Tea Tree Oil Scabies Treatment: Benefits and Use

Tea Tree Oil ScabiesIf you have scabies and would prefer a natural approach to addressing it, the tea tree oil scabies treatment is a good option. Tea tree oil, an essential oil taken from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia, has many known medical properties when applied topically.

Tea tree is known for its antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral actions, including many cosmetic properties. Because of the many tea tree uses, it is being used for the treatment of nail fungus, ringworm, athlete’s foot, dandruff, acne, and many types of infestations, including tea tree oil for scabies.

Scabies, a contagious disease that is caused by the parasitic mite Sarcoptes Scabiei, can be contracted by intimate contact with infected individuals or sometimes through infected bed linen and clothing. These parasites are very tiny eight-legged mites, measuring around 0.3 to 0.4 mm. During infection, a female will burrow into the skin to lay eggs and the hatched mites will surface and mate, and the cycle goes on. You will often experience intense itching and small red lumps, which may become dry, scaly and inflamed.

Scabies does not heal by itself; instead, it can worsen if left untreated. Because of the desire to look for more natural ways how to kill scabies, researchers explored the possibility of a tea tree oil scabies treatment.

Benefits

There are many benefits of using tea tree oil for scabies.

  • It is soothing and disinfecting.
  • It is safe and natural.
  • It helps your skin heal by encouraging the formation of scar tissue.
  • It is one of the finest antibacterial and antifungal agents.

How to use tea tree oil for scabies

It is not recommended that you use tea tree oil directly on your skin because such concentration can cause irritation. The best way to use it for the treatment of scabies is to apply 10-20 drops or 1 tablespoon of tea tree oil to a bathtub of warm water. Soak in the bath for around 20 minutes; then after soaking, wet a small cotton ball with a mixture of tea tree oil and olive oil and rub the cotton ball on the rashes. Another option is to use a tea tree lotion after bathing.

However, make sure to properly clean your bedding, clothes and fabric items in hot water because a tea tree oil scabies treatment will not suffice if you do not eradicate all the mites from your home.


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82 comments

  1. karen

    husband soaking in NOW essential oils 100% pure tea tree and says his (i’ll be direct) balls are burning. he is in about 12″ of warm water so i put 1 tbl + a little more. we’ll see how he feels after soak. is burning usual ? this infestation of yuck is …. unbelieveable. no one in family has it but him….all i due is wash & this includes comfortors.(sp)
    has done the permethrin cream 5% & it comes back… can’t give you answer yet, he’s out of tub, clean towel, clothes, bedding washed & back. Haven’t done small cotton ball yet….i’m poooopphed out..& got to do dinner. will advise soonest. thanks for now.

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    1. Matthew Post author

      Hi Karen,

      Yes. In a way the “burning” is normal, since Tea Tree oil has the same effect as menthol or peppermint. It is simply a case of getting used to the “cold burning” sensation. For other readers out there, the burning can be compared to the sensation of when you get some toothpaste on your cheek. It’s more of a cooling/burning effect, but it is not actually “burning”.

      Karen, good luck with getting rid of your husband’s scabies. I know how frustrating it can be, but the key is consistency in treatment. So stick with it, and he’ll soon find relief.

      Matthew

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  2. yvonne

    I contracted scabies from my dog, so I’m going to try this Tea Tree remedy first…How long does it take to kill Scabies, using this method?

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  3. dave

    The tree tea oil bath really works. You just have to be very proactive in making sure your environment is clean… clean sheets, constantly wash clothes, etc afterwards or them free loaders will come back. I never knew these pest even existed… ugh

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  4. Andrea

    I know this sounds funny, but, alot of the neem and tea tree oil can be found in shampoo for dogs. I bought some with the Neem in it and mixed with Coconut oil. My sons who are 11 and 12 have used it and they seem to be the only persons in the family that are not itching. I read an article that said 3% hydrogen peroxide along with the other treatments worked. I haven’t tried that yet, but am going to. It is supposed to burn at first, but is supposed to control the itching. Hopefully this will work for someone else too. Have used vinyl mattress covers too as well as wiping down with bleach every day and washing bedding and clothing. I sprayed permethrin spray on the furniture once a week. I don’t think it’s totally gone, but, has noticeably decreased. Will continue to treat until gone. It’s horrible!!! I hope this helps someone else.

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  5. Leslie

    I just learned today that my son has scabies and have been searching the internet for help I’m gonna take the advice that I have discovered from this and start with the Tea Tree Oil bath and also a bleach bath twice a day.Thanks for all the post.These tips are helpful.

