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
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.
Comment posted by Della of Claremont, CA, USA on 23 June 2015 at 14:34 3534
TTO full strength applied to serious infestation with brush. TTO pads two to three times a day. Coconut oil at night after TTO application. Use Tweezers to pull out any of the white pustules which are not mites but infection from the fully grown mites. That is why it itches, becomes red and sore. I freeze wet face cloths in freezer which helps to soothe red hot patches. Gradually if you keep going with treatments, after all the eggs have hatched, matched and dispatched, the attacks become less frequent and less intense. My worst problem is the got into my mouth and that is a real problem. Washing with TTO is not good, so I tried Listerine. Both work. I use the TTO pads and wipe inside. Personally, I do not think it has any connection to Rosacea. I have butterfly rosacea, but mites went where there was none. I think they prefer skin that is compromised with rosacea, but they have no connection. There is definitely truth in a compromised immune system. Took some natural remedy for that. Has anyone had the mouth problem and if yes, what did you do.
Comment posted by Joe of Indianapolis , Indiana , USA on 20 June 2015 at 11:56 3531
To mite sufferers may I suggest some sanity have yourself checked for yeast or fungal infections. It could be causing the crawling sensations many of you are experiencing beyond that ivermectin, permethrin cream & tea tree oil work well...
Comment posted by Mary of Boston, MA, USA on 5 May 2015 at 10:27 3442
Tea tree oil does help. I am having success with Rosemary and Eucalyptus oil as well. All 3 oils can be added to shampoo and body wash.
Comment posted by Arno of Paris, Paris, France on 27 April 2015 at 0:50 3427
sorry but most of this comments are just ... i have no words. people seeing dead demodexs. thats impossible this things are small, very small. only way to see them is with microscope. i came here after i was doing small research on demodex mites and for like 99% of the people here they are not the main problem, the thing is everyone have them! what more after 3-4 treatments with tea tree oil all of them are dead. they are not immortal. but why then after long treatments with tea tree oil you see no progress with your skin conditions? well there is 2 reasons. first using tea tree oil for your skin is great is healthy it cleans the skin pores and so on. second is stress. and believe me stress is quite bad for you not just for your skin . my sister had small business problems she was stressed for some time, at the same time she started to get rashes all over her body. she treat them with different products nothing helped. after her problems where fixed and her stress levels lowered they disappear from themselves. so what i mean to say is you stress about your problem (you may have stress from somewhere else to ) in this case that you have demodex and skin problems and so on. you start to use oils and the stress lowers because you feel you are doing something and what more your skin feel it too. so if you think you have skins problems because demodex mites your wrong. the main reason you have problem is because in first place you tried to fix your skin problems with something artificial. best way to deal with skin problem is lower your stress and use natural remedies like said before tea tree oil is great. like i said before all humans have them . again 3-4 treatments with tea tree oil kill them all. no need to wash your sheets pillows furniture dogs... (accidentally it seams) hot iron cloths and so on. if you want to keep your skin clean from them best is to do 2-3 treatments every 2 months. sorry for my bad english . and hope i have cleared some stuff about demodex mites and the skin problems people accuse them for
Comment posted by Skeeter of Holden, Louisiana, USA on 22 April 2015 at 8:26 3418
I have a severe skin problem and fight it daily with my dermatologist. I started having dry crusty strips of skin on my eyebrows and the edges of my hair line on my face. Tried all kind of things but nothing worked. If you want to know if it is mites or scabies, just put a mixture of 100% tea tree oil and whatever oil you like putting on your face. Maybe a 1 to 5 ratio. and you will know if you have them. Within minutes you will know. They can't stand it and yes, you will feel them moving and going nuts. I just started and already I don't feel the little critters at night like I used to. I thought I was going crazy, but at night they really get active and drive you crazy. Still trying with this treatment and so far so good. Still have the spots but no itching and stinging. Do not get it in your eyes! Will get back after longer treatment.
Comment posted by jeanine of Louisville, KY, USA on 8 April 2015 at 9:11 3398
I am so happy to finally find relief. I tried the baths and the tea tree oil soap as well as using the tea tree oil as an additive to my lotions and am so pleased to be able to sleep better and not have the tremendous itching that i experienced due to the terrible demodex mites. Thank you so much for sharing your experience.
Comment posted by Jo of Milwaukee, WI, USA on 14 March 2015 at 8:34 3334
For the person who is washing her sheets daily: The mites transfer with skin to skin contact, so the area and things of an infested person don't require that kind of care. However, if you can SEE them, then they're not demodex mites, and you may well need to treat your bedding. You should take a sample in to get it typed and tested, and see if there is a recommended treatment for what you have. These mites are neither black nor visible to the naked eye.