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Ailment: Mites (demodex mites)

Remedy: Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil, melaleuca alternifolia essential oil, properties, traditional healing uses, recipes, warnings.

Visitors personal experiences with Tea tree oil

Question posted by RH of Bklyn, Kings, NY, USA on 9 November 2015 at 3:16       3718

I am wondering what kind of mites I have, I do not see them so am assuming it is not demodex mites, has anyone heard of mites you cannot see? I think it might be from rodents that live under my floors, I know they are there because the cats are always sniffing the floors. The itching is not really uncomfortable but sometimes I get a little stabbing or pinching sensation and see a small red dot that is followed by a rash sometimes that goes away quickly. And I have itchy scalp with bites on them too. I have been using Skin So Soft and Epsom Salt in my bath with some eucalyptus or tea tree or cedar oil added. It seemed to help and I will also use lavender as well when I can get some. I want to exterminate but we have too much stuff to pack and get rid of first, plus I have to evacuate my cats and ourselves for a regular toxic extermination. Any advice will be very helpful.

Comment posted by David Niven Miller of Perth, WA, Australia on 8 November 2015 at 9:7       3717

Reply to Kimberly of Anderson, Indiana:
Please read the link to Bird mites on the Grow Youthful website.
In Ailments & Remedies on the main menu at the top of every page, there are links to Bird mites and other types of mites. Click on the links to read about the mites, rather than going to Comments.

Question posted by Kimberly of Anderson, Indiana (IN), USA on 8 November 2015 at 7:24       3715

Hello I am a 41 year old woman who just rented a new old house, built in the 1940s. My family and I stayed there for one week and have to go stay with family because of the weird tickling feeling some of us had while being there. It would feel like things are crawling on our faces, noses inside and out. My symptoms were the worst. We have been out of the house for five days now and no one is still experiencing symptoms but me. My scalp is the worst with the tickling and itching sensation also my nose is tickling and my face. My body symptoms have improved.
I have had two pest control companies out and have had no findings. Next I'm planning to see a dermatologist. Could this be a skin mite? Someone please help. I am miserable! Beside that we left the house and haven't been back, and don't have any of our belongings.
Please tell me how do you diagnose mites? Can you see them? I have called two pest companies and neither could find anything but fleas. But I have tickling and itching all over my head, face, ears, and back of my neck. I have just a few bites. I am so afraid to hug my kids and not being able to touch them is killing me. Please help.

Comment posted by Susie of Blairsville, GA, USA on 20 October 2015 at 21:26       3693

I've had a severe case of demodex mites for 10 months. I'm 68 and got them right after staying in a motel. Tea tree oil definitely kills these mites but it has a strong smell and is pretty harsh. The best cure I've found is coconut oil. It has completely stopped their crawling so I can sleep finally. I have been using it all over my body because I had such a severe case. My husband rubs it on my back every morning after my shower and I apply a thin coating all over my entire body. They are in my scalp too and for that I use a soap I found on the Internet. Not suppose to mention a brand but it really works when I lather it on my head and leave on for 5 min. No more crawling! This soap is made by a doctor in China who did a lot of research on demodex. I ordered Virgin cold pressed coconut oil on the Internet for $14.99.. It comes in a 54 oz. container. I also drink one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in 8 oz. of water 2 times a day. It keeps your body more alkaline which demodex don't thrive in. One dermatologist I went to did prescribe ivermectin for 30 days and it helped for about a week then the mites came back. She told me other patients have had this happen also. Not sure why doctors don't tell you about coconut oil but believe me it works!

Comment posted by Heather of Lafayette , LA, USA on 12 October 2015 at 15:54       3683

