Ailment: Mites (demodex mites)
Remedy: Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil, melaleuca alternifolia essential oil, properties, traditional healing uses, recipes, warnings.
Comment posted by David Niven Miller of Perth, WA, Australia on 3 June 2020 at 15:8 5231
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 you....is 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.
Question posted by Mama Bear of Shawnee Mission, Kansas, USA on 17 May 2020 at 0:30 5224
My question is to Linn Bee from Mesa, AZ. What is the ratio mix of your tea tree oil, borax, ACV mix in your spray bottles? Also how much dry mustard powder to how much water? I loved your explanation for why this works. I am trying to help my daughter who is suffering terribly from terrible rosacea on her face and nose along with acne fluid-filled cysts and is experiencing severe hair loss. I think it is all caused by mites. It is interesting that you mentioned avoiding cheese because mites love it because when she eats any cheese her face reacts terribly. She is fairly sure she is allergic to tea tree oil, so what are your thoughts?
Question posted by DAK of Dry Ridge, Kentucky, USA on 15 May 2020 at 11:59 5223
I have been tortured since July 2019 with demodex mites. Within a month they began biting my body everywhere. Nothing has really worked. All 30 something products I tried seem to just keep them at bay. The latest is three times in the last month my eye lids, brows, lower lids - they turn bright red and burn for a few days, then peel for a week, then the process starts again. It can be from stress or other illnesses that causes the immune system to lower. It's like a vicious cycle - immune system lowers, get the infestation, you stress over that so the immune system never recovers. What do you do? Sedation for a month? This has consumed my life. I feel like a incubator for these things. I' m sorry but I can't imagine years of this. I can not do that. It's maddening, I'm not sure what else to say or do.
Comment posted by May Belle of West Hartford, CT, USA on 13 November 2019 at 10:58 5187
I am 62 and suffered from what I am now pretty sure is demodex mites for a year and half. I stayed a few days at a place where the cleanliness of bedding was sketchy, and also got too much sun at the same time. I got a bit of redness on one cheek and my nose had little red bumps. I have used rubbing alcohol on my face to bring the mites to surface and then put tea tree oil on to kill them. I realized my hot water in the house I was renting was not set high enough. It was 120 and it should be over 130 I believe from what I have read. Before the Landlord adjusted it I used eucalyptus in my laundry for sheets and towels as that kills dust mites and maybe all mites. I used a few drops of eucalptus mixed in water and added to wash. I also used 1 cup or so of white vinegar in rinse cycles. This killed germs and freshened things and softened the sheets and towels. I used niacinamide on my skin and my skin seems really much better in just a few weeks. I have been using a silk pillowcase for a few months too and that was helping some. Mites don t like silk. So hot water and eucalyptus are my recommendations. I do mop the house with vinegar, and vacuum our rugs and use borax on them.
Comment posted by David of Perth, WA, Australia on 9 June 2019 at 20:2 5160
Reply to Anne of Cootharaba, QLD, Australia.
Have you had these creatures properly diagnosed? They don't sound like demodex mites if they are everywhere, as you say. The first step is to be sure of exactly what you are dealing with. Perhaps they are bird mites or some other insect? Is there a birds nest outside your bedroom? Please get some professional help.
Comment posted by Anne of Cootharaba , Qld, Australia on 9 June 2019 at 18:40 5159
I have been suffering from these horrible mites for 4 years. I have thought of taking my life. I have spent all my retirement fund on trying to beat these creatures and I am now selling my property. These things are everywhere. I clean everything every day. I am so tired they put me in the mental home told me I was delusional, so stay away from the doctors they don’t how to treat these things. I spent a fortune on tea tree oil without success. How much vinegar and how much borax and how much peroxide do you put in the spray bottle? What do you do about your hair?
Comment posted by JO of Springville, UT, USA on 31 May 2019 at 4:6 5155
Dear Tiny of Skokie, IL,
I read your story today and personally can empathise with this demodex condition. I have been a fellow sufferer for 5 yrs now, and received similar help from Dr as you have. Most derm doctors are still clueless and immediately believe it is delusional parasitosis. It is sad and frustrating to be offered dangerous antipsychotic drugs to conceal the real condition. I warn you now to begin your research and know that once they overpopulate your hair, then face, the condition usually worsens and affects the entire body, every sebaceous gland and pore. This is what happened to me because good treatment was not offered and my condition blew out of control. I can’t explain the physical and emotional suffering I endured until I worked for years to bring the condition under control with the right products. You have got to find a good demodex shampoo or make your own with some essential oils like tea tree oil (TTO) that can work. Personally, you will find more treatments and products for dogs and other animals that treat mites. It is a shame there is really no approved treatment for human beings. I hate the smell of Sulfer so I discovered Benzyl Peroxide washes and shampoos. I have to warn you that I have spent thousands of dollars trying this and that until I found products that help me best. Everyone is different. But, attack the mite over population as quickly as you can. Also, don’t believe that 2 doses of Ivermectin from a Dr who believes you makes them magically go away. That does not happen when your whole immune system is out of control and stress rises because of this disheartening condition. In the beginning when they were so bad and out of control, I wiped eye and face mites off of me all night long, hardly sleeping. They invaded the end of my inside nose tissue, ears and everywhere you can imagine. They were days I did not want to wake up the next day, if I could sleep because this condition tries to steal your joy and rob you of a social life. I wanted to die it grew so bad.
So it is very important to find great herbs and vitamins to strengthen your immune system. Since they are invisible, don t expect most to believe or sympathize. I found it best to not even share with doctors anymore because of the horrible and incorrect treatment I endured from the medical profession. Yes, mostly dermatologists. Most are so focused on treating cosmetic conditions they have failed to become aware of this growing pestilence problem. Sadly, I discovered they care more about beauty and cosmetic treatments and neglect to know how to correctly diagnose or treat this condition. If you happen to locate a good, understanding doctor with adequate knowledge of demodicosis, you are blessed. I just know that we have learned to help one another with tools and products we have discovered. I personally use a boric acid eye wash twice a day when I wash my face. My hair was the first sign before mites invaded my eyebrows and face and elsewhere. I use a dog shampoo with 2% to 3% benzoyl peroxide. Careful, it will lighten your hair but it is one product that works very well. Then a good TTO conditioner you can make or buy.
Fortunately, I am retired, so I have the time to maintain this condition at home. I wear no makeup unless I have a social or family event. I spray my face daily with witch hazel mixed with any essential oil you find that may work. It's hard finding one that does not smell too bad. A little lemongrass, lavender, TTO, etc. Then a good oil free moisturiser. Every day is a battle. At night I use Castor oil on my eyes after using Occusoft Plus eyelid cleanser that you may leave on. It kills good. Sometimes, I use it for my entire face because it is quite effective. Just don t give up your battle with this condition. Surprisingly, there are MORE new products to help with dog mange that are very beneficial, but costly. I use many of them daily. Bathing helps are Benzoyl Peroxide soaps or 2 Chlorhexidine liquid soap. I make my own blending four dog shampoos with a healthy shampoo with a nice scent. My mites grew so bad I had to find something that was more powerful than Ted’s Mange treatment that never helped much. I still do hair rinse with the borax water and ACV with some helpful essential oils. It’s trial and error for everyone Tiny, but I trust you will find your products that best maintain this condition for you. Just know you are not alone and there is wealth of information help online. Believe me, I think I tried just about everything, including buying an infrared spa and rife machine. It’s been very costly, but we must choose life one day at a time and cling to hope. I will pray for you and know that God truly cares about every detail of our lives as we suffer together.
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.
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