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

Ailment: Mites (demodex mites)

Remedy: Mustard

Comment posted by Roberta of North Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on 16 June 2020 at 11:11       5235

I used the dry mustard powder mixed in water on infected areas last night and I was amazed...just a few areas patted with the liquid and all movement stopped. Thanks to Lin Bee of Mesa, Arizona, comment 5113 on 10 January 2019, I'm convinced that your protocol is the solution. I have a very compromised immune system which makes getting rid of these little monsters very difficult so I fully expect to be on maintenance the rest of my life, I m now 75. Thanking you and everyone on this page.

Comment posted by PoppiLee of Va Beach, VA, USA on 12 January 2020 at 9:53       5194

I am hypothyroid with a history of demodex for at least 5 years. There has to be a connection between my thyroid and these critters. I have had three doctors agree with this diagnosis yet they can do very little to help me. Most all of my help is me reading constantly online to educate myself. I have used ivermectin cream, permethrin and metronidzole gels. These always seem to help at first and then within a month stop. Thanks goodness for this web site as its help is invaluable. I have learned so much and hope I can share some of my insight and pay it forward. Rubbing alcohol ruined my hair and did very little to kill the critters. Powdered mustard works better than anything but I do have to mix it with generic face washes and water. I use this every day before my shower and follow it with shampooing with lice-killing shampoo. I also use selenium shampoo on alternate days. I follow this daily with grain alcohol in a spritz bottle anywhere and everywhere I itch or have bumps. At night I seal up my bumps, sorta of suffocating them, with SA skin-clearing make up. This keeps them quiet at night and in the morning I am covered with their debris. I have a spot on my tongue that is probably them also and use hydrogen peroxide several times per day and brush it well with fluoride free toothpaste, as I have learned fluoride depresses the thyroid and probably got me into this mess by overusing fluoride all my life since I have soft teeth. My teeth have responded well and my dentist is super proud of my oral health except for the one spot he can’t explain. He uses his cancer light twice a year to make sure it is NOT cancer. Thank goodness we have this place and the internet to help us with this disease. I hope to one day be free and clear but as we age we do get more so I will have to make peace and accept we may always have a few of these critters and try not to sweat it. GOOD LUCK TO ALL! Lee


Comment posted by Muffy of Lodi, CA, USA on 8 September 2019 at 1:44       5179

I have had scabies for almost 4 years! The dermatologist didn't believe me. I thought to myself, if you had them you would know it and do something about it immediately, not saying it was milia and scheduling appointments 1 month apart and letting them multiply! Anyway, I use prepared mustard and rub my skin with it and some water. It gets rid of a lot of them and doesn't burn my skin. I also wash my face with it and it keeps the numbers way down.

Comment posted by Sam of Mesa, AZ, USA on 17 March 2019 at 10:14       5132

Reply to CC of Albuquerque:
There is no need ever to heat borax. If you want to mix the two, just keep adding borax till it stops dissolving.

Question posted by CC of Albuquerque, NM, USA on 17 March 2019 at 9:56       5131

Lin Bee, please tell me how you make your ACV borax mixture. Do you heat the ACV to melt the Borax? How much ACV to how much Borax? Thank you for your help.


Question posted by LH226 of New York, NY, USA on 28 February 2019 at 12:50       5123

Is it possible to mix up a mustard batch with your body wash for more than a single use or does it have to be fresh every time? I read that you can mix up a weeks worth of body lotion and mustard if kept in the fridge, so I'm wondering if the same can be done with shampoos and body soap?

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 Merle of Hilo, Hawaii, USA on 20 July 2016 at 18:27       4168

8 months into full head body demodex infestation and improving. Biting stopped and there were just a few itchy spots, but head, eyelashes, ears and nose were still active. That all changed this week when I started using 1 tsp. powdered mustard with a small amount of water and letting it develop for a couple of minutes, then add 1-2 tsp. MSM powder to the mustard and stir well. To this I added 2 to 4 oz. of liquid tea tree oil castile soap. I wash my hair and and body with this mixture, and used MSM bar soap to wash my face because it is sensitive. The result is that a couple of hours after the mustard wash, mites start biting itching me in many more spots than before. I believe this is because the MSM powder carries the mustard deep into my pores and flushes mites out that I couldn't reach before. When the mites come out and start biting itching, I scrub down my head and body with diluted cider vinegar to kill those crawling on my skin, and leave my skin to air dry. After the vinegar scrub, the biting itching stops and I oil myself up for the night. I'm hoping if I continue this for a few weeks, I will greatly reduce the number buried mites and speed up my recovery.


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 susan of Bakersfield, CA, USA on 25 January 2016 at 11:0       3858

I mix 1 tablespoon of dry mustard with same amount of water, let sit for a few minutes and then add to 2 tablespoons of liquid soap lotion. This I put on while having had a hot shower. After cleansing my body with the soap mixture I run as hot of water as I can stand over my entire body. I follow that with spreading cold pressed coconut oil while still standing in shower, and still wet. The mites will begin to come out of the body by the thousands, literally! As you continue to do this on a daily basis, the number of mites that come out will decrease. After rubbing in the lotion, I either wait till it dries and then rub the remaining mites off my body while still in the shower stall...or simply rinse off.

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