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 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.
Comment posted by Jen of San Diego , California , USA on 21 January 2016 at 16:56 3849
I cannot believe I am just finding out about these mites. I am feeling so anxious because this has to be what I have. I am currently taking solodyn aka minocycline because I was diagnosed with dermatitis but I do remember the Doctor talking about cilia which looks like it has to do with mites as well. I have three bad spots on my face want to hold a lit match to them after reading what I have tonight. The pictures of the mites make me want to throw up. I get it guys I am so sorry for you all. I am decent looking and this shit on my face just ruins any confidence I have about feeling good. I am happy I found this spot. I have tea tree oil, calamine, cetaphil, etc etc.. I will definitely do anything to get rid of these nightmares.
Comment posted by Anne of sarnia, Ontario, Canada on 16 January 2016 at 2:18 3832
I have had ocular demodex for about four months. I had to spend 300 dollars on an optometrist to get the diagnosis. It got so bad I took a trip to the ER where the doctor gave me allergy drops, even though I told him I didn't have allergies. I have tried diatomaceous earth on my face and all over the house. Tea tree oil worked a little but has consequently burnt my face. Coconut oil, twice daily organic tea tree face and body washes, and petroleum jelly. After all this, I still have the mites. They go away a little but if I stop with the tea tree they come back. I've also been taking an immunity booster and I drink apple cider vinegar everyday. My face and eyes are a mess, dry, cracked and incredibly irritated. My vision is also messed up. I finally have a doctors appointment and I am going in fully prepared with as many current scientific papers as I can find. Some days I feel as if I am going insane, I am getting extreme anxiety attacks and I can't sleep due to the itchiness. As much as I hate hearing of others going thru the same thing, I'm grateful that I'm not alone in this fight.
I have a butterfly rash on my face, which is a typical symptom of Lupus. Lupus compromises the immune system. I honestly believe that this is why I have mites and cannot get rid of them.
Question posted by Smilezzz4me of Milford, Ohio, USA on 11 January 2016 at 2:38 3824
Hi I'm dealing with the same thing! I've been treated for lice 3 times and scabies once I believe just to shut me up. I'm tired of being treated like I'm loosing it. I can see tiny tiny brown or black specs they're so tiny I have to get them on white to see them. I took sample to the Dr and they wouldn't even look or test them. Lord I need help. At wits end. I can also see like dandruff which I've never had til this. HELP PLEASE!
Question posted by nipper of Mount Holly , NJ, USA on 8 January 2016 at 14:3 3813
A few weeks ago I thought I got lice from one of my students at school. I had been under a lot stress the weeks before that. I have felt tickling on my head and biting on my head and neck. I have been to a Dr and dermatologist and they both say they cannot see anything. They act like I am crazy. Is it possible I have a mite infestation? I have treated myself 3 times with over the counter lice medicine. I have also used a prescription medicine twice. Wouldn't this kill mites if I had them?
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.