Neem oil in other, more pleasant-smelling oils

by Stephanie

This is the second spring that, after working in my yard, I have been infected with scabies. Last spring, I thought it was poison ivy and treated it as such, wondering why the blisters and itching would never disappear.

My neighbor was more severely infected--both of our yards back up to an elementary school--and was treated with the chemical medicines.

This year however, I am nursing and have purchased neem oil, but boy! does it stink of rancid nuts and burned garlic! Will mixing it with rose or lavender oil lessen the smell without weakening the potency?

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The not so pleasant smell of neem oill...
by: Birgit

Hi Stephanie,

Sorry to hear about your problems.

Geez, and it sounds like it may become a continuous problem for you, unless you move or the school undertakes a serious scabies eradication program.

Mixing neem oil with other oils is fine. It certainly does not affect its potency. In fact, neem oil is rarely used undiluted. If used undiluted on the skin and left on too long (days) it may even cause irritation.

Just don't mix neem oil with anything containing water, unless you use the mixture straight away. The insecticidal neem components are not stable in water.

You can dilute neem oil 1 : 10 in a light carrier oil and you can add more pleasant essential oils.

Also, the traditional scabies neem treatment is the neem leaf and not the oil, and the leaf does not smell.

In India the classic scabies neem treatment is a paste made from neem leaf and turmeric. It's effective but it's messy and a lot of work, and fresh leaf is hard to get hold of for people outside tropical regions.

There are many creams, salves and ointments available that contain neem leaf extract. Neem soap may be made with up to 40% neem oil.

Soaking in a neem bath is another good way to treat scabies. And once you rinse off and dry the smell is gone.

There are many neem home remedies for scabies that do not require you to live in a cloud of pure neem oil smell.

by: Anonymous

Hi Birgit,

I want to do the bath but how much water and oil does that require? I bought 1 ounce of neem oil but where can I buy in bulk? More specifically, if online, from which merchant should I purchase from?


what essential oil should be mixed with neem oil
by: Mahesh

I want to prepare a liquid for mosquito repellent containing neem oil and coconut oil that will be electronically spread in the room.

For fragrance, what essential oil should be mixed with neem oil?

It should not be toxic, harmful to human.

Please suggest.

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