Ailment: Mites (demodex mites)
Remedy: Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil, melaleuca alternifolia essential oil, properties, traditional healing uses, recipes, warnings.
Question posted by Rory Madigan of Portland, Indiana, USA on 16 June 2016 at 23:7 4121
Can Demodex also affect the hair? This question is for Jackie and what she used on her scalp? My problem has been thinning and breaking hair over the past few years, and I have gotten no answers as to why. Recently I have been diagnosed with Demodex and blepharitis on the eyelids, and have been undergoing a regimen of Cliradex that is about over 48 pads. I still seem to have itchy eyelids, but I had an exam yesterday and the doctor said he did not see any signs of Demodex or blepharitis, so it must be working. But I would like to know if the Demodex could be what is causing the problems with my hair. I have been to the dermatologist several times trying to find the answer, but just that it is stress or age related or possibly because I am Type II diabetic. Thanks for any help. I am a 68 year old woman.
Comment posted by Lilylelani of weaverville, North Carolina, USA on 14 June 2016 at 22:29 4117
To Jackie T from Great Falls, after having biopsy of my scalp by 2 derm docs, my GP doctor went a step further and did some research on what might be causing my scalp problem and what felt like a thousand fleas on my skin at night, not every night, but often. I have a compromised immune system from autoimmune gastritis of the stomach. I did the fungus spit test: spit in a glass of water in the am before eating and drinking, if it is stringy after 15 minutes it indicates fungus . I have been putting essential oils rosemary, lavender and tea tree, mixing all three with a coconut carrier oil to put on my scalp. My doc told me to change pillow cases every night, and it is also beneficial to change sheets, wash in hot water. I take a hot bath nightly in epsom salts and at least 15 minutes, this also relieves muscle pain and fatigue. I try to never skip the scalp oils even when I am out of town. It only takes 4-5 drops of each oil for 1 treatment. Where I had a couple bald spots, small but annoying and thinning hair, my generally thick hair has returned and no longer breaks off and falls out.
Comment posted by Greg of Rye, Victoria, Australia on 9 May 2016 at 15:8 4057
I have been suffering with Demodex mites. I recommend tea tree oil, but have had the best results using Borax and Navratna oil. Rub it into all effected areas a couple of times per day and mix borax with water into a paste and rub on the skin as a scourer each morning in the shower. Also use as a hair shampoo. Nearly immediate results, I'm so pleased...
Comment posted by jackie t of GREAT FALLS, MT, USA on 27 April 2016 at 3:45 4031
First I would like to say thanks to the guy named joe who suggested I get checked for yeast or fungal infection. I spent almost a year at different doctors and got a hypochondriac label, was offered a couple pain pills to go away and even had a dr ask me to leave saying nothing was wrong with me. It has been truly a living hell lying in bed with sores in my mouth, feeling like bugs were crawling and biting and no one could help. I just happened to break my glasses and the eye doctor I saw found mites in my eyes. He gave my Clearidex wipes and I bought Jason tea tree oil shampoo and washed in it. I did not know it then but that caused a mass die off in my skin and I got blisters everywhere. I freaked then I had trouble breathing so I learned I can only leave oils on my skin for 30 minutes tops then I have to wash them off or I have and asthma and panic attack. I tried Seven Soap with coconut and neem oil and my skin spit out white black blue and thread looking stuff. I’m getting better now and hope my story will help someone else. I have an infestation of demodex mites and a fungal yeast infection of the skin. It was yeast in my mouth not mites. I don’t know which came first, just know one triggers the other. The stuff coming out of my skin was dead mites and the fungus growth surrounding them.
I am also taking vitamins, a probiotic, kelp, garlic, olive leaf supplements and a table spoon of food grade coconut oil. I drink 1 table spoon Braggs organic apple cider vinegar 2 times a day. I rinse my mouth with 10 drops of Usnea tincture diluted in 1 cup water 2 times a day. My sores stopped in 1 day with that. I soak 15-20 min in a bath nightly with a cup of borax, epsom salt or cider vinegar. After my soak I wash all over with Jason tea tree shampoo, let it sit for 5-10 min then wash again with shea butter body wash, get dry and rub myself down with coconut oil and or aloe vera gel. In the morning i spray my bed with Lysol and use a clean towel and pillow case daily.
