Scabies is a condition that occurs when a microscopic mite known as sarcoptes scabiei burrows under the skin. It causes intense itching and the problem with it is that apart from being very hard to cure it also spreads very quickly. Just one person can spread it to an entire family and even a whole school.
There are not many treatments for scabies, and the ones that many doctors prescribe are not very effective. In the cases where they cure the scabies they lead to dermatitis because they contain a pesticide called permethrin – skin contact with it leads to a rash. In many cases the mites are already resistant to this poison so covering your body from head to toe in a salve that contains permethrin is not the answer.
Neem oil, however, does the trick.
Neem oil was not the first preparation to be tried for scabies. Initial treatments included boiling neem leaves and then using the solution to wash the body. Sometimes dried neem leaves were dried, mixed with turmeric and then the resulting paste applied to the body. These methods are effective but they require that you have neem leaves handy and making pastes can be a messy and time consuming business.
Today, neem oil is the answer – you buy a pure form of it that you can apply to the skin. You can also buy neem soap – it contains neem oil.
How to use neem oil with scabies
Using neem oil for scabies is easy. If the infestation is recent and localized all you need to do is apply the oil to a clean piece of gauze and then apply it directly to the affected areas. Leave it on for at least 15 or 20 minutes to give it time to work. In fact, you don’t have to wash it off – it is a great moisturizer and can help improve your skin considerably. Do this twice a day until the infection is cleared.
If your infection has been around for some time and has spread to many parts of your body you need to use a more aggressive method of treatment. You will need several tablespoons of neem oil. Add 1/8 of a cup of liquid detergent and mix thoroughly. Add this mixture to a warm bath and then take the time to wash yourself all over. If your hair is infected wash it too. Stay in the tub for at least 20 minutes and then dry with a clean towel and apply neem lotion. Do this one or twice every day until the infection is healed.
If scabies infestations are common in your area you can keep yourself safe by using neem oil instead of your regular lotion. It will not just help protect you from scabies – it has powerful properties that can help your skin look great.
What are the side effects of using neem oil with scabies? Is it safe?
As a matter of fact neem oil is perfectly safe and there are no known side effects so long as you use it as directed.