How to Treat Scabies With Garlic

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Scabies is a very itchy skin condition caused by mites that dig under the skin, where they lay their eggs. One of the best home treatments for scabies is the use of garlic. In a study cited by the University of Maryland Medical Center, garlic has anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic and anti-bacterial properties. It is a compound in garlic called "allicin" that gives it these properties.

Things You'll Need

  • Raw garlic
  • Garlic press or sharp knife
  • Olive oil
  • Glass jar
  • Saran wrap

Separate the cloves from a garlic bulb, and peel all of the cloves.

Peeled garlic cloves
Peeled garlic cloves

Place the cloves in a garlic press one at a time, and press. If you do not have a garlic press, you can chop the cloves into tiny pieces by hand with a sharp knife. Put the minced garlic pieces into a small glass jar.

Using garlic press
Using garlic press

Add one tablespoon of olive oil to the garlic in the jar, and stir.

Test a small patch of skin with the garlic and olive oil mixture. If you feel a slight burning, add a teaspoon of olive oil to dilute the garlic further. People with sensitive skin may have difficulty using straight garlic and may need to cut the mixture even more.

Apply the garlic and olive oil mixture directly to the scabies rash. Cover the garlic-covered skin with plastic wrap, and leave on for at least an hour. Repeat twice daily if possible. If you have not seen improvement within 10 days, see a physician or dermatologist for proper diagnosis.

Peel a clove of raw garlic and cut it in half. Rub the flat side of the cut clove against the scabies rash, then discard that clove. Repeat several times throughout the day.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be aware that you will smell like garlic while undergoing this treatment. Wash all bedding, clothing and towels that have come into contact with scabies. Scabies is highly contagious, so avoid physical contact with others to prevent spread.
  • If you experience the feeling of burning or the garlic causes redness and inflammation, use the single clove of garlic only, and not the garlic/oil mix. Your skin may be too sensitive for the heavier treatment.

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