Within days of doing all this I am sleeping through the night and I barely itch now. The sleeping through the night has helped my sanity and mood. I intend to keep this up until I haven’t felt an itch in a week. Everything I use was at Walmart and health food stores.
Comment posted by Sympathetic of Mooresville, IN, USA on 13 April 2016 at 18:2 4007
I have them on my face and now my scalp. At first I thought they were scabies, but from what I read, scabies are usually from the neck down and I don't have them anywhere else. I have them behind ears, along chin line, cheeks, in nostrils and on eyelids. I have used a ton of things and this is what has worked. I am almost completely over the creepy little critters. Use tea tree oil on eyelids. I dilute with a carrier oil about 50/50. Use a QTip to apply. On my face I have used three things and my face has drastically improved as it was fully covered in welts.
1. I apply tea tree oil full strength to the red spots.
2. Apply sulfur butter 10% sulfur daily to face.
3. Mix grapeseed oil with diamataceous earth and apply liberally at night. You can even add a teaspoon of tea tree oil. Grapeseed 2/3 and diamataceous earth 1/3.
4. Apply Diamataceous Earth to bed under sheets. Leave on 24 hours, vacuum off.
5. This will be controversial, but I bought ivermectin apple flavored horse paste and took about 3 doses. It is based on your weight. Every 7 days for as long as you need. I had absolutely no problem with this, but that is something you ll have to decide.
6. Clean all surfaces daily.
7. Borax in the laundry.
Good luck sweetie. The medical community are crazy when it comes to this subject. They think we are crazy, but I am highly educated and no one knows the pain and suffering unless you have experienced it.
Comment posted by Britt1013 of New Castle, Indiana, USA on 19 February 2016 at 13:46 3910
I think I have demodex and it started with a small patch on my son's head looking thin and then matted. I started treating us for body lice and one actually made a cocoon in his nose. I took him to the Doctor and they called child protection on me. I had to tear my carpets up and throw away my couch cuz I thought it was some kind of bed bug or something. I kept treating my hair with lice shampoo but they kept coming back. I ended up moving and left everything thinking it would solve problem. It did get better at first but now they are coming back. Went to dermatologist 3 times 100 bucks each time. They prescribed permethrin but they came back. I'm losing my hair by the handful and they suggested anxiety meds and therapy. And to have the Dr dismiss everything you tell them and say it is keratin like I'm a moron. Now my son has visible bites and kept chewing on his chin the lol things are trying to absorb moisture or something and his chin stays chafed no matter what I do. I actually found a full grown demodex follicular last night. Thought it was a maggot til I researched. But at least now I know what it is and have proof I’m not crazy. That’s been one of the worst parts feeling helpless not being able to help my son and people thinking I’m crazy cuz I don't even know what I have. It's good to have some here to start to know I'm not alone.
Comment posted by Lola Twinkle of London, England , UK on 18 February 2016 at 18:48 3909
First I have to say, being interested in home remedies SHOULDN'T MEAN YOU IGNORE SCIENCE. These mites are part of the human microbiome - look it up! We need them! They aren't parasites like lice! It's just that some rosacea sufferers have a higher number and a sensitivity to them. Your body is host to millions of microscopic microbes which we need to survive and fight harmful microbes. It's why we eat live yoghurt and kefir. To read some of the comments you'd think this was an infestation rather than an imbalance. The facts of science are your friends. The opinions of doctors? Not always....now calm down and stop freaking out. This can be treated. I too used tea tree oil, used my steam cleaner and generally cut down on dust. The improvement is amazing. I also started with fruit and veg smoothies which has helped on the inside. Just don't get obsessive.
Comment posted by Leigh of Aberdeen, MD Maryland, USA on 13 February 2016 at 0:55 3903
Don't feel so bad about demodex, though it is kind of creepy. This is highly common to the general population, especially as we age. It takes consistent attention over time at least 4 weeks. The trick is to be consistent with washing lids, eyebrows, nostrils, ears and neck morning and night without fail! Do not feel bad, just attack this problem with real gusto. It will reverse.
