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Clove Oil

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Posted by J. (Gold Coast, Qld, Australia) on 11/12/2011

I just came across the article called "Clove oil can be treatment for itchy rash" which discusses a new study from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Australia. In the article the researches discuss how they discovered clove oil is effective in killing the scabies mite.

"Researchers tested the clove oil, nutmeg oil and ylang ylang oil on two different types of mites in the laboratory to see how many died from contact with the oils.

'We tested the oils on the mites, and found that clove oil killed all the mites within 15 minutes'."

"The importance of this research is that the scabies mite has become increasingly resistant to current treatments, especially in Northern Australia where scabies is common. Our research aims to identify naturally occurring compounds that can combat scabies and prevent resistance from occurring."

In my opinion it needs to be diluted with a carrier oil such as coconut oil before applied to the body (we tried to stay at the 6% strength that was mentioned in the article to being 100% effective in killing both normal scabies as well as scabies that have built up a resistance to permethrin, within 15 minutes).

Up until now we've been using borax & hydrogen peroxide baths twice a day, neem oil and tea tree in coconut oil and applied after the baths, DE (Diatomaceous earth) and borax on the carpets and DE on the car seats, plus washing everything in borax and hot water and changing clothes after each bath, clean clothes in bags, dirty clothes in separate bags until washed (all remedies learned thanks to this site! ).

I just read about the research on Clove Oil today so that has been added to our coconut oil as of now. Not sure when we will know when the scabies are finally gone, have been at it for 9 days now, will give it a couple of days with the Clove Oil just to be sure. Does anyone know if these remedies will actually sink into the skin and kill the female mite? Or will it just kill the babies as they hatch from the eggs and come to the surface?

I hope this helps!

Replied by Njnit
(Newark, Nj)

I think I contracted scabies from a chair that was given to me. I tossed that chair in the trash and ran to my doctor who prescribed permethrin. It seemed to work well and I was bite free for about 3 weeks and then started getting bites again, although no where near as bad as the first time. I seem to have stopped it from spreading this time by applying a mixture of coconut oil, clove oil, neem oil, and tea tree oil. Of course, I am cleaning my home thoroughly with a 50/50 bleach mixture and washing my clothing/bedding/towels with borax. I have also been using a scrub made from citrus soap and borax in the shower.

I mixed a big batch of oil and apply it two or three times daily all over my body. (My husband says I smell like a spice rack.)

I use:

8 oz coconut oil

1 oz clove oil

4 dropper fulls neem oil

.5 oz tea tree oil

I also added two heaping teaspoons of sulfur powder.

(I bought everything online.)

The oil warms the skin almost as if you applied "icy hot" or some other muscle relaxing cream. I like it but, others may find it too hot in which case you may want to lessen the amount of clove oil.

The neem oil and sulfur smell awful, but the other oils mask the smell. Based on what I have read on this site, I will probably add some orange oil to the mixture for good measure.

It's too soon to say that I'm cured, but I seem to have stopped it from spreading. Although no one else in my family has caught this, I'm going to begin treating them with a milder version of the killer oil. Better to be safe than sorry!

Good luck all!

Replied by Chris
(Chicago, Il)
5 out of 5 stars

Contracted scabies from a older family member in a retirement community who was not showering regularly. Started feeling the sensation of something running under my skin. Two treatments of Permethin had been ineffective, sulfur baths and sulfur showers and creams, helpful but not 100% effective. Tonight I showerd with sulfur soap then tried a layer of antibacterial w/aloe, mixed grapeseed oil with clove oil ~ applied a layer ~ mixed grapeseed other with sweet orange oil ~ applied ~ next tree oil ~ lastly neem. Don't know if this is the most effective order but OMG within a couple of minutes, blue/gray threadlike strands were coming out of my pores. Get ready you can feel them coming to the surface. Grabbed my twezers to take a look there were at least 50-60 of these over the next 30 minutes coming out of my skin. Better out than in, I guess... Just amazing ~ for you non-believers ~ believe. Wish I could post the picture of the bodies on the tissue. Can't wait to find a microscope of some sort. YIKES! I will be doing this treatment daily for a while. Incredible find.....

Replied by Citygirl27
(Richardson, Tx)

To Chris from Chicago - regarding sweet orange oil, is it ok to use "Orange Oil" and it is not notated as "Sweet orange oil" on the label? I saw some at wh*le f*ods and wanted to buy it but wasn't sure if it would work the same. Please advise, or from anyone who knows if it is the same. Many Thanks. citygirl from Richardson, Texas.

Replied by Itchynva
(Charlottesville, Virginia)

I also used the Orange Oil from Whole Foods, That is the one. It works and along with the Clove Bud Oil and Peppermint Oil. I smelled like Christmas candy, but they all worked well together to get rid of those horrible critters. Good Luck.

Clove Oil
Posted by Lorisayshey (San Diego, Ca) on 08/25/2011
5 out of 5 stars

USE CLOVE OIL!!!! Only thing effective in killing the permithrin-resistant scabies. Better than anything else I've used, 90% cured after 1 week. 1 part clove oil, 3 parts coconut oil or olive oil. Leave on skill 24 hrs a day. Scabies and larvae coming to surface of skin get a taste and die, scabies burrowing into skin get a taste and it kills them in about 15 mins. Keep everything not just clean, but sanitized - 1/2 ounce clove oil in 32 ounce spray bottle and spray EVERYTHING you can every morning every night. Way to get rid of them is reduce the numbers every day, keep things clean, don't give up, be more tenatious than they are! Don't forget to pray and thank the Lord that He put it on my heart to post this to help you all!

Replied by Jeanne

Thank you for your recipe. I believe you have found the right strength of clove oil to carrier oil to work. I am going to try this immediately. God bless you too.

