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Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Biting and Crawling Mites
- Bleach in Bath Water
- Borax and Hydrogen Peroxide
- Borax, Tea Tree Oil, H2O2, Vitamin E
- Brewer's Yeast
- Coconut Oil, Tomato Juice
- Denatured Alcohol
- Diagnosing Mites
- Diatomaceous Earth, Peppermint and Oregano Oils
- Disinfectant, Hair Dryer
- Dry Mustard
- Essential Oils
- General Feedback
- Hair Dryer
- Homeopathic Remedies
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Borax
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Coconut Oil
- Ionic Silver and Vaseline
- Jan's Recipe
- Lamp Oil, Borax
- Lemon Juice in Shampoo
- Listerine, Eliminate Sugar
- Mite Infestation Bath Remedies
- Multiple Remedies
- Mustard Powder
- Neem Oil
- Oregano Oil
- Over the Counter
- Quassia Wood Chips
- Remedies Needed
- Skin Scraping Test
- Steam and Vacuum
- Tea Tree Oil
- Ted's Remedies
- Ted's Remedies Reader Feedback
- Walking Dandruff Remedies
- Yogurt With Cinnamon
[YEA] 01/16/2010: Antonio from Santiago, Reg. Metropolitana, Chile: "SALIVA Kill DEMODEX mites and it's structure
I am not a doctor, as Ted's contributions I would also like to help out with my survey and solution for this problem according to my own experience :
a) Uncomprehensible dermatologists does not know about this...and you lose lot of time with wrong diagnosis, problem getting worse, wrong treatments, being contagious,...
b) Skin thickness is a factor on the effectiveness on treatments
c) Stage of evolution of this insect is another factor on the effectiveness of treatments
To start with:
Babies: as they have thin skin, alcohol (ideally on gel to last more over the skin) kill the mites. Apply very small amount three times during one day and they are dead. Apply them to red dot supposed to be a mite attack. Caution: as the skin is so thin any product applied is absorbed so take caution on the amount of surface covered and on the amount and concentration applied, be very conservative on this.
Adults: When the mites are only superficial on a very early stage of development you can use alcohol too to kill them. Important here is to reach the wrinkles.
As you may notice the face skin is usually more thick than the rest of the body so it will be more effective on the rest of the body than the skin.
At an more advanced stage of development of the mite:
It will penetrate more deeply and form some structures so you can not reach them with alcohol and can not reach them with most of the products. So here we have the Ted solutions and I will introduce you another one:
Have you ever wonder why the mite does not develop inside the mouth or why they are destroyed when attack our lips ?
Well it's the SALIVA that degradates them.
So a solution for Demodex attacking our face is to apply Saliva on our face... but there are more strongest saliva than others. If somebody have very good teeth without too much care effort it shall be bacause their saliva is more concentrated ... this is what we need to use. Apply it and let it dry before a new application. If you are accumulating saliva you may keep if on cold at the refrigerate in order it to maintain it's properties. (of course it's a good advice to wash the teeth carefully before accumulating saliva in order to have it the cleanest possible). A good saliva is the best solution it degradates the mites and it's structures, it's safe, no toxic, acts like a miracle...
A product that works similar are the enzymes that are sold concentrated and you dilute in order to apply to your body. As they are composed of about four types of enzimes you have to make shure you are receiving a good balance of them, I mean a well mixed products because not all of them acts nor are they all as effective.
I hope I am helping here, any feedbak will be appreciated"
01/17/2010: Ruth from Hobart, Tasmania replies: "Yes, that makes sense to me I've found that as soon as a dab them with saliva from my finger they stop crawling, it's the invisible perpetually hatching eggs that I wish I could dissolve...I hadnt thought to collect saliva holus bolus! I will have a go at regularly cleaning around my ears more consciously with saliva and see. Anything that works! I tried a USA product for a long time that is an insect enzyme source, with relief but like I said gotto get those eggs."
01/27/2010: Antonio from Santiago, Reg. Metropolitana, Chile replies: "Hello Ruth,
Regarding your comment on the USA product you tried. I understand we can not post the name here, but if we are talking on the same I would like to comment that as discussed with them, they have improvement their mixing, so you may want to try another new bottled from them. Talk to them before purchasing."