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  6. Karla

    Thank you. This was very helpful. I was thinking that tea tree oil and neem (from reading info online) would help. I have a terrible case of “who knows what” — maybe the Norwegian type scabies. A full horrible rash on both legs from ankles almost to knees, itches at night like crazy, in day some, but not as much as night. Got some products from Q Based Healthcare, 2nd day to use, but will pursue the tea tree and neem as I believe these products will do a better job, and tea tree oil is so effective against many things. Been doing the “wash” everything routine, even a housecoat if I wear it during the day, slippers every day. Anyone know of a “safer” disinfectant than bleach?

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  7. Steffi

    I have tried derbac…it didn’t work. I’ve tried permathrin twice it seemed to work at first then they came bk!!! I am at my wits end I feel like this is taking over my life! I live with my partner and 3yr old son, I am now looking at natural remedies like tea tree oil can anyone tell me if this is safe to use on my son?? I will literally try anything to get rid of these disgusting pests but don’t want to harm my son. Can anyone please help my doctor is useless!! Tia!

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  8. Kit

    Okay im sixteen and my mom can barly affored the oil we found it was 12 dollors we got it one and used it all and,i was using melgel wich is the same thing but a crame and we are out of that too is 12 the cheepest or is there cheeper becaues u got school but this is keeping me up all night becuase of the itching and is there other cheeper things I can use?… Oh and im the only one who has it and only me and my mom know that u have it is it like lice can the chemicals in a pool kill them?

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  9. Jenn

    For over a year I would start to break out in random hives, I just thought it was from stress and didn’t think anything of it until my friend got them. Then his friend got them then his boyfriend got them and it was just spreading all over. One of these friends decided to go to the doctor (who woulda thought right?) And his doctor said he had scabies. I went to my doctor and he said mine were just from stress, which made sense because every time i got aggravated or scared i’d break into hives. Well a month later i was sleeping and I woke up in the middle of the night itching so bad I cried, I ran into the shower and just stood there in scolding hot water until it went away. I then started to look up treatments and discovered the cream is comparable to industrial strength pesticide and there was no way in hell that was going to be put on my skin to kill them, I would deal with it. Then I came across this site that said try tea tree oil, so I did. I took a nice warm bath in tea tree oil for about a half hour. it burned like hell and I thought it was worse than the itching but then I realized about 6 hours later, I hadn’t itched all day. So then I experimented, I put some oil in my liquid soap and have been washing with it every time i shower for the past week and a half and I’ve barely had any “flare ups” My friend spent 60 dollars on this other natural stuff the doesn’t work and I’ve told him to try TTO, I’m hoping it’ll give him relief like it did for me.

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    1. Matthew Post author

      Hi Jenn,

      I’m so glad that you tried Tea Tree Oil for your scabies! And your story is a true inspiration for other scabies sufferers out there. Not only did you save yourself a lot of money, but also used a safer alternative to all those doctor prescribed medications out there.

      For everyone else out there who is still not sure whether Tea Tree oil is right for them, I’d say just try it! Do as Jenn did, and you could find relief from scabies quicker than you thought. And like I tell anyone that asks for advice about scabies. Try all the natural alternatives first BEFORE you rely on harsh medications and prescription creams.

      Thanks again Jenn for sharing your story.

      ~ Matthew

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  10. Taylor

    I just now slept with my good friend, using protection, and our other friends kept making scabies jokes about him but he swears up and down that they are just messing with me and that he has never had the mites. Some weird red bumps have appeared on my inner thigh. I have looked it up and there are many different reasons they might be there. If I do take the tea tree oil bath, and dont have scabies but something else, will it hurt me? And will the oil bath cure them?

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    1. Matthew Post author

      Hi Taylor,

      Only a small amount of tea tree oil will be in the bath, so it should not burn you. I’m not sure whether tea tree oil will cure what you have, but it’s antibacterial/anti-fungal properties may help. If you are not sure what the red bumps are from, it’s best to go to your doctor or dermatologist. And then find a natural treatment once you know what you are dealing with.

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  11. Sybille

    is it safe to put water soluble tea tree oil on the head as well, not just the body? does “water soluble” mean that it’s already diluted? I was told by the dermatologist that I have scabies, and have tried the “chemical” treatment with limited success. I wash my clothes and dry them separately from any other laundry, spray water/bleach mix on my mattress but still don’t seem to be able to get rid of these mites.