Clove Oil
Posted by Curedmyscabies (Paterson, New Jersey) on 08/25/2011
5 out of 5 stars


I have been cured of scabies for about 4 months now and feel obliged to enlighten every suffering human being of the secret. Two Words: CLOVE OIL. It can be purchased from any type of natural food store including whole foods, or online. When using it, you should probably dilute it in another type of oil, I used jojoba oil. So probably about 1 drop of clove per 2 teaspoon of jojoba. Mix it up. Rub this mixture all over the body and leave on for 15-30 minutes. Shower and make sure you have washed all of your linens and clothes beforehand with SPECIFIC DETERGENT. BORAX. ADD at least a cup and a half of borax to each load of laundry and make sure you have cleaned everything in your home or you will be reinfected. You may feel the scabies coming out or literally freaking out on your skin, like I did. They came out of tiny wholes and pretty much looked like they were suffering and eventually stopped moving after 20 minutes which is when I showered. It took me a few times to completely get rid of them, so don't feel hopeless if it doesnt work the first time. BUT IT WORKS! It took me approximately 4-5 days to completely rid them and I'm glad I did. Hopefully you guys will take my advice and no longer suffer. G-d Bless!

Replied by Lorisayshey
(San Diego, Ca)

How did you see these? I looked through a magnifying glass with a light shining on my skin and still could not see anything. I used the clove oil too, but I leave it on all day so that when they come out onto my skin they get a taste of it and die right away. Not sure about the jojoba oil, but I used coconut oil because it absorbs deeper into your skin. Most other oils only lay on the surface. Best to put it on just after the shower while your pores are open so it absorbs deeper into your skin. Also, if you are using the Permethrin cream, doctor's tell you that you are no longer contagious and then need to apply in again in a week. This was absolutely not true in my case. Got it from my husband AFTER in between his Permethrin treatments. Use the clove oil mixture even it you are taking to Permithrin just in case there are some stragglers hanging around that could reinfect you. If you are using bleach, they will kill the adults that are on your skin, but the ones that are under your skin - most of them, will be driven further into your skin to get away from it, then it is even harder to reach them AND they will be doing their burrowing deeper in your skin making more tunnels and causing more damage. I used the clove oil with much success, but wasn't sure if they were all gone, so I took the Permithrin treatment and clove oil at same time, it's almost gone now. No more itching, but they say the rash and some red spots will continue up to 3 weeks after the last treatments as your body secrete the dead mite, their larvae, eggs, and waste from your body. Hang in there. If this persists more than 6 weeks, go see an infectuous disease doctor for sure.

Replied by Kb
(Okc, Ok)

I saw that your post was August 2011. Are the scabies gone?

Clove Oil, Coconut Oil +

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Posted by Lynn (New London, CT) on 06/12/2022
5 out of 5 stars

For the past 11+ years I suffered from scabies that was not only misdiagnosed, but resistant to all prescription drug treatments. I had been researching for all these years for a permanent solution. I had been to hundreds of doctors and aside from being misdiagnosed, (e.g. eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, allergic reaction, etc.) and over prescribed steroids, ivermectin, permetherin, etc.) I finally found a promising cure.

Aside from finding the right remedy, I know now that everyone's skin and bodies are different and through trial and error found the appropriate mixture that has worked specifically for me. I have extremely sensitive skin and can't tolerate the majority of products (both prescription and OTC) as they often trigger adverse and allergic reactions. So remember when reading this that "less is more" when you first start out using the method and mixture ratio that has worked for me.

I used organic 100% pure clove bud oil, cold pressed 109% pure coconut oil, 100% organic pure aloe vera gel, tea tree oil face and body wash for sensitive skin, Loma Lux Eczema Pill (sulphur tablets) and white 100% cotton gloves (to sleep with on my hands to help prevent further injury of unconsciously scratching/itching open skin lesions during the night - to promote my healing.

For me the ratio of mixture that I found specifically appropriate for me was this.

1.) Seven (7) drops of clove bud oil to one (1) tablespoon of coconut oil.
2.) Two Loma Lux Eczema tablets once per day (taken at bedtime). My initial dosage was 3-4 tablets for the first two weeks.
3.) Put on a fresh clean pair of the cotton gloves daily at bedtime.
4.) Use of permetherin 5% spray to treat bedding (sheets, mattress, pillows) furniture and interior rooms on a daily basis.

Every other day in the evening at bedtime I would apply the clove bud oil combined with the coconut oil to my skin (from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet - including face, scalp, inside my ear lobes, under my toe and finger nails, etc.) And on the in between days I would apply the pure sloe vera gel several times throughout the day to promote healing.
The tea tree oil face and body wash I used throughout the day several times using a slightly textured wash cloth with warm water.

Honest to God I am finally feeling relief from the insane itching, my skin lesions are all almost completely healed. Most of the scabies and demodex mites have died and exhumed from my skin (hundreds of them). I am almost in full remission after 11 + years.

Currently I am researching for the best mite killing laundry detergent add-on and hope to update this post when I find the best additive.

Replied by Robert Ston

Hi Lynn, How did you survive so long with this miserable thing? Are you totally cured now?

Contracting Scabies

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Posted by Anonymous (Mendota, Usa) on 05/26/2011

animals cannot get scabies. the mites can only live on human skin, and human skin alone. the only way to get scabies in the first place is by prolonged skin to skin contact. for example how a mother hugs her child more than once a day. shaking of the hand or one simple hug will not contract them. the scabies can only live without a host for 3 days. simply vacate your house for three days and they will be gone(from your home anyway). make sure you take treatment durring then so not to reinfest your environment.

Replied by Anonymous
(Hopeless, Fl)

Yes your animals can get scabies, it's also known as mange. Furthermore, you can get it from your animals as well. (Trust me, my family did.)

Replied by Happysoul
(Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)
5 out of 5 stars

I erraticated my scabies infection with clove oil alone in a period of 3 days. It's important to skin test it first after dilutting 10 drops to a cup of grapeseed/olive oil first. Specially on open wounds.

If one can work up to a high mix of clove oil which feels like a burning sensation, and leave this on for 15 minutes and wash off after, it will promtly kill all mites.

Replied by Lorisayshey
(San Diego, Ca)

Happysoul, Good for you, you are one of the few so far that I've seen on this site that has figured out how well the clove oil works. You will soon be free from these if you keep it up, don't give up, it will take up to 2/3 weeks to get all of them out of your system, but their numbers will decrease and their bites will lesson each day. If I could offer a suggestion which I think I also recently figured out. I tried various ratios on the mix of clove oil with coconut oil/extra virgin olive oil and it seems like a 1 to 4 is tolerable and yet very potent to the pests. My son uses the olive oil because he is paralyzed and needs an oil that will stay on his skin longer since he sleeps a long time. I use the co because I can apply it throughout the day. I put it on in the morning after my shower, at around noon, then again after my shower at night. Then during the day if I even feel the slightest itch I attack it with another application.

