Grow Youthful: How to Slow Your Aging and Enjoy Extraordinary Health
Grow Youthful: How to Slow Your Aging and Enjoy Extraordinary Health

Ailment: Scabies

Remedy: Borax

Borax as a source of boron. Boron deficiency, supplementation, chelation, heavy metals, fluorides, fungicide, anti-microbial. How to use borax both internally and externally.

Visitors personal experiences with Borax

Comment posted by rick of danvilee, CA, USA on 22 March 2015 at 13:47       3357

i filled bath tub 2 cups borax from walmart, 1 cup h2o2, 1 lb epson salts from dollar store, 2 drops tea tree oil and baking soda half box. Stay as long as you want in tub, in tub use soft scrub brush to rough up bumps then shower off and scrub with sulfur soap from gnc or sprouts store. After 3 days I had total relief. Make sure u wash sheets towels all u r clothes that u use.

Comment posted by Bobbielight of Htown, TX, USA on 13 February 2015 at 14:32       3256

Yesss!!! This worked wonders, 20 min in hot bath 2 cups borax 1 cup hydrogen peroxide, refilled bath tub (had drained itself to about half full during 20 min soak) with hot water again till full, 2 more cups borax 1 cup peroxide, use hand while in water to stir and wallah, got out feeling almost no itch and redness almost gone. Going to do it again everyday for 5 days, also wash ALL sheets. Thank you to whom ever told us all about this.

Comment posted by knh of Phoenix, Arizona, USA on 10 February 2015 at 17:44       3253

I followed the instructions for the peroxide and borax remedy and finally got some relief, after three treatments of premethrin and trips to the Dr and er. Expensive treatments I might add, as well as toxic. For the first time in months I have some relief, I wish I would have known earlier. Thanks!!

Comment posted by frank of Jersey City, NJ, USA on 16 January 2015 at 0:1       3156

Two cups borax and one cup hydrogen peroxide in a hot bath twice a day is working for me. I am on the mend. Thank God and Thank All of You.

Comment posted by Neen of Charleston , WV, USA on 8 January 2015 at 13:9       3142

What killed my scabies...1/2 cup mineral oil and/or 1/2 cup castor oil, 1 cup borax laundry soap, ess.clove oil, ess.tea tree oil 1/4 to 1/2 tsp (adjust to your sensitivity,*oils can burn your skin if too strong*) baths. I would soak in hottest water possible with above ingredients 1/2 hr to 1 hour, longer the better. After bath pre-mix equal amounts mineral, castor, grapeseed oils, and 1/4 tsp clove, tea tree & lemongrass essential oil. Adjust as needed. Cover your body with this mixture. If you are as desperate as I was, cut a hole in a large trash bag to sleep in & wrap exposed areas(arms,legs) in saran wrap and wear latex gloves with above mixture to bed. You are doing 3 things with this, keeping oils on your skin, smothering mites, and saving sheet from a oily mess. During your day routine to dress and keep some of oil on your skin mix equal parts gold bonds medicated powder and FOOD GRADE ONLY Diatomaceous Earth, powder your body down before dressing. TRY NOT TO SCRATCH. You want to boost your immune system as much as possible because the longer you have them the stronger they get and the weaker your immune system gets. Only buy 100% essential oils anything else your wasting your money and time. Only FOOD GRADE Diatomaceous Earth..and only cold pressed, hexane/free CASTOR oil. All of the items can be used for other ailments not just scabies infection. One more recommendation IF you have access to a sauna it will kill all cycles of scabies, just don't forget to treat your environment other wise you will just be re-infected. * you can treat animal's with all oil !*diluted*! EXCEPT NO TEA TREE again NO TEA TREE on pets. TEA TREE IS VERY HARMFUL TO ANIMAL'S AND COULD CAUSE DEATH.

Comment posted by Don of Melbourne, Vic, Australia on 28 December 2014 at 14:33       3110

I mixed a dab of hydrogen peroxide in a bottle of water saturated with borax, and put it on my dog who was chewing holes in his skin from mites or some other infection. This stopped him chewing immediately. This was after 3 trips and $800 bucks in useless vet medications and treatment.

