Choosing the best herbal treatment for scabies can take some time, as natural remedies typically take a little longer to work than more conventional types of treatment and each person responds differently to each of these remedies. Some of the most popular herbs for treating this type of parasite include tea tree oil, St. John's wort, and aloe. Onion, turmeric, and neem may also be used to treat scabies infestations. Due to possible side effects or medication interactions, a doctor should be consulted before choosing a specific herbal treatment for scabies.
Tea tree oil is known for its anti-microbial properties and is perhaps the most popular herbal treatment for scabies. A few drops of this oil can be mixed with a carrier oil such as olive or almond oil and applied directly to the affected areas of skin. Skin irritation may occur, especially if tea tree oil is used in its undiluted state. People with nut allergies should not use almond oil as a carrier due to potentially fatal allergic reactions.
St. John's wort is frequently used as an herbal treatment for scabies and can be used both internally and externally. The antibacterial effects of this herb may help to prevent infections caused by the parasites or the inevitable skin damage resulting from scratching due to the intense itching that can develop. Some of the possible side effects of St. John's wort include vivid dreams, headaches, or dizziness.
Aloe has been used for centuries to soothe a variety of skin disorders and may be an effective herbal treatment for scabies. Some studies have indicated that the gel from the aloe vera plant may be as effective at treating scabies as some prescription medications without the potential side effects. Some medications may not be absorbed properly when using aloe, so it is a good idea to check with a doctor before using products containing this ingredient.
Onions may help to soothe itching caused by scabies infestations. The skins are typically boiled in water, and the liquid is then used as a warm compress over the affected areas. Turmeric and neem oil can be combined and used to make a paste. This paste is then used as a topical medication to relive itching and skin tenderness. These remedies are considered to be relatively safe, but any new or bothersome symptoms that develop after using an herbal treatment for scabies should be reported to a doctor for further evaluation.