Seems to me that what is happening is... First application killed all the adult mites and the larvae that were exposed to the clove oil mixture - this reduced the numbers significantly, but not all. Each day another set of eggs hatch and those that don't get a taste of the oil who make it to the surface seem to die when they go to burrow into my skin as they get a nice taste of clove oil. Poor guys, but good riddance I say. Then, if they are killed before they get a chance to lay their eggs, this reduces the numbers yet again. I see red spots coming to the surface every day, some itch, most don't. It seems that one that itch are the active ones because its the toxin they secrete during their burrowing that causes the itch. The other spots may just be their residue being excreted from under the skin, so don't get too freaked out thinking that you were reinfested, when the dead ones along with their larvae, eggs, and excrement are being excreted. The way you know if you still have live active ones under your skin is to douse your skin with hydrogen peroxide over your entire body - watch the eyes and private parts. This allows you to see EVERYTHING under you skin, the burrow marks, larger spots were there are adults OR eggs. The eggs sometimes appear as a white welt or pinprick red hard bump, like a grain of sand, under your skin. The first time I poured on the hp, I freaked. My upper leg was covered with a red rash and tons of bumps. I covered my leg with the co mixture, the next day 75% it was gone! I recommend that you try to keep the clove on your skin as long as you can, because if a larvae comes to the surface it will die when it hits the clove oil, or if a new adult decides to burrow into your skin and the co mixture is not there, it will lay more eggs. So, use a ratio of the oils that works for you, but don't wash it off. Clean washed skin is their favorite meal! :) The way to win this war is to REDUCE THE NUMBERS.

Replied by Harold
(California, Usa)

What is the mixture of coconut oil, clove oil, and olive oil... Do I need to leave it to my skin after I applied?

Replied by Markx
(Sgp, Singapore)

05/26/2011: Anonymous from Mendota, Usa

Animals do get mites - dogs have their 'own versions' of sarcopties and demodex, as do pigs, and as do many other animals. These species don't usually result in sustained infections on humans, but human infection is possible.

I believe some individuals are far more resistant to scabies than others.

I can't shake it off for months, but my wife and daughter only need one conventional treatment. After too much contact with me, even when I think I'm cured, they get itchy spots again, but one or two treatements will cure them.

On each occasion I've had it, it has taken me at least six weeks to get rid of it, with repeated rotated, conventional treatments.

Another point: While transmission is most likely by sustained skin to skin contact, a simple hand shake will do it.

I have seen that myself. I went into a boardroom whilst I had a diagnosed, (treated and almost recovered) scabies infection, I shook hands with everyone, then we sat around the table and started talking. Half an our into the meeting, one manager on the other side to the table started scratching the crease inside his elbow... on his right arm, the one I had just shaken! His scratching intensity increased to the point he took off his jacket and rolled up his sleeve to examine his arm.

I was too embarassed to say anything.

Interesting to note that he had obviously had a prior exposure to react so quickly (but then, at about 50 years of age, that is very likely to have occurred).

Replied by stephen
(central florida)

I did not have scabies. I took a new cat that I just brought home, to the vet for her first visit. The vet told me my new cat has scabies. My cat came with SCABIES that, they can't get, hum interesting that an animal that can't get scabies has scabies, that it can't get, interesting how false old wives tales contradict the truth. Then the dogs got checked. The vet said the medicine I give will kill scabies in both cats and dogs. Now it's my turn to go to my Dr. to get rid of my scabies infection. Thanks cat her name is barnett. She is a barn cat no more rats in the garage thanks barny love you girl.


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Posted by Peg (TX) on 04/03/2022
5 out of 5 stars

Scabies - Turpentine Soap and Cryotherapy

Turpentine bar soap cure overnight. Lather your body up to 5 times and let it sit on your skin for 2-3 minutes then rinse off. Repeat as needed. Do not put anything on your skin after you rinse and dry. I ordered my bar of soap on Amazon Search Turpinetine Bar Soap by Diamond G Forest Products. It's the best 9 dollars I have spent. I also ordered the Pure Gum Spirits of Turpentine to put some in the hand soap and hair shampoo to keep them off of me. Wash everything for the next few days to get rid of them.

I do Cryotherapy as well to freeze them suckers off of you. Keep in mind you will be cold, but you will see the parasite fall off your skin like dust. I praise God he placed this in my path to cure.

Replied by Renee

What type of cryotherapy did you do and where? Was it a one time treatment?

Diatomaceous Earth

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Posted by Darlene (Oregon, Usa) on 10/12/2014

On the topic of scabies, Diatomaceous earth works wonderful. Use one cupful in bath water and soak for while covering all parts of body. When you get out of bath just pat dry to leave as much DM on the body as possible. Use the food grade. It can also be used for internal parasites. I have used it for 6 yrs on my dogs, goats, mule, chickens and even taken it myself. It works to get rid of mites on chickens and scale mites on their feet . Research this for more info.

Replied by Rachelle

Thank you so much for your advice. I have to treat my home and my son's father's home, so I want to make sure I get it right. I pray this works, nothing like getting scabies in the middle of a pandemic...

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Posted by Alice (Odessa, Texas) on 02/13/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Diatomaceous cured my scabies : After being diagnosed w/scabies and given Permethrin, which made me very ill, I tried Neem,tea tree oil,kerocene! all kinds of things till I remembered I had Diatomaceous Earth DE fossil Shell Flour ( food grade ) in my house ,I used to use it on my cats for fleas until switching to a topical for less trouble.I decided to completely dust my enviroment and body w/ it to see if that worked! DE kills mites of all kinds by acting like ground glass inside them destroying their innards, but is safe to humans and pets, make sure you get the FOOD GRADE and not the one for pool filters which is dangerous! Get a large winter type sock with loose weave, fill it w/ the fossil flour and walk your house patting it, you will see it clouding and falling to the floor, use on furniture and any places you freguent often, like your PC. I dusted my comforter on both sides good, to keep from washing it all the time! Same for pillows although mine are in sealed garbage bags. Last try to keep yourself dusted from scalp to soles of feet for at least a week,a ll crawling sensations will disappear along with biting, from here on in I'm keeping my house dusted as the fine film blends in on carpet and furniture, in case of other types of mites. Neem is still a good shampoo additive, one dropper full to your handful of regular shampoo,well Good luck to all.

