Natural Remedies

Natural Approaches for Scabies: Exploring Effective Remedies


1 User Review
5 star (1) 

Posted by Lucy (NY, NY) on 01/23/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Vinegar half & half water all over your body, note you will experience some sensitivity on skin, after rinse with vinegar, do a Peppermint Soap, like Dr. Woods, with anything else in the Soap is fine, an exfoliating soap also does the trick!, then put baby oil with Lavender all over your skin, everyday! Vinegar can also be used in laundering with hot water & ammonia mixed in... that will do, steam all your rugs, curtains, bed, pillows, then put plastic on the mattresses & pillows, then place your bed linen over, or the memory foam beds are totally resistant to all mites... trust me this will help, & eventually make your life free of those horrid creatures! God Bless & Good Luck!

Washing Soda

1 User Review
4 star (1) 

Posted by Wecair (Moose Jaw, Sk., Canada) on 11/04/2009
4 out of 5 stars

Hopefully this will be posted because it really seems to be working! December 08 I started getting lesions all over my legs, back and head. I went to see my doctor and was told it was scabies and prescribed 5% permethrin cream,an anti bacterial oral med and topical steroid ,did NOT work! Also tried Ivermectin paste for horses (out of desperation,3 times)I did get what seemed to be a reduction in lesions but even after 12 Permethrin treatments it kept coming back. Dermatolagist said I was healing... just quit scratching. I came across a scabies blog where people were getting great results with soaking a half hour in 1 cup washing soda, dissolving washing soda (1) in 4-1 water (4), no rinsing and spraying floors, furniture walls etc. To my astonishment after 2 treatments my lesions are healing quickly and I think we got a Winner! The results are so dramatic I could not wait to post this, even if this is not a cure (to early to tell)it is worth trying. good luck fighting whatever super scabie or morgellons this is.

Replied by Bengi
(Raleigh, Nc)

This is a life altering pest. Now I check my skin daily for anything unusual. The doctors don't understand these little invisible monsters. I've tried the internal pill and the 5% cream. Here's what worked best for me.

1) Purchase over the counter Lice treatment (1% Permethrin), Nix or store brand, RID can burn.
2) Before bath cover head and neck with Sublimed Sulfur and Petroleum Jelly or Vic's Vapor Rub mix - avoid eyes and mucous membranes.
3) Mix Neem oil-cold pressed(10 drops), Eucalyptus essential oil(10 drops), 1 tablespoon of salt and Olive oil(1/4cup) then pour into hot tub and soak for a minimum of 30 minutes
4) While in tub gently rub an ex foliating brush from your toes to your neck to get the oil mix to cover your entire body. - If they are on your neck and head rub there as well.
5) Wash completely off with Peppermint Castle soap.
6) Dry off some but stay damp, rub in Nix from head to toe, leave on for 8-10 hours. During this time use a blow dryer on areas that itch. If you feel a burning sensation Wash off immediately.
7) Re-apply Nix a second time for another 8-10 hours and repeat steps 2-6.
8) Worn clothing should be placed in a plastic bag for washing in Hot water and adding 1 tablespoon of Borax w/ soap powder to each load
9) Iron clothing before wearing, wipe down everything you've touched with a damp hot rag and detergent, vacuum often/w heppa filter. Steam clean furniture and bedding.
10) If you see a spot on your skin start to itch and see a red dot you can also use Clove Bud Essential oil and a Que tip applied directly to the spot and hold for a minute. It kills the buggers dead. Be very careful with this oil, it will burn your skin.

Replied by Dottie
(Boca Raton, Florida)

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Replied by Anothersufferer
(Austin, Texas)

I think I have scabies. Possibly from a new coworker, who is always using hand sanitizer. I stumbled on your site and found many helpful tips. I tried tea tree oil and other oils, and the borax peroxide soak, somewhat helpful. I also greased up overnight, even with petrolium jelly (what a mess), and could feel little frantic strugglings. But tonight I used lemon juice straight, with salt, even mixed up a little for dabbing (dousing), and found it to sting wonderfully. It also revealed the true track marks and infested areas. I just wanted to post and let people know that the two most common kitchen ingredients are very good at killing the mites. I will continue with sea salt soaks/borax also, and the nightly castor/olive oil (gave up on essential oils, roommate... ), and will finish the bath with a lemon juice wipedown. Also, spot killing with my lemon/peroxide/salt/water mixture. I also mixed up a spray bottle of non-chlorine bleach (apparently lemon juice/peroxide/water), and will continue to leave a bucket of bleachy (chlorox) water with a rag in it for cleaning my belongings and surroundings. Iwanted to tell people about lemon juice and salt, basically. Thanks for this wonderful site, and all the brave people contributing their stories.