04/25/2011: Antonio from Santiago, Chile replies: "Hello, Fast solution for clothing mite cleaning:
Just put them into the microwave oven, always with a cup of water (so you prevent a fire! ), this for 1min 30 or 45 seconds."
Skin Scraping Test
[YEA] 05/25/2011: Nikki from Seattle, Washington: "I also thought I was infested. Interestyly, I started itching again 2 years to the date of my last 'infestation'.
Last time I was treated with permithium (sp) cream and so was my family. My Dr. thought I had scabies. My family showed no symtoms. This was a 4 month long ordeal of washing, steaming, vacuuming etc.... I probably spent $1000 on cleaning alone.
I went back to the Derm and she did a skin scraping, so that she could take a look under the mycroscope. She said that I do not have scabies, that it must be some sort of alergy. I was going out of my mind, and by the end of summer the rash was gone and we went back to normal.
Fast forward to spring of this year. I really feel the crawling sensation and find it hard to believe that an alergy can feel like a bug and a bite! But, I beleive her. We did a skin scraping again.... And nothing. No bug, feces, legs... nothing.
Something is blooming in my yard that has triggered an allergy. I am starting claritin and a night time antihistimin to get my system to calm down.
The moral here is to get the skin scrapping before self diagnosing and going crazy thinking that you have some sort of parisite.
I love this sight, but wish that the mention of getting a skin scraping FIRST was mentioned somewhere.
05/27/2011: Sheila from San Diego, Ca, Usa replies: "I'd get an IgE blood draw. That will tell you just about everything you're allergic to. There is also the ALCAT. It's pricey and you can pick and choose groups of allergens to test."
Steam and Vacuum
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 08/02/2009: Misty from West New York, NJ: "For the past several months I've had unexplained itching sensations on my arms, legs and trunk and it was absolutely driving me crazy. When I looked with the naked eye, I couldn't see anything, but felt ceratin it was some type of mite. I started to apply blue painter's tape to any area that itched and then examined the tape with a magnifying glass and saw minute red specks. The only thing I could find on the internet was that it could possibly be bird mites. We do have a lot of pigeons and sparrows around my building and I have noticed tiny white moving lice-like bugs on the cement sill outside my window. These are the steps I have since taken: 1.vacuuming the whole house a minimum of three times a week, in addition to vacuuming my own body when I just feel itchy all over. 2. Spraying the carpets and upholstery with alcohol and Eucy oil. Bought a hot floor steamer to apply super hot steam to all carpets. 4. bought a hand held steamer for mattress and bedding. 5. Sprayed entire house with a popular residual insecticide that is nontoxic to humans and is orderless . 6.Increased my hot water temp. to 140 degrees for laundry. I'm going to try the vinegar solution tomorrow! Hope some of my ideas help."
EC: Eucy oil is (Australian) slang for eucalpytus oil.
Tea Tree Oil
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 12/31/2012: Terry from Dallas, Tx: "I mix equal parts of Tea Tree shampoo with 100% strength tea tree oil in a small bottle. Then, I step into the shower, pour about 1/4 ounce into my hand, then work through my hair (very short), massage my face, eye lids, eyebrows, ears and neck. I leave in place for 2 minutes, then turn the water on and rinse off. I repeat this once more, then continue with the shower. I shower like this twice a day, once before work and once before bed.
My blepharitis is clearing up. The skin itching and crawling sensation has stopped. I read that I should continue this for at least 4-6 weeks, then maintenance, to kill and keep the Demodex from returning.
Tea tree oil is very strong, but you get used to it after the first few times. It is worth the hassle to get rid of Demodex."
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand: "I am currently looking into herbs and other supplements such as black hull walnut tinctures and other natural herbal supplements that have insecticidal properties too.
However, the two things that are most important that is proven, at least with me, is 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water twice a day plus the borax. However borax is important, the baking soda comes in a second of importance.
In general, those two remedies are by far the most important.
p.s. I am following up some eccentric nuns who are using some herbal extracts and cereals that along with borax and baking soda completely got rid of the problem However, I suspect their remedies were mostly plant based insecticidals in alcoholic tincture which killed them. A simple safe insecticidal remedies might be neem oil mixed with some small amount of vodka, along with borax and baking soda. Of course, I can't confirm this, but I am looking into this. In case you are wondering what I am doing!"
