A typical Chinese prisoner covered in scabies. Her crime was practicing religion. Stop supporting the Chinese Government with your purchases.

Scabies is a term that describes a parasitic skin infestation by the itch mite (sarcoptes scabiei). The name itch mite should give readers a clear indication of the effect of these little monsters. They burrow under the skin to lay their eggs, and they create bacterial infections in the process. The overall immune system is usually weakened. The itching only begins after 30 days of infection, and during this initial symptom-less period, victims may pass this condition on to all of their family members and friends. These highly contagious infestations can be transmitted whenever there is skin contact, or when there is shared contact with cloth fibers. Infestations have been known to run rampant in institutional settings.

Finding effective natural methods of eliminating such parasites can be a challenge for those who practice alternative medicine, because the methodology required is in opposition to normal procedures. Alternative medicine normally concentrates upon working with nature, to help it overcome whatever has caused an imbalanced state of dis-ease. In a sense, traditional methods can be thought of as a little too pro-life to be of any use. Poisons are the forté of our adversaries. The pharmaceutical industry poisons best, and they have literally transformed the poisoning of their own customers into a science. Allopathic medicine has plenty of poisonous chemicals that people can rub all over their skin, with their products often containing carcinogens such as benzene and formaldehyde.

Conversely, alternative medicine usually works by improving the health of the body, so that it may easily kill threatening bacteria or viruses. This left us in a research predicament, whereby we needed to find something that was both deadly to the insects, and yet safe for people.

Treating the Mites

Tea tree oil is one of the most popular remedies for eliminating scabies. It seems to be able to penetrate the skin and suffocate the insects. This is similar to the way that nail polish works to kill chiggers. Be advised that nail polish will rarely eliminate scabies, because the mites will typically relocate before the nail polish dries. Tea tree oil treatments are applied directly to the bite areas with a cotton swab. The surrounding area and anywhere else with excessive itching is treated.

Neem oil is used by organic farmers as a natural insecticide. The E.P.A. reports that neem is "generally recognized as safe" for use in food products. This God-given "insecticide" is considered so safe for humans that they exempted their typical stipulations for maximum pesticide residues, so that unlimited amounts can be present in foods. Neem works differently to most pesticides, because it does not kill on contact. For some insects, it hormonally disrupts their life cycles and their desire to eat, whilst with others, it simply repels the insects by smell. Its smell is not strong to humans, however. In the case of scabies, neem oil prevents reproduction, a fact that is very pertinent due to their short life cycles. Neem seems to work by altering the hormones of insects (like soy), and in fact, neem is an all-natural contraceptive in humans too. It is a much safer contraceptive than "the pill". Most scabies sufferers stop getting bites after two days of neem treatments, but some adult mites are guaranteed to still be alive. If possible, rub neem oil all over the body with a cotton swab, and purchase neem soap to use in the bath or shower on a daily basis for two weeks (the life cycle).

Cayenne was described in the herbal book, The Badanius Manuscript, printed in 1552, for treating scabies. Topical applications of cayenne will quite literally burn the scabies, without causing any health problems for the host. Most people who use it place large amounts of cayenne into a warm bath and remain in it for an extended time (until the water becomes cold). You can purchase cheap packets of cayenne from the "Mexican" section of many grocery stores. Remember to protect your eyes while handling or bathing in cayenne. You should always keep an emergency eye wash solution in a dropper bottle containing colloidal silver and a pinch of sea salt.

Zinc can be used to help fight the secondary infections that occur under the skin and to prevent opportunistic fungal outbreaks. Grind zinc tablets into a powder, and add water until it makes a paste. Apply it to all irritated areas of the skin. Mixing turmeric with this can help to stop itching, and it has its own anti-parasitic qualities. This is also how to make a natural anti-dandruff cream. Zinc is the main anti-dandruff ingredient in commercial shampoos.

Our own colloidal copper lotion product will help to prevent secondary problems with bacteria and fungi.

Cleaning Your Environment

Mites can live in furniture, carpets, and clothing for several days. This can become a cause of constant re-infection. Thus, it is important to thoroughly clean the house to eradicate the pests. For regular vacuuming, we recommend using a vacuum with bags, and when finished, immediately remove the bags from indoors. If using a bagless vacuum, place a small amount of salt in the collection container before vacuuming to shred and dehydrate the mites. For optimal results, put borax powder into a steam cleaning mix, and steam clean the carpets. Try to limit direct skin contact and inhalation of borax. When you are vacuuming or spreading borax powder, we recommend that you use a high quality respirator mask like those used by painters, to protect your lungs from borax inhalation, at least until it has settled. These are available at most hardware stores.

