Grow Youthful: How to Slow Your Aging and Enjoy Extraordinary Health
Grow Youthful: How to Slow Your Aging and Enjoy Extraordinary Health

Ailment: Scabies

Remedy: Borax

Borax as a source of boron. Boron deficiency, supplementation, chelation, heavy metals, fluorides, fungicide, anti-microbial. How to use borax both internally and externally.

Comment posted by Typetyme of Anderson, SC, USA on 6 March 2023 at 15:52       5428

We contracted scabies during early December trip 2022. They were well established in my lower legs before I realized what the rash was in early January. Husband had scabies on forearms. We treated with 4 doses Ivermectin, diluted essential oils like clove, oregano, and neem but after third breakout went outside traditional medicine. Permethrin is sulfa drug and husband allergic. I tried Permethrin but it didn’t work for me. Discovering treatment of 1 cup Borax and 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide added to 30 minute baths was life saver. Symptoms improved but scabies had spread to my arms from handling soiled bedding, clothing and towels even with washing hands and arms afterward with antibacterial soap. As recommended in household practices to kill mites, used food grade diatomaceous earth DE sprinkled on carpets. Diatomaceous earth is safe for people. DE causes insects to dry out and die by absorbing the oils and fats from insect s exoskeleton. Its sharp edges are abrasive, speeding up the process. It kills scabies, dust mites and insects. To avoid inhaling the dust, I made a paste of 2 cups food grade DE, 4 tablespoon borax, 4 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide and 3/4 cup hot water adding more water by tablespoon as needed to wet out to toothpaste consistency . Following 30 minute soak in borax and hydrogen peroxide added to bath water, blotted skin dry. Applied thin layer of DE mixture over entire body starting at hairline down to feet, and avoiding eyes and lips. DID NOT rub hard. Borax is abrasive and can hurt skin. Do the best you can getting to middle of back. Let dry 30 minutes and gently rinsed off. After first mud bath scabies went nuts. Red weals appeared around each site but started to scab and dry up within a day. Continued water bath followed by mud bath each day for 2 weeks. Continued laundry and household cleaning regimen to fully eradicate any latent eggs that hatched.

Comment posted by Emilia Yr Eyland of Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Iceland on 1 February 2023 at 17:54       5420

Someone asked why some people are more susceptible to scabies than others. 1650 years ago, a Persian doctor wrote people whose liver does not produce enough bile are more susceptible to scabies. Unfortunately I am one of them, fortunately I live in Iceland where we bathe in and breathe sulfur, but I get scabies every time I travel to Mediterranean resorts. So we need to heal our liver to make enough bile.

Comment posted by Brighter Days Ahead of Huntsville, AL, USA on 9 January 2023 at 4:58       5415

Update from my first comment nearly three weeks ago.
I have been using a 32 ounce bottle of OTC 3% Hydrogen Peroxide and 2 Cups of Borax per bath soak twice per day for the past 9 days, and occasionally applying the hydrogen peroxide directly to bothersome spots. I have also been laundering all clothes, bed linens and bath linens in Borax daily. It has been gradually getting rid of them.

Comment posted by Scabies Survivor of Lake Havasu , AZ, USA on 28 October 2022 at 11:58       5398

Scabies are spread by your feet and your hands. I used borax, hydrogen peroxide and water solution to treat scabies. Keep your hands and feet covered during treatment to avoid even more spread and to avoid catching any more mite infestations while in treatment. I have also been doing epsom salt baths, using at least 3-4 cups in an average sized bath. I soak for an hour or more, depending on my schedule. I use gallon bags to soak my feet for extended periods of time with hydrogen peroxide. Using body scrubs helps loosen scabies after the second or third treatment, making treatments more effective.
When treating pets I place a cone around the neck to ensure that the treatment stays on their skin without them licking it and to allow it to air dry on their skin. I shaved my pets and also treated them with epsom salt bath. I also make an aloe vera salve with my aloe plants for animals and myself. I have a Rottweiler and a German Shepard mix. I had to shave him and my cat to ensure the treatment could effectively adhere to their skin. I read about a lot of pet owners struggling to get their pets to listen to treatments and shaving. Use a leash and collar and prep the bathroom ahead of time with treats. In many of the forums I've read, I noticed many pet owners would rather continue to live in scabies infestations instead of taking very necessary procedures to restrain their difficult pets. It's insane to think that a person could allow such a highly communicable infection to spread because their pet is difficult. Improperly treated pets is animal abuse and poses a large risk to those around you. If your animal is difficult, prep the bathroom ahead of time and use leashes, collars, and doors to prevent escape. If your pets bite or scratch, it might be in your best interest to hog tie them. Honestly, I wouldn't even tolerate such a wild, unruly pet. I've always trained my animals and stayed consistent in my demeanour and expectations of them so we could live harmoniously and as a family unit versus having a pet that is out of control and just a problem in every way. My 80 lb dog and cat were great sports as they both allowed me to shave and bathe them. Of course, they didn't want to go through with some treatment days, but utilizing treats and prepping the bathroom ahead of time, using the bathroom door as a barricade helped. Keeping hands and feet totally covered using gloves and socks will help a lot by not spreading any further. It also helps to cover the body while treating infected animals. I add borax to my laundry and wash it on hot, followed by hot dryer settings for an hour minimum. I do apply witch hazel and alternate between regular and salicylic boosted witch hazel using cotton rounds to my entire body. I will keep you posted as we heal. I hope this helps.

