Natural Treatments for Dust Mites & Scabies

Dust Mites

Dust Mites cause allergies, eczema, asthma and irritation in many people. Here is a list of essential oils that can help with getting rid of dust mites, along with explanations for their effectiveness:

  • Eucalyptus Oil: Its strong antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties help to significantly reduce dust mite populations.  Bosisto's Dust Mite Spray, which has APVMA approval, contains Eucalyptus oil at a concentration of 15% as its Active Ingredient to kill dust mites.
  • Clove Oil: Contains eugenol, a compound with powerful acaricidal properties that make it highly effective against dust mites.
  • Lavender Oil: Known for its insect repellent qualities and ability to disrupt the life cycle of dust mites.
  • Rosemary Oil: Its aromatic compounds and insecticidal properties help keep dust mites at bay.
  • Sage Oil: Contains linalool, which has sedative and anti-inflammatory effects that contribute to its effectiveness against dust mites.
  • Lemon Balm Oil: Features caryophyllenes that have demonstrated acaricidal activity, making it a strong choice for dust mite control.
  • Tea Tree Oil: Its broad-spectrum antimicrobial properties make it highly effective in eliminating dust mites.
  • Fennel Oil: The licorice-like smell comes from anethole, which is toxic to dust mites and helps reduce their populations.
  • Caraway Oil: Contains carvone and limonene, which have been shown to possess mite-killing properties.

You could make your own Dust Mite Spray by adding essential oils to water in a spray bottle. 

Diatomaceous Earth is another natural remedy to use for Dust Mites. Composed of fossilized remains of tiny, aquatic organisms called diatoms, its microscopic sharp edges can pierce the exoskeletons of dust mites, leading to dehydration and death. This makes it an effective natural method for controlling dust mite populations.

 

Scabies

Scabies is a highly contagious skin condition caused by the tiny mite Sarcoptes scabiei. It is vital to seek medical advice is crucial for proper diagnosis and treatment to get rid of scabies, as there can be serious complications.  Once you or your household is infested, you are unlikely to be able to get rid of scabies naturally. Complementary natural treatments and remedies can help deter the scabies mites, alleviate symptoms, and support your healing journey. Remember, these natural remedies for scabies are not a substitute for professional medical guidance but rather a gentle companion in your fight against scabies.

When dealing with scabies there are several stages when natural treatments can assist:

Prevention

Helping to deter scabies mites with a bedding spray that contains neem oil

Killing mites and their eggs

Neem oil and Tea Tree oil have some proven ability to kill scabies mites, but killing the eggs under the skin is much harder.  Natural treatments should not be solely relied on without medical advice.

Healing the bites and sores caused by scabies mites

Aloe Vera Gel, Lavender essential oil and clove essential oil (find below) can assist.  Read more in our blog post... Effective Natural Remedies to Help Soothe and Heal Scabies.