Ailment: Hair loss
Remedy: Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil, melaleuca alternifolia essential oil, properties, traditional healing uses, recipes, warnings.
Comment posted by Snowwhite of Kokomo, Indiana, USA on 29 April 2017 at 8:32 4589
In 2007 my scalp started hurting to touch in different places at times, and scalp odor that I had never had in my life. I have been a hairstylist so I know a lot about hair. I mentioned this to many doctors with no answers. I tried so many kinds expensive shampoos with little help. My big problem first started in March 2015 when I had my hair trimmed, that's when I noticed the sides almost gone just a few strings left. I was sickened very stressed about losing my hair. I first went to my internist, he recommended shampoo biotin. Since last September 2016 I have seen 3 dermatologists about losing broken off hair at all different lengths. Still no help. I started researching and I figured out it's the Demodex mites. By now I feel them crawling at night and at time bites. I try to use the tea tree oil which is supposed to kill them but it smells so bad. I just saw the 4th doctor at IU School of Medicine who finally told me he will treat aggressively with Ivermectin 2 doses in 2 weeks of 5 pills. I just took the last one yesterday and it has not changed anything.
I am also losing my eyelashes. A doctor said from compromised immune system and ocular rosacea. I think it is caused by the Demodex mites stopping up the oil glands of the eyelash which is there to lubricate the eyes. In desperation I have put tea tree oil full strength on my eyelids but how can I go with this all the time? I am going crazy with this problem.
If anyone knows anything that will save my hair what to do about this....PLEASE HELP!
Comment posted by LucyLu of San Francisco, CA, USA on 2 August 2014 at 12:58 2758
Yes! This has been a shocking and rewarding few weeks. Shocked because I had no idea I had demodex mites crawling all over me... and rewarded by finding solutions here. OMG! My eyebrows are growing back with use of tto! About 10 years ago I noticed a few gaps in my brows... thinking it was due to age, I got an eyebrow pencil & have been filling them in everyday. Low & behold, not only are my eyelashes growing back after a few weeks of tto scrubs but so are my brows! NO more gaps! Besides washing my face 2 x's a day with Body Shops tto Facial Wash, I've been shampooing with Trader Joe's tto shampoo and conditioner every 2 days. I scrub my scalp so the shampoo makes good contact with my scalp and then take the extra suds and put them on my scalp, brows, nostrils and ears for about 5 minutes. I learned that on this site. About an hour after my evening shower and shampoo, I apply a 50% tto/50% coconut oil solution with cotton tips to my brows, eyelashes, ears and nostrils. I use about 8-10 cotton tips because I don't want to contaminate an area if I can help it. I don't like to waste cotton tips, but after reading everything I could find about the mites, I'm waging a war to save my eyesite (I have ocular rosacea) and need to be extra careful. My ocular rosacea is 70% reduced after almost 3 weeks of tto.. and seems to be getting better every day. Guess you "mite" say I'm learning how to co-exist with the mites and appreciate the secondary gain of getting my old brows back, having way less head hair fall out, and have my eyelashes growing again! I wonder how many people who are trouble by losing hair/brows/lashes could benefit from tto? Spread the word! A $4 bottle of Trader Joe's tto shampoo might change their lives!
Thank you, David! Bless you! Please keep up your work!
*** to Athina of Athens: dump your old makeup which probably has oil and other binders in it. Demodex survive in oil and it's just not worth re-introducing them to your follicles.It's a good idea to rotate makeup every few months anyways but particularly when we have too many mites. Don't forget to wash your brushes and combs in tto soap with hot water every few days too!
Comment posted by Violet of Bellingham, Washington, USA on 22 July 2014 at 5:33 2721
Have been using all manner of tea tree oil potions for 2 weeks now. Facial redness almost gone but still persists around the base of my nose so started putting tto soap and mixture inside my nasal cavities and it's noticeably better now. I still feel them at night, pretty much all over my body which is disturbing. My Ocular rosacea is much better with tto lightly wiped over the eyelash base 2 times a day. I am washing sheets, towels, bathrobes, etc in soap with a few drops of tto added. Before I started the tto, I would brush my hair and the brush would be full of hair... I thought that was just normal with old age. Now, when I brush my hair maybe one or two strands are in the brush. While I wasn't worried about thinning hair, this tells me that the tto solution is working and that my follicles are getting cleared up. If you know anyone with hair loss, suggest they try this test: 1. brush their hair and save whatever hair is on the brush in a baggie, 2. use a tea tree oil shampoo at least 3 times a week, and repeat step 1. Then compare the number of strands before and after. I wonder how many people are suffering from hair loss, rosacea, ocular diseases, etc because of demodex mites. I am concerned about the tto toxicity and my dog... so far so good, but I am paranoid and cover myself as best I can after putting on tto, wash my hands really well after touch tto so not to rub it on her. This is a battle but seriously, tto is the first help I've found for rosacea after many years of trying everything.