‘Sarcoptes scabei’ or the microscopic human itch mite is responsible for the itchy and highly contagious skin condition called scabies. Scabies, also called the ‘seven year itch’, occurs when tiny mites burrow into the epidermis or the upper layers of the skin.
Derived from the Latin word ‘scabere’, this skin condition which causes intense allergic itching is transmitted from individual to individual through direct contact. Individuals who have contracted this skin infection will notice superficial burrows and rashes on their external genitals, feet, hands, wrists, elbows and buttocks.
Best Home Remedies For Scabies
The extremely itchy scabies rash can be cured using simple home remedies. The best way to contain and prevent re-infestation of mites which causes scabies is to keep the immediate environment spotlessly clean. Some simple home remedies to relieve severe itchiness and rashes due to scabies are mentioned below.
Use Drumstick Leaves
Scout your local grocery store for fresh drumstick leaves. Purchase half a kilo of drumstick leaves. Wash the leaves thoroughly under running water. Extract the juices of the drumstick leaves. This may be quite an arduous process, but it is well worth the effort. Mix the juice of the drumstick leaves with an equal amount of pure sesame seed oil. Boil the mixture till the concoction reduces to half the original amount.
Use Witch Hazel Oil
Witch hazel oil is extracted from the witch hazel bush. This oil has been used by Native Americans for centuries to fight off a variety of infections. Witch hazel oil is used to treat numerous skin conditions like psoriasis, scabies, acne and even eczema.
To prepare the witch hazel mixture to treat scabies, combine approximately ninety milliliters of refined witch hazel oil with about ten milliliters of pure tea tree oil. Both these oils can be procured from any store dealing in natural products. Apply the witch hazel and tea tree oil mixture liberally over the scabies infection after a shower. Regular application of this mixture can cure scabies infection in an extremely short duration of time.
To relive the extreme itchiness and bright red rashes which appear all over the body as a result of scabies infection apply cold compress. You can simply dip a thick face towel in some cold water and place it over the site of scabies infection. People who have scabies infection all over their bodies can immerse themselves in a tub of cold water for at least ten to fifteen minutes twice a day till the symptoms of this contagious skin condition abates.
You can extract aloe vera gel from the fleshy leaves of the aloe vera plant. The gel extracted from this medicinal plant contains anthraquinones, amino acids and salicylic acids – potent natural elements which are known to reduce inflammation and stimulate the immune system. The anthraquinones present in aloe vera gel contains powerful antimicrobial properties which can kill the human itch mite.
Apply a liberal amount of aloe vera gel on the site of the scabies infection. Allow the skin to soak up the aloe vera gel. Wipe off the excess aloe vera gel with a clean towel or a tissue.
Citrus juice is an extremely effective home remedy to treat scabies. Extract the juice of five to ten fresh lemons. Keep the juice aside. Now dip a clean cotton ball in the fresh lemon juice and apply in on the site of scabies infection. You can also dilute the citrus juice in a bucket of water. Bathing with this water can reduce the itchiness caused by human itch mites. You need to follow this home remedy diligently for a couple of days to cure scabies infection.
Mix approximately two tablespoons of pure lavender oil with one tablespoon of rubbing alcohol. Now apply this blend on the site of scabies infection. The lavender and rubbing alcohol mixture will not only kill the itch mites but it can destroy their eggs as well.
Procure some pure neem oil from any store dealing in natural products. Now tip twenty milliliters if this oil in a small container. Massage your body with this oil before having a bath. After bathing apply a paste prepared from neem oil and pure turmeric powder on the site of the scabies infection. Repeat this process for a couple of weeks.
Scabies infections are characterized by itchy lesions. Scratching the scabies lesions can actually aggravate this condition. To reduce itchiness and stop a person from scratching the scabies lesion incessantly use soothing calamine lotion.