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  12. Bro jack

    Hi my name I’s jack just found out that my whole family just recently found out that we have those nasty critters (scabies) went to the doctor gave use permethrin 5% well didn’t work just got worse man these things are fustreding, i been looking online for some home remedies.feel like put raid all over my body.went to walmart and got some tea oil rub it all over my body and were i itch.dont no were these things came from but i just recently move I’n a apt my stuff was I’n storage for 2yrs move I’n and my wife and daughter sleep on are sofas,woke up the next moring with some bites.on there bodys how would i found out if the came from those sofas.do i think raid would kill those mites on my sofas.somebody give me ideas please!!!!

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  13. yoly

    Okay, i have hada couple skin issues before: shingles three times from nerves, and hives. But now, I find that this rash ive had for many months and now throughout the summer to find out that my daughters ex must have had scabies before he stayed in our home. I see my doctor tomorrow. I just found out what the rash he thought was from the heat, is what i researched on my own to confirm it this. Ive been putting on cortizone creams for a conditiion it would never cure just subdue. So of coarse tomorrow i will just going in to confirm what i already know.

    I do know this for anyone who is as miserbly awake and itching as i am. I know we all hate the feelling of bugs on us we cant see or swipe away.
    I have been using a suggestion from a site on the tea tree oil & witch hazel mix. I put it into a spray bottle. 10 ml tea tree oil and 90 ml witch hazel. the witch hazel is an astringent. so far, my family is using this presently since we all got it in the end since none of us knew we even had it til now. It does help keep the obsessive scratching we all feel the want and have do to a lessor amount. Im on day three. I couldnt get into my doctor sooner and after hearing about Elimite ( premethrin) and having lukemia, cancer and liver issues in the family gene pool, I was against that for my family. I was also suggested in using sulfur and petroleum jelly mix and will do it for a last resort. I also know that taking the benedryl with the tea oil treatment seems to ease the itching temporily.
    What i dont know is how much tea tree oil to put into the bath. Should I put the 30ml bottle in it, or less. I want to get this out of our lives asap. What do you suggest?

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  14. mary

    Can pregnant women and children to use tto, how many times a day to bathe, how many days, how often to change your bed sheets? please help(only on hands)

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  15. nikki

    My daughter has recently seen the doctor over scabies. He gave her a lotion to apply once every ten days. If the life cycle of these mites is 3 to 4 days then how is this cream supposed to help? Can the tea tree oil be used in between treatments? There are five of us in the home, but only my daughter has it. How long should I watch for signs of infection in my home?

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    1. Matthew Post author

      Hi Nikki,

      Before I’m able to comment on the treatment, what type of lotion did the doctor prescribe her? As long as your daughter is getting treatment, then you should continue to watch for signs of infection in the rest of the family.

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  16. nikki

    The name of the medicine is Permithin Cream. I have read a lot about this infection in the past few days and I am really concerned for my two year old. I just want this gone as soon as possible. Will this tea tree oil work with this cream? Will it work just by itself? And just for the record, I’m glad that this site is here. It’s so hard to find some one who knows what they are dealing with. THANK YOU!

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    1. Matthew Post author

      Ah right. Permethrin is a scabicide (a type of pesticide), which can be dangerous if used in high dosages. That is why the doctor told you to only apply it every 10 days. The tea tree could be a great complement to the Permethrin cream, as the tea tree oil bath tends to soothe the skin from the itching too. But, to be safe, I’d speak with your doctor about using the 2 treatments together.

      Tea tree oil could be used on its own, but it depends how bad the scabies is and how far it has spread. It is a great alternative before going straight onto those prescription creams (which can be harmful if not used correctly).

      Thanks for your kind words about the site. I must admit, if it weren’t for me finding the 24hr scabies remedy report, I would never have taken the time to spread the word about natural scabies remedies. Anyway, I’m glad I could help.

      Matthew

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  17. leann

    So I have been treating myself with a tto and orange oil mix, also with grapesead oil as the mixes base, and putting it all over my body atleast twice a day.. do u think this will work or should I start over w just tto and olive oil blend? Also… I have heard that tto doesnt kill the eggs.. how long should I treat myself?

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  18. mandy

    I just found out four days ago i have got Scabies from a nursing home they gave me permethrin cream and it does not work my skin color is changing my arm is itching and the rash like bumps are spreading what do I do to get rid of this scabies

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  19. Jason

    My friends son was recently diagnosed with scabies. After giving him a huv…. And not knowing. I now have them. It hasn’t gotten that bad yet and I have been to the doctor twice in less than a week due to paranoia. The first doctor said it was scabies and gave me the permithirin cream. The second didn’t want to seem to touch me and just gave me some steroids. I myself…. Know it IS in fact scabies and was just trying to find help. I then went through all my cabinets and took out anything that might help. So I researched TTO and then mixed a little bit with some scented hemp lotion at bed time. After waking up. The red bumps are noticeably not that red anymore…. And itching has decreased. My question is. I work in a few hours… So I just decided to take a hot TTO bath. Nothing has changed… Itching isn’t as bad as it was still. My question is….. How superficial is the TTO treatment? Can it penetrate mg skin and kill the insiders? Is this a total cure… Or just relief?

