Neem Oil: Tips To Use It For Scabies Treatment

Scratch your itchy skin no more with this natural and safe healing elixir.

Medically Reviewed by Dr. CP Thajudheen, MD
By Ramona Sinha, Certified Skin Care Coach

Scabies is a contagious and uncomfortable skin infestation caused by scabies mites. Luckily, you can use neem oil for scabies management and eliminate the mites. Neem oil has antibacterial and medicinal properties. It can reduce redness and irritation caused by scabies and help soothe your skin. Scroll down to learn how to use neem oil for scabies and how it may work.

What Is Scabies?

This is an extremely contagious skin disease caused by noxious mites called Sarcoptes scabiei. These mites burrow underneath your skin, giving you rashes that itch like hell. When underneath your skin, these mites dig tunnels (yes!) and deposit their eggs into them. And this is how the disease spreads all over your body if left untreated.

Now you understand why I called it distressing. But luckily, there’s one thing that can help you get rid of these mites easily. And that’s neem oil. This oil is considered the best for scabies treatment as it is natural and good for your skin. I am not claiming this! Research and studies say so. Check it out right here.

Neem Oil: How It Helps In Killing Scabies Mites

  • The chloroform extracts in neem oil were found to be extremely effective in killing Sarcoptes scabiei (1).
  • Neem oil contains octadecanoic acid-3 and 4-tetrahydrofuran diester. These two compounds were found to be extremely potent in killing the scabies mites. Scientists found that these compounds interfered with the metabolism of Sarcoptes scabiei and caused death (2).
  • A study investigating the effect of neem seed extract shampoo on Sarcoptes scabiei infested dogs found that topical application of the shampoo healed the dogs completely. It cleared adult mites as well as the mites that were in their developmental stages (3).
  • A study published in Tropical and Geographical Medicine explored the effectiveness of neem and turmeric paste on scabies. The study involved 814 people. In 97% of the cases, the infestation was cured within 3 to 15 days. Also, no toxic or negative effects were observed (4).

Convincing enough? Yes, I guess! Now, let’s look at a few ways you can use neem oil for scabies.

How To Use Neem Oil For Scabies Treatment

  1. Directly Applying Neem Seed Oil
  2. Neem And Coconut Oil
  3. Neem Oil Bath
  4. Neem Oil Soap
  5. Neem Oil And Turmeric
  6. Neem Oil Balm
  7. Neem Body Mask
  8. Neem Oil And Aloe Vera

In case you have a minor infestation (just in one or two localized spots), or if scabies has just emerged, you may try the following remedies:

1. Directly Applying Neem Seed Oil

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What You Will Need
Method
  1. Wash the affected area with water.
  2. Dab the cloth with neem oil and apply it directly to the spots.
  3. Let it sit for half an hour (or longer, if you wish).
  4. Follow this routine twice daily until the infestation is gone.

Note: You may buy pure neem oil from the market. Or you can extract it from the neem seeds. Crush the seeds and put them in a cloth pouch or bag. Hang it over a jar or container (for holding the oil). Add water to the cloth bag (just a bit at a time) and collect the extract in the jar.

2. Neem And Coconut Oil

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What You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil (unrefined)
  • 1 tablespoon neem oil
Method
  1. Blend the two oils and apply to the affected area.
  2. Let the blend enter the pores and be completely absorbed.
  3. You may leave it on overnight or wash it after 30 minutes
  4. Follow this routine twice daily.

Note: The amount of neem oil should always be double the amount of coconut oil you are using.

For major and severe infestation, use neem oil in the following ways:

3. Neem Oil Bath

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What You Will Need
  • 3-4 tablespoons neem oil
  • 2 tablespoons liquid soap
Method
    1. Add the neem oil to the liquid soap and blend well. Let the oil emulsify with the liquid soap.
    2. Add this mixture to a lukewarm bath. The best way is to fill the bathtub and add the mixture.
    3. Soak in it for at least 20 minutes (or longer). This helps in clearing the pervasive infestation.
    4. Follow the routine every day until the mites are gone.
    5. For best results, apply a neem-based moisturizer after bathing.