Some people have successfully used diatomaceous earth to accomplish this task in a much less hazardous way. If this method is affordable, then we recommend it. However, diatomaceous earth is primarily silica, so a protective mask should still be worn to protect the lungs, whenever there is a chance of it becoming airborne.

Note that the cheap cloth-only masks that are sold in hardware stores will offer little to no protection. Get a real respirator mask. Read the included instructions about how to test if it allows any unfiltered air inside, before beginning the application process.


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Elepsky Millan
# GenevieveElepsky Millan 2012-12-26 17:03
Ive been dealing with scabies since september ive been using this product called scabies killer and it was working i dont see anymore bites but i know there still in me, i still itch and when i scratch witch is the worse thing to do but when i scratch those area's i see little bumps rise to the top and the itching is coming back i don't know what else to do, the scabies killer is a mixture of several oils neem oil, tea tree oil, karanja oil, Eucalyptus oil, lavender oil, peppermint oil, and Rosemary oil, and it has carrier oils coconut oil and olive oil and i thought it was going to get rid of them so I'm kinda losing faith in oils but im willing to try something else and i just wanted to know where to buy this oil, and what makes it so different from the ones I tried ?
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Kassy Clifford
# scabiesKassy Clifford 2012-12-27 01:23
My family has been fighting scabies since October, but we didn't know what it was until about 3 weeks ago. It has literally been the most emotionally draining thing I have ever dealt with, as a mother. I though lice was bad!! So, we tried the Premethrin 5% cream...3 times without success. I will not be using it again. After Googling late into the night, for weeks, I think I found what works! A mixture of clove oil, meleleuca oil and coconut oil (applies to entire body, often)..Clove oil is the ONLY oil which kills the mites. Along with the oil, I sprinkled Food Grade Diatomaceaus Earth over the entire house...every pet, mattress, carpet, couch, cushion, EVERYWHERE!! The DE is very inexpensive and can be purchased at your local feed store. I have since learned it has many other health benefits too! Do not waste your time with expensive toxic prescriptions that do not work!!
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Madeline Pitts
# RE: ScabiesMadeline Pitts 2015-01-19 19:12
How much of each oil do u mix together for each application?
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Hong An
# re: scabiesHong An 2013-01-30 21:40
Quoting Kassy Clifford:
My family has been fighting scabies since October, but we didn't know what it was until about 3 weeks ago. It has literally been the most emotionally draining thing I have ever dealt with, as a mother. I though lice was bad!! So, we tried the Premethrin 5% cream...3 times without success. I will not be using it again. After Googling late into the night, for weeks, I think I found what works! A mixture of clove oil, meleleuca oil and coconut oil (applies to entire body, often)..Clove oil is the ONLY oil which kills the mites. Along with the oil, I sprinkled Food Grade Diatomaceaus Earth over the entire house...every pet, mattress, carpet, couch, cushion, EVERYWHERE!! The DE is very inexpensive and can be purchased at your local feed store. I have since learned it has many other health benefits too! Do not waste your time with expensive toxic prescriptions that do not work!!

Hi Kassy,

I've tried your recomendations and our conditions are much better now. Thanks a lot! Just one thing we need your advice, that is Food grade DE. We're in Vietnam and we cannot find food grade DE here. Could you let us know which brand of DE food grade you had used and where you bought it?