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  20. stephanie

    Ok we have recently had an out break of scabies in our house. But is tea tree oil safe to use on my 4 year old I’ve heard not but not so sure

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  21. Dillon

    Hi there. Me and my friends all got scabies recently somehow. And we didn’t know what to do. Well my friend read that TTO works to get rid of them. I’ve been using it, but I’m still itching somewhat. How long does it generally take to cure?

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  22. Beth

    I tried permethrin last night and was totally underwhelmed. I’m concerned I came in contact with an infected clothing item today and have new scabies that could continue to spread. Obviously I don’t want to use a pesticide again tonight, so I’m going to try tea tree oil. After treating with permethrin and tea tree oil, is scabies still contagious? How long before it’s safe to be intimate?

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  23. lauren

    I currently live in a tiny studio with only a shower. Since I cannot take a bath in tea tree oil, how should I apply it?

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  24. Moose

    I have scabbies and they are a pain in the asss. I went to the doctor last week and of course she prescribed me permathrin 5%. I used it 4 days ago and the scabbies seem to be going away because the bumbs and red rashes seems to be decreasing. However my skin is killing me cause the permathrin causes more itching and burning. I get goose bumps and my skin seems to be dry. I put on Vaseline lotion to help with the dryness but its not doing much. I am going to wait till this Friday which will be 7 days since I applied permathrin and if the effects of permathrin aren’t gone, I might have to try tea tree oil. It sucks, I can’t sleep at night and I don’t like it when I can’t sleep at night. But I refuse to go down because of a shitty like mite. Humans are the most dangerous predators after all. I am going to fight this thing till it no longer exists. Ugghh I’m frustrated tho. good luck to everyone out there with scabbies.

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    1. Matthew Post author

      Hi Moose.

      Thanks for stopping by.
      I know how frustrating scabies can be! While Permethrin cream does seem to help for some people, it also has its own side-effects (which you obviously are experiencing).
      If you decide to go with natural treatments (like Tea Tree Oil), please keep us updated on your progress here. Best of luck!

      Matthew

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  25. jann

    hello! we have been fighting scabies for almost a year now. we were prescribed permethrin cream. it seemed to cure them totally within a matter of 3 weeks. (2 treatments) scabies was so horrible for that year, the itch was unreal, it like consumed me. we was all miserable trying to figure out what we had. we found out it was scabies, got permethrin and thankfully the bumps, crawly skin and itching stopped. we was so happy……..then the itching and bumps started again on my granddaughter. we got it again, or just never fully got over it, or picked it back up somewhere. we couldnt believe it. we treated all of us again with another prescription of permethrin………it seemed good….then we started getting bumps and itching again. im concerned about my youngest daughter. she was 2 months old when we all went to the doctor to see if what we had was scabies. she had bumps and burrow marks on herfeet only. so the doctor told me to put the cream on her feet only…..so i did. but further research on the internet said everyone needs to be treated over their WHOLE body. she was only on her feet…..could she have the over other parts of her body and that is how we cant get rid of them? she is 5 months old now., can i put tea tree oil in her bath water or is she too little? any help or information you could give me i would SO SO SO appreciate! thank you so much~

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  26. Karin

    Hi, I just found out that my boyfriend has scabies. Now, my body is itching but I can count with my fingers the places that I see little blister. So I don’t know if I have scabies.. It will spread after a while? So should I get the tree oil? And also, I have a daughter that sleeps in the same bed as me. But, she is not itching at all. She is only 5 years old. Can I give her a bath with tree oil just to prevent? What should I do? I’m so scared! Thks

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    1. Matthew Post author

      Hi Karin,

      Scabies is very contagious and can spread rather quickly, so the sooner you start treatment, the quicker you’ll get rid of it. Those little blisters you mention are a tell-tale sign of scabies. With your little girl sharing the same bed as you, there is a good chance she will contract scabies too. The Tea Tree oil bath is a good option, since a child’s skin tends to be more sensitive than an adult’s. If you feel that she may be allergic to TT oil for some reason, do the skin test (like mentioned in my comment to Brandon) first just to find out. Also there are a variety of other remedies and preventative measures you can take, all outlined in this Scabies Report.

