you use borax for treating scabies, however, is to use it to wash your laundry just to ensure that all traces of the mites are gone for good.
Turmeric is a member of the ginger family and is a root spice used in a number of cuisines around the globe.
Turmeric is a very powerful anti-inflammatory, which instantly makes it great for easing the symptoms associated with scabies.
It doesn’t directly kill the scabies mites or their eggs, so it won’t clear up your scabies infestation.
What turmeric will do, however, is a help to ease the itching, pain, and discomfort caused by the condition you’re affected with.
As well as supplementing with turmeric, you can also use powdered turmeric and a little water to form a paste that you can apply directly onto the skin.
It won’t work miracles, but it will help slightly, and every little helps when it comes to scabies management.
13. Try To Remove Clutter
As well as washing your clothes, bedding, and soft furnishings in hot water, and cleaning the home and vacuuming, you should also remove any unnecessary clutter.
Basically, until your scabies infestation has gone, you should adopt a minimalist approach to home décor.
Remove magazines, paper, and clutter from your home.
Basically, remove as many potential hiding places for these pesky mites as you can possibly think of.
The fewer places they have to hide, lay eggs, and multiply, the sooner you can make a recovery.
So, there you are.
Just a few of the many natural remedies for scabies for you to try if you ever find yourself affected by these awful mites.
We hope that you never are, but it is always best to be prepared.
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