I am a 44 year old female that had a sudden outbreak of tiny pustules around my nose and mouth. As it got worse it moved to my forehead. By the second month it just like acne but itched at times or hurt at times in specific areas. I've never had acne. Red flag to any dermatologist right there. I went through 3 dermatologists and a PA with these various explanations (instead of I don't know cb that's not in a doctor's vocabulary): 1) adult onset acne in the T zone which is normal for women my age 2) next I saw a PA who was going to treat the acne with different meds 3) next was Rosacea 4) then an allergic reaction to food! EVERY SINGLE PERSON I SAW I ASKED TO CULTURE IT. Not one did.
Six months from the start, I finally get into to see not only a dr with sense but her nurse. The nurse looks over my chart and said immediately "she'll probably want to do a scraping for Demodex". She did. It was. Things that have been highly successful (and believe me, I think I tried everything):
TEA TREE OIL. I put it in everything! My shampoo, conditioner, facial cleanser and moisturizer. YES, MOISTURIZE!
And EXFOLIATE dead skin gently with a bath rag and baking soda or just the rag. All but the last doctor told me not to exfoliate. The last said do it gently. When I read up more and more on the life cycles of the mites I understood more. It has made me very compliant and dedicated to my regiment.
I CHANGE my towel and facial rag daily and wash in HOT water and VINEGAR or bleach. My washer and dryer have a sanitize option and I use it. The only thing I like about them. LOL ADD BLEACH to bath water. And I'd rather use "Mother Earth" but that must be what kept them from spreading, as I look back. Bleach was more effective.
SULFUR They hate it! I have a facial cleanse and leave it on overnight with better results. Then I remembered I had an old sulfur mask. After cleansing and gently exfoliating, I would apply the mask and LEAVE IT ON OVERNIGHT. MUCH GREATER SUCCESS. The mask is 6% sulfur- and I added Tea Tree of course. You can find sulfur products on Amazon.
As my face started getting better THEY STARTED MIGRATING to the back of my hairline (neck) and a few on the front of my neck! Sorry men, you can skip this step. A vinegar and Tea Tree Oil DOUCHE. Heavy on the Tea Tree I don't count drops!
PEROXIDE. I was discussing the benefits of peroxide to my 7 year old which reminded me that I had not tried that yet. It literally had to be the only thing. So, I cleansed, exfoliated, punctured a few new pustules and on went the peroxide. Let it dry alone and did it again. Then the sulfur mask to sleep in. I believe the sulfur is good anyway but the mask probably suffocates them and inhibits their nighttime activities.
For clarification, because I'm not sure how much yeast plays a role in the mites, I DID do the douche AND THE PEROXIDE for the first time in one night. (I had never tried peroxide at all prior)
THE NEXT MORNING I SAW 90% improvement it seemed. Maybe 80. But, I usually don't even go out its so bad.
I ALSO put the peroxide on the back of my lower hairline and they are going away as well. ...I've tried facial peels, other masks, every other essential oil you can name. I FINALLY HAVE HOPE AFTER A SIX MONTH BATTLE. I hope this will help someone else. I literally have lost self confidence over this and been depressed. My face now looks like a scarred war zone.
I will continue this regiment for six months or until I test clear at least TWICE because of their little breeding cycles....
?Meanwhile, I'm going to look up more on the role yeast plays on this. Has anyone else researched it?
?Also, are we truly sure that we can't get these mites from our dogs? (I know this is not mange but there are so many different species. ?
It took me days after my diagnosis to recall that for about a month some win there my scalp was itching so bad at night I would kid with my husband and say I had lice. I made him check all the time - nothing. Maybe the Clorox baths, hair dye, who knows but it stopped.
LASTLY, as I was reading I came upon an article that said people with weakened immune systems were most likely to get this. And it happened RIGHT AFTER I GOT OVER A SHINGLES OUTBREAK! Weird! Now all the pieces are fitting together.

Comment posted by ohbaby of Brooklyn, NY, USA on 5 October 2015 at 2:54       3671

