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Scabies - Contagious skin burrowing insect Natural eradication and healing

Updated on September 3, 2016
Sarcoptes Scabei
Sarcoptes Scabei


Scabies is an affliction originally suffered mostly by sheep farmers and is caused by a minute insect (sarcoptes scabei) which burrows under the skin and lays its eggs which then hatch and cause acute irritation and itching.


It is very contagious and these days is often present in the warmth of the changing rooms of gyms, swimming pools and dance studios .


Conventional medicine uses creams which have the unfortunate effect of damaging the skin as they need to be used regularly.


Essential oils are often used in combination with Garlic capsules which will get rid of the mites.


Lavender and Rosemary are very effective when used in baths but a simple cream can be made up (Helmerich’s Ointment) using Cinnamon Leaf, Clove, Lavender , Lemon and Peppermint.


To make the cream use the following formula:


40 grams Almond Oil


10 grams Beeswax


40 grams of Rosewater


7 drops each of Cinnamon Leaf, Clove, Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint essential oil


The cream should be applied twice each day to the itching area.

Do not use Cinnamon Bark essential oil as it will cause irritation.

Do not use Cinnamon Leaf or Clove in the bath water.


Once the mites have been cleared the skin will be dry and flaky (worse if conventional medicine has been used) At this stage use Benzoin, Lavender, Myrrh and Neroli in either Avocado or Argan oil massaged on to repair the damaged skin.


Great attention to hygiene must be adhered to as the mites live in bedding and clothes (particularly wool) and must be washed at as high temperature as possible.


Bedding should be wiped down with a blend of Camphor and Lavender in alcohol (you can use Vodka) and anything else that can’t be washed.


Please don’t skip this stage as re-infestation can occur to the extent that clothing and bedding have had to be burnt.

Another effective but cheap solution is to use volcanic sulphur soap which will kill the mites and their eggs. It may be a little harsh on sensitive skin and once the mites are eradicated apply Argan or Rose Hip oil several times a day.


© 2012 Peter Geekie

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      Peter Geekie 

      4 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Dear Dain,

      Thanks for your comments.

      Ingesting clove oil would not work as it would be destroyed by the digestive juices. However mixing a few drops with honey and spreading it on the affected area (then cover with a dry dressing) will work. But be careful as clove is very potent and can be toxic in large quantities.

      kind regards Peter

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      dain thomas 

      4 years ago

      Hi peter! thanx for the info, nice post!

      i've read on some sites and forums about people ingesting

      clove capsules against scabies. is that any good you reckon?

      thanx -Thom

    • Peter Geekie profile imageAUTHOR

      Peter Geekie 

      5 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Thanks for your comments Trevor. These really are filthy little insects and the wounds become infected easily. I don't know what the MO used, but it was probably borax powder.

      kind regards Peter

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      Trevor 

      5 years ago

      When I served in Aden we all suffered from these nasty little bugs. The MO gave us some powder which helped a little.

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