EC: *** Ted's Remedies Reader Feedback here. ***
10/22/2010: Getthemoffme! from Indy, Midwest USA replies: "TED: "P.S. I am following up some eccentric nuns who are using some herbal extracts and cereals that along with borax and baking soda completely got rid of the problem However, I suspect their remedies were mostly plant based insecticidals in alcoholic tincture which killed them. A simple safe insecticidal remedies might be neem oil mixed with some small amount of vodka, along with borax and baking soda. Of course, I can't confirm this, but I am looking into this. In case you are wondering what I am doing!"
My reply: Great! I think I'll have a few shots of vodka while waiting to see if the borax and baking soda works! Thanks! ;)"
01/03/2012: David from Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland replies: "I would deeply appreciate if the contents of this post could be sent to Ted in Bangkok as soon as possible because I believe it contains the single most important discovery about demodex mite infestation made in the last 50 years. Please read on:
How long does it take a kill a demodex mite?
According to this medical article (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1772908/?tool=pmcentrez&rendertype=abstract), 100% strength tea tree oil, alcohol, caraway oil, or dill weed oil will do it in 15 minutes. I've seen other estimates as low as five minutes for tea tree oil, but 15 minutes seems to be the generally accepted figure among medical researchers.
Yet an extraordinary woman named Toni, who lives in Las Vegas, can kill a demodex mite instantly, using a 100% natural product you can find on any supermarket shelf. In fact, you may even have this in your kitchen cupboard already.
Toni has suffered with serious illnesses, including demodex infestation, for the last seven years. Over that time, she has tried most of the usual treatments, without success. So she started her own tireless experiments, using natural substances and testing them on herself, to see if she could find something that eradicates demodex.
Toni doesn't give up easily. And she eventually found it - a simple compound that will turn an active demodex mite into a corpse on contact.
Hard to believe? This video shows an early version of her experiment where the substance wasn't mixed thoroughly enough - the mite was still killed in 50 seconds:
The video first shows an active demodex mite taken from her face on a microscope slide. She then adds a clear liquid containing blobs of whitish material - and 50 seconds later the mite is dead.
So what kills these mites quicker than any other known substance on earth?
The pharmaceutical companies are gonna love this - it's a very small amount of dry mustard powder well mixed into a little water.
Please note that pre-mixed mustard paste in tubes and jars won't work because of the preservatives and stabilisers in it. You must use dry mustard powder, also sometimes referred to as mustard flour.
After six weeks of using it topically, Toni hasn't found a single mite, and is tickle-free.
I've edited Toni's own words to cut down on the length of this post. Here's her list of ways to use it:
CAUTION: When using mustard on your skin, remember that MORE IS NOT BETTER. If you use more mustard than you should, YOU WILL BLISTER AND BURN YOUR SKIN, and this will leave a scab which will take at least a week to heal. I know this because it happened to me. If in doubt, leave some out.
Before applying any of the following mixtures, test them out on a very small and unobtrusive area of your skin first by using a matchstick or toothpick to apply a tiny dot. If you feel it warming uncomfortably after a couple of minutes, you need to dilute your mixture more.
And DON'T GET IT IN YOUR EYES - be very careful in this area.
1. I take about one teaspoon of mustard powder, mix it with an equal or lesser amount of water, and combine both well to make a smooth paste with no lumps or clumps. Add this to anything like body wash and/or shampoo and use it daily. Let it sit on your skin for about five minutes, then rinse off. This is safe to use on private parts.
2. If you mix it with body lotion, you can apply it after your mustard shower/shampoo, and leave it on all day if you like. You can also filter the mustard and water mix through a coffee filter before adding it to your body lotion if you prefer.
3. It's important to note that once the mustard dries, it stops working. For all-day protection, you need to use something that will keep it hydrated. The lotion I'm using, which works best for this, is called Swanson's Brand Pycnogenol Cream. You can also try using glycerine as a carrier instead. Or try it with an oil like sweet almond or extra virgin olive oil with a few drops of lavender essential oil mixed in.