Replied by Helpplz
(Tempe, AZ)

This sounds like what i wanna try. So it is totally harmless to rub all over yourself and sleep in it? How long should i leave it on? Can it be purchased at a farmers co op or the home depot? Are you fully cured? How much should i buy? Anyone else have sucesss with this?

Replied by Peggy Sue Chan
(South Houston, Texas, USA)

To Helpplz: I buy mine at a feed store, 50 lbs for $21.00. It's real name is Diatomite Silica. You can buy it at nurseries and garden centers, too, but for far more expensive. We drink ours. I don't have hot flashes when I drink it. I took several tablespoons twice daily, and the next day the flashes quit. I vacationed in the Carribbean without air conditioning for two weeks, and the flashes still didn't happen.

I also quit having gluteal hamstring pulls--I have no idea why they quit the day after I began taking the silica. I'd had them for 5 years previously, as long as I'd been running. However, four months ago I changed my running form from heel strike to forefoot strike, and the hamstring pulls never recurred, even without my taking silica. Strange, but my knees and ankles quit hurting when I changed form, too.

When I quit taking silica, however, my hot flashes returned.

I can't tell what else silica did for me because I am not aware of having any other health problems.

Replied by Sherri
(Rockford, Il)
5 out of 5 stars

DE is great, the itching was horrible and got rid of my mites/scabies in a day, was wonderful! Can't express enough how amazing this stuff is for this and other health benefits. We take Incect Dust 100% DE found it at our local garden center. Just to list a few other things it helped us with... More energy, great poops, husband has hair growing in areas that were receeding, his hair does not look as grey, He no longer has a big belly, he has lost weight, no lower back, shoulder or knee pain, have not had other pains he was taking handfuls of ibuprofen for on a daily basis, no longer taking allergy med's, no more antacids and we eat spicey foods daily, skin and nails look better and grow fast! We do not have the morning smokers cough either. Give it a try, the itching will stop and you will be soooo relieved and you'll love the other benefits too:) We are currently taking 1 to 2 Tbs of this daily and have been for 4 months now, we mix it with V8 Splash (stir well) and drink it down in a shot, rinse glass with cold water and drink what remains in the cup.

Replied by Veronica
(St Louis, Missouri, Usa)

Hi, thank you for your diatomaceous earth information. I wondered if after the post you noticed further health benefits. I am thinking of starting DE as you have and am a bit frightened of it.

Thank you,


Replied by Bananabarb
(London, Uk)

I bought some of this from amazon, and have been searching the internet on how to use it.

Scabies are driving me crazy and have turned me into a nervous wreck as I'm so worried about giving to my family (who seem to be clear so far), and also about how many people I may have infested so far.

I've been spraying 3% hydrogen peroxide on me, which felt great and relieved the itch, but I'm not convinced it's actually killing anything. Also my skin is reacting to it in a bad way as I use it more and more.

I'm going to give it a go with the DE and a sock. Great idea! I will post back with how it goes.

Replied by Someone Who Cares
(Los Angeles)

This will work however, it does not take only a day to work. I did the same sock trick, filled with DE and beat it around the place. I sprinkled it into the carpet and beat it in using a flip flop. It cuts and dehydrates the bugs however it can take days before they die and may not reach unhatched eggs. For the eggs I reccamend a combo of clove and neem oil. The clove will melt the eggs and been Will inactivated eggs and intermediate larva if not destroyed by the clove oil.

After mixing both oils in lotion, let dry. Then when completely dry apply the DE and rub it in. During this time times when you shower, you should be scrubbing with sulfur soap and allowing it to remain unwashed off on the skin, for a min of ten min. Do not skimp on the time. Ten full min or more then completely wash off. Grisi is the brand of the 10% sulfur soap.

Also most importantly, many come here looking for advise and may assume they have a condition when they may not. I've seen people who did not know they had bed bugs complained to their derm about scabies or other single infections. Keep in mind there are a variety of mites also the have very different habits of existence. Some living in the skin, in the environment and longer than expected without food supply. See a doc if you can. If not, do your self a favor and research and get feedback from a trusted friend or loved one.

Replied by Charlene
(Georgia (ga))

I buy DE online, it's cheapest. You can also buy it in the stores locally like health food stores and feed stores. I also buy my DE at the Tractor Trailer Supply Store. They also sell horse paste that people use for scabies but don't tell them you're buying it for yourself. They sell other things there that will help kill your mites. I buy the grey animal type of DE, it's not refined. I use it for my environment and my dog and my body. Internally I use the whitish type which is refined and for human intake and externally. The animal type you can consume too and it's a better quality but it seriously tastes like dirt. I can't drink or eat it. Gross!

Replied by Sovereign

Hi, how much clove and neem oil to what quantity of lotion do you use?

DMSO, Hydrogen Peroxide

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Posted by Thankful (Australia) on 07/18/2018
5 out of 5 stars

I have been using Sharon's treatment below from 2009 for just over 36hrs, used the 3/4 cup DMSO (70% DMSO - 30%Purified water), 1 Cup water, 1 Tablespoon (35%) Peroxide & 1 extra Cup water (mixed with peroxide to dilute before adding to DMSO & water) added mixture to spray bottle and set to work. Found this recipe late evening, applied two applications before bedtime. Applied every 2 hours next day, the first 3 - 4 application there was scabies coming out of the skin immediately to escape certain death, some even climbed hair follicles. Now at 36hrs only have occasional scabies coming out of the skin.

This is my second bout of scabies in 4 years, I was advised that once you have had them your body is more susceptible to contracting them again for some reason. The first bout lasted for nearly 12mths before killing them off, I even tried 3 lots of Lyclear scabies cream without success back then.

This recipe has been a blessing day 2 and scabies nearly all gone.

Replied by Frances
(Cabarlah, Qld.)

Just a note about the successful treatment of scabies with clove bud essential oil.

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Posted by Sharon (Wesley Chapel, FL) on 07/21/2009
5 out of 5 stars

scabies is cured!!