Replied by Another Sufferer
(Austin, Texas, Usa)

So, I tried pure clove oil today on my stomach, and it burned but was ok. Then I put it on my shoulders and left it on for a few hours. It ended up burning me pretty bad... However, it seems to have done massive damage to their colonies or whatever they are. Also tried meat tenderizer and it really hurt the burns. My room is all wrapped in plastic bags and bleachy. outlook somewhat positive...

Replied by Another Sufferer
(Austin, Texas, Usa)

ok. real progress with salt today. I took a sea salt/borax/super washing soda bath with a little sulphur shampoo for twenty minutes, rinsed off and turned the shower off. Then applied sulphur shampoo all over and waited ten minutes. Then I rinsed that off and turned the shower off. Then I applied a mixture of salt, water, borax, and super washing soda and didn't rinse off. Then I went and did laundry in plastic bags. At night I am soaking with olive oil with a little castor oil or whatever. Tonight I might try mixing a little clove oil, but I'm still pretty burnt on my shoulders... I've been wondering if plastic bags might make things worse, and am considering using my dresser again (clean). Anyway, things are really starting to clear up, only a couple thin scabs on my stomach where it once was a big rash. My house has been sterilized fairly well, but I think my roomate is in denial and could slow this down. So, from clorox baths to lemon juice to borax to clove oil to salt and sulphur. We'll see... The winners are oil, salt, and sulphur/citrus. Good luck all.


Where do you get the sulphur shampoo. I tried Natursil sulfur/lavender soap but it didn't help that much. This sometimes drives me crazy.

Replied by Another Sufferer
(Austin, Texas, Usa)

so, I started taking a salt/borax bath (with a few drops of tea tree oil), and then rinsing off. Then taking meat tenderizer and mixing it with warm water and applying it all over and letting it sit. Ten minutes and rinse off. Next, sulphur soap ten percent, ten minutes and rinse off, warm water. Then, lemon juice all over, ten minutes and rinse off. Also, scrubbing with the green side of the dish scrubber. This seems to really kill them. I also have been using oil with a smaller amount of clove oil in waking hours. Leave it on as long as I can stand it. This seems to work also. I am also trying to get some 5% permethrin through some form of doctor. My other thing is sea salt dissolved in a spray bottle for all day body spraying. Things are getting a little better. I might try lice shampoo permethrin 1%, but I don't want them to build up resistance.

Replied by Another Sufferer
(Austin, Texas, Usa)

so, I started spraying myself with clove oil in water, which burns and makes me cold. It seemed to help. I also have been using lice shampoo. I just leave it on after drying after a bath. But tonight, I mixed up some sulphur powder with petroleum jelly, mineral oil, olive oil, and clove oil. I put this on after letting the lice shampoo dry. I also ordered 10% permethrin liquid from a pest control supply, hoping to mix it with petroleum jelly, and avoid doctors altogether. The sulphur cream I made is still on right now, and it feels pretty good, like it's working. Will keep updated. Also have been using meat tenderizer with water after (sea salt/borax/clove oil) bath for five minutes. Also straight lemon juice. then rinse.

White Vinegar

2 User Reviews
5 star (2) 

Posted by Harry (New Mexico) on 01/16/2022
5 out of 5 stars

White Vinegar rapidly dissolves the exoskeleton of scabies. I had them on my upper back. I soaked a paper towel with white vinegar and laid it on my skin. The itching stopped in about a minute. I left it on for about 10 minutes. Months of aggravation gone.