4. I like to take about one heaping teaspoon of mustard powder and mix it with about one ounce of hair conditioner, leave it on for a couple of hours, or until it starts to dry, then I rinse it out.
5. In a spritzer or spray bottle, I mix the dry mustard with Infusium hair treatment and use it on my scalp and hair during the daytime and before I go to bed - don't rinse this out.
6. For something that will help the mustard penetrate the skin, I have used a topical glycolic. Forget the liquid ones and get MD Forte Hand and Body Cream. But if you decide you want to try this out, YOU MUST CONSIDERABLY REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF MUSTARD USED OR YOU WILL BURN. This is because glycolics enhance the effect of the mustard. In this case, less is definitely more.
7. Of all the ways I've tried so far, just washing head to toe daily for the past six weeks with a tiny amount of dry mustard mixed with my soaps and applied after showers by mixing a tiny amount with my lotions has made me almost feel like I don't have anything going on anymore.
1. You can make your own body scrub using baking soda, dry mustard, aloe gel, and antibacterial soap.
2. Use an empty bottle to mix a single body wash, shampoo, or body lotion "dose" to avoid mucking up an entire bottle. That way you'll have a fresh application every time.
3. For body lotion, if you don't want to make up a fresh batch daily, you can make up no more than a week's worth in an empty bottle, then keep it in the refrigerator. These lotions have preservatives to allow them to be kept unrefrigerated, but if you add anything to them, it changes them, so altering their shelf life.
HOW TED COULD HELP:
1. I believe (and Toni agrees) that this treatment would be a lot quicker and more efficient in mite eradication if an effective carrier method could be devised to take the mustard (or its anti-mite component) directly into infested hair follicles and sebaceous plugs. I'm not sure about using 1% hydrogen peroxide for this purpose.
One suggestion is to use Castor Oil which is highly penetrative due to its low molecular weight - and also has ricin, a poison which may work in tandem with the mustard. Ted's expertise is needed here.
2. Could an internal mustard remedy be devised or would it be neutralised by stomach acid? Ted's expertise is needed again.
3. Dosage refinement research for simple topical, skin penetration, and internal applications is needed to ensure utmost safety. Again, Ted's expertise is required for this.
4. Could this mustard formula be used on animals safely or is mustard an allergenic for them? Ted would know this.
5. Anything else Ted can turn his amazing intelligence to in order to make this more efficient, safer, and easier.
That's all I can think of for the moment (as I hear you breathe a sigh of relief). But I can't tell you all how excited I am by Toni's discovery. An instant kill for demodex is something that's unheard of in medical and veterinary research. It took an extraordinary woman with extraordinary courage and persistence to find it.
I'm proud to know her."
01/04/2012: David from Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland replies: "Toni never stops experimenting and trying to refine the dosages of mustard powder she uses and recommends. In the post above, she says:
"4. I like to take about one heaping teaspoon of mustard powder and mix it with about one ounce of hair conditioner, leave it on for a couple of hours, or until it starts to dry, then I rinse it out."
She has now emailed me to say she believes that 1/2 teaspoon of mustard powder with one ounce of of hair conditioner is actually better for leaving on the scalp like a conditioning pack/treatment.
She's also asked me to emphasize that when using mustard, you should never feel burning or even warming sensations. If you do, you're using too much and you need to further dilute whatever you're putting on your skin. Remember: a little goes a long way.
Finally, you need to do the mustard regimen consistently (daily) if you are to successfully deal with the problem. Since we don't yet know what effect mustard has on demodex eggs, it's safest to assume that they're all going to hatch.
Most of those hatchlings will emerge onto the surface of the skin and be killed by the mustard as long as it's hydrated. This will prevent vast quantities of new eggs from being laid since those new hatchlings are either virgin females in search of a new home, or males looking for a female to impregnate.
As I've written elsewhere here, the safest strategy is to kill all the females. Most "research" websites agree that males only live for 15 days, but give different figures for female lifespans, varying from 15 to 24 to 60 days. So I would err on the side of caution and keep doing this 90 days.
You'll want to anyway, since the mustard will leave your skin and hair feeling more alive and cleaner than it's ever been. Plus, it kills fungi and bacteria.