My mom and I hd been fighting these scabies mites for 4 years now. Came from chickens she bought from a farmer. We tried everything, and thank god for earthclinic and Ted's recommendations, but still no permanent cheap relief as I was unable to treat the beds and get em all killed. After spending $3000 on a sleep number bed,I couldnt just replace it. However--My mom called me up and told me that spraying hydrogen peroxide solution on herself all over killed the things. I had found it at walmart listed as non-chlorine bleach with a pink label. I tried it and was a little disapointed, maybe 70% results. I figured I had not treated everything in my house properly. Also, I was reading about DMSO. I read where the DMSO goes deep into the skin and you had better be clean where you apply it or it will take the dirt down deep with it. So, I mixed 3/4 cup DMSO, 1 cup water and 1 cup peroxide bought at wal-mart into a spray bottle. Its called non-chlorine bleach with a pink label next to the regular bleach. BINGO, instant kill rate even below the skin. I had to treat the really big spots for a couple of days until they dried up. Now I had the perfect spray for me, my bed, my car, my long haired dogs. Its a miracle. I recommend treating your whole body every day until you have no more spots as they will crawl out of a small "kill zone spray" if you dont add enough DMSO. I put in less (1/4 cup )DMSO and it didnt kill as fast, but still killed em. No smell either. Been 3 weeks now and on those in my family who used it, it works great. I have one family member in denial. however, even so, I can still treat his stuff without the big fight over the smell of the sulfur I was using.

Replied by Sarah
(Tyler, Texas)

I have a question about your DMSO and hydrogen peroxide treatment. I have heard that Dmso smells like garlic gone bad . Would really like to try it. We are at the point where we are almost cured ...but not quite. My boyfriend insist that he does not have them becsuse he does not itch and I have to throw a fit to get him to do a neem, lavender,orange, and tea tree whole body shampoo every other day. So I doubt I could get him to try something that smells worse. Thanks for your efforts.

Replied by Mary
(Rural, Va)

DMSO is really quite mild compared to Neem oil. I don't know what percentage of Neem is in the body wash you are using, but to be honest, straight Neem oil is about the vilest stuff I have ever smelled.

Replied by Cynthia
(Sacramento, Ca)

Where can you find DMSO? I would like to try this.

Replied by Sarah
(Tyler, Texas)
4 out of 5 stars

You can get DMSO from any farm or ranch the equine section. The kind used here is liquid.
I have been following this regimine for 10 weeks and I can say that the situation is much better (I can sleep at night) it is not a cure.

Replied by Dee
(Philly, Pa)

You can also get DMSO from

Replied by Mbj
(Beaumont, Tx)

Anyone have experience with diatomaceous earth as natural insecticide for small bugs/dust mites? Pet-friendly.

Replied by Fra Fra
(Mineral Wells, Texas)

I use the food grade diatomaceous earth on my dog and her bedding, I also give her 1 tbs. of the powder in milk along with several drops of H2o2. I've been doing this for about 1 1/2 yrs. Now, she is very healthy. Hope this information helps.

Replied by Sarah From Mi
(Pittsford, Mi/usa)
5 out of 5 stars

Re: Diatomaceous Earth for external parasites on animals

I've used D.E. for years (11 ), to get rid of fleas on our dogs & cats, & lice on our livestock. I sprinkle it right on the animals & rub/brush it in really well - & then also sprinkle it liberally around their "loafing areas". We sprinkle it around our entire house during "flea season" & it makes a huge difference in the flea population issues that you just can't avoid during certain weather & when you have a zillion animals like we do, LOL. It does take longer than the noxious chemicals, but it does work!

Replied by Janet

How long did you leave the spray on your body? Did you take a shower afterwards or just dry off with a towel or just let it soak in? I just tried it as well and I kept it on for just a couple minutes cause I didn't know how it would react on my body so then I rinsed off with hot water.

Replied by Katzie

I know this question wasn't directed at me, but I also use D.E. as you do, or at least, I did; it took care of the problem.

I used D.E. and dry-rubbed it in. When using it on infections, rashes, etc., I have found that the wonderful, miraculous D.E. clings to areas where its needed, and falls off where its not. I do this first and then I hop in the shower.

(And don't worry, the D.E. doesn't ever attain the consistency of clay to clog your drains. Its too powdery for that.)

I do plan on buying, I think they're called "dry-scrub brushes" for dry rubbing before a shower, which I hear is good anyways. But for now, my hands do just fine.

Blessed healing to you.

Enzyme Based Treatment

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5 star (1) 

Posted by Lynn (Kansas City, MO) on 11/21/2007
5 out of 5 stars

I having been viewing Earth Clinic for about a year now looking for more information on scabies. We have had a severe infestation for about 1 1/2 years now. My husband came home with a hunting dog a friend gave him. He told him it had red mange but it turned out to be sarcoptic mange, we were clue-less. Anyway all of our dogs caught it, we have 9. We used the borax and peroxide to start with because I never use chemicals on our dogs, even thier shampoo is all natural. As for the humans in the house, I have been covered with scabies from the start the boys and my husband have bites but nothing like me(is there a reason for this?). The guys took over all the animal care to keep me away from the bugs but I still get them off the laundry and if one of them come anywhere near me after they have been around the dogs, the bugs get on me! This has been a nightmare for over a year now. The family Doctor put us on permethrin cream and the Vet had the dogs on tac-tic (very poison!) We had been using the cream for months and the dogs had went to pro-late, sulfur dips and others, all poison. I have had dogs very sick for treatments and we have twitching eyes and just feeling ill and the last Doctor visit were givin Stromectol (thats ivomec for people). I have tried for months to figure out why we were unable to get rid of these things!!! My Vet and Dr both were treating us and the dogs but no one ever said anything about our horses and cattel!!!! Also mice rabbits and other varmints that may be here and there. My husband has been setting live traps for a week now and has caught 8 opossums just around the barn at night. We had no idea, neither have ever had mange or scabies and don't know a thing about them. Recently I found something that has worked better then anything else I have used. This is the first time in over a year that the front of my legs and thighs and my face have been clear! I would like you to check it out, I think it can help alot of people. I did have one problem with it, I was carrying a small spray bottle around with me so if I felt a bug on my face I could spray it (it would stop it dead in its tracts) but my face and other tender parts of my skin were getting a little raw, I looked sunburned. I was using it alot more then I really needed to but I could not take these bugs running across my face and getting in my ears anymore. Its a pesticide-free formula that contains enzymes from plant sources. It kills head lice too. I found it at my health food store. I don't want to give the name but I have never seen it in any of my web surfing. They do have a web sight you can check it out and decide if you want to share this with others on your site. This stuff has been wonderful for me, its giving me my life back. I don't sell it and have no interest in it other then using it. I really hope this can help others, its been a long horrible journey for me!!!

