Turmeric Antiseptic Scabies Cream

Scabies cream - Dr. Axe

Scabies sounds so daunting, and it can be for anyone that has it. Scabies is a parasitic infestation and itchy skin condition in which mites, known as Sarcoptes scabei, burrow under the skin. Scabies consist primarily of the body’s allergic reaction to the mites, their eggs and their waste — and symptoms may not appear for up to two months after being infested.

The itching is usually worse at night, and symptoms may include hive-like bumps on the skin. These bumps usually appear on the elbows, wrists, buttocks or waist and can also get underneath fingernails and around the skin near jewelry such as rings or wristbands. 

The Center for Disease Control tell us that scabies is very common all over the world and can affect anyone. Scabies typically spreads quickly in crowded conditions where there is frequent skin-to-skin contact between people, such as in hospitals, day-care centers and nursing homes. (1)

Scabies can easily infect household members as well by sharing clothes, towels and bedding and is more likely to happen when the infested person has crusted scabies. Symptoms include pimple-like irritations or a rash, intense itching, especially at night, and sores caused by scratching. 

The mites can live for up to a month on the human body; however, they can’t survive for more than 48–72 hours elsewhere, which is good news since tossing clothing and bedding into the washing machine can eliminate them. Legends have suggested that humans can get scabies from pets; however, this simply is not true because animals attract types of mites that will not survive on the human body.

Scabies can best be prevented by avoiding direct skin-to-skin contact with an infested person or with items they have used. There are things that can worsen the effects of scabies such as vigorous scratching, a weakened immune system, existing infections, inflammation and anyone living with a chronic illness.

While more serious cases may need professional treatments, more mild cases may benefit greatly from at home remedies such as this DIY scabies cream. This homemade cream helps soothe itching and can speed up the healing process.

The curative ingredients include neem oil, which is a naturally occurring pesticide found in seeds from the neem tree. In particular, azadirachtin is the most active component and is used for for repelling and killing pests. (2) This scabies cream also contains benefit-rich turmeric, which has healing properties both externally and internally.


Turmeric Antiseptic Scabies Cream

Total Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 30 uses

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces neem oil
  • 1 ounce coconut oil
  • 1 ounce ground turmeric 
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • 10 drops tea tree essential oil 

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients into a bowl and whip to the consistency of a cream.
  2. Apply the cream on the affected area two or three times a day.
  3. You can leave it on or gently wash off after 15–20 minutes.
  4. (Turmeric may stain clothing so be careful.)

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17 Comments

  1. Sarwat Khan on

    I like your reserch .u really help to other peapoles. Know medical treatments are very expensive .Every medicen have a lots of sidefacts .it,s mean treated one problem create other. That’s why natural treatment better with a no Sidefacts .Thanks Dr Axe.

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  2. Geneva Greenaway on

    I would like any or all the treatment for fibromalagia.l am suffering terribly from the flareups and severe burnings.The tablets give very little relief. ( Tabs Lyrica 150 mgs bd )

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  3. Anna on

    I don’t understand how it’s not true that humans can’t get scabies from pets. I have got scabies multiple times this year from two different dogs I rescued that had obvious mange-hair loss, intense itching, etc.

    I would recommend to others to stay on the safe side and quarantine their pet with mange, wear gloves when handling them, and only let them out after they are certain the mange is gone.

    I have been using tea tree oil which has been helping. Now I will try this recipe. Thanks.

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    • Kris G on

      Hi Anna and Dr. Axe,

      I would like to second that the information that humans can not get scabies from pets in inaccurate. Our entire family, including my mother and daughter who had a horrible reactions to it, contracted their cases of scabies from our dog who had canine scabies / scarcoptic mange. And your recommendations about quarantining and using gloves should be well advised.

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  4. V. Salib on

    1. Age 70, knees have osteoarthritis, Drs want to do knee replacements, esp on the one knee that I fell and injured weeks back and is painful to walk on. Any urgent advice or ideas would be verrrry appreciated as I hestitate to do surgery that is irreversible at my age. I had been walking up and down 4 flights of stairs
    to walk my dog a lot, 2 yrs ago, prior to getting plantar fasciitis and then knee injury.