And get adventurous - try using it in cooking and as a condiment.
I've specifically requested the Administrators here to forward the post above to Ted to see if he can refine and improve what Toni has discovered because I don't know his email address. So watch this space for his response..."
01/06/2012: David from Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland replies: "Since I put up my website (http://www.delusionalinsects.com) I now get lots of email from people asking for help and advice (I advise most of them to come here for additional expert asistance). As a result, I wasn't able to do my first mustard treatment yesterday as planned because I was replying to emails until almost 3am. So I just went to bed.
But as usual, my tickles started up and I couldn't get to sleep. So I decided to get out of bed, make my mustard mixes, and take the first treatment.
I'm six feet tall, pretty slim (about 160lb). My skin has always been super-sensitive such that I've never been able to take daily showers without it screaming blue murder. My normal routine, before all my insect mayhem, was to take a shower once a week.
Body wash: I mixed one level teaspoon of mustard powder using a measuring spoon with another of cold water, mixed well into a runny paste, and allowed it to stand for 10 minutes to allow the mustard to develop its full potency. To this, I added four ounces of body wash and mixed it thoroughly to ensure a homogenous result.
Body lotion: I used the same amount of mustard powder and water, mixed it well with three ounces of hydrating body lotion, and added five drops of glycerine, then mixed again thoroughly.
In the shower, I massaged the body wash mix well into my skin and experienced slight warming on my forehead, eyebrows, and high on my cheekbones, all of which are mite hotspots and all of which had incurred severe drying and peeling effects from both the topical and internal borax treatments.
Before I could even apply some more raw body wash to dilute it, it quickly faded with no ill effects. I left my skin coated with this for five minutes before rinsing and towelling off. I managed to do my the upper halves of both eyelids (another hotspot area) by dipping my finger into the mix, removing any excess, closing my eyes tightly, and carefully massaging it in, staying well away from my eyelashes. Once dry, I started to get some crawling sensations that would stop almost immediately.
After doing my entire body, I still had half the mix left over, which I'll use tonight. So, for me, I think a fresh single application of body wash will from now on consist of half a teaspoon of mustard powder with two ounces of body wash. As Toni says, more mustard is not better, everyone's skin is different, and you should only use the amount of mustard you feel comfortable with.
I then applied the lotion mix and massaged it in well. This, too, produced slightly warmer effects in the above areas, as well as on some parts of my neck and jaw. Again, I chose not to dilute and had no ill effects after it soon faded. This was enough to do my entire body with very little left over. But I will slightly lessen the amount of mustard powder from now on to about 3/4 of a teaspoon. This is what I feel is most suitable for my super-sensitive skin.
After the lotion had been massaged well into my skin, I had no crawling or tickles and I found thousands of sticky gel-like blobs all over my body, particularly in areas with hair growth. These could be any of the following:
1. Dead dry skin broken down by the mustard and formed into globules by my massaging.
2. An unwanted reaction between something in my body lotion and the thick glycerine.
3. Masses of dead demodex congealed into blobs by my massaging.
Tonight, I intend to omit the glycerine and see what happens.
The results: I finally got to bed just after 5am and fell asleep straight away with no tickles. I slept until 9am when I woke to visit the bathroom. No tickles started up as they normally do when this happens. But, as usual, my mind started racing thanks to the tardive akathisia, so I took 10mg of Valium and fell back asleep again until 1pm and woke with no tickles - again, a first for me. And eight hours' sleep - pure bliss!
My skin still feels soft and moist. At 4.30pm (dusk - when the mites always start going to town on me) the only place I had a few tickles was the one part of my body I forgot to do last night (well, two actually) - my ears.
It's now 11. 30pm and I've had about 25 tickles in my eyebrows, cheeks, and along my jawline for the whole day. None in my groin, anus, trunk, and just one on my thigh.
This is unquestionably the most amazing result I've ever had with these pests, but I intend to continue the internal borax in tandem with it to attack them from inside as well as out. Payback for all the torment they've given me. Give them nowhere to run.
I have a friend with a bad collembola infestation and accompanying lesions. He, too, tried Toni's mustard remedy last night.
