If you would like to know how to kill scabies naturally, there are a number of steps you can take. Home treatment for scabies is usually considered to be potentially less harmful than traditional doctor-prescribed treatments which are heavily based around the use of insecticides which are applied directly to the skin.
Traditional doctor-prescribed treatments include the use of topically applied insecticides which many consider to be harmful-particularly for children and pregnant women. Some have been associated with life threatening conditions including leukemias and diseases of the nervous system. It is no wonder therefore that increasing numbers of people are looking for natural ways to deal with this common problem.
Scabies are caused by a burrowing mite called Sarcoptes Scabiei. It is very easy for scabies to be passed on by wither direct contact with an infected person or by coming into contact with clothing or bedding etc which has been used by a sufferer. Once on the skin, the female mite burrows down and lays its’ eggs. After 21 days, the eggs hatch and the emerge onto the surface of the skin. They will either make new burrows and the whole process starts again, or they will be unknowingly passed on to another person.
Scabies can burrow into any part of the body, but symptoms and signs are most likely to be noticed around the creases of the wrists, elbows and knees, between the fingers and toes, in the armpits, around the breasts or near the waist and groin.
Knowing how to kill scabies naturally is particularly useful if you are one of the many thousands of people who are concerned about the use of prescribed treatments. One very good home treatment for scabies involves the use of tea tree oil.
Over the last few years, tea tree oil has often been called the “wonder oil” due to its antibacterial, antiseptic and healing properties. For scabies, simply half-fill a bath with warm water and add around 20 drops of tea tree oil and soak in it for around 20 minutes, ensuring that all but the head is submerged. You can repeat this up to twice a day for around a week and this can kill scabies. It can also be very beneficial to directly treat the worse affected areas with a cotton wool pad which has been soaked in a solution of 50% tea tree oil to 50% warm water. This will not only soothe and help heal these ravaged areas but can soak through the skin to kill the parasites.
It is also important to kill scabies which are outside the body on clothing, in bedding or on hairbrushes and even on children’s soft toys. Towels and bedding should be regularly changed and laundered. Indeed, all fabrics should be washed at the hottest possible temperature and tumble dried. Soft toys should be washed wherever possible. If not, consider putting them in a sealed plastic bag in the deep-freeze.
Although dietary changes will not necessarily kill scabies off completely, there are certain foods which will undoubtedly help. Some will simply boost and support the immune system, whereas other foods are well-known for their anti-parasitic properties. For example, garlic is well known for having both anti-parasitic and anti-bacterial properties and can be taken in either supplements or through the diet. Supplements which can be useful include Vitamin A, Primrose Oil, Zinc and Vitamin E.