Question posted by amy of st. joseph, Missouri, USA on 4 December 2014 at 10:7       3076

How long did it take to get rid of the mites with the peroxide and borax baths?

Question posted by Chiapet of Fort Worth, Texas, USA on 18 November 2014 at 16:27       3040

My 3 year-old, my husband and myself have all been diagnosed with scabies. Is the borax and hydrogen peroxide bath okay for my 3 year-old? Should I use the 2 cups borax and 1 cup peroxide ratio? Or use less? These little devils are a complete nightmare. I am at my wits end. Also- any suggestions on how to decontaminate my car? Can I use a borax solution spray?

Comment posted by HWILL0612 of Augusta, GA, USA on 7 October 2014 at 15:49       2934

After trying almost everything in the world... literally, I finally found something that worked tonight! Borax and peroxide baths. I literally could see the awful pesks in the bath tub! I have tried everything and even done 3 treatments of permethrin in less than a week... yes, I know that's way too much, but I was that desperate. Benedryl and the prescribed itch medicine the doctor gave me do not even begin to help with the horrible itching. After two peroxide and borax baths tonight, I FINALLY have some relief! I'm praying to get to see the dermatologist tomorrow so that I can get the oral prescription and hopefully get some relief once and for all. This has literally been one of the most miserable times of my life. I wish I could stab and kill each of these bugs separately. That's how much I hate them.

Comment posted by sscardilli of marocopa, phoenix, AZ, USA on 16 August 2014 at 2:45       2795

I have scabies took peroxide bleach on my hands. I dried them and then began rubbing my hands together, hundreds of scabies fell in my sink. I did it the next day and more scabies came from my hands, hundreds. I tried this on my whole body but it leaves red streaks on my legs. But it got rid of the scabies on my hands. I am going to try Borax and peroxide together next.

Comment posted by MightyMad of Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada on 20 July 2014 at 5:45       2709

Hi I, after travelling around the province showing a Swiss nephew the sights, three weeks after staying in a hotel in Victoria, the whole family, 3 of us showed up with Scabies. After first a casual diagnosis from the Dr that it might be just bedbugs that are insect bites, second time around was Scabies. We spent a fortune on that Per Cream and sterilizing and cleaning which we are STILL doing but when I came to this site and tried the Borax and hydrogen peroxide treatment, we had six baths so far, our symptoms and bites and itching is decreasing very dramatically compared to the use of just that cream. The formula I used was 2 cups Borax, 1 cup Hydrogen Peroxide and boiling hot bath for ten minutes. Also soaked my head in the water too and no more itching there either. We will keep this up for at least the 2 weeks recommended on this site from another poster. I am very annoyed that Canadian Drs and our system seem very ill-informed about this agony as it is a dickens to get rid of and is VERY common to catch from bedding like in a hotel or visiting someone with it. You DON'T have to be having sex to get it as I understand some people think it is an STD and yes in Germany you do have to report it and you do get quarantined. I wish I knew about this Borax treatment before I ended up spending a good $100 on that cream as Medicare also doesn't cover it. There should be public health notices and information sheets being handed out or something. Also a LOT of people must be getting it in our region Kelowna and Kamloops as our pharmacy also was on short supply for that cream. Which is fairly funny, if you have to treat a whole family at once. Will keep you posted on our progress.

Question posted by NaomiC924 of Houston, Texas, USA on 15 June 2014 at 11:45       2625

Did you rinse after you bathed? Did you do your hair as well? Did it damage the hair if so?

