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: Coconut oil

Coconut oil. Detailed discussion on composition, health properties, digestive benefits, health benefits, traditional home remedies, warnings on use.

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 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 Niven Miller of Perth, WA, Australia on 3 June 2020 at 15:8       5231

Hi Roberta,
The exact formula that each of these proprietary sprays uses is the reason they can charge a lot for them. In your previous comment I added a list of the ingredients used in your spray, which as you said has not cured you 100%. However, from the hundreds of comments on the Demodex mite pages at this Grow Youthful forum, visitors have shared which ingredients they have found to be effective. You will have to experiment yourself with your own combinations. I wish you well, and many visitors here will be interested to hear of your results. David

Question posted by Roberta of Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on 3 June 2020 at 8:45       5230

Hi David and thank there a summary on which of these ingredients are required to kill mites so that we can re-create it ourselves? It's been extremely expensive but I have had a severe infestation which was allowed to grow from 2012-2019 when I finally stopped the prescribed opioid from my prior PCP and Lyme doctor.

Comment posted by Roberta of Las Vegas, Nevada, USA on 2 June 2020 at 12:24       5229

Just sharing my Demodex experience. In 2012 they appeared at the same time as Lyme and co-infections and my doctor prescribed an opioid instead of trying to figure the crawling sensation. In 2019 I found this page and read everyone's story and treatment. You all gave me hope. I started using Ungex spray in November 2019. It is very expensive but it works somewhat. I am not 100% nor do I expect to be given my immune issues, so I'll be on a maintenance protocol forever as I'm now 75. But I came back to this page to not only share how the spray has worked for me but to share another way to treat these mites. Buy a high frequency hand-held machine. I bought one for $18 from Wish. It clears hair follicles and pores of bacteria and it can make the spray, or any skin treatment go deeper into the skin. Demodex brevis lives very deep in the pore, so topical treatments may not reach them. But the machine will. I want to thank you all again as your comments really helped me.

Note from David Niven Miller website owner: if you search for 'ungex ingredients' you will get a pdf list from their website which they are required by law to provide in Australia. The main active ingredients have previously been discussed on this forum. They are sold as a convenient and expensive combination spray with additional preservatives, solvents and moisturisers: Water, Polysorbate 20, glycerin, geraniol (from rose, palmarosa or citronella oil), phenoxyethanol, propylene glycol, benzyl alcohol, melaleuca alternifolia leaf oil (tea tree oil), diazolidinyl urea, citric acid, cocos nucifera (coconut oil) with some of these ingredients acting as preservatives, solvents and moisturisers.

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.

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