      Best of luck,
      Matthew

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  27. B. Williams

    Hi my name is Brandon and I too suffer from the scabies itch. I am currently thinking of using the tea tree oil treatment but i do not know the exact type of tea tree oil nor do I know exactly where I can buy it in store. I am eagerly awaiting any help that you might give. thanks for this site.

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    1. Matthew Post author

      Hi Brandon,

      If you plan on using Tea Tree Oil, then it does not matter which brand you go for, just as long as it is 100% Tea Tree Oil. Anything less, and you’re wasting your time. Most health stores should stock it so try there, or even the local pharmacy. You can also get it online, as mentioned in one of my earlier comments.

      If you tend to be sensitive to certain deodorants, creams, etc, then do a skin test with the Tea Tree Oil first before applying to all your infected areas. To do the test, simply apply a few drops to the inside of your arm and leave for 24hrs. If your skin goes red or irritated from the TT oil, then you may need to dilute it first with grape seed oil or in the bath. Otherwise, if there is no negative reaction to the oil, then you can start applying it to the scabies infected areas. Just be careful of applying it near the groin region (if scabies happens to have found its way there). The simplest option of course would to add it your bath, and have a good soaking.

      Let me know how it goes,
      Matthew

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  28. crystal

    i was diagnosed last friday with scabies and prescribed permethin.used it and 2 days later i noticed that it had become like an infestation…and actually developed into red bumps and blisters and are everywhere….and still counting.so sunday i applied more and seems like they got worse.today i went and purchased the neem oil and tea tree oil.i soaked with the neem oil and afterwards mixed tea tree oil with my lotion.the itch was gone for a few hours but have now comeback…my question is why did they spread more after applying the cream?and how long does it usually take of the soaks in tea tree oil before you see them begin to fade away?im so fustrated..especially with my birthday party coming up….and yes every morning i wash bedding,clothes and spray mattress and mop.

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  29. karen

    Question…if you only have a shower and no tub to soak in….how else can it be applied safely? I am currently using the perscription cream and it scares me to death.

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    1. Matthew Post author

      Hi Karen,

      You could add a few drops of the oil to a neutral moisturizing cream (like Aqueous cream), and apply the cream to the areas needing attention. If your skin is not too sensitive you also apply the oil directly to the scabies infected area, or dilute it first in grape-seed oil, then apply.

      Let me know how it goes.

      Matthew

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  30. sara

    hey guys,
    i met some junkie on his way home from rehab and i let him sit next to me and eventually after him gushing about his life i decided i wanted to encourage him. found out later he was discharged early because of his scabies and used as soon as he got home….
    atleast i didnt get robbed.
    a week later my beautiful crotch, back and armpits were cover in those hideous lumps. i didnt get lick of sleep, ive lost a bunch of weight due to stress and anxiety. but atleast i wasnt at my own house.
    before my flight i showered, used the pesticide cream .5% allover, as directed. i put on clean clothes & my bags were already packed so i didnt touch any scabie clothes. i checked my bags at the airport & left them out side when i got to my house. as soon as i got in the door i put my current clothes in the washer, took another shower and used even more of that poison creme.
    i wont let my family come near me. ive been home for three days and washed my sheets each night. i spray lice/bedbug stuff wherever i sit down. i take two showers a day, and wash my clothes the second i take them off.
    and today i used pharmie tea tree oil allover my body. i didnt mix it with anything. it burned for a minute, and i loved it.

    is there anything else i can do?! im loosing my mind. this is consuming my social and work life, i refuse to leave my house except to go the grocery store or pharmacy

    & i cant tell if im merely treating the aftermath or if im still infested. help 🙁

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  31. Naomi

    This comment made me pause:

    “Tea tree oil could be used on its own, but it depends how bad the scabies is and how far it has spread”

    how do you know when it’s gotten to the point where TTO just wont help, or when you need something else along with it?

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    1. Matthew Post author

      Hi Naomi,

      What I meant by this is that if you find after using TT oil that the rash is not clearing up, and the Scabies is still spreading, then you may need to try other remedies (like the ones outlined in the Scabies report) or even resort to stronger (often harsher) treatments like Permethrin. I always like to try every natural treatment first before relying on pesticides and other strong medications.

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  32. Brianna

    I was in such a hurry to get rid of them after i heard tto would work that i didnt research exactly how to use it properly. So i just opened the bottle and rubbed some onthe infected area. Is that bad???

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    1. Matthew Post author

      Brianna, the only way to be sure is to apply TTO for a few days and see whether it starts to clear up the scabies or not. Like I’ve said before TTO is only 1 of the many remedies available – sometimes it works on its own, sometimes you need to use a combination of remedies.

