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Scabies Relief

Author: Dr. Larita
June 3, 2013

distressScabies is a condition that is distressing to the person who has it as well as to that person’s caregiver. This ailment triggers intense itching caused by a tiny insect that burrows just below the skin surface and lays its eggs. When the eggs hatch, the tiny mites move beneath the skin causing irritation and itching. Scratching the itch can cause the secondary problem of infection. Scabies is highly contagious and is becoming more widespread because it is easily transmitted through human contact in institutions like gyms, schools and prisons where there are many people in close contact. Creams prescribed by physicians to kill the mites can damage the skin, especially if they are used repeatedly which is often needed.

Aromatherapy treatment for scabies combines external treatment with essential oils mixed in ointments or creams along with garlic capsules to be taken several times a day until all the mites are gone. Using lavender and peppermint essential oils is very effective but you can substitute cinnamon, clove, lemon or rosemary too. Use a synergistic blend of two of these oils in two different jars of cream alternately. I suggest using lavender and peppermint in one jar of cream and lemon and rosemary in another jar. Use a high concentration of essential oils to cream, about 5% unless you are using cinnamon or clove, use only a really small amount of either of those two oils to avoid further skin irritation.

Apply the cream to itching areas at least twice a day, especially after bathing and the treatment will be even more effective if essential oils are also added to the bath. Use lavender and rosemary in the tub  for this and you can also add chamomile because of its soothing properties. Do not use cinnamon or clove in the bath and if you use lemon or peppermint, use a very small amount, no more that 3 drops. Once the scabies are cleared, the skin may be dry and flaky where the infection was located, especially if a medical prescription was used before trying essential oils. Use lavender, myrrh or neroli essential oil in sweet almond oil with a little wheatgerm oil added to repair the damaged skin.

During treatment, it is extremely important to pay close attention to hygiene. The mites live in clothing and bedding so wash everything the infected person has worn in very hot water to remove the mites. It is also best to treat mattresses, pillows and anything else that can’t be washed with a solution of camphor and lavender oils in alcohol. Some infestations have been so bad and reoccurring that clothing and bedding had to be burned but you don’t have to let it get that bad if you use the above treatment.


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