Thanks in advance for your advice.
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Carry Smith
# Carry Smith 2013-02-02 11:41
Hi Kassy I was just wondering how long you left the mixture of oils on and the amount of each oil? Also my daughter is 21 months old she also sucks her thumb so I was wondering if these oils are safe on her . I can put a glove on her hand overnight so ihoefully that will be enough time. Thanks for your help!
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Angie Flanigan
# scabiesAngie Flanigan 2013-03-04 19:27
Hi. I was told a few months ago that my oldest tow kids had scabies for a few months ago. They have had two treatments of the cream from the doctor and it seemed to help for a little bit. I cleaned the whole house and put away all plush toys, and even closed off their room for a week while they were at dads house. I treated my youngest child and myself with tea tee oil, lavender oil, witch hazel and even alcohol before the itching and bumps were to even show up. I then treated the other kids with the oils when they came back home, and that seemed to help, because they were itching again. That only helped for a little while. Now the youngest one has been itching and has bumps all over her tummy. I haven't had much itching and no bumps that I can see yet. Im glad I have found this page. Im going to try the clove oil and a few other oils that were mentioned here. Would putting some of the bedspreads in the dryer on high be enough to kill the sabies?
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Holly Shannon
# scabbies treatmentHolly Shannon 2013-04-28 21:45
Here is the thing each of you need to remember and that I have not heard one person repeat. The first exposure means live mites borrow under the skin and lay their eggs. Then you treat and the live ones die. 2 1/2 days later the eggs hatch, the new mites burrow under the skin and lay their eggs. This cycle continues on and on. So... you have to treat for a 14 day period without any missing days. This means washing all bed linens daily... baths twice a day and clothing washed daily. You have to put everything in trash bags and not walk thru the house with any clothing or linens without inside plastic. Dry pillows daily in highest heat cycle. Listen folks... this will take everything you have to get rid of. It will be emotionally and physically and financially draining. I kid you not! Do everything and anything and do it all all the time everyday. Also itch will continue that does not mean that the treatments are not working. The neem oil prevents egg laying. I is considered a better birth control for humans than the pill. Neem oil, tea tree oil are what works. If you try the cayenne bath soak be careful it can burn the skin. Epsom salts and tea tree bath soak twice daily is the best treatment that helps for the itch and the stress of it all. Don't give up!!!!!
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michele heymans
# michele heymans 2013-03-28 04:53
I too suffered from scabies for a long time ,it nearly sent me insane.I tried everything nothing worked. At the time I lived out bush and didnt have a computer to google. I did go to the doctor,but what I was given didnt work either. I resorted to kerosine and dabed it on with a rag and also washed everything and wiped down everything with the kero. It worked a treat, burnt a little on the skin, but nothing like the agony I was in with the scabies.If this helps someone. I hope it wasnt too toxic,but at the time I would have swum in it. michele
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Sarah C. Corriher (H.W. Researcher)
# Sarah C. Corriher (H.W. Researcher) 2013-03-28 13:39
Kerosene is an old home remedy that some from the older generation swear by. However, there is always a risk of setting yourself or your house on fire, so we cannot recommend it for that reason. It should also be worth noting that if kerosene makes contact with genitalia, it will probably cause a lot of pain.
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Patty Ramirez
# Help, 5 teenagers with scabies!!Patty Ramirez 2013-04-16 13:13
I have 5 teens at home, and ALL of them have been infected with scabies. I don't like using chemical remedies because of the side effects.
I've been reading about the remedies on this page. Where can I purchase these oils?
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David court
# ScabiesDavid court 2013-04-23 06:56
I caught the little buggers a while back and now I've got them again. Only this time I've no insurance :/
They say to treat and wait a week for the eggs to hatch and then treat again. I say the only way that's gonna work is if all the eggs were laid on the same day. I got rid of them before ( or thought I did ) 3 or 4 times before I figured this out. They'd seem to go away then come right back full force all of a sudden. I treated 3 or 4 days in a row then again on day 7 and 8 with perm 5. Not sure what I'm gonna do this time with no insurance. I started today with perm 1 but I had no luck with the 1% during the last experience. Gonna try the different oils.
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Mark Hall
# This helps quicklyMark Hall 2013-04-27 00:18
This worked very quickly for me. I took a normal shower. While I was still wet I applied two drops of concentrated grapefruit seed extract (gse) in the palms of my hands and rubbed them together. Once the gse was diluted and slightly lathered I rubbed them all over the affected area and quite literally my body. I reapplied additional drops to my palms as need but I went sparingly because it will irritate your skin if applied and not diluted properly. This has stopped the itching and dry skin feeling almost instantly for me. GSE is truly amazing stuff for this and many other uses. I also apply Tea Tree Oil in a similar way which seems to be a double knock out for the little pesky varmints and it also feels very good on my skin. All of these items can be purchased at Whole Foods for about 30.00 total. I seem to be free of them for about a week now.
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Eve McIntyre
# Eve McIntyre 2013-07-25 18:52
I will be trying the tea tree oil tonight. I went to the doctor on Monday and he said it was poison ivy, took Predizone and of course it didn't work. Then I saw the burrows and knew. I think I got them from the kids, they had what we thought were insect bites, they were here for vacation and just went home so I will have to follow up with them. I have never itched so bad. I am sleeping in the spare room and so far no one else seems to have any problems. My husband will use the cream if the doctor gives it to me. I am glad I found this site, it has helped me to know that I am not the only one who doesn't know how they got these nasty critters. Thanks to everyone, and I hope we all succeed with ridding ourselves of these pests. I
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Ruth Martin
# Ruth Martin 2013-05-03 02:58
Someone at another site mentioned this treatment and I have been using it. Put 2 tablets alka-seltzer in a little water to fiz and disolve. Add a small handful of borax to the alka seltzer and 1/4 cup vegetable glycerin. Mix all ingredients together and let it set a while to dissolve the borax. Apply all over the area and leave on about 45 minutes. The bugs will pop out of the skin and you can wash them off. I reapply again and again and rub into the skin until I am not getting any more bugs to pop out. They are black and you can see them on your skin when they pop up. To control the itching use a hair dryer and heat the itching spots as hot as you can stand. The first time i tried this it drove them crazy and they itched terribly. I just kept reheating the area and finally the itching quit. It will probably come back at some point then just heat them again. I will also use neem oil after I use the alka seltzer mix to kill the eggs that may not have hatched. Be diligent and use this protocol a couple times a day besides wiping down everything you touch with a cloth dipped in about 1/4 chlorine and 3/4 water to kill bugs and wash all bedding and clothes daily. I took off my bedspread and stored it and only use sheet and blanket and pillow. I put the pillow in the dryer on hottest setting for about 40 minutes every day and will wash it about 2x per week. Don't get reinfected like I did by thinking I was cured and quit treating too soon. I have gone a whole week between hatches and thought I was cured but wasn't so be diligent at least a couple of weeks after you think you have killed the critters. They are difficult to get rid of but be diligent and don't skip anything even if you are tired etc. Its time consuming but I haven't found another way and have tried a lot of other protocols.
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Thomas Corriher (Editor-in-Chief)
# Thomas Corriher (Editor-in-Chief) 2013-05-03 16:32
The above is a good example of why we are the only credible source of alternative health information. You really should stop reading that other site, Ruth. Seriously.

