Coconut Oil and Scabies

Kirstin Hendrickson

Scabies infestations are very uncomfortable, due to the intense itching that results from the activation of the immune system in response to mites, mite eggs and mite waste. If you’re looking for a natural treatment for scabies, you may wonder whether coconut oil will do the trick. While it may work to relieve symptoms on an individual basis, there is no scientific evidence that coconut oil is an effective treatment for scabies.

Coconut Oil

Coconuts are the fruit of the coconut palm, which grows in moist, tropical climes. The meat of the coconut is rich in calories and fat, and coconuts contain an electrolyte-rich water-based solution inside them that has become popular in recent years as a dietary supplement. Coconut oil comes from the meat of the nut itself and is high in saturated fats, which are the less heart-healthy of the dietary fats.


Scabies mites, Sarcoptes scabiei, live under your skin and are transmitted from person to person through contact. If you live with someone with scabies, you’ll likely get them as well. According to PubMed Health, they’re particularly common in nursing homes and day care centers, where there’s a high population density of individuals with less than optimal immune system function. The mites activate immune cells, which release histamine and other chemicals that cause intense itching.