      Just to expand on what Annette said, if you read through the previous comments on this post, you’ll see that I given a few examples of ways you can dilute TTO and apply it to the affected area.

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  33. Annette

    Hi Brianna, as I understand it, it definitely will. It’s very potent so it only needs to be used diluted with other oils/creams/lotions.

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  34. jane

    I have just applied the 5% cream i have not had the pimple like bumps yet. But only when i scratch i bet them and go away. Can i do the bath even if i just put the cream on today?

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  35. jane

    Also how often do you have to do this bath thing? Can we do it everyother day to be on the safe side or is that too much?

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  36. Marci

    My 3 year old daughter and i were infested with scabies from a friend of mine that he didnt know he had it. my doctor gave me a prescription for permethern 5%. it worked on my daughter but im still itching and getting bumps and i have been soaking in tea tree oil with hot water and i still end up itching and spots….am i doing something wrong?

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  37. Dee

    I found a tea tree oil soap ad showered with it. Can this take the place of the bath? I followed with a tea tree lotion and will use the pure TT oil mixed with olive oil before bedtime. Do you think this will work?

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  38. beverly barker

    i’m getting ready to start the tea tree treatment for my family and i wondered how often you can bathe in it? thank you

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  39. Mary

    I recently went to the doctors and was told I had scabies, I have no idea where I could have gotten them from but whatever, they’re here! I just took a shower and then after my shower I put TTO and olive oil all over my body. I was wondering what exactly TTO does. Does it kill them or just make the rashes go away?

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  40. Lisa

    it will take 2-3 weeks or longer to cure scabies all together. be persistant. When you shower, be sure to scrub your skin with the cloth. a little harder than usual, but not hard enough to cause pain. My theory is that the harder you scrub, the more dead skin and scabies stuff will come off. I have cured myself from scabies using Tea Tree Oil, Neem, Lavendar and carrier oils. All of the oil (except the carrier) is pure 100% essential oils. Here is what I did:
    1) shower every day, twice if possible, using soap that is acne (contains tea tree oil) or you could put tea tree oil in body wash ( a mild one) and use that. Scrub hard and use water as hot as you can stand it). Do not reuse towels, wash cloths, robe, pajamas, or clothes. After you use those items once, you must wash them in hot, hot water before reusing.
    2) make a lotion or oil for your body. I put tea tree oil, neem oil, lavendar oil and carrier oil (i used baby oil). The TTO, neem, and lavendar are all antiparasitic oils — they kill scabies. The solution i made was pretty strong smelling so I added some cinnamon essential oil which helped mask the smell. Put the lotion or oil on after you bathe.
    3) rub the lotion once in the morning, once in the evening. during the day while you are at work, keep some hand sanitizer (at least 62%) or fill a sanitizer bottle with rubbing alcohol. You can use this to rub on your itchy spots. Just take a bathroom break and rub it anywhere you are itching. If you have to scratch, put alcohol or sanitizer on the area first, that way you will be scratching and killing bugs at the same time.
    4) wash your sheets and blankets often! every day is prefered. I am using a thin blanket that is easy to wash.
    5)disinfect your house. Think of everywhere you touch and disinfect it. computers, door knobs, faucets, etc.
    6) Pray for healing! God does wonders….

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  41. Estela

    I think I have scabies but not really sure to I heard tt oil is a good way to get rid of them. How much tt oil should I use in the tub? I think I put 2 much because I started feeling a really bad burning sensation. I want to treat my children also but dont want them to experience what I did.

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  42. Damaris

    hi i seem to have the scabies and i have my husband and my 2mnth old in the same bed and they dnt seem to itch but if my baby gets it is tto safe to use?

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  43. Nick

    I was diagnosed with scabies about a year ago and it seems to have never left. I first used the permethrin creme as instructed but it doesn’t seem to have any effect. I switched to tea tree oil about two months after I started using the permethrin creme and that helped, at first. It just seems to keep coming back. I use the permethrin creme and tea tree oil like lotion every day now and I have no irritation just bumps. Is it possible the scabies are more resilient?

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    1. Matthew Post author

      Sounds to me like you haven’t eradicated the mites from your linen, clothes, bedding, etc…, which is why your scabies keeps coming back. There are various remedies other than TT oil available in the scabies report. I know I’ve mentioned it numerous times before, but the advice really helps.

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  44. May

    Terrified!

