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: Tea tree oil

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

Comment posted by Jennifer Remington of Tucumcari, NM, USA on 11 January 2022 at 21:13       5333

The simple and cheapest answer is a 10% sulfur soap which can be bought for around $5 per bar. Use 8-10 drops of high quality tea tree oil in your bath and scrub down and lather up with the sulfur soap. Stay in the warm bath for around 20 minutes or so. When you get out your skin may be mildly irritated so carefully blot dry with a towel. Be sure to wash your face with a wash cloth using the sulfur soap and leave it on for around 2-3 minutes then gently rinse off with cool water. The combination of the sulfur scrub and the tea tree oil in the bath will kill most of the mites and after about 2 months your problem will be either under control or eliminated entirely.

Comment posted by Chaos Is of Toledo, OR, USA on 19 February 2021 at 0:42       5292

I'm not sure which type of mite that I have because my Dr thinks I'm a little nuts simply because he cannot see what I can. I have been dealing with them off and on for about 4 years. I am a pre-diabetic. Stress sometimes gets the better of me as I suffer from anxiety disorder, OCD, severe depression and untreated ADHD. I use salicylic acid in an acne scrub. I use it in the shower. Just leave it on for two to five minutes and it brings them to the surface. It stings a little but only because it's working. I recently began using 50-50 vinegar water mixture to spray my furniture and perimeter inside my home. As well as, using it to clean the mold from the walls and window sills. This is when I notice the mites in my hair to be terrifyingly uncontrollable. I honestly can say, I have tried most of the treatments on the list. Coconut oil in my conditioners really helps, and tea tree oil helps some of the time. I am constantly doing laundry and changing my clothes and bedding. I vacuum several times a day. Even my front porch. Ugh. Good luck everyone. May you find peace and clarity soon.

Comment by David Niven Miller: your heavy laundering, cleaning and vacuuming are unnecessary. Read the Grow Youthful web pages detailing the three main types of human skin mites to see how they are transmitted. Stress and anxiety weaken your immune system and are probably the main cause of the mite build up.

Comment posted by David Miller of Perth, WA, Australia on 25 May 2019 at 13:58       5151

Reply to Riley Geddings of Tampa
Please click on the Tea tree oil link at the top of this page.
Also, many of the comments answer your question.

Question posted by Riley Geddings of Tampa, FL, USA on 25 May 2019 at 0:1       5149

How much Tea Tree Oil do I mix with other ingredients? ie Drops, or what? Thanks

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!

Comment posted by David of Perth, Western Australia, Australia on 20 August 2018 at 10:59       5063

To Sandy of Nashville, TN:
Do NOT apply neat tea tree oil to your eyelids - you risk damaging your eyes.

Comment posted by Sandy of Nashville, TN, USA on 20 August 2018 at 3:3       5062

I am using tea tree oil full strength along eyelash lines top and bottom applied with a q-tip. Stings like hell. I have to do one eye at a time cause it will hurt several minutes. I have swabbed the inside of my nose with hydrogen peroxide which seemed effective when it felt something was in there. For other areas of skin mix with a little of another oil like coconut to reduce pain and inflammation. I used the coconut oil tea tree mix on eyelids lashes, nostril exterior, around mouth and sprayed into and behind ears each day and night. Keeping them out of the places you don’ want them is my priority. Dogs don’t get them but can carry them. I noticed a big difference overnight by changing my dogs flea and tick to Nexguard chewables. I now treat all over at once so they don’t relocate. I shower using tea tree shampoo and conditioner, using tea tree shampoo as a face and body wash, too. Then I reapply my coconut tea tree mixture to eyes, ears, exterior of nostril area, and mouth. Getting better but the volume of laundry is killing me all clothing, bedding, towels, washed every day.

Comment posted by Mik of Melbourne , VIC , Australia on 5 October 2017 at 21:29       4781

I’ve had a mite infection since 2012. I developed it before my 44 days of court and was taking drugs with the stress. Idiot, I know. But oh well it’s done now... I suffered, lost my hair line, eye lashes and my freakin mind! Mites were in my nose, under my arms, all over my shoulders my cheeks and eyebrows.
Yeast fungi is related to demodex and so is your immune system and for people like me major stress events caused the initial outbreak. Once you are susceptible to them once, you’ll always be so it’s a matter of maintaining a healthy low sugar anti-candida diet with a few supps and a good shampoo with tea tree oil, coconut oil and clove oil. I used 100 different remedies Ivermectin, TTO, ethanol, sulphurs, multi vitamins, cleaner diet and no matter what I just could not get them fully under control. I tried an anti histamine called aureus, it cured me completely for 6 weeks then all the sudden my body got used to it and they came back worse than ever. I spent all this money on products when all I needed was TTO, clove oil and coconut oil in my shampoo and a herb called Pau d-arco. It’s a bark from the Amazon that controls yeast and fungus on the skin! It regulated my problem on my skin and has completely cured me. I have a problem worth 5 now compared to 100 previously. Mik

Comment posted by Ani of Saint Paul, MN, USA on 13 July 2017 at 11:37       4676

I mixed together in a small dark glass bottle 30 drops each essential lemon, lime, orange, tea tree and lavender oil. It burned and the tea tree oil dried my skin. So I doubled on the lavender because it does help with some NOT all burns. It still may burn that was some years ago don't remember. But after two weeks I was free of scabies. I put it on every morning and every night before bed right after shower. I changed the bedding every day, washed and put clean pyjamas on. I also added the same to about one cup water give good shake and sprayed the mattress every day. But it worked! You may want to ask a specialist what more you can do about the burning sensation it may last for 10-15 minutes as was my case. Or even test a small spot.

Comment posted by Di of Gold Coast, QLD, Australia on 2 April 2017 at 19:2       4547

The GP doesn't acknowledge Demodex when I bring it up. Actually several GPs have done the same so I keep looking for someone who has experience and medical knowledge.
I first became severely itchy in 2012 after working in a government department that had parasite experts and entomologists. The day I left I felt itchy and wondered if they had infected me with a parasite. Then I became severely itchy for the next two weeks and developed a rash between the breasts and nipples and the GP told me I had scabies! So I proceeded to use Lyclear and he prescribed Prednisone to relive the itching. However the GP was foreign and didn't explain how much medication to take or the consequences of taking too much. At the same time I was having eyesight problems, and I took 3 tabs a day for 5 days instead of one tab per day for 3 days, so ended up in hospital with potentially ruptured adrenal glands. That was where the doctors told me I never had scabies. So what did I have? They were not interested in why I was itchy. So this issue has come and gone for five years now and my current GP is trying to suggest perimenopause and hormonal changes or celiacs disease. But no matter who I speak to, the notion of parasites causes them to shut down on the question. They rush to find another possibility. Getting nowhere. Still itchy and my face is all red and swollen. Looks like demodex mites to me going by photos online of other people with the same condition. So I have been trying Tea Tree Oil products all over me from face wash to shampoo to body cream to insect spray. But I also take antihistamines at night and have discovered Cedar Oil spray to spray on my chihuahuas and my bedding as they too have contracted my mites. I think I am getting bitten by what feels like sea lice. Maybe that is first stage, then once rhey are in the skin different sensations start up, my nipples get itchy rash forms between breasts and itching lasts day and night, followed by daily trips to laundromat, washing in hot water, showering twice daily, antihistamines... The worst of all is night itching. I too have felt suicidal many times. Its impossible to live with this. And no one understands. The medical profession are clueless.

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