Ailment: Mites (demodex mites)
Remedy: Lavender Oil
Lavender oil is an essential oil, distilled from the flower spikes or leaves of lavender. It is used as a component in many perfumes, and in aromatherapy. The scent has a calming effect, relaxing and reducing anxiety. It relieves pain from tension headaches when rubbed on the skin or breathed as a vapour. When added to a vaporizer, it may aid in the treatment of coughs and respiratory infections. On the skin, it may be used as a mosquito repellent, and to relieve mosquito bites.
Comment posted by Maytree of Port Townsend, WA, USA on 25 October 2015 at 3:31 3701
I am 65 years old and at the last house I lived in I fed hundreds of birds and watched a nest of swallows twice this summer. They were ten feet from my slider. When the birds left, I started itching like crazy. I moved to a new apt. with carpeting and it got insane. I was getting horrible, painful bites all the time and then they turned to itching and never healed. My doctor ignored my complaints every month and thought I was crazy. They were smaller than a speck of pepper, but some were a little larger. I bought a liquid enzyme product and bathed in it and put it in my hair and mixed with water and sprayed a lot, but I was not diligent enough. Ran out of enzymes for two weeks, that was a very bad thing to do. They helped me a lot in customer service and we are assuming they are bird mites, when the birds left they could sense warmth from blood and invaded and love my blood. Last week I couldn't stand it anymore and almost shaved my long, curly, thick hair. I was itching like a monkey, two hands constantly. Hundreds of bites all over my body. I mixed 3/4 cup organic coconut oil, twenty drops each lavender, tea tree, and peppermint essential oil, massaged in my scalp and hair and sat in the bath for 30 minutes with the same mix to the bath water for my skin. It hurt/tingled and I could feel them moving around on my head, so grossed out. I read the coconut oil blocks their air flow so they come out and the essential oils kill them. When I got out of the tub and drained it I cried. There were over 100 of them dead in the tub and I don't know how many went down the drain. I brought them to my doctor who finally confirmed that I have mites, and I need to get diligent. I will alternate enzyme hair wash and then oils everyday. Three baths daily with enzymes and I have to air dry myself and spray on more throughout the day. Diatomaceous earth on my cats and in their food and I'm drinking it too. Vacuum every soft surface everyday and all the floors, dirty clothes in plastic bags with a knot as soon as they come off. Wash sheets, blankets everyday with enzymes and I have allergy bags on my mattress and pillows, not box spring. Vacuum that everyday. I am exhausted thinking about it but I could not live without the essential oils and enzymes. I keep them by my bed at night with cotton balls and they die instantly from straight lavender, tea tree or peppermint. I put cotton balls with oils in my vacuum bags and have a large Rowenta steamer, same three go in it to steam the carpets and diffuse under the bed. I might win this and get to keep my hair but they destroyed my eyebrows. I am so sad now and exhausted, but thank you for sharing this very important knowledge.
Comment posted by DEC of edmonton, alberta, canada on 13 January 2014 at 3:13 1698
I have tried half a cup of olive oil with 20 drops of tea tree oil, 20 drops of clove oil and 20 drops of lavender oil mixed together and applied to my body. For my hair half a cup apple cider vinegar with 20 dropes tea tree, 20 drops clove oil, and 20 drops lavender oil. Leave on hair for about 15 minutes then rinse off. I have mixed white vinegar with lavender oil in spray bottle and spray self when they are biting.
Question posted by Elaine of Petawawa, ON, Canada on 21 July 2013 at 22:50 1283
kgal...could you say how many drops of lemon etc you added to the grapeseed oil. thank you
Comment posted by kgal of seattle, WA, USA on 4 July 2013 at 18:47 1262
I finally, like most of you, realized mighty mites were causing my serial sadness and upon that epiphany I could not for the life of me find my tea tree oil! Instead, 've been making a mix of Lemon oil, Rosemary oil, Oregano Oil, Lavender Oil, and Grapeseed oil (for diluting, and lighter than Almond). The little guys exploded from every inch of me the first time I applied it, I was equally grossed out and GRATEFUL. Also - go buy Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth. You'll have to check farms or just order it online, but a heaping teaspoon a day, keeps the mites away! If anyone saw the wardrobe box sized amount of "products" I have purchased over the last year to rid my mug of these mites (after being told it was hormonal, then staph, then seborrhea dermatitis, or folliculitis, which are all treated in ways that essentially don't treat mites) they would institutionalize me. What don't dermatologists understand about, "hey DOC - this is my FACE you're ignoring for a ridiculous amount of money!"