He didn't do the shower but made up the lotion mix and applied it. He also mixed some mustard powder with Vaseline to make a balm and applied it to a few trouble spots before sleeping. He had one single bite at 5am which was stopped immediately using the Vaseline balm.
This morning, he reported finding more than the usual number of dead ejected plugs on his skin and bedding. More important, he feels, is that he found hundreds of little "floaters" in the toilet after voiding his bowels, many of them plugs and bugs.
He's very excited by the possibility that topical mustard applications might also have a systemic effect that flushes the collembola from his gut. I believe it's very possible (think nicotine and lidocaine skin patches). :)
Since receiving his report, I, too, have visited the bathroom and found that my stools are now dark green (my plugs are almost overwhelmingly pale green). Plus, I, too, found many plugs floating on the surface of the water. This is the first time this has ever happened.
Well, good night all. I'm off now to do my mustard shower and lotion application."
01/06/2012: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Well I will look into that, but is harder to find here, but what I found is an equivalent d limonene (lemon oil), a known contact insecticide is a lot easier to handle, and also kills in seconds, as well as clove oil, cinnamon oil, pepper oil, etc. Also mustard powder in Thailand I cannot get hold of in Thailand, so I have tried wasabi (which may be harder to find in the States but easier to find here). Wasabi and mustard powder contains thiocyanates, which has anti cancer properties and may be responsible for some of the effects on demodex mites also as it is the least toxic of the cyanides in humans also.
They are also listed in U.S. patents as a contact insecticide (red pepper, mustard, clove, cinnamon, etc), but the most well known is d limonene, because it is the major component of lemon oil and orange oil, and using lemon oil or orange oil would do the job if mustard can't be found. The one thing is both are known skin irritants, that's why I don't post them, but I will if there is the understanding of them.
However, if killing them is desired combined with the use or skin irritants, you need to top out these with lavender oil, liberally to overtake the feelings of skin irritants, so it doesn't get to you. The other thing that is required is DMSO, so you can use the skin irritants (mustard or d limonene) to less then 3%, otherwise it may hurt you.
The reason I didn't pursue these areas of research is the precise measurements needed to kill it so that it doesn't irritate the skin. I have all of them for tests, but I will do it. What I am certain is d limonene will kill any insects no matter what they are and they are contact insecticide. So getting the time down to seconds is really not necessary the problem is getting the use of these remedies that doesn't irritate becomes paramount. The key factor is DMSO which is a known carrier that can penetrate the skin can bring any contact insecticide such as demodex mites killed is the real answer. Because these are known it becomes important that the anti inflammatory oils such as camphor, or lavender oils be used. I will try to get mustard powder in Thailand (I have for some time now) but is not available right now, but will pursue that, in the meantime, will try to make at least a working prototype of d limonene, lavender oil and DMSO in proper combinations. However I must say that DMSO 70% is disinformation, DMSO 100% works a lot better if you talk about deep tissue penetrant.
Once this working formula is in effect (structure), then you can replace the irritant with mustard oil (instead of d limonene) in similar proportion or at least half of the proportion then compare the results. The problem about Thailand is I don't have demodex mites around in my neighborhood, but I will try to get one!
All oils are carrier oils, but their penetrant ability is limited, except DMSO. As far as castor oil is concerned they are not good carrier oils, but I have found castor oil mixed with DMSO to be good and castor oil is needed only 25% and 75% DMSO, then you can mixed with mustard powder, mustard oil, or d limonene at say 2.5%. That will take care of killing then you add say 4% or 5% lavender oil on top of that. That's the approximate number I can calculate.
The big problem is most demodex mites lives outside the body and can stay outside for a very very long time so the chances of reinfections are very high, and much of it directly is in sanitizing the house with a concoction of spray that prevents their egg laying ability. That's why the borax and H2O2 is used around the house, at the very least.
01/08/2012: David from Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland replies: "Ted, thank you so much for your wonderfully informative and extremely promising response.
I have replied by private email to some of the points you raise and will await your response.
I've suffered with generalised democidosis diagnosed as delusional for almost three years now thanks to medical ignorance, arrogance, and intransigence, and your borax water remedy literally saved my life - for which I will be eternally grateful.
