Scabies is a contagious skin infection caused by an infestation of itch mites known as sarcoptes scabiei. The itch mites cause intense itching, a burning sensation when the mites burrow into your skin and other skin infections if you don’t treat the scabies infection. The itching may be worse at night. Scabies is transmitted by close person-to-person contact. There is a non-commercial treatment for scabies—applying cloves of garlic to the infected skin can reduce the itching and ease the condition.

Cloves of Garlic

Crush 1 cup of garlic in a bowl. Garlic juice will be produced—keep the juice. Stir the crushed cloves of garlic into a paste. Place a piece of plastic wrap over the garlic paste. Sit the paste in your refrigerator.

Washing the Infected Area

Take a shower or bath and wash the scabies-infected area with a herbal or non-harsh soap. Dry off with a soft clean towel. Do not rub or scratch the infected areas. Remove the garlic paste from your refrigerator and apply the paste to the scabies-infected areas. The garlic paste has anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic qualities. The garlic will ease the itching and destroy the itch mites and any eggs present. Apply the garlic paste daily after each shower or bath.

Note, only apply the garlic paste to the scabies-infected areas. Garlic may produce a skin infection called dermatitis in some individuals.

Garlic Tablets

Garlic tablets can also be taken to kill the scabies infection. Use a combination of tablets and garlic paste to fight the scabies infection.

Variation of the Garlic Paste Recipe

Once you have crushed 1 cup of garlic in a bowl, stir in 1/2 tbsp. of olive oil and mix the ingredients into a paste. The olive oil will moisturize the skin as well as treat the scabies infection. Still place a piece of plastic wrap over the garlic paste and store it in your refrigerator.