Comment posted by healthier-every-day of va beach, va, USA on 7 June 2014 at 18:57       2606

Clove oil does help to kill eggs. It takes a lot of trial and error for each person to get rid of scabies - and many times you have an inner parasite load that is weakening your immune system and so you have to treat the scabies from the inside and from the outside. If you mix it with tea tree oil (and maybe oil of oregano) mixed into Olive Oil or grapeseed oil (you need the oil to penetrate the skin, so you do want to use mineral oil or others that coat. So make a mix - experiment with the essential oils - because scabies also hate orange oil, mint, etc. - and make it strong enough to smell - but not to burn your skin - experiment.
But this oil mix needs to be used in conjunction with intestinal cleansing and with two baths a day. The baths should be using the borax.
You also have to work out and work up a sweat to help sweat the bugs out. And like others have noted - stop eating sugar - stop for your health anyway, but stop right now to get rid of these critters. Try doing a bentonite clay cleanse too.
Everyone needs to have Diatomaceous earth in the house. It helps with the treatment of scabies - but it can also be eaten to kill internal parasites. It can be sprinkled around the house to kill mites.
I was told that the reason some people get scabies and others do not - comes down to immunity - and the more you build up your immune system the more your body can fight off the scabies. Do not give up = keep trying = do the borax bath and do not give up.

Comment posted by lalalasweetie of somewhere, ontario, Canada on 29 April 2014 at 1:9       2517

Hi there everyone! I just wanted to say, I am so grateful to have found this site. I believe I picked up this dreadful bug on vacation. :( According to my aunt I had this also as a child, which would explain why I reacted so quickliy. it started on the soles of the feet, then travelled quickly to my hands. I had spoken to my best friend before I knew what it was, and she said, oh bath in salt and vinegar. so I laughed at her, until that evening when the itching was so bad, I woke up and wanted to go outside and scratch my hands and feet on the brick wall. I immediately grabbed my box of sea salt, poured really hot bath, I added about 1/3 of a box to the bath, and then rubbed the kosher crystals all over my skin and scrubbed. this worked for one night, I got to sleep. it also cured the itching about 1/2 as much. then I went to my doctor, who refused to scrape me, because she couldn't see the signs, recommended per 5% but refused to write me a script for my boy. I was so choked. why put a poison on your child if youre not sure? well, I thought why put a poison on myself if im not going to treat my child. SO I FOUND THIS SITE. (I USED CHILD SIZE PLASTIC CUPS AS MY MEASURE) I put 1 cup of borax and 2 cups Epsom salt, and poured in some 3% peroxide about 1 cup. I made the water as hot as I could stand. it worked all night, and when I got up in the morning, my hands, (same spot as before) were itching again. :( so I did it again. :) no more itch. also, I had put clean sheets on my bed, but only dried my comforter. (and my dryer isn't that hot.) Today I start the mountain of laundry, and sterilizing everything in borox/ peroxide and steaming my house. also today, I will be adding a natural oils recipe to my regimen after my borox bath, I will also add the borox recipe to my childs bath (he's 12) and will be bathing him right after school and bagging his clothes to be laundered in case hes bringing the buggers from school. wether or not borax works completely, or is a temporary fix or permanent cure remains to be seen :) the point is, at the very least it provides temporary complete relief. I'm thinking about the Oliver twist song, only I'm singing "i'd do anything to be rid of you dear, ANYTHING" and if you have scabies, you will understand completely. I also bought 2 tubes of the stupid perm cream. but will not use them unless these recipes do not work. the joy of borax is its absorbable by your skin. so it works for the stupid eggs, under your skin! if you grab a magnifying glass you can see the creeps coming out of your skin! (not recommended for indiviuals with OCD. :) ) I WILL LET YOU KNOW OF MY PROGRESS, BUT RELIEF OF ITCH IS THE FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE)

Comment posted by Michelle of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada on 18 March 2014 at 6:57       2406

Hey guys, I'm also from Kelowna and have been taken over :( by scabies. My son works with a few hockey kids that got it and went to work anyways. When my son complained the manager acted as though these kids deserved the noble prize because they still worked through it. Needless to say it hit my house !!!!!!! We have done 2 rounds of the perm, steam cleaned everything, done 178 loads of laundry and I spray alcohol on everything twice a day. I started using Neem oil which has help A LOT but it stinks to high heaven and hasn't killed them completely. I want to thank everyone for the advice because I was brought to tears reading stories about people who have had it for years :( I am definitely going to start borax tomorrow :) Thank heavens for all you out there with positive information :) Good luck to all