Replied by Luann
5 out of 5 stars

Yeah, your are very smart to use the vinegar, whether is the apple cider vinegar kind or the plain clear white vinegar 5% kind, they both work to get rid of scabies. It is a cheap way to heal yourself. I mixed it 4 to 1 ratio in an old clean plastic milk jug with lid, with 1 part white vinegar to 4 parts warm water, doubled this in the jug and shook it up. Got into the shower and rinsed myself with plain warm water at first to open my pores, then shut the shower off and poured the contents of the milk jug all over me. Sometimes I put some first on a clean terry wash cloth and hit the itchy places well, just don't scrub it in, lightly go over the itchy spots to get it into their tunnels/bite holes in you skin. Then I poured the rest of the jug from top of my head/hair all the way down covering the whole body. Close your eyes because it will burn your eyes if it gets in them, which it did mine twice at the corners. I just wiped my eyes off with the towel and went on rubbing this into my body. Got out and did not towel dry but put the towel on your wet hair and let the body air dry. If you have a hair dryer use that to blow the itchy places where the mites and their eggs are and I kept my dryer on high heat and gently held it to the itchy spots as long as I could stand it to heat them mites/eggs up to where it would kill them. Some will come out immediately the first or second day you do this as they hate it. Heat will kill them as well as the vinegar. I gave them the old one two and they died over the course of a the vinegar will burn the first couple of minutes after putting it on but not real bad. I got brave the third day and put just the plain vinegar on it with a cotton ball and rubbed the remaining itchy spots with this. Not bad, not bad, I could stand it but others may have to proceed slower with this method than I did. I am almost a seventy year old woman and this worked for me and my husband. I did this vinegar water shower 4 times the first day, then 3 times the following day, then 2 times each day there after until cured. Took a week or so for the both of us to be cured, and may I say we had tried everything under the sun to cure us and who would of thought that plain old vinegar and water would do the trick? But by gosh it worked for us. Oh, plus I put the white vinegar in a spray bottle and I spray it over the mattress/sheet, chairs we sit in, the carpets/floors, the toilet lid, door handles, light switches, places that we touch daily. Also never wear the same clothing more than a day, night clothes included, put them in a laundry basket and in the hot dryer for thirty minutes, then they are ready to wear again, unless they are soiled, then wash in a hot water with a half cup of borax, remember hot water, hot clothes dryer and a hot hairdryer kills these little critters. I also put our blankets, comforter and pillows into the clothes dryer daily for thirty minutes, hot as the dryer goes too. And I know this is a lot of trouble to get rid of these mites but it is worth it to do it all and do it good if you want them to be gone from you and your home but just do it. This is war with them things so give them the boot out of your life. I was amazed at how fast this vinegar water worked on them and the next day my body looked so much better and felt better too...and my husband did this with me and he was so surprised to see how his body looked even just the next morning after doing the four vinegar/water showers that first day. I also put this stuff in a spray bottle to use on our bodies, plus put the plain vinegar straight after the third day on my itchy parts and what a relief it was. So, not telling you to do this because I am not a doctor and you travel at your own risk but you may be surprised to see how amazing this stuff really is and I hope this post helps others. Let's clobber these little beasts. LOL God bless you!

Replied by Luann

I wrote this earlier post thinking that the four to one water mixed with clear white vinegar was the answer but I guess it just wasn't strong enough or else we didn't use it long enough but I figured it didn't work after writing this post. So we tried many other things over the past several months which seem to help for a little bit few days and then no they quit working. Orange oil was a great help but not the answer or the cure for my husband and I and so I wound up rethinking about the clear white vinegar and decided to use it straight and not mixing it with water. I put the clear white 5% vinegar straight into a tall plastic spray bottle and used it three times yesterday and so did my husband, head to toe working it well into our scalps. Just try not to breathe it in cuz it will take your breath away and don't get it into your eyes because it will burn and if you do rinse it out very well with water is what I did. But we did it three times yesterday and we slept so well last night, first time in a long time and we both woke up to our skin being fairly clear which surprised me because we had these damn scabies mites from head to toe and we both had severe righteous to the point that they felt so sore and I mean large patches of them everywhere. After put spraying this vinegar on us we rubbed it in well with our hands and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes while keeping it wet and after that we got in the shower and rinsed off using no soap. These bugs came out by the droves, meaning there was a lot of them that just rolled off of us into the shower and down the drain. It really kills these things and I read that it removes their exoskeletons killing the adults and the eggs and everything in between. The other post on here from Harry mentioned that he had scabies on his back and he wet a paper towel with plain clear white vinegar and applied it to his back and it killed them. My husband and I have these things from the head to toe and we've had them for quite a while so I'm thinking that the way it killed them yesterday and the way we feel this morning, we may be completely rid of these things in 3 to 4 days and I truly believe this is the answer to killing them. I don't know if your skin can take straight vinegar or not but we gave it a try and yes it did burn for a few minutes after applying it, especially where the bugs were in their tunnels / rashes and I think the little bastards were in their kicking their heels up dying LOL. So anyway the morning of the second day which is right now I feel nothing crawling, nothing itching me and I feel like I don't even have them but we are going to do this for the next few days and hopefully they will be dead, feels like they're already dead.