However, some people - and I'm referring specifically to the disabled, the elderly, and the infirm - can have difficulties either ingesting borax or applying it topically several times a day. I know this because I'm one.
And this is why I'm so excited by Toni's mustard discovery which only requires one daily shower and two topical applications. It's still tough and enormously time-consuming for me, but I can manage it.
Ted, thank you so much for all the good you do in the world. You are in my prayers.
With you now on board, I believe we'll beat these demons.
PS - this may be a duplicate post because this board's software keeps logging me out before I've had a chance to finish writing. Then, when I log in again, it deletes everything I've written so I have to start all over again."
01/19/2012: Brenda from Fayetteville, North Carolina replies: "I would like to know where I can buy the cream or where Toni bought her Pycnogenol cream. Checked cvs, they don't carry it. Also does it say MD FORTE on the jar?"
01/29/2012: David from Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland replies: "@Brenda - Toni DID say that the Swanson Pycnogenol Cream was the one that worked best "for her. " But she also states that ANY decent hydrating body lotion will do just fine as a mustard carrier. And if you wish to prolong its hydrating time, add five or so drops of pharmacy-grade glycerine to the mix and stir it in well.
However, if you insist on using what Toni used, remember she lives in Las Vegas. Your best bet is to enter "Swanson Pycnogenol Cream" into Google and you'll get pointers on where it's available.
MD Forte Hand and Body Cream is a completely different type of product to body lotion - it's a topical glycolic. This means it penetrates the skin, bringing the mustard with it.
PLEASE NOTE: glycolics potentiate the effect of the mustard. So if you wish to try this out, you MUST considerably reduce the amount of mustard powder used or YOU WILL BURN YOUR SKIN.
My advice is to stick with the mustard body wash and the ordinary hydrating body lotion. That's what I'm doing because I can't get Swanson Pycnogenol Cream here in Ireland. It's working fine for me."
02/03/2012: Dud from Up The Creek In, Wv, Usa replies: "In reply to David from Dublin; about mites-
Dublin Dave and Bangkok Ted;
I found a web page blog on the springtails/collembola morgellans, and toluene connections. A very long page of good info, and some interesting theories on what causes the problem. check it out.
SummaryThis is either an incredible set of coincidences or there really is something here. What have we learned?
From my First Post
- Dr. Wymore cultured Pseudomonas Putida (soil bacterium) directly from Morgellons fibers
- A clinical study that was done under the auspices of the National Pediculosis Association found Collembola in those originally told they were DOP
- Collembola (tiny Microanthropods) prefer to feed on Pseudomonas Putida
- Pseudomonas Putida can transform synthetic oil and glucose (readily found in the human body) into Toluene
- Toluene is a very toxic neurotoxin not easily eliminated from the human body
- Morgellons Patients have told me they have had Toluene show up blood work (hearsay evidence I agree)
- We have Trisha Springsteads article stating her observations "So the human bodies of these sufferers are becoming like soil and what does that attract? Fungus, mold and parasites"
- There's more too about fibers that move and such, you must read my first post
From this Post
- Morgellons sufferers (not all) and Meth users get lesions and sores on their skin.
- Morgellons sufferers and Meth users feel the sensations of bugs crawling under their skin
- Toluene is an ingredient in Meth
- Toluene, if my assumptions in part one are correct, are present in both the bodies of Morgellons and Meth users
- Toluene is a known and strong skin irritant, which can cause burning, itching, redness, swelling and dermatitis of the skin, as well as nerve damage.
- There is a condition called Neuro-Cutaneous Syndrome (NCS) that references Toluene as being one of the major factors behind the condition, which includes "pin prick and crawling sensations, skin lesions and sores, respiratory and bowel disturbances, gum disease, sensitivities to light, noise and mold, and fatigue and insomnia"
- On the Neuro-Cutaneous Syndrome (NCS) site they even talk about fibers.
We are vastly moving beyond the point where we can believe this is all sheer coincidence. If you look at the material safety sheet it can cause all kinds of things, including heart problems, central nervous system problems, and even death, not to mention all the facts that point to it being the cause of our condition. Could NCS really be Morgellons?