Comment posted by Taylor of Columbus, OH, USA on 10 March 2014 at 11:52       2383

I have had mild rosacea for several years, and very, very itchy ears. I've had a lot of life stress over the past few years, and right now am in one of the most stressful jobs I've ever had. I have developed Adrenal Fatigue from the stress and my immune system is much lower than it has been before. The rosacea has been spreading over my cheeks and leaving pustules and broken veins behind. I also have had a lot of cysts in my inner thighs which I now believe are related to this disease, tiny bumps on my thighs and bottom. Itchy scalp. I tried Finecea and Azaelic Acid with some success, but eventually it seemed to lose effectiveness. I was researching 'Natural cures for rosacea' and came across information about using peroxide mixed with a tiny bit of borax, also honey and vinegar 'cures' I started using the vinegar and saw a slight improvement, but I saw an even more dramatic improvement with the peroxide and borax. I made a solution and have been using it as a toner on my face. I also have been using it twice a day on a cotton swab in my ears and eyebrows. It is the first time my ears have been itch free in years. Interestingly, the first night I swabbed my ears I was siting at my computer later and felt a sharp 'bite' on the edge of my ear. I believe one of the mites had crawled out looking for a more hospitable place. My scalp has gotten itchier as well. I think they are migrating from my face to other areas. I noticed cylindrical dandruff. I started using the peroxide / borax on other areas of my body, too. Then I ran across this forum and read about the tea tree oil therapy. I immediately ordered some tea tree oil and castile liquid soap. I am mixing a few drops of the tea tree oil into the soap and scrubbing my body. My itchy areas, and redness around my groin and thighs has almost completely vanished in just a few days. I have been putting it also into my shampoo and conditioner and letting the shampoo sit on my head for awhile. I made an almond oil, lavender oil, vitamin E and tea tree oil for my face. I plan to mix a greater quantity and begin using this as a moisturizer on my body. I still feel 'itchies' but I think it's just the mites looking for more hospitable territory. Eventually, after about 6 weeks, I plan to use vinegar more on my skin and continue the tea tree oil, but I will still hit it with hydrogen peroxide and borax every few days. I'm not sure you can ever completely be free of these mites, but I believe controlling them is very possible. Thank God I have found these forums. I am so blessed to have found a natural cure.

Comment posted by Dorothy of Kelowna, BC, Country on 9 January 2014 at 16:15       1677

Hi Chantal, Just came across your post and saw that you are from Kelowna. Me too! Uh-oh, bad press. My family contracted scabies from the hospital (we think because my daughter had a bath when she was in labor at Kelowna General Hospital and maybe the tub hadn't been cleaned after someone else with the bug used it?)in August 2013. My daughter came out with spots first a week later, followed by the baby about a month later and then me (grandma) after that. We all went to docs and got different diagnoses and prescriptions, to no avail, and finally three months later we saw the one and only dermatologist in Kelowna, who was surprised to find four of us in her exam room (the baby had the appointment, which was fast-tracked - it's a six-month waiting list to get in to see her!). She looked at a sample under a microscope and told us what is was. My daughter was told she had PUPPS and I was told I had pityriasis rosea (which was probably true and merely a coincidence) before that. We've done the Kwellada-P treatment four times now, washed everything over and over, and the little buggers keep coming back! It's nice to know that others have found that the lotion hasn't worked either, as it really makes you feel like you're doing something wrong when you think you're doing it all right! We'll definitely try this borax/peroxide treatment now. My doc prescribed Ivermectin but even she didn't know that it isn't available in Canada. I believe there must be an outbreak in our area as a couple pharmacies have run out of the lotion and we were told by at least two pharmacists that there is an outbreak in our area. In fact, just yesterday another pharmacist told me that the stuff is on back order and their supplier says it isn't even available at all right now! Why don't the doctors know this and inform their patients from the get-go? The ironic part is that my bf from Germany was just here at Christmas and he's freaking out because he's in school and there are really strict laws over there about this sort of thing. Here in Canada it's commonplace to get head lice, etc, and the meds are purchased over the counter, without going to a doctor. Not so over there, which is good and bad. Thanks for sharing for your post.