Comment posted by Oneinheaven of Tom Bean, TX, USA on 16 July 2022 at 0:51       5368

We had scabies. We didn’t realize it for a while so they were really bad when we did realize. When I found this website, my husband’s left leg was swollen into his foot he was so infested. He started borax HP baths immediately and was 75% better in about 3 days. Then he stalled out. He realized they were in his hair so he had to start soaking his head for about 20 minutes in his baths. After a few weeks he was about 95-98% better. During this time he’d take ivermectin. In all he said he took 17 doses. We use the one from tractor supply dosed by weight. One thing you’re not told is the iver seems to rile up the scabies so he always had some added rash after a dose. We chose not to use permethrin. My husband had so many sores I couldn’t imagine putting poison on his skin. We are VERY natural minded.

Next story is mine. The scabies finally got me about 2 months after my husband. After fighting them 2 months, I was worse chasing them all over. Disheartening to say the least. One day I was doing more reading on scabies and came across moxidectin. It sounded promising with similar side effects to iver which is minor minimal yet a much longer half-life in the body. I was so frustrated I took it doses by weight on the tube again, tractor supply. The scabies seemed to be more active after taking it which I expected so I was doing 2-3 borax baths a day. I ended up adding ACV and epsom salts too. The borax and bathing degrades the acid mantle of the skin which actually gives the scabies more open feeding so it’s a double edged sword imho. Anyway, 12 days after taking moxi I woke up and felt different like they’d left. My sores quickly began to heal and I didn’t feel vulnerable anymore. I’m now almost 3 weeks out from the moxi dose. It took almost 2 weeks for the moxi to run them off. I’m still bathing once a day, sleeping on a drop cloth and hot washing all clothes and linens in borax.

My husband took a dose of moxi when he was far enough out from his last iver dose to be safe. He did experience some breakout the next few days but the moxi seems to have taken effect quicker on him. We did SO MUCH MORE to mitigate or deal with the awful spreading bumps. Lots of Diatomaceous earth. We found tea tree, rosemary, clove and lavender essential oils to be the most effective. However scabies still spread we couldn’t rid the body completely. They were in my nose! Someone needs to figure out what is different in some people’s body chemistry to make them impervious. Our 15 year old daughter was never affected. This has been horrific and my heart goes out to everyone dealing with it. We even found many things to be grateful for throughout this ordeal. III John 1 2 Beloved I pray that you may prosper and be in good health just as your soul prospers. Thanks for allowing me to share.

Comment posted by Paulette of Florence, Colorado, United States on 28 August 2021 at 2:4       5311

If you are still struggling with scabies mites I had them for nearly 8 years and ran across comments claiming Kleen Green Natural Genesis makes it gets rid of them. I've been mixing the concentrate with water 1 part enzyme concentrate to 7 parts water and spraying myself 3 times a day. After a week I'm down to just a few biting during the day. I target where the biting is happening. It takes a couple days to get rid of them under your skin, but it's working really well. I am also sprinkling Borax on my mattress every day and letting it sit for awhile before vacuuming it up. Putting sheets and pillows in the dryer for an hour each day is keeping them from returning.

Reply from David Niven Miller:
Please read the Grow Youthful web pages on mites, and mite transmission. They can only live for a couple of hours in dry bedding and furniture so vacuuming and cleaning is not necessary for demodex mites.

Comment posted by Tagscreen of San Diego , California , USA on 26 August 2021 at 6:0       5310

I've struggled with Demodex mites for nearly two years. My doctor's diagnosis was scabies. Permethrin cream didn't work at all in fact I think they enjoyed eating it! I too started researching because of my diabetes - others had said I must have diabetic neuropathy that can mimic the creepy crawly feeling. The entire time bathing or showering just made it worse. I found a bed bug one day and it put me on the hunt for bugs that infested humans. The Demodex mites symptoms are spot on. I recently found out I've had Candida Glabrata which is the worst yeast infection. Recent studies have found that mental illness has now been associated with yeast overgrowth. I definitely agree with getting the yeast under control before anything else. To add insult to injury I'm allergic to all gluten foods, therefore, my diet is consistent with anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory foods. Zinc-rich foods should be limited because they makes hormones elevate and that's what causes our sebaceous glands to over-produce sebum that these mites crave. My best food friend is chicory root or the inulin by itself. Whether it's made from the root or blue agave is your preference. I'm waiting for payday to buy boric acid suppositories as my pharmacist recommended. I hope this helps someone because I'm determined to rid myself of this awful mite infestation! Thanks for sharing your stories as well! Good luck.