So the plan is to burn yourself, and then medicate with borox and chlorine bleach on yourself? Oh my...

Let me guess.... curezone, right?
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Mandy Falcon
# question for Cocoa kellyMandy Falcon 2013-05-30 21:31
Hello, I am so saddened to hear that your family could not visit you for Mother's Day and I hope you find a quick and sure cure for your scabies and get rid of them for good.
My question is how did you get them from your job? I work with a person who had scabies for months and has been treated by conventional poisons three times, but she is very irresponsible and will not do the cleaning necessary to get rid of them. I work in an office and I do not have close contact with her (though she loves to hug people, I avoid that). My co-workers say you can't get it from working with someone, but from what I have been reading, I want to make sure I don't get it from her. So how did you get it at work?
Again, I hope and pray for relief for you and your family.
I am also interested in hearing from anyone else who got scabies at work.
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Amanda Wood
# freaking outAmanda Wood 2013-06-21 00:17
My son was itching for two months. In that time we tried everything, new lotion, new soap, new laundry detergent. Nothing worked and last week we took him to the doctor and the doctor wasn't sure, but she said it could be scabies. So we treated with the cream last week and this week. Just a couple days ago I noticed I have started breaking out. Now I have several bumps on my inner forearms and a few little red lines. I'm freaking out! Do I need to stop my son from playing with the next door neighbor? I want to try these natural remedies that I've read above. My mother is a family herbalist and she can help. I am just overwhelmed by the amount of effort everyone is saying must be put forth. My husband and I both work full time and it's stressing me out just thinking about having to wash all bedding and clean the house every day for weeks! Any advice on how to get through it as easily as possible would be appreciated. I just hope we can get rid if it. I feel so bad for my son itching and it's stopping him from getting a good night's rest. Please pray for us. Thank you!
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Andrew Hodson
# Andrew Hodson 2013-06-26 22:30
Never knew much if anything about this till now.
Went to the Doc and she said it looked more like an allergic reaction been over a month still having trouble. Mine does not look like some of the pictures I have seen but all the symptoms are there. Not much during the day but turns vicious at night. My wife has not one red dot. I have changed soaps and every other thing trying to figure it out. Going back to the Doc today for some test to see. Thank you for these remedies I will advise some of these to the Doc cuz I really dont want to poison myself with the Cream

Update* not scabies. Good news. Now the on going struggle to figure it out. Itching is driving me crazy
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Ed Tankowski
# Scabies or fungalEd Tankowski 2013-08-09 18:09
I have itching in all the right areas but only have some tiny bumps on sides of stomach. When I read the symptoms for tinea fungus symptoms it's very similar, esp the itching. I use a lotion I created with a LOT of Lavender oil, tea tree oil, and cedar oil. I think this prevents whatever it is from getting really bad, but doesn't take it away. Sometimes I itch very bad and I'll use a hot wet washcloth w/ alcohol on it. Then put the lotion on and it helps for quite awhile. I read symptoms somewhere online and only read on one site about the shoulder blades itching. Yes!!! I go back and forth between thinking scabies or fungal, and sometimes even think it's both. It's apparent that what works for one person doesn't work for everybody. I did read once that you have to use different oils and change it up. Also, that if it's scablies then they can acclimate to the neem oil so you have to use it in pure form ALL over. Any feedback would be helpful as I don't demonstrate classic symptoms other than itching some bumps.
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Ingrid Wickes
# when it comes to washing everything to rid any...Ingrid Wickes 2013-09-15 14:14
A few year back, my son visited me. His father was living with him, and had just returned from China. During his stay he said that 'dad' had brought bedbugs back, but he was not affected with the bits as his father was.