Comment posted by Danielle of Burlington, Vermont, USA on 9 December 2013 at 5:38       1604

A month ago I started having all the same symptoms, not soon after my younger children did too only milder if there is such a thing. It started with ichy heads and I treated for lice but then my left started in especially in the folds. Drs said it was eczema which clearly it is not. These things have attacked my ear so badly I cant even sleep on that side! I was given ivermectin which worked for a day or 2 till new eggs hatched and developed. I found that borax and peroxide baths help immensly but do not kill eggs in the folicles. These things r on all body parts in nose and even on tongue lips and gums....EWWW! Last night I did borax n peroxide bath and then blow dried my entire body it helped the most since this started and skin felt softer! Today I got tea tree oil which Im adding to lotion and shampoo. I also got some Apple Cider Vinegar. Ingredients are acv, cayenne pepper powder, ginger root powder, and 50% hydrocloric acid. I have read many positive reviews about acv and its mite killing power. My bf and I started taking 2 a day hopefully I can report positvely about this! What im struggling with most is keeping home clean with having a full time job and children. Ive read suggestions to wash bedding daily and dispose of pillows and buy new, maybe for someone who has money to do so but I just do not! Ive sprayed with bleach/water and borax/peroxide/water but I think the borax clogs the sprayer so I an gonna try straining the solution. This is an ongoing battle! I believe either the kitten we rescued brought this into my home, or that my teenager has had them for a while but we thought he just has bad acne from teenage boy hormones! Either way doesnt matter, what matters is getting rid of it before my once beautiful face is disfigured for life! I hope this helps, I will post with updates of progress.

Comment posted by chicago of chicago, IL, USA on 2 August 2013 at 21:8       1303

I used the borax and peroxide in a hot tub for about 15 min, dipped my head under and can say that i finally notice some improvements : ) Its been hard to smile dealing with this. I just want to say I hope more people success with winning this temporary battle, an a beautiful life ahead.

Comment posted by NaX of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 10 June 2013 at 20:19       1191

My husband got it first and he is itching like crazy for two wks, all over his back neck, chest and hands. I just got them around my pelvic area and only a couple but they werent itchy so i didnt think it was the same. They have since spread all over my inner thigh and inner right arm but still don't itch while my husband is raking himself till bleeding. We have cleaned all of our clothing and sheets and only flipped the matresses because we had protectors on them. We've both bathed in borax and peroxide for last two nights but I am getting worried we arent being vigilant enough. Any thoughts? My husband read you could apply borax straight to the skin and he said it stung for a while but then stopped and he felt much better. He says the baths help for a little while but then certain areas start itching again. I'm wondering if its where the mites are still in him? We are most concerned for our 9 month old who doesn't seem to be infected....yet :( will keep u posted

Comment posted by Amanda of Toronto, ON, Canada on 2 May 2013 at 22:58       1129

Wow. Whoever came up with this is a genius. I've been doing a lot fo research. My boyfriend worked in a healthcare setting with mentally challenged. They had a scabies infestation. they have had it for years. Try telling someone who doesn't understand they can't touch people. so that's how it started over a year ago. We've had several misdiagnosis. One just said it was viral, and it would go away on it own. One said it could be chicken pox? lol. One said foliculitis, and one said rosella. Since we found out it was scabies, we've treated several times with 5% permethrin to no avail. I've cleaned vigorously, and washed and dried all clothing, bedding on hottest heat, heat treated all pillows. Bought a peva matress cover. I continued to do research. My mother in law had always used borax as an insecticide. Then I read this. I started doing more research. so, this is what I've found. Scabies are anthropods. Borax is highly toxic to anthropods and kills them in minutes (if they eat the borax). If the borax is on your skin, scabies eat your skin. dead. Borax is also highly alkaline (9. soemthing I cant remember) which might be irritating to your skin. That's where the peroxide comes in. It's slightly acidic @ 3% which balances out any kind of skin discomfort you might be worried about. Borax has low toxicity to humans(that of table salt as explained on the Grow Youthful Borax web page). So. Borax it is for me. I'll let you know the results. I'll be soaking in borax baths. also, I'll be boiling boxax in water, and adding peroxide in a spray as a topical.

