The Neem and Turmeric Mask comes from a study that was done in India, where scabies is an enormous problem. Because the population density is so great, and there are many underpriveleged areas where people cannot bath regularly and easily, it becomes an ideal breeding ground for scabies mites to find hosts.
In this particular study, doctors treated scabies sufferers with a mixture of neem leaves and turmeric, and managed to achieve a 97% cure rate within 15 days. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite incredible.
The real question is, how do we mimic this treatment?
First of all, you’re going to need a quality neem product. Luckily these are easily available to you on Amazon or your local health store.
We’ll start with the neem leaves.
Unless you have a neem tree growing in your backyard, getting pure neem leaves is going to be difficult. My suggestion is to instead use a neem powder, which is simply dried and ground up neem leaves. Usually people use it for cooking or tea, but you can just as easily use it for a body mask.
The neem powder that I use is this one and have been extremely happy with it.
Next thing you’re going to need is turmeric. I like to use this organic turmeric, but it’s likely that any regular turmeric from the supermarket will do just fine. I haven’t been able to find any studies that prove turmeric on its own is effective at killing scabies, so it’s likely this is mostly added here as a supportive treatment (turmeric is great for the skin).
Lastly, you’re going to need something to mix it with to make a paste. You have many options here. Coconut oil is great and is also amazing for the skin, olive oil is also a good choice, or you can just use water if you like. However, I like to really bring the onslaught and double up the neem power by using neem oil. With both neem oil and neem powder mixed together, you have a super potent anti-scabies mix, which is exactly what we want.
Again, it’s important to use a quality, organic and pure neem oil. The neem oil I used during my scabies treatment was this one and I highly recommend it.
Now all that’s left to do is mix things up and apply the mask. I would suggest going about 4 parts neem powder to 1 part turmeric, and then just add neem oil to the thickness that you like. Then, simply smeer the mixture all over your body.
It’s very important that you apply the mask liberally and thoroughly. Make sure you get it absolutely everywhere – I’m talking between your fingers, between your bum cheeks, behind your ears – everywhere! Scabies can live on almost any part of the skin. Therefore you need to treat every part of the skin. If just one scabies mite survives, the cycle can start all over again and you’ll find yourself repeating this treatment again a few weeks down the track. Not good!
The next thing you need to remember is that neem doesn’t actually kill scabies mites directly, or at least it hasn’t been proven to do so. What it does very effectively is interrupt the breeding process, so that the mites eventually die off. Therefore it’s not enough to apply the mask only once. I would suggest applying the mask at least once a day, maybe even twice a day, for a whole week, and leave it on for at least half an hour. You might need to stand in the bath tub or a bath mat and just wait paitiently – maybe watch an episode of Netflix on your laptop while you stand there. It’s an inconvenience for sure, but doing this will give the mask enough time to attack your scabies infestation over the entire breeding cycle, and give you the best chance of success.
Pair with Neem Soap
After you’ve let the mask sit, you’re going to need to wash it off. One way to add another prong to the attack is to bath with a neem based soap and a neem based shampoo.
The interesting thing about natural treatments is, they work for some people and don’t work for others. This is a common observation, and tells us that natural treatments really do work differently for every individual. Maybe neem powder works great on your skin and not so great on someone elses. Therefore, with natural treatments it’s always a good idea to use a multi-pronged attack to get the best results.
Use a neem soap as you wash off the mask, especially on the areas where the itching and rashes are prevalent. Neem shampoo is also a great idea if you can afford to add it to the mix.
As a final tip, always wash your hands with neem soap while you’re fighting scabies. One of the most common places for scabies to cluster is under the fingernails and between the fingers. Nuke them every chance you get!