I now had bedbugs. My son paid twice to have his unit sprayed. To a tune of just over $700.00 And when moving him to his new abode, I noticed white powder on the back of his furniture.

I rid myself of them.

For the linens: I just put pillows, all sheets, throws, or anything that didn't have plastic or metal, into the microwave for three minutes. Two would probably have worked, but I was upset.

Found this easier than washing, or even putting items into the dryer. And it killed anything on the items.

Hope this helps.
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Stephanie Ruiz
# How do you measure up enough 6% clove oil liquid wStephanie Ruiz 2013-12-21 11:25
Searching for answer on how to measure up enough 6% clove oil liquid with semisolid coconut oil to cover an adult more than once. I understand basic chemistry would mean 6 drops oil to 94 drops carrier oil (but how do you measure drops of semisolid coconut oil?), but unsure of quantities for much larger amount to follow this protocol.
Is there a # of drops to # cups of coconut oil formula?
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Stephanie Ruiz
# formula for 6% of ample oil solution for a few dayStephanie Ruiz 2013-12-22 22:25
1 1/2 Tbsp of clove oil and fill remainder of 1 cup with coconut oil makes as close to 6% I can; thanks
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Hannah Emberton & Dakota Coppinger
# Goodness graciousHannah Emberton & Dakota Coppinger 2013-12-30 04:41
Hi! This is Hannah. Me and Dakota both are definitely infected. We've both been itching for maybe a week or a week and a half.

I think we are going to try making a paste out of coconut out, turmeric, cayenne and ground clove.

For me it started on my hands, then my stomach and breasts then to my legs. I have it really bad on my hands and my stomach. I finally agreed it was scabies after doing some research and matching it with the tiny little "blisters" on my fingers.
Dakota has it the worst on his genitalia and on his bottom, Poor baby.

I'm happy to have an answer, I'm just kind of nervous to go back to school in a week.

But Me and Dakota are the only ones in our home who have the problem. We isolate ourselves in our room and so neither my mom and her fiance have it and neither does my sister.

I'm going to try and take pictures and I hope I can provide you guys with kind of a short video synopsis.

Bless you all for your valuable insight!
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Hannah Emberton & Dakota Coppinger
# Treatment Starts today!Hannah Emberton & Dakota Coppinger 2013-12-30 23:46
Hi guys. So today I made a paste with a couple of tablespoons each of cayenne and coconut oil. I melted the oil and then mixed in a lot of cayenne and a little ground clove until it became a thick paste

Me and Dakota rubbed it into our skin from neck-knees. It itched all over but it wasn't super intense. Once we rinsed it off in the shower, however it BURNED. We washed it off, burned even worse. But it was obvious it was working. We saw little black specks congregating on the skin where the burning was most intense. After running the water all over our bodies for many minutes we got out, dried off and it became more of a burning like you are sitting on a metal bleacher on a hot day.

It was very unpleasant but as of now, there is no itching except on our shins where for some reason, we didn't scrub with the cayenne.

We stuffed all of our bedding into a bag and i sprinkled clove oil into it. We also flipped our mattress.
We will vacuum our mattress and pillows tomorrow and the clove oil will soak into our sheets and be ready to wash in the morning.
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Elizabeth Lugin
# any success stories?Elizabeth Lugin 2014-05-17 09:15
What I never see is a success story telling us that they've been free of this plague for over a year.
Once someone's life is normalized there is no incentive to reach out and tell us how it was done.
Some of us cannot buy a steam cleaner nor a tanning bed, and cannot use washer and dryers constantly, nor buy military strength face masks and so on... We have to make do with DE, clove and other oils, normal use of the laundry facilities. Some of us who are normally vigilant in our clean habits have to ramp up our cleanliness to operating room perfection. This is a sure sign the pests will win. If they don't kill me (this can be torture) I'm pretty sure they will at least be with me to the end.
and having to publish using my real name is a major impediment here. Why can't we use some sort of code name?
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Miho Reis
# Simplest answers are hard to find.Miho Reis 2014-07-14 00:46
Castille soap in any fragrance is the cure. I'm just going to say it off the bat. I'm a post sufferer of the dreaded scabies infestation. It took me over a year and I promised myself I would post the cure if I ever found one for myself, so others would not suffer the way I did. But I would only write a post if I found an actual cure that worked. Because I tried so many things that people suggested, which you will read about too...

