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Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008


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Scabies, a condition that causes intense itching, is an infestation of a small mite (inch mite) that burrows into the skin.  Once present the mites hatch eggs and multiple rapidly hence the infestation spreads and is also highly contagious.  Scabies is spread by direct skin to skin contact therefore if clothing, bedding, towels, furniture is shared or people are in very close proximity spreading to others is highly likely.  Because scabies is transmitted through direct physical contact it is classified as a STD (sexually transmitted disease) but can also be passed on in many other ways.

The symptoms of scabies is itching, usually sever, often worse at night.  The mite makes burrows in the skin so the appearance of the infestation may be a rash or tiny red or brown bumps.  They may appear anywhere but in adults are more typically inner side of wrists or elbows, armpits, between fingers, around the waist, around male genital area, around breasts, even the soles of the feet. With children they can infest the scalp, face and neck, the hands or the feet.


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Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:  Essential Oil Cellular Complex C, Soothing Blend® RubC, LavenderEC, Protective BlendC, MelaleucaC, PeppermintEC, Cleansing Blend, Repellent Blend

Essential oils based products:

Also consider: BergamotEC, ClearSkinC, Oregano

Note: to understand the E and C superscript go to Home and scroll to New Helps.

Suggested protocols:

Mix equal parts Essential Oil Cellular Complex and Soothing Blend® Rub topically to area 3-4 times daily. For increased help take 2 Essential Oil Cellular Complex caplets 2 times daily.

Apply Melaleuca or Cleansing Blend topically to the affected area.  This is easiest to do by using a spray bottle or putting a spray cap directly on an oil bottle and spraying 2 or 3 times per day.  The skin clears typically in a few days. 

For problem areas that will not heal add a few drops of Oregano to the oil spray.

To prevent the spreading of scabies to other folks cleanse the areas typically touched with Protective Blend by making a spray of Protective Blend and water (1-2 drops Protective Blend for each ounce of water) and/or using Protective Blend foaming cleanser. 

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Judy - Has anyone treated scabies if so how to treat and prevent Thanks

Pat - Cleansing Blend, Melaleuca, (Protective Blend). I put spray tops on these bottles and apply an even spray. I suggest the Protective Blend if the Cleansing Blend does not seem to work. It has worked for others but you need to be open minded about using what works best for you.

Lil -  I'm in Minnesota sharing essential oils and visiting with a friend who has a son that has scabies and is working to rid him and also protect her from getting them. So does she have to put the oils on straight, or can she mix the oils in water and spray? Appreciate you.

Pat - I just helped a man and his son. The son had shingles and the man had scabies. Dad got a bottle of Cleansing Blend, we put a spray apparatus on it, he sprayed the affected area and then used Melaleuca in a roller bottle. I had him spray the most touched areas of the house with Protective Blend in a 20 oz. spray bottle with 30 drops of Protective Blend.  I told him to spray the furniture, wipe down the light switches and just use all of the spray throughout the house and continue until the scabies were under control.

He had really great results except for one area of his body (genital).  To his bottle of Melaleuca we added 10 drops of Oregano and 10 drops of Coconut Oil and the area cleaned up in about a week. I told him to continue using the essential oils until the bottles were gone!!

Shannon - My son got scabies from school about a year ago. We treated with a daily bath with about 10 drops of Melaleuca oil in it. By the time we started this they were really bad and we were both covered with scabs because when I took him to the on-call doctor, he diagnosed it as eczema. When it continued to get worse, I took him back to his regular doctor, who diagnosed the scabies. Within a couple days after starting the essential oils neither of us were itching anymore. And within a week most of the scabs had healed up.

Maree - Does anyone know any way of preventing someone from getting scabies if a whole office is broke out with them? UGH!!! Would Protective Blend in them or and on them work? or Melaleuca? or both? let me know what your thoughts are on this.

Pat - Spray the office area with Cleansing Blend (25 drops to 13 oz of water), then spray the skin with Terra Shield and Melaleuca.

Protocols folks recommend for children



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What Science & Research are saying

Pediculocidal and scabicidal properties of Lippia multiflora essential oil.

J Ethnopharmacol. 2000 Sep;72(1-2):305-11;   Oladimeji FA, Orafidiya OO, Ogunniyi TA, Adewunmi TA.;   Department of Pharmaceutics, Obafemi Awolowo Univesity, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.


The essential oil from the leaves of Lippia multiflora Moldenke (Verbenaceae) was tested for its pediculocidal and scabicidal activites against bodylice, headlice and scabies' mites. The 'knockdown' times obtained for bodylice and headlice using lippia oil preparations were comparatively shorter than those obtained using benzyl benzoate and Delvap Super, a brand of dichlorvos. The lethal effect of the lippia oil on headlice was increased when applied in an enclosed system that prevented volatilization of the oil while allowing maximum contact of the vapour with the headlice. A 20% v/v preparation of lippia oil applied to scabietic subjects for 5 consecutive days gave 100% cure compared with 87.5% cure obtained for benzyl benzoate preparation of the same concentration. The GC-MS analysis of oil revealed, among others, the presence of terpineol, alpha- and beta-pinene which are known to be lethal to body and headlice.

Editorial note – Lippia multiflora Moldenke (Verbenaceae) seems to be what is also known as Mexican Oregano (different than Oregano - origanum vulgare).



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