A simple Google search for natural scabies treatments can reveal a number of supposed alternatives to traditionally prescribed scabies medications. A number of natural ingredients such as tea tree oil and neem oil have been touted by various websites as effective natural scabies treatments, but do they really work?
Tea tree oil is probably one of the most talked about ingredients in relation to the natural treatment of scabies, with some websites touting it as a true scabies cure. A lot of this information is based off an Australian study in which tea tree oil was shown to reduce mite survival time. However, the mites used in the study were not burrowed in human skin, but were in a dish containing the tea tree oil. How effective tea tree oil is in killing mites on or beneath the surface of human skin is uncertain. After reviewing the feedback from actual scabies victims at the ScabiesHelpNow forums, the concensus appeared to be that tea tree oil alone was not effective scabies treatment. A few forum posters did suggest that tea tree oil was effective in relieving the itch caused by scabies.
So what natural scabies treatments, if any, are out there?
It is believed that sulfur has been used to treat a variety of skin, including scabies dating back to the Roman Empire. Sulfur based scabies treatments can be found in the form of a topical cream as well as a soap. Many people have reported great success when using sulfur due to its ability to penetrate the skin to kill burrowed mites. You can obtain sulfur ointments with a doctor’s prescription or over the counter. Sulfur soaps are recommended to be used in addition to a topical sulfur cream.