Scabies is quite distressing. Why? If you have the slightest idea what exactly it is, you will not ask this question. And if you do not know, read on.

Table Of Contents

  1. What is scabies?
  2. Neem oil: how it helps to kill scabies mites
  3. How to use neem oil for the treatment of scabies

What Is Scabies?

This is an extremely contagious skin disease caused by noxious mites called Sarcoptes scabiei. These mites hide under your skin and cause rashes that sting you like hell. When they are under your skin, these mites dig tunnels (yes!) And deposit their eggs in them. And this is how the disease spreads throughout the body if it is not treated. Now you understand why I called it anguishing. But fortunately, there is one thing that can help you get rid of these mites easily. And that’s the neem oil. This oil is considered the best for the treatment of scabies, as it is natural and good for the skin. I’m not claiming this! Research and studies say it. Check it right here.

Neem Oil: How It Helps In Killing Scabies Mites

  • It was found that the chloroform extracts in the neem oil were extremely effective in killing Sarcoptes scabiei.
  • The Neem oil contains octadecanoic acid 3 and diester 4-tetrahydrofuran. It was found that these two compounds are extremely potent in killing scabies mites. The scientists discovered that these compounds interfered with the metabolism of Sarcoptes scabiei and caused death .
  • A study investigating the effect of shampoo with neem seed extract on dogs infested with Sarcoptes scabiei found that topical application of the shampoo completely cured dogs. Adult mites and mites that were in their stages of development were eliminated.
  • A study published in Tropical and Geographical Medicine explored the effectiveness of neem paste and turmeric in mange. 814 people participated in the study. In 97% of the cases, the infestation was cured in 3 to 15 days. In addition, no toxic or negative effects were observed.

Convincing enough? I suppose! Now, let’s look at some 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 mask
  8. Neem Oil and Aloe Vera

In case you have a minor infestation (only one or two localized points), or if scabies has just appeared, you can try the following remedies:

1. Directly Applying Neem Seed Oil

What You Will Need
  • Pure neem oil
  • Clean clothes


  1. Wash the affected area with water.
  2. Rub the cloth with neem oil and apply it directly on the spots.
  3. Let it sit for half an hour (or longer, if you wish).
  4. Follow this routine twice a day until the infestation disappears.

Note: You can buy pure neem oil from the market. Or you can extract it from the neem seeds. Crush the seeds and place them in a cloth bag. Hang it on a bottle or container (to contain the oil). Add water to the cloth bag (just a little at a time) and collect the extract in the jar.

2. Neem And Coconut Oil

What You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil (unrefined)
  • 1 tablespoon neem oil
  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 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:

What You Will Need
  • 3-4 tablespoons of neem oil
  • 2 tablespoons of liquid soap
  1. Add the neem oil to the liquid soap and mix well. Let the oil emulsify with the liquid soap.
  2. Add this mixture to a warm bath. The best way is to fill the tub and add the mixture.
  3. Immerse yourself in it for at least 20 minutes (or more). This helps eliminate widespread 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

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

Note: Use measuring cups to make this DIY soap.

5. Neem Oil And Turmeric

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

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

7. Neem Body Mask

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

8. Neem Oil And Aloe Vera

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

Since neem is a natural insect repellent, mites generally leave the host’s body in a few days. However, that requires the regular use of neem oil. Consult a doctor in case the infestation refuses to disappear and the itching continues to increase. And, in case you know any other way to cure scabies naturally, do not forget to share it with us. Keep following us for more tips of this kind and DIY hacks. Until then, stay healthy!

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