    So my 5 year old woke up with a few bumps in a row on her right arm on a Friday I assumed it was poison ivy because she had an Easter egg hunt the day before. I decided Id put anti fungal on it because the bumps were skin colored and raised. Saturday she woke up with two more rows of bumps on the same wrist but In opposite directions I then decided she needed to see her pediatrician. Took her in Monday and they said it was scabies which was very odd because I sleep in the same bed with her and have no symptoms. I applied the perm cream Monday night did an extreme cleaning on the house from 7am to 11pm then went to work on Wednesday. Wednesday after work I got home to find more bumps on both wrists now about two bumps on the left wrist and three on the right but now they started appearing on her thighs and webs of her fingers. Thursday I went to work for maybe an hour then had to rush home because her legs arms and face were covered in welts. Once again took her to the dr who then said she had a reaction to the perm cream she prescribed steroids to help her body fight the rash. Friday I take her to the ER because the rash isn’t going away and I want a second opinion, the hospital tells me the initial bumps were scabies but the rash all over is an allergic reaction to either the cream or the amoxicillin she was taking for a throat infection. She then informs me I have to discontinue all drugs given to her especially the perm cream even though we hadn’t done the second treatment she said often times the perm cream kills off everything especially of the scabies are caught early like my daughters who only had a few bumps. After using the cream people develop post scabies rashes that look a lot and feel a lot like scabies but really it’s your skin trying to heal, the best way to know is by seeing a dermatologist if any new big bumps develop. Normally when it’s post scabies you will see new burrows but they are flat and will fade in a day unlike the original ones that will even scar your skin. My question is I’m very paranoid about her not recieving the second perm treatment, it’s hard to have peace of mind when my daughter is covered in welts I want to make sure she never has to go through this again. I did bathe her with selsun blue today and it seemed to help reduce the redness and swelling on the original burrows but when it hit her welts on her legs it burned her and made her scream. I have been trying to heal her skin and am rubbing her with coconut oil after oatmeal baths. Its not doing much for her but relieving the itching. Does anyone know if I bathe her in the TTO will it hurt her welts from the allergic reaction?? I don’t want to hurt her but I want to be sure these darn bugs are gone. I also want to add I have been changing the sheets daily and never let her use the same towel have been spraying the house down with water and borax also mopping everyday and wiping down with bleach. I also sprayed our bed down with borax and water mixture then vacuumed it steamed it and sealed it with a dust mite waterproof zipper sealer also did our pillows and we have been sleeping with only the fitted sheet and top sheets. I have been trying to be on top of things since it started. Just need natural healthy remedies for her skin. Helps appreciated!

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  45. veronica

    Thanks everyone. I just bought Tea Tree Oil and now im going to try it. my 3 children and i have it…hopefully TTO works.

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  46. Johnny

    Hello I have been using the TTO bath and applying to my skin for the last 3 days.. I am just wondering what will they bites look like when the scabies have been eradicated? Mine have seemed to dry out and I have not gained any more sores. I’m just trying to get an idea if I’m making any progress..

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    1. Matthew Post author

      Hi Johnny,

      Once the scabies have been eradicated, your bites should heal up and no more should appear. Keep on with the treatment until you’re satisfied with the results. Also, scabies have a life cycle of just over 2 weeks, so make sure to check yourself regularly in case some eggs that were left in your skin hatch and bring about more scabies.

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  47. Paige

    What is the best way to dilute TTO with another oil to put it all over your body. My husband thinks he has scabies and itches from his head to his knees!

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    1. Matthew Post author

      Hi Paige,

      The best way to dilute TTO is with grape seed oil. It is the closest thing to the natural oil that our bodies produce. Just make sure it’s the best possible quality – ideally unheated and organic. Your local pharmacy or health shop should stock it.

      Otherwise, you could try add it to aqueous cream, or any other base cream without any fragrances or additives.

      Simply dilute the tea tree oil to the strength that your husband’s skin can tolerate. Ideally, do the skin test with a small amount on the inside of his forearm, before applying it all over his skin. If he get’s a rash or his skin becomes irritated, then dilute the TTO further.

      Also note that TTO tends to dry out your skin when undiluted, so using grape seed oil or aqueous cream should keep it hydrated and soft.

      Best of luck!

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  48. Kendall

    Hi,
    I just found out I have the bad crusted scabies in my hair. Doctor gave me a shampoo, but am scared to try it, & I can’t afford to buy it, either.

    I’d never really heard much about it, so was surprised to say the least! I have had them for about 4 months now, & it’s totally freakin’ me out, cuz I have a weak immune system & malnutrion, due to financial problems.

