Ailment: Mites (demodex mites)
Remedy: Coconut oil
Coconut oil. Detailed discussion on composition, health properties, digestive benefits, health benefits, traditional home remedies, warnings on use.
Comment posted by Beverly of Orlando, FL, USA on 12 March 2019 at 7:25 5125
After reading the comments on page 1 I have to tell all of you that you CAN'T see demodex mites with the naked eye! The only way to see them is under a microscope. Also the mites are white or clear not black .
Comment posted by Frankie of St Paul, MN, USA on 20 November 2018 at 2:25 5102
I’ve used coconut oil quite a few times to aid with mites or some other type of head parasite. I’m not sure exactly what they are. I can’t get a doctor or vet (my dog has also had problems with skin and hair) to help diagnose what they are. The critters seem to be layered meaning when they started several years ago, there was a flea on my dog, and then other types of parasites that he dog was also treated for. Now, I’ve noticed several different types of critters on myself, mites, maybe lice, and some sort of a flat bug which could be a nymph, but I can’t identify what it is even at the adult stage. Anyhow, I’ve used coconut oil quite a few times and have left it in my hair overnight, covered with a plastic hair cover. This helps break up the glue from the parasites. When I’ve gone to wash my hair after, I need to wash several times because of all of the glue in my hair, but the coconut oil absolutely does break it up. It also smothers the bugs. I don’t think it kills the mites because they burrow into the skin.
Comment posted by George of Northern IL, Illinois, USA on 3 June 2018 at 11:55 5020
I am 62 and have had demodex mites and rosacea for many years. Where did I get them? I used to drink heavy. Don’t use booze anymore and that blew my protection from the mites. You might know that everyone in the world has these microscopic creatures on their body, but they are controlled. Age is not on your side on keeping this creature in check. Older people are ripe for rosacea. Also I have a theory that my overgrowth of mites started with learning to ride a motorcycle without a helmet and glasses. The high wind could have injected the bugs into my eyes, ears, face, beard and hair. These crawly things drive you nuts. I’ve got them on my hair, eyelids, nose, cheeks, beard, and hairs to the entrance of my ears and behind the ears. Tea tree oil worked pretty good but they came back. Disclaimer TTO not recommended for the eyes.
Coconut oil is said to smother the demodex. When they are real bad, or from time to time, I mix tea tree oil with my shampoo to blast them. Then I smother the demodex with coconut oil. I work it into my hair and scalp after shampooing. Now things are peaceful, though I still have to keep on working it into my closed eyelids on the eyelashes and eyelash roots.
At one time in the past my eyelids had thickened and I just thought it was a product of getting old. I web searched the theories that coconut oil is a mild irritant to the eye, and also has the same qualities as tears that keep them moist. They say coconut oil opens up the tear ducts that run along the ridge of the top and bottom eyelids. I risked using coconut oil on the ridge of my closed eyelids and around the area including eyebrows. I personally have collected good size scraps of dead bugs on my eyelids and sides each morning and my lids have improved. I have no idea of what the real long-term eye consequences are. Some does get in to your eyes with the method.
Comment posted by CT of Honolulu , Hawaii , USA on 21 May 2018 at 2:34 5008
Coconut oil and magnesium chloride flakes..soak in warm bathtub for 30 or 40 minutes... I don't rinse off.. just pat dry. The mites can't burrow because the coconut oil suffocates them. No more itching. I plan to do this beautiful remedy for the rest of my life. Oh and I also put in 30 drops of orange essential oil. I also immerse my head to soak. Yes just soak ALL of you, feels sooo good and the fragrance of the essential orange oil is heavenly.
Comment posted by AD of New York City, NY, USA on 11 December 2017 at 16:52 4860
I bought a zapper off ebay. Look up Hulda Clark zapper. Do her 7 min zapping 20 min off, repeat 3 times. I wet my face and the infected area and glided the contacts over. This is the only solution I've used that kills demodex mites. I saw almost immediately areas drying up, healing mite areas. Zapping kills parasites, fungus, bacteria and virus developed long ago. Repeat daily as the eggs hatch and re-infestation occurs. My skin looks amazing - the salons charge a lot for this procedure as a face tightening lift procedure.
Comment posted by Aida of Miami, FL, USA on 5 December 2017 at 1:18 4850
I disagree with Anne of Cootharaba, Qld, Australia on 19 November 2016 at 22:10, comment 4373:
I have used coconut oil to treat mites and it actually works, although it is not recommended for everybody. While it is good for humans it is highly toxic to Demodex mites. It is not comparable to the sebum produced by the human body which the little creatures feed on.
