Other Remedies to Consider

Last Updated: 24 Feb 2012

It has been said that all of human progress is due to the ingenuity and inventiveness of 2% of the human population. Please don’t make the mistake of assuming that this 2% are all scientists, mathematicians, or engineers. These fields are full to bursting with careerists and people who wouldn’t know an original thought or a true inspiration if it bit their behinds.

Phlogiston, anyone?


The truth is that most human progress comes from what are patronisingly called “ordinary” people. Personally, I call such people “extraordinary.”

Following are some thoughtful and intelligent suggestions I’ve received. I’ve not tested them myself for the simple reason that I now have two remedies that work for me. But I offer them for your consideration here.

1. Dud’s Borax and Epsom Salts Baths

Here’s another easy protocol to add to your regimen that may help your skin itches immensely:

Use borax powder in a hot tub of water to soak in for 30 to 60 minutes. Do this every day, or every other day. Use the time to relax. Most people get the bathtub water comfortably hot. The hot water alone helps the fibromyalgia symptoms (soreness).

The borax in the water will kill the mites externally, and under the skin. It is also a fungicide and a bactericide. Some people report seeing black specks, etc., floating in the bathtub, after coming out of their skin.

Also add epsom salts (magnesium sulphate) to the water to get its benefits also. It has a drawing power to it. It is used by sports teams for sore muscles and bruises.

Ted also recommends using the borax externally for mites in this manner. You should feel much better for a couple of hours after soaking like this.

Possible amounts: borax - four tablesoons, epsom salts - one quart. Cost: about 50 cents US for the borax, and about $2 US for the epsom salts.

2. Linda’s Castor Oil (Alone or With Borax)

If you were to use castor oil as a moisturizer, the natural ricin in it may help to kill off those mites, as well as to moisturize your skin.

There are varying thicknesses of castor oil available in US grocery and health food stores. Some are very thin in consistency which would be easy to spread on your skin, and others are very thick and sticky, like runny tar. I'd try the thin stuff first. It’s available to buy on the web. It’s called Palma Cristi.

It might be a good idea to mix some borax into the castor oil - only a small amount, not enough to be unsightly on your skin.

I'd also study other non-toxic and natural miticides, like the folks who have birds or other mite-challenged pets would use, to see which, if any, are safe for human topical use.

Ted’s comment: All oils are carrier oils, but their penetrant ability is limited, except for DMSO...I have found castor oil mixed with DMSO to be good - 25% castor oil and 75% DMSO. Then you can mix it with mustard powder, mustard oil, or d limonene at, say, 2.5%. That will take care of killing the mites. Plus, you add, say, 4% or 5% lavender oil. They’re the approximate numbers I calculate.

3. Anon’s Hairever Scalp Treatment and Lye Soap

Most of my success came from putting Hairever scalp treatment on infested areas. This can be purchased from Puritan's Pride.

I have also been washing with a soap called Grandma’s Lye Soap and it seems to help.

I would also do everything I could to get my PH alkaline. This can be achieved with baking soda taken interally (see Ted’s Borax Remedies for details).

4. Susan’s Apple Cider Vinegar and Borax

I used borax water (1/2 by volume) and ACV (1/2 by volume) to get rid of the eggs under the skin. The ACV is the carrier, the borax washes the protective coating off of the eggs, and they die.

I used to shower every day (sometimes twice) and finish off with the above solution.

Wash, towel off, then rub the solution all over (including scalp and hair) and DO NOT RINSE. Air-dry your skin for about 5-10 minutes, then get dressed.

I stopped itching in a couple of weeks. I don't remember how long the adult mites live, but I put all of my efforts into getting rid of the eggs.

How to make the borax water: put 1/8 cup of borax in a gallon container of water, give it a good hard shake, and let it sit for about half an hour. The water will absorb all of the borax it can and you needn't worry about any left at the bottom of the container.

DI adds: For European readers - to make one litre of borax water, add 2-4 tablespoons of borax. The exact amount doesn’t matter - just keep adding borax and shaking the container until no more powder will dissolve but sinks to the bottom. You now have one litre of saturated borax water. For four litres, say, multiply the amount of borax by four, etc.

5. Ruth’s Nasal Relief Tip

Ruth found this tip on the Nutribiotic website and passed it along to us after she had great success with it. Note that this is for adults only.

Mix one drop of NutriBiotic GSE (Grapefruit Seed Extract) with two ounces of water. Use one full eye dropper of the mixed solution per nostril. Tilt your head backward and release the solution from the dropper into your nose. Swing your head forward and down (so your head is now upside down) to force the solution up into your nasal passages. Return your head to the normal upright position and allow your nasal passages to drain. Do not inhale through your nose during this process.

Use as needed throughout the day to stop mite activity and just before bed. You should see encouraging more permanent results within a few days.

6. Gail’s Demodex and Scabies Regimens

Gail has written to say she's had great success treating both demodex and scabies using combinations of all and any of the following:

1. Clove oil - rubbed on itching spots. Note that this will feel like a burn or a sting, but it kills demodex and scabies mites and stops the itch.

2. Vinegar (any kind) - rubbed into all areas of the body. Just before bedtime, soak your scalp and hair in it but don't rinse. Wear a shower cap to sleep in so it doesn't dry out. Next morning, wash your hair with Sulphur8 Medicated Shampoo.

3. Peppermint lotion - put a glob on an infested area and you'll start to feel the insects pop out of your skin under it.

4. Sulphur soap - for all skin washing.

5. Borax and hydrogen peroxide - frequent baths.

6. All-over oiling - Gail confirms that demodex (and scabies) hate castor oil (see Linda’s Castor Oil remedy above). She also tried olive oil with good success.

7. Neem supplements - good for scabies (but I personally found that it wasn’t effective for demodex).

7. Gayle’s Milk of Magnesia with Witch Hazel

Gayle suffers from rosacea (sufferers have high populations of demodex). She has used Phillips Cherry Milk of Magnesia applied daily. She then applies witch hazel on top of this and leaves both on her skin for 10 minutes before washing off. For hair and scalp, wet the hair, apply the Milk of Magnesia, working it down onto the scalp, omit the witch hazel, leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse.

She recommends Vaseline mixed with 10% tea tree oil for soothing red or hot spots.

(Note: if you can’t find the Phillips brand, any Milk of Magnesia will also work, but the white variety may leave your skin feeling somewhat “tight”).

8. Gayle’s Dead Sea Mud

Gayle highly recommends this. Because the Dead Sea is 34% salt, it will feel like it’s burning when you apply it, so it’s advisable to do your body one section at a time so you don’t run screaming into the night. But do it all on the same day, otherwise cleared areas will be repopulated overnight. Apply like a mud-pack and grit your teeth. Leave on until it dries fully (you’ll be relieved to hear that it cools as it dries), then wash off.

This won’t get all the mites, so multiple applications will be required. Lucky us, eh?

You can buy Dead Sea Mud here.

Note: I will update this page with additional suggestions as and when I get my hands on them.

If you’ve found something that worked for you, please email your story to me and I will consider including it here. And I would also welcome user reports for any of these remedies.

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