Tea Tree Oil: A Natural Approach To Scabies Treatment


Tea tree oil is an essential oil that has been used for centuries to treat a variety of skin conditions, including scabies. This article provides information on how to apply tea tree oil and gives helpful tips on how to avoid common problems associated with this treatment approach. Tea tree oil and scabies: Tea tree oil is a well-known topical treatment for many skin conditions. It has gained wide acceptance as a treatment for many different types of skin issues, including acne, rosacea, dandruff, yeast infections, and even cellulitis. Side effects of tea tree oil: The use of tea tree oil for scabies treatment is not without risks. Side effects are typically mild, but may include burning, dryness, itching, redness, and contact dermatitis. Risks also include increased susceptibility to developing a fungal infection or skin breakage if the skin is already damaged by the scabies mite.

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Tea tree oil treatment: A combination of 1% tea tree oil and 5% benzyl alcohol is recommended as the best concentration for use on the skin. Apply a small amount directly to the affected area multiple times throughout each day until symptoms improve. You should always consult your doctor before using any home remedy or over-the-counter product. While this article focuses primarily on the use of tea tree oil to treat scabies, it is also relevant to know that this essential oil can be applied topically to treat several other skin conditions. The most important thing about tea tree oil is the concentration of its highest active ingredient (tri-methoxycinnamate or TMC).

Benefits of using tea tree oil for scabies

1) For scabies relief

Tea tree is a powerful disinfectant, which also features effective antibacterial properties. When applied topically to the affected area, tea tree oil can help eliminate the mite and control any bacterial infection that may develop.

2) To reduce itch

Tea tree oil has been shown to effectively relieve the intense itching associated with scabies.

3) For improving skin health

Tea tree oil is an excellent natural treatment for eczema and acne-prone skin because it features anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps to improve overall skin health by preventing acne breakouts and reduces dryness and irritation associated with eczema. 

4) To prevent candida infection

Tea tree oil is known to kill yeast and fungi that cause candida (yeast/fungus overgrowth). It also reduces the chances of developing a yeast or fungal skin infection.

5) To promote healthy skin

When used for scabies treatment, tea tree oil is thought to promote healthy skin by breaking down and removing dead skin cells. Tea tree oil can be applied topically directly to the affected areas of the body. Alternatively, it can be used in a steam bath or steam shower to help remove dead skin cells. Other options include applying directly to the affected areas to help circulate throughout the body and penetrate deeper into the affected areas.

6) For controlling skin inflammation

Several studies show that tea tree oil is an effective treatment for acne, eczema, and rashes. In particular, it has been shown to reduce redness and inflammation when applied topically to the skin.

7) For soothing sore or cracked skin

Tea tree oil is reported to be an effective remedy for itching and skin irritation. It can effectively relieve itching and minimize the appearance of dry and cracked affected skin.

8) For promoting healthy hair growth

Tea tree oil is frequently used as a natural treatment for scalp problems. It helps promote healthy hair growth by improving the overall health of the scalp.

9) To prevent scalp problems

Tea tree oil helps to prevent and control scalp problems, including scaly skin, itchiness, dandruff, and hair loss.

10) For treating fungal infections

Tea tree oil is effective against the fungus that causes an athlete's foot and includes chemicals that are similar to those found in antifungal medications.

11) For protecting skin from bacterial infection

Tea tree oil contains a chemical that inhibits the growth of bacteria and can be used to reduce inflammation caused by an infection.

How to apply tea tree oil for scabies?


Step 1: Add tea tree oil to a spray bottle and add water. Shake well before each use.

Step 2: Spray the affected areas with the diluted tea tree oil solution daily until symptoms improve.

Step 3: Soak a clean washcloth or towel in boiled water and soak the affected area for about 10–15 minutes two times per day until symptoms improve.

Step 4: Add one part of tea tree oil to three parts of water in a spray bottle. Shake well before each use and apply after bathing or showering to help clear out skin pores.

Step 5: In a clear glass, pour 50 ml of witch hazel and add 5 drops of tea tree oil. Mix well to combine. Add 3 liters of water to the glass and mix well once again.

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Step 6: Use this solution for a half-hour steam bath to help clear out the pores on your affected area while you sit comfortably in your own home. You should do this every day until symptoms improve. Use only natural, skin-friendly products that are free of irritants such as soap or artificial fragrances when treating scabies with tea tree oil.


1) How long does it take for tea tree oil to kill scabies?

Often, scabies will completely disappear within a week of treatment. However, complete elimination is rare and usually takes 2 months or more.

2) Does tea tree oil smell?

Tea tree oil has a fresh lemon scent that many people find pleasant and refreshing. It does not smell strong at concentrations used in skin care products. If you are sensitive to fragrances, you may experience mild irritation upon application of tea tree oil topically to the affected areas (face, arms, legs, groin) and should apply it with caution as most people do not experience any reactions on their face but rarely the rest of the affected body area.