Reply from David Niven Miller:
1. Zinc-rich foods help your immune system to control both mites and fungal infection.
2. Instead of buying boric acid capsules, read the Grow Youthful web page on Borax , which is a fraction of the cost.

Comment posted by Jimbo of Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA on 28 August 2019 at 11:12       5175

I had mites all over and tried many remedies. I now alternate borax baths and sulfer soap. I take a hot shower and lather the sulfer soap all over and sit 30 minutes to let it dry. After I found many black specks on me. After three applications no more specks. I still borax bath twice a month and do bleach baths twice a week. I use one cup of no-fragrance bleach in two inches water in the tub. I don't ever want to go through this horrible experience again.

Comment posted by Pat of Wake Forest, NC, USA on 28 May 2019 at 4:16       5152

I contracted scabies twice, traveling to European destinations that did not have a hot enough dryer to kill the bugs from the bedding. The first time my family contracted it, we used daily baths of Tree Tea Oil and nightly washing of bedding, vacuuming constantly. It still took 5 months time as the permethrin prescribed by the dermatologist did not seem to work. The second time my family contracted scabies, it seemed we had a very difficult variety and oral ivermectin and permethrin were prescribed. After a month on the medication we were still dealing with it and realized that our dog was a carrier. The dermatologist stated that they don't live on dogs. However we realized that they can be the carriers and transfer them back to humans. We recently started using borax for scabies and bathing the dog nightly in peroxide and borax and are hopeful that this will do the trick. Also, by the way, they are highly contagious as I realize all my friends are scratching, because I am a hugger! Good Luck!

Comment posted by Lin Bee of Mesa, AZ, USA on 10 January 2019 at 3:48       5113

After reading a February 2016 post by Eve from NV on using Mustard, we put together our own treatment. We put some TTO (tea tree oil), borax and ACV (apple cider vinegar) in spray bottles and began to spray ourselves all over two times a day especially after our showers. In just two or three days we began to see an marked change in our skin and the itching began to diminish. We began to feel like we were at an end of a two year ordeal that left us thinking we would never be the same again. I cannot thank Eve enough for her post and if I could I would send her a bouquet of flowers and much more.

We continue to spray ourselves and add dry mustard from time to time when we think it is necessary. We cut out all sugars, beef and all dairy for two years to the point that we lost 10 pounds each. Now we are adding small amounts of low fat organic beef and some coconut sugar but very little of that. I do not eat cheeses as the mites love that stuff. I have yet to read about anyone deleting foods from their diet but we found that it is imperative to do so as the mites would not stop causing acne all over us. As I sit here writing this, I feel such relief and thanking my God for this blog posting site where others who suffer can tell their sad stories and post what they feel has helped or not helped.

I also want to add that essential oils such as TTO and Eucalyptus oil have been very useful. I am thankful to have my skin back and in reality my life back. We have not gone anywhere for two years because of this horrid condition. I will continue to spray my skin daily with the spray and use mustard to work with or as a deterrent to these most awful parasites. One must try to keep their immune systems up and take supplements and get lots of sleep and drink lots of water. We try to get in about 10-14 glasses a day but we live in AZ so that’s why. Most people can get by with at least 8 glasses but 10-12 is better especially in the summer months. We found a great soap on eBay called Defense that is made of TTO and Eucalyptus that really gives us a good cleansing washing off any mite faeces and dead skin that accumulates during the night and day. I don’t shower twice a day any more as my skin can’t take a lot of washing. So, one shower with daily spraying is what we do. I hope this helps someone suffering with Demodex mites infestation. There is a cure and I have just outlined it. It worked for us and it will work for you but you must do it and be faithful about it.

PS. I wanted to add why the ACV borax TTO spray works. The ACV takes the hard shell off the eggs and the borax kills the larvae. That is the magic bullet. The mustard kills the mites in 50 seconds when they come in contact with it - even mustard water. Use only powdered dry mustard not the bottled, ready-made kind. That is filled with fillers and spices that the mites may like. Buy powdered mustard and dilute it with water. Use a q tip in your ears and nose. Put the mustard water on a sponge or wash cloth to wipe down your skin in the shower and finish your shower with the ACV spray. Use Neem soap or TTO soap to wash with. You have to do this for the rest of your life to keep them away because once you have had a mite infestation, you are susceptible to them again. God bless and good luck!

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