    2. Son age 37 has had terrible plantar fasciitis in one foot and seems to be starting in the other, for about
    1 1/2 yrs and he just keeps trying to work out and run on it, he says the pain is excruciating, what is your
    opinion about such a devastating problem?

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  5. Anna on

    It’s simply not true that you cannot get scabies from animals with sarcoptic mange. You can. I got it from a puppy and have had it for a month now. This is the 5th time I have got it this year, and decided to try a natural route this time instead of using permethrin cream. The methods I have been using have soothed the symptoms. I hardly have any bumps and itching is minimal, but the mites are not completely gone yet.

    I have used this cream the past 4 nights. I only use it at night because it will turn you completely yellow and stain EVERYTHING you touch. I put plastic dropcloth over my couch, and use an old sheet, blanket, and pillow case. All of these will be stained, so I wash them each day and use the same ones each night.

    I only got 4 uses out of the cream (although it says 30) and I am a small person who used it sparingly. I’m not going to make another batch. If you live a modern life (not in a tent) I would not recommend using it. If you wake up in the middle of the night to use the restroom, you will stain your toilet seat and light switches yellow. If you wake up wanting a glass of water, you will stain cabinets yellow.

    I don’t believe this is any better than other methods I have been using. What I was doing before is soaking in a cayenne pepper bath each day, applying tea tree oil to skin in the morning and neem oil each night. These help, but I have yet to completely get rid of these boogers naturally. Hopefully, I will not have to use permethrin again, but it is looking like I might have to. Someone told me to try hydrogen peroxide and MMS first, so I will try.

    I know how hard have this can be which is why I am leaving this comment to help others who are going through the same thing.

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    • Ken D. on

      Here in Mexico, the people use pure lime juice to cure scabies and it works.
      You can alternate pure tea tree oil (which also lowers the itch) and lime juice (which can exacerbate the itch).
      I also contracted scabies from touching infected dogs on the street.

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  6. Norman on

    Is Dr Axe formula ,coconut oil, tumeric, neem oil, tea tree oil, lemon juice identical to the proven formula used by scientists and doctors in India? If, what is the formula they used?

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  7. MP on

    Is this safe on infants less than 3 months of age? My sibling visited us, held my sweet baby and then told us a week later he had scabies…. curious about the neem oil and conflicting information regarding liver toxicity and encephalopathy in infants.
    Thank you

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  8. Lori on

    Got scabies from visiting often with a sick relative in the hospital. I made the antiseptic cream today, be careful it stains anything it comes into contact with including clothing, furniture- stained my leather couch, and my fingernails are still yellow after showering & washing my hands 2-3 times. I’m going to use up the rest but the cream isn’t too practical, most likely wouldn’t use again.

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    • Lori on

      I actually decided not to use the rest of the cream, your fingernails stay yellow for days – stained some of my clothes too. I went to see a dermatologist today he prescribed Permethrin Cream…at this point conventional medicine might not be a bad idea.

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  9. Alicia on

    What about vitamin with tumeric, would that help? I take a supplement that has tumeric, ginger root, vitamin c two more ingredients,which forgot.

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  10. Sandra on

    I just want to say that people most certainly can get scabies from their dogs. We got it from our dogs 20 years ago. A friend’s family got it from their dogs 2 months ago and another woman that I know got it from their dog 2 weeks ago. Those are 3 cases that I personally know of where people got it from their dogs.

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  11. Anit-Witchcraft on

    It is so important to try conventional medicine first to cure scabies, which makes everyone so miserable, and which spreads to other people. Using useless non-medicines (like this nonsense) HURTS OTHER PEOPLE.

    This medicine also makes you turn totally yellow and stain everything you touch. It is ridiculous and useless.

    Save your family and friends and try what YOUR PERSONAL PHYSICIAN prescribes first before some witch-doctor here.

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  12. Loredana Linden on

    In my experience it is possible to catch this from pets. I discovered that I could clear it fast using Ti-tree essential oil on its own, providing I didn’t scratch the skin. The scratching spreads it. I rubbed the itchy area with Ti-tree oil on cotton wool and the infection healed after about 3 days.

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