    I’m really really scared, beacuse I am super allergic to most any pesticide, so we keep searching for natural remedies….I’m ashamed to admit we have roaches & bed bugs [ I still haven’t found a way to kill either one]….I thought at first that was what was causing this, cuz I had never seen a bedbug either, & ER doctor claimed roaches or bed bugs don’t bite, well I know for sure they do…

    After seeing the home remedy page, I’ve learned alot, but am still scared… Doc said he had poision ivy at first, so they gave him a shot, but it got worse. Then Doc said he had the scabies & they gave him the cream, & it’s not working.

    If I can get the Tea Oil, how would I apply to my hair? It’s falling out, and my scalp bleeds…Doc says no antibiotics are needed, yet every site I go to say that if you scratch so much that it bleeds, or you have open sores from it, you need to be on an antibiotic…

    Could you mix Tree Oil with any of these, or is the Tree enough alone?
    *Olive
    *Peppermint
    *Coconut

    I am so cunfused on what to do for myself or my son….If anyone can plz tell me how to apply the tree oil to my scalp or skin, I would greatly appreciated it!–We don’t have a bath only a shower 🙁

    Awesome site, best of luck to all fighting this!

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  49. melissa

    my son started with this awful itch bought it home from school and then i started to itch and my toddler boy itched also ..sooo i took him to a doctors appt to see what it was he had a rash on his face and i had some bumps on my face but his rash only stayed for an hour or less then disappeared after the cream they gave us……i never felt any releif from the cream and i was pregnant about to have a baby in 2 weeks soooo i tried to get rid of it before i had her. took the cream again after 2 wks still didn’t feel any relief and then i had the baby. still itching and now my husband and my daughter itch now…so i asked for the oral strometrol however you spell it took that twice …no relief yet!..i bathed in borax a cup and hydrogen peroxide a cup of that……i felt some relief..but still itching . now i noticed rash and bumps on my newborns face went to a dermatoglogist she said it’s eczema. some is on her chest now. and some doctors say scabies don’t burrow in the face well…we all have an bumps and itching on our face!..i want to get the tea tree oil but i wonder..can i bath my 2 month old in it?…this has been going on for 4 months and i want it to go away!…we have cleaned over and over again also!..i broke my washer and dryer doing so much cleaning . this thing has stressed me out to nooo end! all i can think of is scabies!..i’m obssessed with getting something to take it away!. me my husband and 4 kids..all have it now. help!.

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    1. Matthew Post author

      Hi Melissa,

      Sorry to hear about your family’s episode with this terrible skin condition. Personally I cannot say whether it is scabies or not. But if you are convinced it is, and you really want to try the tea tree oil treatment, then I suggest all of you do a skin test on your inner forearm first, before applying it all over your faces. This is especially true if you have never used tea tree oil before.

      Undiluted tea tree oil can be extremely potent and can leave you with a rash, so for sensitive skin types (like your baby’s skin) it’s best to dilute it more than usual.

      If you’re having the TT oil bath, add fewer drops to the water. Or if you want to simply apply it to your skin, dilute it with more grape seed oil than you usually would. But no matter how you decide to apply it, do the skin test first.

      Best of luck,
      Matthew

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  50. ken

    first of all i would like to thank all of ya’ll for informing me about these nasty critters. back last summer i thought i had poison ivy but summer turned to winter and i still itched to beat the band. i finally read these articles here and low and behold i had scabies. i went to cvs and bought a bottle of tree tea oil and after 1 week i am scabie free. i finally can sleep at nite with itching my self silly. ya’ll are a god send!!!i never would have thoght something ya cant see could cause you so much itching.man that horrible the itch…..ewwwwwwwww. the first time i used it it burnt like the dickens. the second time i used it a tad bit of burning but at least they are history. thank you all for the info.

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    1. Matthew Post author

      Hi Ken,

      Thanks for your kind words and for sharing your experience with everyone. I’m glad to hear that TTO worked so well for you. Yip, tea tree oil can be pretty potent the first time you apply it to your skin, especially if it’s undiluted. Anyway, glad to hear the scabies are all gone.

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  51. jan

    I started to wash twice a day with tea tree oil put in my body wash. I also wash with a sulfur soap also. I usually wash my linens every other day. I spray every other day with tea tree oil and water my linens and bed and furniture. Before I started doing this I could not sleep at nite. All I need was scratch. This web site has helped alot. Thank you!

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  52. ALYSSA

    this is like my 3rd day using the tto and everytime I get in the bath I use a 1 tbl spoon and I just sit in there I cant stand to sitin the bath any longer than 15 mins. cuz my legs turn tomato red and I do burn I red somewhere that this is a side effect .. am I doing something wrong or should I try something else .. and if not about how much longer should I do this treatment for .. (I am seeing some results )

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