Replied by Maribel


could you please tell me how did you use the enzyme base product?

any update from your scabies health crisis?

did you completely eradicate them from your skin?

thank you and may God bless you and all your loved ones.

Enzymes for Scabies

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5 star (1) 

Posted by D (Phoenix, AZ) on 07/16/2008
5 out of 5 stars

Hello. I came upon this site hoping to find some more remedies for scabies, particularly an oral treatment. I've read through the various replies, and it looks as though some of the commenters do not have scabies, because animals cannot carry the parasite (from the numerous articles I've read anyway). Anyway, I've had them for a few years, and mostly used the lice poison found at the supermarket. It helped somewhat, but it's poison! So I looked and found a product called Lice R Gone that worked. It's an natural enzyme that eats away at their exo-skeleton. The only problem I am having is that I have them on my foot, and it's a bit difficult to get through some of the tough skin, and even one small missed are will cause an outbreak eventually. It was cheap, it smelled pleasant, and very effective. Once my foot is cleared up, I'm done! Hope you all find relief!

Replied by Sharon
(Wesely Chapel, Florida)

To those of you who think mites cannot be transferred between humans and animals, I'm sorry, they can. We got our initial infection from some chickens-not a scabies mite, but a rat mite according to the lab at University of Texas who tested ours. There appears to be some mis-labeling due to the spread of different kinds of mites. Also, keep in mind that your local vets and docs do not know how to deal with the unknown mites- they are only used to what their books tell them. You cannot see them without the aid of bi-focal glasses a good magnifying glass. This type of rat mite lived in some washed blankets I had stored in my huge closet for over a year! When we got them out the next winter,we were all itching like mad in less than 30 min. and had to get up, strip everything and take a shower. They have killed my mom's parrot (ate thru his ears into his brain), and my sister's dog (infested a cat bite in his throat and the vet said it looked like a tumor, only 2 months after the bite). When my mom got tested, they sliced a piece of her infected abdomen skin. Under the microscope it only looked like many bits and pieces of mites, but mites. We infected our 4 pomeranians, even tho the vet said they could not get them as they were taking Revolution treatment once a month. We do not have scabies, according to the books, but it looks like scabies. Its itches like scabies, and it spreads rapidly. On the dogs, it looks like mange around the eyes and mouth. If I had not had two adult males in denial, I could have already rid myself of them. Ps, I am currently taking 2 tsp of curry powder each day to keep them from biting me as I am extremely allergic and break out badly. If I get into an infested area, they will get on and crawl around and itch a little until I go shower them off with borax and H Pero. At least I am sleeping nights and no more sores, boils, infected areas. I am taking curry because it has a high concentration of turmeric and was all I had around the house. Started working after the second day. One website for spices said turmeric has been used topically (on the skin) for scabies. Best Wishes, and thank you Ted for your kind advice.

Replied by Jeff

They are some type of mites similar to scabies but teensy tiny like demodex. They bite humans or animals and docs are CLUELESS. They'll just try to label you as nuts rather than admit they don't know. They can live off the host for looong time.

Epsom Salts

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5 star (1) 

Posted by Earthgirl17 (Elyria, Oh) on 09/04/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I first of all would like to thank everyone who posted their remedies for scabies. They are tenacious little critters aren't they! I did alot of research online and would like to share my story.

I had over a dozen large crusted scabies spots on my arms and legs... Dozens more smaller ones. I did some landscaping for a friend and we dug out a flower bed no one had touched for 20 years. I got poison ivy too (or pehaps not since I had never been allergic to it before), but didn't realize the scabies for a few days... Thought it was all just poison ivy at first. I 've had scabies before so I knew what they looked like, but the crusted scabies, or Norwegian scabies, is just the same mite but many, many, MANY of them. My skin was raised up, or very swollen in spots, with some diameters much larger than a silver dollar.

I used the borax and peroxide baths, omitting the peroxide alot, since I had no income for a while. I lost 3 jobs because I looked so awful and didn't want to contaminate others. I put myself in quarantine for about 6 weeks. My kids got small spots but I killed those right away. I was taking 5-6 borax baths in a 24 hour period, scrubbing down with it in the hottest water I could stand (my tolerance went up considerably over 6 weeks) and letting it dry before soaking. I could tell it was helping but needed something else. I used essential oils also- lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus globulus, rosemary, orange, others... and pennyroyal, which is highly toxic. It can shut down your kidneys so make sure you cleanse with a detox tea after and only use it once a week. I had them so bad I felt sick, so I detoxed my liver and kidneys with herbal teas- detoxing also helps your body deal with the little buggers! Also MSM, since it contains sulfur, I took twice everyday. I figured that, like candida, they thrive in an acidic atmospere, so I alkalized with cucumber and lemon water. I ate alkalizing vegetables and cut out all meat, sugar and alcohol. I ate a spoonful of coconut oil everyday, and used it topically to help my dried-out skin. I also used a capful of bleach and a toothbrush and scrubbed the spots occasionally, but I could tell that was making me sick too.

So, I went back online seeking other cures. The more cures I used, the more results I got. I feel that the Epsom salts really put the nail in the scabies' coffin, so to speak. I alternated borax baths with Epsoms baths, eventually just using the Epsoms salts, scrubbing myself with the salts and letting it dry a while before soaking. That's when they really started to die off. They hate sulfur. Maybe magnesium too? The essential oils helped with killing the eggs so they'd quit coming back. When I got it in my eyes, I used hot, soaked green tea bags on them. I'm not sure if it was the heat or the tea but they left my eyes. Also swimming in the neighborhood pool that contained way too much bromine may also have helped! Hahaha

I also cleaned my house and bedding incessantly, like others suggested, placing plastic covers on everything, vacuuming everyday. It was exhausting, and I barely slept for 6 weeks.

