Skin Care

Top 9 Home Remedies for Scabies

By  | 

Scabies is a contagious condition of the skin defined by swelling, itching and redness caused by allergy causing bacteria. You can see the underlying burrows on the skin caused due to these insects. At the onset, the sufferer has to undergo various precautions and medication and along with it to prevent reinfestation and recurrence of scabies, the people living in the same house should also be treated.

Remedies for Scabies

Here are some basic home remedies to treat scabies.

Best Home Remedies for Scabies:

Neem Oil :

neem oil

Neem Oil is the basic herbal treatment for scabies. It is available at all general stores and market. Neem Oil contains natural chemicals that do not harm the skin but successfully kill the mites. It is irritable because of the smell, but surely benefits in 3-4 applications. Use neem oil thoroughly on the body after baths to cure scabies.

Onion Bath:

Onion Bath is also effective home remedy and can be started at the very onset of the irritation. Crush 3-4 onions or as much as required and boil with water. When the water is lukewarm, wash the affected area thoroughly with this water. You can also apply onion juice directly to the area where the infection is caused.

Tea Tree Oil:

Tea tree oil has a very thin consistency that penetrates the skin easily and causes harm to scabies causing insect form under the skin. Apply tea tree oil directly to the skin with cotton pads or swabs. Use gloves while application and avoid spreading the oil unnecessarily to prevent the infection from growing.

See More: Home Remedies For Sore Throat Pain


Permetherin is a common insect repellent of synthetic nature. To use, mix general petroleum jelly and Permetherin in equal quantities and apply on the infected skin. Use only on the infected area and wash within 10 hours. Be sure that you get Permetherin that was 10 percent originally.


Cayenne is a Mexican herb used to cure various skin problems. To use, prepare a bath tub filled with warm water and mix cayenne in it. Keep the body immersed in this water till it cools down. Make sure you prevent the contact of this water with eyes and mouth.


Zinc prevents rashes and itching that is caused on onset of scabies and also helps prevent it from growing. To use, crush common zinc tablets, mix with equal amount of turmeric powder and add water to form a thick paste. Use this on infected areas.

Copper Lotion:

Copper Hydroxide or Colloidal Copper can be obtained from any general chemist. Mix it with water, chalk and apple cider vinegar to make a lotion. Apply on infected area used cotton pad. The lotion should be applied from upper body and with downward strokes move to the lower body.

See More: Bronchitis Home Remedies

Antiseptic Lotions:

There are various antiseptic lotions in the market that are used on common scratches and infections. Use these in your bathing water and the water used for cleaning the clothes. It prevents scabies from growing and re-infestation one healing process starts. Also dip bath towels and sheets after washing them to keep them clear of infection.

Borax Powder:

Borax Powder is available at any chemist store and can be used to cure scabies. Mix borax powder in any unscented regular talcum and apply on infected areas once or twice in a day. This will prevent the scabies eggs from growing and hatching within the surface and makes it easy to get rid of.

Unless the outbreak is severe, these remedies can be easily tried. However, if the condition gets worse, doctor should be consulted.

See More: Migraine Treatment At Home

Images Source: Shutter stock