How to Kill Scabies Mites Naturally


Sarcoptes scabiei is a microscopic parasitic arthropod. It burrows into human skin and causes scabies. It also goes by the names “scabies mite” and “human itch mite.” Among other routes, it can be transmitted sexually. Since the treatment to kill them is applied topically, patients are often motivated to find a substance that hurts the mite but is nontoxic to humans.

How to Kill Scabies Mites Naturally
(Laura Beth Drilling/Demand Media)

Things You'll Need

  • Manuka soap
  • Tea tree oil
  • Witch hazel
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Pure lavender oil
  • Neem oil
  • Turmeric (optional)
Step 1

Bathe with manuka soap. Combine witch hazel and tea tree oil in a 10-to-1 ratio. Apply this lotion after bathing to affected areas--the areas that itch or that have the tell-tale chicken pox-like red marks.

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Step 2

Apply a mixture of rubbing alcohol and pure lavender oil to affected areas. Apply enough to saturate the skin.

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Step 3

Use half a cup of neem oil for a bath or for direct application daily. Neem oil is a plant extract used as a pesticide. Combine it with turmeric to form an antiseptic cream that provides both comfort and treatment.

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Step 4

Watch all clothes and bedsheets in the hottest water. If you can’t wash it, place it in a plastic bag for a week to starve the mites to death.

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Step 5

See a doctor if a reduction in itching and healing of sores has not begun within a week of regular use of a natural treatment. The scabies mite is becoming increasingly immune to traditional treatments, some of which are toxic to humans, which is why many patients try natural treatments first.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Itching may take one to two weeks to subside once the mites are killed.


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