What is neem oil?
Neem oil is one of the most effective natural treatments for scabies. Neem trees can be found in South Asia and produce fruits and seeds, from which the oil is pressed. Neem has been used medicinally for many purposes, including skincare, oral health, and digestive health. Neem oil can be used as a natural, non-toxic pesticide – this is why the oil is so effective on humans when trying to eradicate scabies!
Neem oil is non-toxic to humans and animals, but is especially deadly for scabies mites. Gardeners often use neem oil as a natural pesticide because it keeps bugs away without killing plants. This process works just as well, in my experience, on your skin, and is one of the treatments I attribute to my successful eradication of scabies.
I had a hard time finding neem oil in stores near me, but I found mine online here. It is important that you purchase neem oil that is food-grade or labeled as safe/intended for external use. Do NOT purchase neem oil meant for gardeners! It should clearly state on the label that it is safe for use on the skin.
How to use neem oil for scabies
Neem oil is gentle, but a little sticky and tacky. Be warned that it does stink a little like rotten peanuts – but it goes away quickly, and it is worth dealing with the smell to have an effective, natural treatment working on your skin! I kept my dropper bottle on my dresser and applied it multiple times a day, often in conjunction with my diatomaceous earth + lotion mix. You can apply it directly to the affected areas of your body, or mix it with any lotion or carrier oil. I found neem oil especially helpful for sensitive areas of my skin, including my genital area and my hands. Reapply as often as you’d like; I usually did a heavy application at night in conjunction with my other treatments, and light applications throughout the day as I found necessary.
I believe that the neem oil, diamotaceous earth + lotion, and sulfur soap treatments are what helped me prevent reinfestation after my initial permethrin treatment. Preventing reinfestation is incredibly important. You must be diligent and consistent, or they will not go away. Equally as important as treating your body is treating your environment.