Question posted by Chucha of South beach, Fl, USA on 10 March 2013 at 9:57       1033

Hi guys! I would like to know if you guys rise out after the borax baths. Thank's in advance!

Comment posted by ChantelHH of Kelowna, BC, Canada on 10 July 2012 at 19:19       691

I got scabies in Canada a year ago, went to the doctor and got premethrin cream. After the first application it helped, but it came back strongly a week later. A second application finished the job. Or so I thought... A month later I was working in Germany and it broke out again. I asked a German friend about it, and he said that doctors have to report any scabies and they basically quarantine you. I decided to self-treat for a couple of weeks as I really couldn't take time off. I found Grow Youthful after Googling and looking for home cures. I did two chlorine bleach baths, which helped but did not clear it. The best reports seemed to be using borax and hydrogen peroxide, which I tried next. The result was immediate and surprisingly effective. I did daily baths for a few days, followed by a few more baths over the next three weeks I didn't want to take chances just in case I got re-infected from clothing or somehow. I have been scabies free for about 7 months now. I feel much better about soaking in borax than applying premethrin cream all over my body. In fact, from what this site says borax has many other benefits (just not too much). I wish more people especially doctors knew about some of these remedies. Thanks so much.

Comment posted by Gamblin62 of San Diego, CA, USA on 10 July 2012 at 17:47       690

I had a friend round a few weeks ago, she had a rash on her arm and claimed it was psoriasis and its not catching. We hung out together for the afternoon and watched a DVD on the couch. Yea that's all we did! Anyway two weeks later I broke out with something similar around my right wrist. Red, super itchy, and little pimply bites to start with. Kind of zig zag lines under the skin as well. All of the indicators pointed to scabies. My friend was adamant that her doctor had said psoriasis. Anyway I went to see my doc, who said it was scabies. He wrote a script for Ivermectin, which you take orally. I am not real keen on the idea of using such a powerful pesticide like chemical in my body, so I came to Grow Youthful website while exploring safer alternatives first. Some sites say that borax is toxic, but I decided it couldn't be any less safe than taking a pesticide. For the last week I have been having a nightly soak in a super hot bath with half a cup of borax and a small bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide (walmart didnt have the 35%). Moving around to each part of my body gets to soak for 10 minutes - chest/back, neck, face /head/scalp and especially my hand. I have also been cleaning my apartment totally. The severe itching has stopped, my wrist is still pretty red, but it looks different and I know it is healing. Will keep you posted. Thanks.

Comment posted by Mandy of Melbourne, VIC, Australia on 13 April 2012 at 11:15       689

I had desperate itching, especially at night. Self-diagnosed as scabies after reading this site. The pharmacy gave me a cream for two treatments one week apart, well it did not work. Wish I had never used the chemicals because they are just a pesticide in a cream and they don't work anyway. Next I used 2 cups of borax with 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide in a hot bath in the morning and again in the evening for 2 weeks. Perhaps that was way too much, but it has got rid of the bugs! I soaked for 15 minutes, dipped my head under the water and all. The water was as hot as I could bear it, because apparently that opens your pores. Scabies is totally gone! The relief was fast - the first night I slept with no itching although during the following days it was red and itchy. Apparently the dead bugs and excrement are still under your skin and take time to go. Thank you! PS I was obsessed with cleaning for the 2 weeks. Changed towels, bedding, clothes every day, vacuumed every couple of days, thoroughly vacuumed my soft furniture.