I have a very similar experience to the many people suffering from Demodex overgrowth, and I have been suffering for 3 years now. Started with the regular occurrence of Blepharitis. From there, my research and the battle began. Learned that I developed this condition once I stopped smoking. There is a chemical (Benezene) in cig smoke that kills these critters in minutes. This was shown in a study involving the benefits of TTO on Demodex. They had tried a number of chemicals besides TTO, one was Benezene. Benezene is a carcinogen, so I wouldn't recommend to start smoking to deal with these parasites, although I considered it. Just explaining how I came to be infested. By actually quitting smoking. How ironic I develop this nightmarish condition trying to improve my health.
Like many here, I use TTO, sulfur soap, and clove oil, to deal with them. Along with the grueling house cleaning. Take lots of supplements to build my immune system, and eat right.(no sugar, wheat, low carbs). While this helps, I came to the conclusion we will never win this battle in wiping them out completely. Even if successful, you would get re-infested in no time. No, the solution must come from building our defenses. These mites are on everyone, yet only bother the few of us who suffer. My research has shown that we are not producing antibodies to control these critters, therefore they overpopulate. It's our immune system that is not working efficiently.
There are many nutrients that support a healthy immune system. Selenium, Zinc, Magnesium, Iodine, vitamins A,B,C,D,E. Herbal supplements, Cistanche, Suma. Medicinal mushrooms, Red Reishi, Agaricus Blazei, among others. Hormones supplements DHEA, and Melatonin. Caution must be taken with hormones. And all nutrients must be in balance.
All these nutrients strengthen the immune system and this is what I have been taking on and off for a year now. I have not been sick with a cold, flu, virus, in that time. But the mites are still there.
The reason I explain all this, is that our bodies need a vast array of vital nutrients working together for the common good. They interact with one another, and enhance each others effectiveness. You miss a link in that chain, and it will not be as effective. I recently came across CoQ10, (they threw it in with my regular supplements order by mistake). For me, this was the missing link. Believe it or not, I immediately noticed a dramatic reduction in mites activity. I really believe I have found my answer to my nightmare of 2 or 3 years. I never thought I would find a magic pill for this condition, but this is what it is like for me. Obviously, it's more a case of completing, and strengthening that chain needed for an optimally functioning immune system.
I am 58 year old cancer survivor, who obviously had a compromised immune system. Demodex is more common in older adults, due to the fact our immune system deteriorates with age. Add that to,... us not getting the nutrients we need daily from the food supply, the fact our bodies slow down production of nutrients, hormones, enzymes, acids, years of toxicity due to just living our lives,.... and you could see why many illnesses are age related.
CoQ10 is a vitamin like substance. An antioxidant and a critical component in energy production. It's found in every cell in our body to help produce ATP, the energy molecule. In my case, I believe it has turned my immune cells, into killer cells on steroids. Most of my other supplements obviously built up the army, and defense, but I believe CoQ10 is the chow that army feeds on, to battle like mighty warriors. Your defense's will perform sluggishly, without proper nourishment, and I believe this is what I was missing. The cellular energy needed to go to battle against these critters.
This is my solution to this nightmare. Might not be yours. You could be missing some other nutrient in the chain.

Comment posted by Marty of Sydney, NSW, Australia on 13 September 2015 at 18:14       3637

Thank you all for posting comments. Your tips helped me to get rid of mites I caught from pigeons nesting in our roof at work. It took a long time to (self) diagnose my problem and even longer to get rid of them. Doctors had no idea what to do with me, so I started my research on 'Dr Google'. What worked for me: tea tree oil baths with clove oil and lavender oil (daily), the apple cider vinegar mixture for hair I found in one of the comments posted (worked very well), coconut oil for hair and body (applied overnight) and plenty of sunshine!!! That really killed them off. Burning my skin in Australian sun! If I could, I would post photo of my neck when at my worst. Similar photo of someone's bites I found on google helped me to diagnose my problem. Good luck those who are suffering, thank you to all who posted comments and thank God for this website!

Comment posted by Lauren of Brisbane, Qld, Australia on 7 August 2015 at 12:22       3594

Hi all, I've had rosacea for about 3 years (thought it was acne, didn't realise it was actually rosacea until about 6 months ago). I came across this thread the other day so I thought I would give the TTO a try. I also get blepharitis out of the blue maybe 2 or 3 times a year so I wondered if the Demodex might be a problem for me. I usually use pawpaw salve on the blepharitis and it clears up in a few days. Used 100% TTO the first time I had it and regretted that immediately. My skin is very sensitive so last night I made a mixture using 20% TTO, 30% Coconut Oil and 50% Jojoba Oil. I have been using Jojoba oil at night for the last year or so (on and off) and it seems to work pretty well. I put the oil mixture on a few hours before I went to bed and then slathered some moisturiser on before bed as it started to get a little drying. Woke up this morning with a little less redness but nothing too obvious. I will keep using it every night for a week and then report back.

Question posted by Cimko of Los Angeles, CA, USA on 30 July 2015 at 5:8       3581

I don't know if I have bird mites or demodex. I have these guys in a jar and want to send them to a lab to test. Does anyone know how I can do this? Unsuccessfully tried to find info on the internet.

Comment posted by David Niven Miller of Perth, WA, Australia on 30 June 2015 at 20:10       3543

Hi Everyone, I have written a new Grow Youthful web page on Bird Mites, which many of you may have rather than demodex mites. Creeping crawling sensation, especially at night, may be from a bird mite infection. The prevention and remedies for bird mites are different to demodex mites.

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