Skin disorders such as scabies is often very common among adults. Caused by Sarcoptes scabiei, a tiny parasitic mite, that lays eggs under the skin layer thus bring on itching and blisters. Scabies in adults, especially in elderly, can weaken the immune system and can cause crusted scabies.
Though most patients opt for conventional treatments, including drugs such as permethrin and lindane, herbal remedies for scabies are also widely known to treat such parasitic infection.
Herbal Remedies for Scabies
Scabies is mostly prevalent in adults. But while considering taking herbs for scabies, one must consult a medical practitioner to understand the dosage and the prospective side effects.
One of the most effective and popular herbal treatments for scabies is pennyroyal tincture. Easily found at most herbal stores, the herbal tincture can be directly applied onto the skin and with regular usage it can repel the growth of the scabies causing mites.
Also known as Melaleuca alternifolia, the plant is a native to Australia. Though we use tea tree oil products for its antiseptic properties, one can also use the herb for treatment of scabies and other skin disorders such as acne, thrush, and wounds. To treat the skin disorder, one can apply raw and freshly extracted oil directly onto the affected area. Also, one can dilute the oil and application of the oil kills the mite that causes scabies.
Being a succulent herb that is effective in treatment of scabies, the plant is grown in states of the United States. Having a long history of being used medicinally, the gel extracted from the leaf is known for its wound healing ingredients such as salicylic acid, amino acids, polysaccharides, and glycoproteins.
Application of aloe vera gel is known to clean the skin and also alleviates symptoms of scabies including itching. Though one can apply aloe vera gel topically to cure scabies rash, one must understand that it can cause minor side effects such as oozing and nausea.
We normally garnish our salad and meals with mint leaves but very few of us know that it can treat scabies infection too. The best form of treatment is to prepare an herbal using the mint leaves that is known to kill the mites that cause scabies. If you want to double the effectiveness, one can also throw in some other herbal leaves such as sage, rosemary, and thyme into the bath.
Botanically known as Monodora myristica, African nutmeg is grown in parts of West Africa. Considered as one of the most effective herbs for treatment of scabies, it is also very effective in treatment of fever, cough, epilepsy, urinary tract infections, and bronchitis. Combined with a cat’s paw herbal leaves and roots, the treatment becomes more effective.
An herbal tree that is grown in parts of India, the oil extracted from the margosa plant can be very effective in treatment of scabies. For best results, one can apply and massage margosa oil at the infected skin area on a regular basis. The oil is very effective in killing the parasites under the skin causing the infection.