Comment posted by Eve of Carson City, NV, USA on 4 February 2016 at 16:48 3889
I have suffered from these things since 2011. I have spent thousands of dollars to no avail. This is what I have found to help a little. First, these things are in your home and they usually live closer to the floors so vacuum real often and I use my carpet cleaner and use 1 cup of ammonia in each tank of cleaner and HOT! Second I have found that using 3 Hydrogen Peroxide, undiluted and put a spray head on the bottle and spray from ceiling, walls, bedding, pillows, clothing, carpets, wall boards, anything don t spray on your furniture because of the finishes. I do this about 30 mins before I go to bed. Spray every room and if you can close each room off, more the better, including bathroom. I also use ammonia in the same manner but I do dilute it 1 cup of ammonia to 2.5-3 cups of water and use that as a spray. For the body I have used powered mustard and put a tsp in shampoo and body wash. You have to use this daily and gradually you will feel the mites fewer and fewer biting you. I have had them in my eyelashes, ears, nose, mouth and it has been a 24/7 battle. I also use 70% rubbing alcohol and use it as a spray. I keep a bottle of TTO diluted 50/50 with a carrier oil, used several oils and they all seem to work about the same although coconut has a lot of other things in it that might be best. I smear this on my face and scalp at night I use the cheapest body wash, shampoo from Dollar Tree or 99cent stores with the TTO. It was so bad that I had to use the TTO treatment on my eyelids about 6- 8 times a day. I found that if I wash my face, eyes, eyebrows with antibacterial soap that works about as good, I even use rubbing alcohol on a Qtip on the edges of my eyelids, and you certainly feel those things kicking, they buried their heads in the follicles and their butts are up in the air and it feels like little electric currents when the alcohol hits them. This is very dangerous because you can damage the cornea of the eye so unless a dr shows you how to do it, be very careful but it works quicker than the TTO application. I also use saline solution to wash my eye out, the OTC is too expensive for the amount I have had to use so I make my own: boil 2 cups of water with 1.5 tsp of salt, be sure the salt is dissolved well. I was buying as many as 5-8 bottles of this stuff a week so saved the containers and use them to use the home made solution in. Also, when finishing my shower I spray my body with the 3% Hydrogen Peroxide while my body is still damp. It will sting but that is because it is killing the mites and it stops the itching. You may have some pimples for a few days but if you keep spraying the HP will dry them up. The Hydrogen Peroxide has been my helper, plus the powered mustard. I also put 1 tsp of it in body lotion and when they bite or itch at night I will dab a bit on the spot. The dry mustard is 1 heaping tsp of dry mustard with just enough water to make a paste, let it set 10 mins to activate and then put it in your shampoo or body wash so I usually use at least 2 tsp of it to make enough paste for both hair and body. Hope this is some help, each person reacts so differently from you or me, just don t give in to it!
Comment posted by othermollie of Eugene, OR, USA on 1 February 2016 at 10:14 3875
In my research I discovered that adding Tea Tree Oil AKA Melaleuca essential oil to Castor oil is most effective. Apparently the castor carries the TTO down into the pores and follicles where the mites live. It's working very well and very quickly for me.
The treatment lasts a minimum of 6 weeks, and may take 8 weeks or longer. I haven't needed to use it for 6-8 weeks as some do, maybe from the castor oil. You have to go through several cycles of eggs hatching to get rid of them all. Wash your face every night before bed. Use a mild soap, and make sure to include your nose, eyebrows and eyelashes. Gently wash and rub your eyelash roots. Daily or every second day, wash your hair with a tea tree oil or shampoo. After washing and drying, apply a mild oil 1 part TTO, 4 parts macadamia, olive or coconut oil. I use castor oil to all affected areas, including eyelashes. Once per week, use a strong oil with a blend of 1 part TTO and 1 part another oil. Use a cotton bud to apply the oil around the eyelashes.
Also, adding geranium calms the redness. Tea Tree oil AKA Melaleuca dilution rates: a rough guide to obtaining a 5 dilution of an essential oil of the consistency of tea tree oil is 5 drops of essential oil per teaspoon of castor oil. if you want 4 which is what I personally prefer for tea tree then it is roughly 4 drops per teaspoon of castor oil and so on.