Read on if you want to hear how other methods failed for me and how I found out the simple cheap answer to my year of torture.

Dr. Bronner's or any brand really of liquid pure Castile soap. It's not the essential oil additive that attacks the exoskeleton of the mite, it's the castille soap itself. I am now free and clear and still itchy, it lasts for months while your skin grows new layers.

I'll tell you all my attempts.

Permethrin cream and lice bedding/room spray... Semi effective. I regularly saw new mites a few days after dosing myself with the stuff. Attempted this treatment for months. Laundering all linens, towels, clothes, steam mopping, freezing shoes, bags and all other things I could not wash. And I even continued to use the bedding spray with other treatments. I think that part is all in your head though... So expensive. $7/can. $30/dose of cream

Ivermectin pill... I ordered this and permethrin from Canadian and Indian pharmacies online. Treated myself for months. No lasting results. It always came back either a week or two later. Always met with swear words and heavy feelings of defeat... Depression... I mean it's poison safe enough not to kill you... And it does have effect, but I didn't do this under the advice of a doctor. I know, not the safest choice, but scabies cost me my job with a company I really was proud to be a part of... It was devastating. So keep your scabies problem a secret in public spheres and try to avoid infesting others.

Neem oil, neem paste and neem pills... Little to no results, bad side effects. The oil I found was a very pure grade and even though I thinned it out according to suggestion, my skin would react harshly to it. I didn't see much results with neem. I don't know how it works for others, it just did not work at all. I took 4 gel cap pills twice a day and lathered in the neem soap, after slathering my body in a paste and then smearing the lotion neem mixture. Red rash and inflammation.

Sulfur... Failed. Actually I had to go to the hospital. I washed with sulfur soap, then found a Mexican acne medication at target with 10% sulfur. I even went to sulfur springs to soak in sulfur. It just dried me out. I over did it and ended up needing a shot of cortisone to heal my overly chapped and irritated skin. Sulfur pills too... For acne what a horrible month that was.

Benzyl benzoate... Absolute torture. Moderate effectiveness. Usually kept them at bay, but never eradicated them. Benzyl benzoate is sold through medical supply websites. Relatively inexpensive... But when it is on your skin, if you are attracting moisture or if it gets in your eyes, it burns like crazy. Crazy crazy... Even if you dilute it, it still burns the same! Although supposedly not harmful. It was the most intense sensation, even though it was not the worst consequence.

I resigned myself that I would have to live with them forever. And while I was looking up a recipe for pesticide solution made from dr. Bronner's soap for my garden mites, I was so LUCKY I found a YouTube video of a lady talking about bug spray for garden pests... Mites... She was just kind of shooting off random extra information...

She said it did not matter which soap you use it's not the essential oil that kills the mites. It's the Castile soap itself that attacks the exoskeleton of a mite.


That got me thinking about using it on my skin. A year and a month since my first out break and I only then come across this information looking for something related but different. I immediately started washing myself with the dr. Bronner's I had instead of soap and shampoo... Just to be thorough. It was peppermint however, and very uncomfortable. So the next bottle I bought was lavender. B/c the essential oil was arbitrary.

I am on my 3rd 32 oz. bottle of Castile soap. I switched brands for a cheaper one, but I have not seen a new sign of scabies in 2 months. It took a while, but I think it is the only real effective cure. And there's no consequences. All that crap I put in my body has totally had an effect on my well being. But I feel like I am so lucky I found a real cure. Even the last time I took an ivermectin, I kept spot treating with benzyl benzoate and sulfur acne cream for weeks after.

UNTIL, I started using Castile soap.

I returned to a normal cleaning routine. I stopped obsessing... I got my life back. No more sheets of plastic in the car seat and on the mattress.... This might seem obscure to you, but if you think about it, and man, did I think about this problem, when you deal with something so unnerving as scabies, you'll try anything. Just get a big bottle of Castile soap. $12 to $15 for a 32 oz. bottle.

I just used it regularly and once a week when I took a bath, I'd pour about 1/2 cup and soak while I read. I didn't try to sterilize. I figured, they'd just gradually die off... And they did. Anxiety gradually lifted... Skin gradually healed.