Besides the physical ways of doing away with scabies, FAITH is absolutely the best thing I had going for me. Don't ever lose it!! Faith is EVERYTHING. Not religion, but a pure steadfast belief in what you want. It always works.

Hope this works for you as well!!! It was hell!! - but I have valuable experience now, and we all have trials to go through. Maybe mine was so I could help others, I don't know- but I truly hope you find your cure!! I have the battle scars to prove I WON!!!

Take care and God bless!!

Replied by Shelly
(Las Vegas, Nv)

There should be a like button! Sorry for my english and spelling is not the best. Thanks for sharing. I read about epsom salt working for scabies. The mites I have seem to not be phased by it. I think they are bird mites. So far only lemon essential oil is killing them in my hair. Nothing else has like permethrin or like substances. They are not phased by coconut oil, amonia or even sulfur! I think actually the adult mites are not phased by the sulufur. MAybe newly hatched are.

The bleach baths also work on the non adult ones. Very few things work when bird mites are in your scalp. I'm so confused. I dont know what I have the more I think of it. I tried borox, sulfur, bug spray hot bath, heair dryer, toothpaste before the recent post for tooth paste, tea tree oil, turpintine oil, dawn dish liquid, neem oil and soap, lemon greass oil, apple cider vinager, ivermectin horse past, Flagyl pills, bitter melon pills, olive leafe pills, Dr, Hulda Clarcks parasite cleanse with black walnut, wormwood and freash grownd cloves, sauna, two hour soak in _____ baking soda deteregent for laundry, Quassia Amuara from a lice treatement, peroxide (peroxide does get them out of my ears when I leave in for 20 min) Diatomatious earth in bedding, carpet, hair and cloths, clove oil (made my scalp peel in huge chunks) Lysol spray and toilet bowl cleaner, barbarsol, alcholol 91%, finger nail polish remover, sun laundry detergent with color safe bleach as reccamended by the morgellons page, pine tar soap, pennyroyal oil, windex on the scalp soap for dogs, advantix permetherin 45% for dogs : (

Next on the list to try, Teds Borax in water, drank all day, colloidal silver, actual pine-tar-resin, actual Balsalm of Paru oil or resin, boiled wood chips from Quassia Amaura boiled strong in water then that water simmered in oil till the water is gone and oil remains, Still using the neem oil as it messes with their reproductive cycle.

The most valuable thing you mentioned is the faith. I KNOW I will get over this scalp mite infestation! I just have to make it happen! I have a ton of lemon oil in my hair now and it is burning! ITs near the point of panic but not there yet. If it gets to be too much, NEVER use water to rinse, douce with coconut. Olive or baby oil to dilute. Learned the hard way and the water opened the pores to more inteanse burning!

Ted, if there is ever a situation where one is running out of options or ideas its here. I've tried nearly everything. Very tired now. Gonna to take a bleach bath but with out the bleach and using chlorine for swimming pools and Sodium cabonate not to be confused with sodium Bicarmonate. There is a difference. Seems like the carbonate works better.

There is no way I can heal this and not come back to post what will have worked.


(San Francisco, CA)


just wondering if you ever found a cure for your affliction or are you still suffering and living a nightmare?

Replied by Douglas

Hello, I just read all of the things you tried for the bird mites in your scalp. I was just wondering if you ever tried crushed cloves of garlic? I saw an episode of monsters inside me where they said that garlic gets rid of most parasites and infections so maybe it would work for that as well. Didnt see it mentioned so figured I would chime in my suggestion. Hope you find relief. Also maybe DMSO combined with somethings you've already used would allow for greater penetration and absorption of the other remedies to better work on your scalp. Its Aug. 2013 now. Did you ever get it taken care of?

Replied by Rebel

I had or may even still have some kind of buggers that got on me while cutting grass more than five years ago. And I am not sure that they got on me or was drawn out of my own body( Maybe they live in our gut, I don't know for sure , because I am not sure what these things are ) They could be Canndidda, Parasites, Mites I just don't know for sure. I won't even take time to tell what all I have taken, that helped some. What I will share with you is what worked best! Hairever Scalp Therapy rubbed onto my forearms ( where they were ) Thank goodness not in my hair. Anyway I would get black specks that would come from my skin and it would help for a while. I pretty much thought I had them contained , but not cured all the way. They would re-appear and I would rub them down again.

Well, by accident while treating some other things I started to take Cayenne Pepper! Started slowly with like 30,000 Heat units , like 1/8 teaspoon in some V-8. Worked my way up to a full teaspoon after awhile. I started to notice that more and more black specks was coming out of my arms when I would rub them with the scalp therapy. After about a month of this my arms begin to clear alot. Best out of all the remedies that I had tried. I still have an occasional one rise up (usually has a white head on it ) and a few and I mean just a few black specks come out now. I use to have bunches of the white heads and black specks. This helped me the most.

If these thing are blood born or somehow get into the bloodstream as TED thinks they might be. Then you will have to kill them internally as well as externally.


Replied by Myi

Hello my husband and I are suffering from Scabies and I need some help please.... What is the ratio for Epsom salt peroxide and water.. Which works or what did you alternate with? Plz help me!!! Crosbymy(at)gmail (dot) com thanks

Replied by Boothvabeach Va
(Va.beach, Va)

So sorry for you, you did not mention whether you were using the cleansing regiment, if you are not maybe doing so would get you the results you want and need

Essential Oils

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Posted by Nicki (Chalais Charente, France) on 11/13/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I am a beekeeper and treat my bees with essential oils. I thought that if the oils kill the varroah mite they might kill scabies.

In 2 tablespoons of olive oil put:

15 drops of wintergreen
15 drops of peppermint oil
15 drops of neem oil
15 drops of oregano oil
and for good measure and soothing 10 drops of lavender

I tried it on my scabies
No more itching
No more rash - within one week it seemed to have gone - I shall keep going for another week in case there are any eggs left!!

Replied by Marie
(Knoxville , Tn)
5 out of 5 stars

I agree with the essential oils getting rid of scabies, this is the mixture that worked for me:
In a cup of olive oil mix, two teaspoons of tea tree oil, a teaspoon of clove oil, a teaspoon of neem oil, and a teaspoon of orange oil. Rub it on your whole body like you would lotion before bedtime. I would do it for at least a month just to be sure. I put it on everynight because it also makes your skin so soft. The orange and clove oil really help the smell of the tea tree oil and the neem oil smell a lot better. This is so much better than all of the chemical treatments, and it really works. Vacuum and wash everything down and you should feel a lot better in a week or two.

