How To Use Tea Tree Oil For Scabies August 2, 2017

Dealing with scabies can be unpleasant. Not only are you uncomfortably aware of the rashes and itching on your skin, but thinking about the mites that are causing it feels even more unbearable. Treating scabies is pretty simple. However, we would like to go the extra mile to ensure that the parasites are gone and forever. That’s why I’ve put together this list of tea tree oil remedies that can effectively treat scabies. But before we jump right in, let’s look at how tea tree oil works for scabies.

 How Does Tea Tree Oil Work For Scabies ?

When applied topically, tea tree oil helps kill and fight off scabies parasites and mites. This is owed to its active oxygenated terpenoid content. The terpenoids help kill the scabies mites while also healing your skin. However, the oil will not be sufficient to cure scabies. While it might keep the top layers of your skin infestation free, it will not be able to penetrate to the burrowed mites and their eggs. For a permanent cure, you can use tea tree oil in combination with oral ivermectin and/or permethrin cream. You can also use the oil to disinfect your sheets and mattresses. Following are 6 tea tree oil treatments that will help treat scabies.

 How To Use Tea Tree Oil For Scabies

1. Tea Tree Oil For Scabies

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You Will Need

  • 10 drops Tea Tree Oil
  • 1 tbsp Sesame Oil (or another carrier oil of your choice)

Prep Time

2 minutes

Treatment Time

5 minutes

Treatment

  1. Dilute the tea tree oil with a carrier oil until you get a smooth blend.
  2. Apply this oil mixture onto the affected areas of your skin.
  3. Massage the area for a couple of minutes so that the oil is absorbed.
  4. Leave the oil on.

How Often?

2+ times a day.

Why This Works

Tea tree oil is an effective remedy that kills off scabies mites. However, using the essential oil in its pure form may cause burns. Using a carrier oil helps boost tea tree oil’s penetrative properties, making it more efficient.

2. Witch Hazel And Tea Tree Oil For Scabies

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You Will Need

  • 2 tbsp Tea Tree Oil
  • 100mL Witch Hazel

Prep Time

2 minutes

Treatment Time

5 minutes

Treatment

  1. Dilute the tea tree oil with the witch hazel until you get a smooth blend.
  2. Apply the oil mixture onto the affected areas of your skin.
  3. Massage the area for a couple of minutes until the mixture is absorbed.
  4. Leave the mixture on.

How Often?

2+ times a day.

Why This Works

This infusion has found to be an excellent remedy for scabies. While you will still need to take your topical medication, this infusion helps kill off the surface-walking mites.

3. Olive Oil And Tea Tree Oil For Scabies

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You Will Need

  • ½ cup Olive Oil
  • 20 drops Tea Tree Oil
  • 10 drops Lavender Oil
  • 10 drops Sweet Orange Oil
  • Washcloth

Prep Time

2 minutes

Treatment Time

1 hour

Treatment

  1. Pour the oils into an airtight jar and shake well to combine.
  2. Apply the oil blend onto the affected areas of your skin.
  3. Leave it on for an hour and then wipe off with a washcloth.

How Often?

1+ times a day.

Why This Works

This combination of ingredients helps soothe the inflammation while also attacking all accessible mites. It will not only provide relief from the pain but also treat the infestation to a certain extent.

4. Neem And Tea Tree Oil For Scabies

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You Will Need

  • 1 cup Grapeseed Oil
  • 5 drops Clove Essential Oil
  • 5 drops Tea Tree Oil
  • 5 drops Neem Oil
  • 5 drops Sweet Orange Oil
  • Neem Oil Soap

Prep Time

2 minutes

Treatment Time

Overnight

Treatment

  1. Pour the ingredients into a spray bottle and shake until well combined.
  2. Spray this mixture onto your body before you go to sleep.
  3. Sleep with the oil blend on.
  4. In the morning, bathe using the neem soap.

How Often?

Every day.

Why This Works

Neem is an excellent ingredient that helps kill parasites. In combination with tea tree oil and the other ingredients in this remedy, it helps soothe inflammation, kill off the scabies mites, and reduce infestation to a large extent. It also keeps the mites from laying eggs.

5. Tea Tree Oil And Epsom Salt For Scabies

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You Will Need

  • 2 cups Epsom Salt
  • 10 drops Tea Tree Oil
  • 5 drops Peppermint Oil

Prep Time

5 minutes

Treatment Time

30 minutes – 1 hour

Treatment

  1. Draw a hot bath and, to it, add the epsom salt, tea tree oil, and peppermint oil.
  2. Soak in this bath for as long as possible.

How Often?

Every day.

Why This Works

Soaking in a tea tree oil bath will allow the oil to kill the mites while you bathe. This bath will help soothe inflammation while killing off mites all over your body.

6. Coconut Oil And Tea Tree Oil For Scabies

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You Will Need

  • 10 drops Tea Tree Oil
  • 1 tbsp Coconut Oil

Prep Time

2 minutes

Treatment Time

5 minutes

Treatment

  1. Dilute the tea tree oil with a carrier oil until you get a smooth blend.
  2. Apply this oil mixture onto the affected areas of your skin.
  3. Massage the area for a couple of minutes so that the oil is absorbed.
  4. Leave the oil on.

How Often?

2+ times a day.

Why This Works

Applying a thick coat of coconut oil over the infested areas will help suffocate the mites and kill them. Optionally, you can use coconut oil by itself in combination with this remedy to keep the infested sites covered. Coconut oil also has excellent penetrative properties which can boost tea tree oil’s ability to reach the lower layers of your skin.

Precautions

While using tea tree oil, other precautions must be taken. Keeping in mind that scabies is extremely contagious, treatment must start with everyone that you are in frequent contact with. You must also clean your clothes, towels, bed sheets, pillows, and mattresses regularly to keep them free of infestation.

Have you ever had to deal with scabies? Did you try any of these tea tree oil remedies? Tell us what worked for you in the comments section below.

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