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Should I use Tea Tree Oil for Scabies?
There’s a lot of debate concerning what works to kill scabies mites.
Anti-viral essential oils like, tea tree and clove, are common considerations. Especially for people who prefer a natural remedy for scabies.
Tea tree oil certainly makes sense. It’s been used for thousands of years?as a disinfectant and antiseptic. Tea tree is effective for the treatment of candida and all sorts of infections – including ringworm, sunburn, acne, athlete’s foot, toothaches, and pyorrhea. This is not an exhaustive list, either. It’s just plain powerful stuff.
Its antiseptic action is thought to be one hundred times more powerful than carbolic acid (and unlike carbolic acid, it’s safe for humans to use).
But the most important question for scabies is:
Is tea tree oil effective at entirely eliminating?scabies mites?
Below we’ve listed three of the most important questions and considerations concerning tea tree oil and scabies.
1.) Does Tea Tree Oil Kill Scabies Mites?
Yes, it does. When scabies mites?come in contact with tea tree oil they die.
But, there’s a catch.
It is true that, if properly exposed, tea tree oil will kill scabies mites. And according to clinical studies, they die fast.
This issue is that it is difficult to?properly expose the mites to the oil.
Our skin and all of its layer provide a challenge that a controlled petri dish does not. While there are many “surface walkers” on our skin at any given time, there’s also plenty of momma mites deeply burrowed and protected.
And they are protected by more than just skin layers.
There’s a bigger issue still.
Scabies mites secrete?a chemical concoction via their saliva that shields them from chemical attack.
Scabies mites aren’t so dumb, after all.?They still plague?us in the 21st century for a reason.
They’re evolved for this. They know how to protect themselves.
If you’ve been infested for awhile you’ve likely seen the track marks they leave behind. This shows that they’re able to burrow they’re way from place to place without being fully exposed.
And they don’t always have to come to the surface if they don’t want to.
Because scabies have their protective barriers of saliva they’re well protected in there.
So much so that soaking in a bath that’s got high concentrations of tea tree still might not kill them.
But, guess what. It gets worse.?(I’m sorry, I know scabies are one of the most terrible?things ever, I wish I could tell you that it gets easier)
Their eggs are even MORE protected.
That adorable little mite that’s yet to hatch is protected by an eggshell that can withstand most things thrown at it.
2.) Can Tea Tree Essential Oil Cure my Scabies?
I’ve already covered why in the first section, but to recap:
- Tea tree oil?does kill unprotected and vulnerable scabies mites.
- But is ineffective when it comes to treating deeply burrowed mites.
- Is also ineffective at killing unhatched mite eggs.
Unfortunately, scabies mites burrow deep enough into the skin to hide from essential oils.
The protective saliva barrier they use to protect themselves and their eggs makes their eradication harder still
I learned this first hand the hard way when I was infested. I tried natural approaches to cure scabies for multiple months. Lots of neem, clove, coconut and tea tree oil. But the infestation lingered.
And what did I get out my tea tree use? More months of scabies.? And now whenever I smell it?I’m reminded of scabies. Not the best association to have.
The best way to kill scabies (and the only way that we recommend on this site) is to use oral ivermectin and/or permethrin cream. Simultaneous use of both is highly recommended.
If you want to learn more about ivermectin and permethrin treatments follow the links below:
- How to Get Rid of Scabies at Home Fast
- A Simple 3 Step Guide to Treating?Scabies
- How to buy Over the Counter Permethrin Cream Online?(inexpensive with no RX prescription needed)
3.) How?Tea Tree (And other Essential Oils) Can Help with Scabies
With all of that said, tea tree?still has a lot to offer in your treatment regimen.
Tea tree and the vast majority of natural treatments won’t be able to kill the eggs. No, it won’t cure your infestation.?But tea tree’s outstanding properties are great for supporting your skin.?It’s called “first aid in a bottle” for a reason.
Tea tree oil can be used as an all natural disinfectant that can be used to treat the outside of your skin and your environment.
Below are some effective blends?and applications that utilize essential oils.
Make a Pillow / Mattress Wipe
Wipe your mattresses and Pillows with a mixture of:
Tea tree Essential oil
- Plant Therapy Tea Tree Essential Oil, 10 ml
- NOW Foods Undiluted Tea Tree, 1 ounce
- NOW Foods Undiluted Tea Tree, 4 ounce
Lavender Essential oil
- Healing Solutions Kashmir Lavender, 10 ml
- Woolzies 100% pure lavender oil, 1 ounce
- NOW Foods Lavender essential oil, 2 ounce
Dilute oil with warm water.
Let pillows and mattress dry in the sun or under presence of heat
Blend your Own Essential Oil Scabies Ointment
- 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp meadowfoam or calendula-infused oil
- 3/4 tsp tamanu oil
- 40 drops lavender essential oil
- 20 drops sweet orange or lemongrass
- 20 drops tea tree essential oil
- 10 drops thyme essential oil
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil
If you don’t want to gather all of these ingredients, use what you?prefer.
- Combine carrier oils in a glass measuring cup. Heat until warm.
- Add essential oils and whisk until blended.
Rub this ointment onto affected areas often. Ointment will be very concentrated, so be cautious.
Note that this ointment will help the symptoms, but not be a cure by itself!
Hopefully this article helped you. If you have any questions, comments or recommendations of your own please let us know in the comment section below!