Again, I promised myself I would only write a post if I found an actual cure that worked for myself. After all that I went through, I can honestly say... They are gone.
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# Castle soapbobcat8 2018-09-20 11:24
I know this is years later but the castile soap worked. Thank you so very very much.
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Thuy Nguyen
# Clove oil?Thuy Nguyen 2018-10-31 11:04
Have you tried clove oils and what were the results?
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# Castle soapBianca 2019-01-04 05:38
The other day I was in the shower and I just felt like I needed something strong to wash my body with but for some reason I remembered castle soap and I found this soap out because I did research for acne.. so now I’m glad I just recently bout it two days ago and will be washing my body with it hoping it really gets rid of these mites because the oils I’m using feels like it’s not working at all. Thank you & wish me luck!
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Amy Fig
# Amy Fig 2014-10-22 16:13
Has anyone else tried the castille soap? Just did the Permethrin cream twice ,a week apart and we've been washing every night with dr bronners lavender castille soap in between. I'm paying this works I am on the edge of a nervous breakdown. My 6 year old had symptoms for months before we figured out what it was, 8 month old baby has blisters on his feet and me and my husband aren't presenting with rash just raised itcy spots that come and go. But I know for sure we have them because a skin scraping from me came back positive, and I don't have burrows or a rash, they just scraped the 3 spots that were itching me that day. I'm trying to clean my environment as much as I can but I keep feeling like I'm not doing enough. My house wasn't very clean to begin with and I couldnt possibbly clean the whole house the same day we treated .so i actually sealed off 3 rooms in hopes that they would die if we don't go in there. We're living out of garbage bags with only few clothes that we wash daily. I wash bedding daily. Just noticed the last few days the dog has been very itchy and now I'm fearing that we'll never be rid of it if they are on the dog too.

Also if the last poster sees this my question is how did u keep from spreading it when you had it so long? I kept my daughter home for a week and sending her to school was awful, I mean she's had this we think since about June so did she already spread it? Will she just recatch when we send her to school. Not only that but we car pool with two families and I am praying we did not spread to them. I told them about it even though it was embarrassing and they are acting it's not a big deal and still want to car pool. I feel like they just aren't aware how bad this can be. We also went on vacation and stayed at several people's house and beds this summer before we knew. I'm struggling with the decision to call and tell them. I just feel like we've spread this far and wide and I'm terrified. I don't want to be in my house yet I don't want to leave it for fear of spreading. We can't sit on the sofa and sit on our floors, clothes in bags trying not to touch much and keep a baby from crawling around and an active social 6 year from seeing anyone. I'm so depressed I feel like because of not knowing if we've spread this to friends and family and coworkers that anywhere we go and anyone we see will be a chance of reinfesting.

My mom thinks we got this from her stepdaughter and her whole house hold treated but I feel like we will never see them again for fear of reinfesting. So sick to death over this.
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Madeline Pitts
# ScabiesMadeline Pitts 2015-01-19 19:15
My grandmother has been battling with scabies for a couple of months now. She has used the RX meds and they havent worked. I went and got the three oils to use and the powder to spread over the house. How much of the oils do i need to mix together for her to put on her body?
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Mary Smith
# Dr. Bronners soapMary Smith 2015-04-18 04:23
I have also found that the Dr. Bronners soap works. Miho above wrote that they had used this and any form of castille and had luck with it. Myself I have tried so many things, including the Naturasil entire family starter package. I finally came to the Dr. Bronners because I thought the mite was of the arachnid family and arachnids hate lavender. I added peppermint and lavender Dr. Bronners together and use it for shampoo and body/face soap. Peppermint works to rid of fleas on the dog so...I just threw in in to help. I put it in the bath while it's running (enough to get bubbles) and then use it as a shampoo, letting it sit while I soap the rest of my body. Then I just soak awhile. Use this EVERY TIME you bathe. If you can bathe twice a day or shower once and bathe once you will start seeing improvement immediately. The itching will slow down the first night. I made an ointment out of 1/2 cup coconut oil and added a little of the lavender soap just enough to give a smell and rubbed it on my body. I know it could be drying but at that point I couldn't have cared less. Do the twice a day for at least two weeks (a month is better) and then continue using the soap in your regular cleansing routine. I put some in my laundry and yes, unfortunately you must wash your bedding everyday and toss your pillows in the dryer. If you don't have your own machines purchase four to five sets of sheets and the same of pillows and alternate them by leaving each unused for 72 hrs. This works, it all takes time. Don't quit when you start seeing results as the eggs will hatch and start the cycle again. Keep using this for at least two months for laundry. This is the only thing that worked for us, after a huge dermatologist bill and pharmaceutical costs, Naturasil costs and this is cheap! I wish you all the best in getting rid of these, just wanted to share our solution.
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Stacy Jett
# mites/scabiesStacy Jett 2015-07-05 11:47
I rescued a starved and near death coyote pup, and
have been rehabilitating her for the past 3 days.
Her coat was in deplorable condition as well as having some open sores.

It was yesterday that I started to itch, and saw little red bumps all over my stomach and arms.

so I began my research and found this site.

