Yes! Neem oil does kill scabies. The question is how to use neem oil for scabies so that you heal faster and safer than with potentially harmful prescription drugs.
In this post I’ll go over exactly what neem products and methods I used to treat my scabies and kill my infestation in just a couple of weeks.
What is neem oil?
Neem is a tree from the Indian subcontinent, and is well known to be one of nature’s strongest insecticides. Why is this good news? Because permethrin, the standard prescription treatment for scabies, is also an insecticide. However unlike permethrin, neem is a plant, and is actually very good for your skin.
These properties have led to neem products being a standard treatment for many ailments in native communities around the world. It also means a variety of methods of using the plant have developed over the years, from boiling the leaves to make a tea, to grinding them into a paste and even eating the leaves themselves.
Neem oil is, obviously, the oil from neem leaves, which is ideal for applying to the skin in larger quantities. Neem powder can be used in smoothies, teas, and also in skin care, which are all highly recommended also.
Does neem oil kill scabies?
In this Indian study, it was found that a paste made from neem oil and turmeric powder had a 97% cure rate over 3-15 days.
That’s actually a better cure rate than standard prescription treatments in the US. Permethrin and Ivermectin are both standard medical treatments for scabies, and neither of them even come close to 97% (permethrin is around 80% while ivermectin is just under, around 78%).
Neem also has evidence of have insecticide properties against many other mites, as it’s insecticidal properties are part of the plant itself. It works.
How to use neem oil for scabies
In my scabies treatment guide I recommend using a combination of natural treatments, and neem is central to that recipe. If you’re wondering how to use neem oil for scabies (and neem powder too!) these are the ones I recommend.
1. Neem bath
Neem oil actually doesn’t dilute that well in a bath (it seemed to collect around the side of my bathtub, rather than diluting in the water) but if you prefer bath treatments you can use it this way. This is the neem oil I recommend using.
2. Neem tea
You can buy neem tea, or you can use neem powder to make your own. Using neem internally is a great idea in scabies treatment. It doesn’t really taste that nice, however (very bitter) so you might not be able to handle it. I also wouldn’t recommend over-sweetening with sugar, as high sugar diets tend to aggravate itchy and inflamed skin.
Hot tip: Neem powder is also very good in a bath, and actually dilutes better than neem oil.
3. Neem soap
You can buy neem soaps such as this one to use in the bath or shower. I did this during my treatment but honestly I don’t think this is necessary if you are using the body mask described below or bathing regularly. I’m just a little obsessive and wanted to use absolutely everything. If you want to do it, go for it; it certainly doesn’t hurt to get a little more neem on your skin!
4. Neem body mask
This is actually the treatment I use in my main scabies treatment plan, but I’ll repeat it here for you.
Anti-scabies body mask recipe:
- Half a cup of neem oil
- Half a cup of coconut oil
- 12 drops of tea tree oil
- 2 tablespoons of neem powder
- 4 drops of clove oil
- 1 tablespoon of turmeric
What you want to do with this mask is mix it up and then rub it all over your body. You want to leave it on your body for at least an hour, which means you’ll probably be standing naked in your bathroom for an hour, but that’s a small price to pay for suffocating all the scabies on your body! Just grab your laptop and watch some Netflix, or something on Youtube. The time will pass fast. You should repeat this treatment as many times as possible during your infestation.
Suffering from scabies? Check out my treatment plan here to kick scabies in 7 days. Worked for me, I’m sure it will work for you too.