Essential Oils
Posted by Itchyface (Orange County, California) on 03/05/2009
5 out of 5 stars

I am new to this scabies thing. But the things that worked really well for me. Is the Peppermint "Oil", Lavender oil, Neem oil, with base of olive, vegetable or avocado oil. Within a couple days it's worked.

Replied by Janet
(Montgomery, Alabama)


I just read your letter on the essential oils that helped with scabies. I just got some scabies from who knows where these are terrible. I am desperate to get rid of them.

I was wondering exactly how the oils worked for you. Did they kill the scabies of just help with the itching or what? And how long did it take for you to rid them?

Please write me back,
Thank you,
Janet [email protected]


Just wished to add that yes, certain essential oils are effective, though how to use them can be confusing, and using them in too strong a concentration or pure, can burn the skin.

After experimenting, I found that diluting with a carrier oil worked, but diluting with Aloe Vera Gel or liquid was much more effective and almost instant.

Bathing in the epsom salts and borax as Ted mentions is helpful, but a rapid solution is to:

Mix together:

1 1/2 - 2 cups of Aloe Vera Gel and adds

2 drops orange oil,

2 drops peppermint oil,

3 drops, clove oil,

and 2 drops tea tree oil,

mixing that liquid in a small tray or container, then while you are DRY standing in the shower/tub (so the solution is not diluted by water on your body) apply that with a small face cloth, dripping on top of one's head, covering every single part of your body systematically. Rub it in and you will see them leave (and yes you can see the adult form). Continue to rub that in and after 20 minutes rinse your whole body.

Repeat the above process immediately again. (and a 3rd time if you are still seeing them leave but it will probably not be necessary).

Of course, as Ted has instructed, cleaning up the environment as noted throughout EarthClinic so as to prevent reinfestation is very important. But at least you will feel normal again and they will be gone. I would repeat the above process (one application) a few days in a row, and once a week while continuing to clean the environment, vacuuming, etc.

There is hope and natural treatments definitely can eradicate scabies. There is no doubt! Hang in there!

Replied by Cathrine
(Perth, Wetsern Australia)
5 out of 5 stars

I found eucalyptus oil to be quite a potent natural insecticide. I have read it fries small insects such as fleas and head lice and so far appears to have stopped the scabies. It doesnt irritate my skin. I think essential oils work but perhaps take a bit longer than the chemical based treatments.


It is not that natural remedies take longer than conventional allopathic medical treatments; the method of correctly using natural treatments is the key. Also, conventional medical treatments are increasingly failing due to resistance occurring.

With regard to essential oils, for example, they can be applied in a bath but some people put too much in and their skin is "burned" or irritated. Some have pointed out that to evenly distribute essential oils in a bath, drip the oils onto the epsom salts and borax powders, and then spread those powders into the bath water for an even distribution that won't burn the skin.

Other methods are using Aloe Vera gel which is ideal because it remains liquid for longer than gelled alcohol hand cleaner and can carry the essential oils into the skin, while also having its own anti-parasitic action.

One can also create one's own lotion with any lotion that you tolerate well and is absorbed well into the skin, but dilute it somewhat so it is more liquid than originally, and stir in the essential oils. This can be rubbed into the skin all over the body and left on overnight, as well as spot treatment for areas that are especially itchy.

However, we should not make the mistake many make to think that the mites exist only where it itches; there are many, many more spread around and this becomes obvious any time you use a remedy that causes the mites to release themselves from the skin and die; the adults become visible as tiny dark specks that can be felt when rubbing the liquidy Aloe Vera gel/essential oil or lotion on.

There is no need to poison oneself with neurologically damaging conventional remedies, mistakenly thinking the docs know better. They don't and have no clue what is really going on. Ted is right that these "nano-insects" of various sorts are being made to be increasingly resistant to conventional remedies.

Replied by Griffo
(Adelaide, Sa/ Australia)

Well who knows where I caught this mungrel parasite. Three weeks after returninig from a family holiday in WA I began severely itching. I became concerned and went to my doctor. As there were no signs on my hands and feet and limitted marks on my body his thought was it might be scabies. I was like WHAT! Couldnt be. I said "Give a week and see what happens". When I went back he made an appointment for me to see a leading dermatologist in SA. If it wasnt for two small sores on my penis it would have been difficult to diagnose. Yes scabies I had. YUK. That night my girlfreind and I put the cream on us from head to foot. This was about the 7th of March this year. Again we covered ourselves with the white scabies cream a week later. We cleaned everything I was in touch with. After the second sleep with cream all over us I burnt the mattress in the back yard and bought a new one. I have only just recently taken the plastic off the new mattress. 7 months later I still itch as it is the scabie debris coming out of me. It has taken 8 months I have healed sores (skin blemishes) and now only small sores on my cancer operation scar under my belly button and on a scar on my butt where I backed into an emery grinder. It is only just recent that Ive had annoying itches again so Im back to oil baths. ie.eucalyptus/tee tree and citrus. Ive been having these baths often since after we slept with the scabies cream on us. My girlfriend luckily has not been affected by the beast. I contribute this to the excessive cleaning since our cream baths. Plus my constant bathing in the above oils.

I made a mistake of NOT believing in my doctor on the first visit so literally (because of the way they breed)1000's made home under my skin. So wish I had the cream put on my body when my doctor first acknowledged I might have scabies. Please if you think you have scabies get the scabies cream to sleep with on you straight away. I learnt a big lesson. I believe I used a white tube called lycream. I used cortival for a short time to heal the many sores that I had on my body. After Cortival I used a eucalyptus/ citrus spray on the sores after a bath, it stung but didnt itch. I felt the difference between a live itch and a dead itch. If you can picture sleeping in a bed of three corner jacks (nasty aussie prickles) thats what it felt like for me. As my body is getting back to some sort of normality my only concern now are the skin blemishes. I believe because of the way my body was invaded my research and methods have helped me What can bring back skin colour in old dark scabie sores that have healed?

Replied by Penolopy

Try vitamin E oil to reduce discoloration/scars.