Comment posted by Hopeful of London, London, UK on 25 November 2017 at 6:31 4843
Hello all. I share your pain. I had a demodex infestation for the first time in august this year. It took a while to understand what it was. I thought they were little lice. My skin burned, it was very red, itchy, painful, and the crawling, gosh! It started on the face and quickly spread to the whole body including the scalp, and yes, it was when my immune system was very down with a pharyngitis. I share the despair of this terrible affliction and have for months read all blogs, sites, medical journals I could find. Doctors have not helped. I have seen four doctors now including a dermatologist and no progress. It is very frustrating but I am trying to be hopeful. I have tried borax, peroxide scrub and bath, tea tree oil, permethrin cream everyday on the whole body for a week , eurax cream good for the itch and not so pricey as permethrin , dermol, neem oil, copaiba oil, you name it... I have spent so much money. I have been prescribed Rosex for the face which I used twice per day and I also apply Dermalex rosacea which is incredibly expensive but helps relieve the itch. On the body and scalp, I have applied a mix of coconut oil with moxidectin relative to my weight mixed well applied once and again after two weeks . It temporarily helped but I was worried about the known side effects dizziness, ataxia, coma! So I didn’t pursue further. Please bear in mind that this product is not approved in humans and accumulates in the body only released after 20 days. What has alleviated my symptoms a lot has been a daily or twice daily shower with sulphur soap, leave it on the skin and scalp for a bit if possible. At night a mix of coconut oil with Manuka honey which I read about on this blog 3:1 ratio. Not a pleasant mix, the smell and stickiness. I sleep with that on the skin and shower in the morning with sulphur soap again. The coconut oil stays, the honey goes. Applying the mix works better after a shower as the skin does not stick so much, feels more bearable. My arms, tummy, nostrils and scalp are much better . Legs, shoulders, eyebrows and face are improving slowly. My scalp stopped scaling but still hurts when I put my head in the pillow. If I leave it for a few days without applying the skin starts to flare up again. It’s been 20 days, hard work but I feel I can have normal days again. The crawling on my face is mostly gone. I am yet to try ice or a cold shower but warm baths set it off. To improve my immune system I have been taking 1/2 lemon with warm water first thing every morning, taking a daily brew of fresh ginger 1cm sliced , peppercorns and 1/2 lemon, in boiling water leave for 30 min before drinking. I also started taking water kefir once per day for some probiotics. I can’t have much oily food or nuts as it sets off my rosacea or face demodex. I just hope this helps someone. Thanks for sharing your remedies, it has made my life much better. Keep hoping, the complete cure for this may appear one day soon. Namaste!
Comment posted by Itchy scratchy of Dunedin, NZ, New Zealand on 22 November 2017 at 19:6 4840
I am so grateful I found this site and comments that are exactly like my experience! I have been living under par health wise for 1-2 years. Our latest results for children and me have all come back with auto immune disease, relapsing fever, encephalitis. I conducted a thorough search of our home and found evidence of bed bugs, but fell into dismay when I eradicated them only to be left with the skin crawling sensation and constant exhaustion. I’m sending skin scrapings to a lab for correct identification. It is clear to me that we are dealing with some sort of mite infestation. We are on day 20 of our intensive cleaning routine and our lives have been altered dramatically. My partner had success with Navratna oil I got from an Indian market shop, mostly used in Nepal for long hair cleanliness and meditation. It had a most beneficial effect on the scratches and to calm the skin. But it didn’t seem to aid our children. After what I saw coming out of my skin I couldn’t believe my children had nothing in their skin, so we all went to the doctor. Our regime is we bathe the entire family twice daily in an Epsom salt bath then we dry and apply coconut oil and stand with it in for up to 20mins. The children had no results from this and we only got results with pyrethrum cream. I feel very conflicted using this though. We leave it on all night, and then shower and wash the next day, then when we apply moisturiser coconut oil, and end up with a wipe away of tiny black things! They could almost be mistaken for tiny fluff bits from a towel, but they are not! The crawling sensation is almost driving me mad, I will be looking into enzyme sprays and am so grateful to read these comments as I feel at least some psychological relief, like I have avenues to follow up. I will also go looking for bird’s nests tomorrow! It is not clear to me where we are on this journey or how long we have been on it, but I am just so glad to be looking at it with other human beings... even if it is via internet. Thank you thank you for sharing your unfortunate experience.
Comment posted by David Miller of Perth, Western Australia, Australia on 13 November 2017 at 21:54 4821
In reply to MrzExclusive of Stuttgart:
Cocoa butter may not be as antiseptic as coconut oil, but it is great for you skin and should do no harm if you try it. Please let us know how you go.
Question posted by MrzExclusive of Stuttgart, ARK, USA on 13 November 2017 at 19:48 4820
I have been taking coconut oil for only two and a half days with no sleep at all. Could I use cocoa butter instead?
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