4. Neem Oil Soap

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What You Will Need
      • 2 teaspoons neem oil
      • 450 g soap base (use melt and pour soap bases)
      • 2-3 drops lavender essential oil (you may use tea tree or any other oil)
      • 2 drops food color (optional)
Method
      1. Melt the soap base and the neem oil in separate bowls. (Pure neem oil tends to solidify like coconut oil.)
      2. Mix the oil with the soap base.
      3. Add the essential oil and food color. Blend well.
      4. Pour it into a soap mold or any flexible plastic container.
      5. Let it dry and harden for about an hour.
      6. Take it out and cut into your desired size or shape.
      7. Use the soap at least once a day on the affected area.

Note: Use measuring cups to make this DIY soap.

5. Neem Oil And Turmeric

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What You Will Need
      • 2 tablespoons neem oil
      • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
      • 1 tablespoon turmeric powder
      • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
      • 6-7 drops tea tree essential oil
Method
      1. Add all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
      2. Apply the paste to the affected area.
      3. Let it sit for at least 20-30 minutes and then wash it off.

6. Neem Oil Balm

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What You Will Need
        • 2 tablespoons neem oil
        • 40 g shea butter
        • ¼ teaspoon vitamin E oil
        • 5-8 drops lavender essential oil
Method
        1. Melt the shea butter in a container. (Hold the bowl over a pot of steaming water and melt the butter).
        2. Add the neem, lavender, and vitamin E oils.
        3. Blend well.
        4. Store it in a jar and apply to the affected area twice daily.

7. Neem Body Mask

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What You Will Need
          • 3 tablespoons organic honey
          • 5 tulsi leaves (dried and powdered)
          • 3 tablespoons neem oil
Method
      1. Add the neem oil and powdered tulsi leaves to honey and mix well.
      2. Apply the paste all over the affected area.
      3. Leave it on for 30 minutes and then wash it off.
      4. Follow up with a neem-based cream, balm, or moisturizer.

8. Neem Oil And Aloe Vera

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What You Will Need
          • 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel
          • 1 tablespoon neem oil
          • 2-3 drops clove oil
Method
          1. Mix all the ingredients to form a thick paste.
          2. Apply the soothing gel all over the affected area.
          3. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes and then wash it off.

Scabies is an uncomfortable and contagious skin condition that spreads all over the body if left untreated. You can treat this distressing condition caused by scabies mites with the help of neem oil. Using neem oil for scabies helps kill the mites due to the presence of chloroform extracts. It also contains compounds that help slow down the metabolism of the mites and cause death. You may either directly apply neem oil to the affected area or mix it with other oils. However, if these remedies do not work and the infection persists, consult a dermatologist at the earliest.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can we mix neem oil and tea tree oil for scabies?

Yes, applying a mixture of neem oil and tea tree oil can help get rid of scabies. The antipruritic, antibacterial, acaricidal, and anti-inflammatory properties of tea tree oil make it an excellent ingredient to fight infection (5).

Can I put neem oil directly on the skin?

Yes, you can put neem oil directly on the skin. However, dilute it with water or essential oil if you have sensitive skin.

Can we use neem oil and clove oil for scabies?

Yes, the acaricidal activity of clove oil may help treat scabies (6). Therefore, you may mix neem oil with clove oil to get rid of scabies.

Sources

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  1. Acaricidal activity of four fractions and octadecanoic acid-tetrahydrofuran-3 4-diyl ester isolated from chloroform extracts of neem (Azadirachta indica) oil against Sarcoptes scabiei var. cuniculi larvae in vitro
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19443124/
  2. Studies on the acaricidal mechanism of the active components from neem (Azadirachta indica) oil against Sarcoptes scabiei var. cuniculi
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24974121/
  3. Neem seed extract shampoo Wash Away Louse an effective plant agent against Sarcoptes scabiei mites infesting dogs in Egypt
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18769941/
  4. The use and efficacy of Azadirachta indica ADR (’Neem’) and Curcuma longa (’Turmeric’) in scabies. A pilot study
    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1496714/
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