I happened to have old Neem lotion, tea tree oil (essential oil- must be diluted so as not to burn),
Rosemary oil, and eucalyptus oil. I have a diluted tincture of clove oil as well, but need to get more of it, but i added what little I had of this as well. I also happened to have a homeopathic "Aresenicum Album"" which I also read was helpful in relieving the emotional stress of the itching. So I took this last night and again this morning. I put all these together, as well as adding a bit of olive oil for more volume.

I could feel almost instant relief of my scratching was able to sleep w/out a problem. I applied this lotion concoction to both myself and my little coyote girl. "Tina"

Even she seems to feel more relief as she was out and walking this morning when I opened the room to the door-

I still feel a little of the itching- but it's so much better. After reading all of the above, I will stay diligent.

My question is though: I read where it takes "30 days" for these buggers to take hold of the host.
Did I read this wrong or misunderstand- as I felt itchy almost from day one. At first I thought it must be flea bites (she was covered w/ these too).

I also wondered then, if I was just imagining all of this, but the red bumps said differently. It was almost immediately after my husband warned me that she may have mites that I began my scratching!! lol
Wow, the power of suggestion. :~}
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Glory Hunt
# Black Walnuts in Green HullsGlory Hunt 2015-08-05 03:18
I had rash on my arms and inner thighs for 3 months before I realized it was the scabies. My rash initially looked like bed bug bites without the itch, after the 2nd month it started looking like the scabies but I never itched. No itching what so ever. How did I discover? No I did not go to the doctor, by the time I could get an appointment I cured myself. I make my own soap and my main ingredient in each and every soap I make is Bay laurel infused olive oil and oatmeal, and I only use my own soap, I believe that is the reason I never itched which I also believe delayed my self diagnose. I thought the rash was due to latex gloves I was using. Six weeks ago I spend a week at a friend house and she later informed me that they had lice problem, upon my return I prepared body scrub to get rid of the ones that got on me, the scrub I made surprisingly cleared my rash all together almost! on the 4th day I had what looked to be new infestation or newly hatching bugs maybe, 3 bumps in a row to be exact. At the time I did not realize they were scabies and thought that neem oil can take care of it. Unfortunately with in 10 days those little 3 bumps turned in to 100 s of bumps and burrows, worst than before it was cleared with the scrub I made. During this period I kept using neem oil, and scabies loved it. So started doing my research, realized except for the lack of itching everything fits the scabies infestation. So I put on some olive oil on the rash and pepper looking barely visible mites surfaced. I captured some with masking tape and I saw the Xtra terrestrial looking monsters under the microscope. They have thorns on their back, These freaks have whips on their shoulder and on their mid section total of 4, thats beside having legs, hairy looking things, built like a bulldozer. Makes u wonder if aliens transported them here :-) So I whipped up my scrub again, using 1 whole Green Black walnuts (natural insecticide among many things)(luckily it grows in my parking lot and green and shells was still soft) 1/3 of pineapple (pineapple contains glycolic acid which loosens the glue that hold the dead top layer of skin) and 4 twigs of Dandelion root ( skin toner and antiseptic). I put them in blender with 1 cup of water, all fresh ingredients, and blended till it has thick texture of smoothie. I than put it in a glass jar and cover it loosely and let it sit/ ferment in room temperature for 2 days (till it turns brown). On the second day I returned the mixture into blender and added 1 more green black walnut and blended again. And I scrubbed my whole body with that for 15 minutes before turning on the shower on dry skin, luckily I did my head last, because after few minutes my neck and scalp started burning and I rinsed and got out. No shampoo or soap nothing else. You can't use any product that contains mineral oil or petroleum products right after this treatment or it will burn like hell and will give you a rash. Because iodine in walnuts will react with mineral oil. No need to put anything else for 24 hours, because different people will absorb iodine at different rate so 24 hours is long enough time. I than repeated the same thing on the 3rd day and 7th day. On the 7th day I was out of pineapples so I used thick slice of Papaya wth the seeds and 10 cloves. and did not let it wait for 2 days used it rightaway, and it was very strong. I noticed I re-infested myself during my cleaning routines, for those new bumps I used a Organic Rose spray from Home Depot called "Rose Rx 3-in-1" by Bonide, as a spot treatment, it kills the eggs the mite the larva before it gets a chance to spread. I know the Admin will chastise me for my use of the spray but Heyyy it is much safer than the prescription drugs. In between times I took a Epsom salt bath in the morning and in the evenings I rubbed myself in green walnut infused olive oil and showered immediately with mild soap. And always dusted myself with DE before going to sleep. Killing scabies were easy, compared to cleaning everything and keeping it off of you. My prayers goes out to everyone who has these monsters but keep your cool, you can get rid of them, just be on the look out for the re-infestation, otherwise it is curable.
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