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
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
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Oils, blends & products
Oils & Blends:
LavenderEC, On GuardC, MelaleucaC,
PeppermintEC, Purify, TerraShield
Essential oils based
understand the E and C superscript go to Home and
scroll to New Helps.
Apply Melaleuca or Purify 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
To prevent the spreading of scabies to other folks
cleanse the areas typically touched with On Guard by making a
spray of On Guard and water (1-2 drops On Guard for each ounce
of water) and/or using On Guard foaming
Experiences and Testimonials of others
Judy - Has anyone
treated scabies if so how to treat and prevent Thanks
Pat - Purify, Melaleuca, (On Guard). I
put spray tops on these bottles and apply an even spray. I
suggest the On Guard if the Purify 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 Purify, 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 On Guard in a 20 oz. spray bottle with 30 drops of
On Guard. 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 On Guard 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 Purify (25 drops to 13
oz of water), then spray the skin with Terra Shield and
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,
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).