In our case however, if it is the Putida, we are different than the Meth users in this regard because Putida is a soil based organism and can be strong attractant to Collembola and other bugs, we not only have the nerve damage from the Toluene that makes us feel like we have bugs, but potentially, many of us also do have real bugs.
Finally, I'll leave you with a quote from this page I found, I'm not sure if it is true, but have no reason to think it is not. From "America's Next Top Bacteria""
02/05/2012: Mina from West Palm Beach, Fl, Usa replies: "I am so happy that I came upon this website. Never had this problem before..... Read about the mustard flour and went out to purchase it at the Whole Foods an hour ago. Did my mixture and hopefully this works because I'm starting to lose my mind. I do have one question... How will I be able to get rid of them in my house? I did spray down my furniture, mattresses with the some spray from Lowes...... Please help!"
02/06/2012: Louwrence from Rustenburg, North West South Africa replies: "Hi Mina, Try diatomaceous earth & just sprinkle it all over especially on your mattress & bedding, carpets & furniture."
02/07/2012: David from Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland replies: "@Dud - thank you so much for finding this incredible research.
The mind boggles. How did KP miss these connections? Unless perhaps they WANTED TO. After all, a positive finding for Morgellons would have cost them billions in health care costs. Talk about putting the fox in charge of the henhouse...
I will pass your links on to all my Morgellons and collembola friends.
By the way, I've taken the liberty of putting your borax and Epsom Salts baths treatment on the Delusional Insects website here:
Thanks again for that great find."
02/09/2012: Pluto from New York City, New York, Usa replies: "I read the "mustard sauce" anti-mite posts with great interest. It seems such a natural. So I googled mustard and other words like acne, blemishes, etc. And found a pretty good site with other recipes. One includes mustard (plus turmeric plus neem). Another sounds very soft, made up of Vaseline and raspberries.
Here is the url
If that doesn't work, just go to beautytipshubDOTcom
Thank you for the direction, earthclinic.
[YEA] 03/04/2012: Mary B from Chicago, Il replies: "Hi, Thanks for your posts! The borax/epson salt baths saved me. I am trying tea tree oil/olive oil treatments with mixed results. Basically, it seems to clear me up until I go to bed. Then I have sensations. Am now looking into the mustard.
Question: I have not found mites on me. But I don't have a good microscrope. Everything you describe matches my sensations/symptoms so its the best I have as the Dr's are stumped (scrape test was negative & I have not insisted that it is bugs to avoid the DP diagnosis). The difficulty I have is why is it that the sensations will be gone from me until I enter a particular room or sit in a particular chair where I previously was while "infected". When I enter that room I immediately feel stuff jumping or appearing on my hair, face, hands etc that then move over the rest of my body. If this is dermodex I didn't think they could jump! What are they floating in the air on dust?
Has anyone else noticed this? Any theories?
Sprays: Have had Talstar applied to the house. Its a broad spectrum spray with a ~7 month half life. I can go back in the living room again after ~1 year with aid of the baths."
03/09/2012: David from Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland replies: "@Mary B from Chicago - Demodex can only survive in the environment for up to 60 hours, depending on how dry it is. Their natural habitat is inside hair follicles and sebaceous and other glands.
They're tiny enough to float like a dust mote, but they WILL fall to the floor eventually - unless the room in question is draughty, in which case they MAY be kept aloft indefinitely by the air currents. They don't jump and they don't fly.
Try a little experiment: tightly close all the windows in a room where you experience this. Seal any spaces where draughts might get in with duct tape. Lock the door and seal all around its edges with tape. Now stay out of the room for at least four days, but preferablhy a week. If you get the same experience when you go back into that room, it's definitely not demodex.
One possibility is Red Mites dropping from your ceiling and/or light fittings. These are very tiny (but visible to the naked eye) and can be carried into a home by mice or by a bird making its nest in the attic space (through a hole in the eaves or a broken roof-tile). If the chicks die, these will happily infest humans.
Here's a discussion of Red Mite home invasions (read the comments as well):
It's unclear whether mustard will help with these since so little is known about human infestation by those whose job it is to investigate these things. But, like dermatologists, entomologists seem to assume that evolution stopped once modern man arrived and that the massive changes in soil biochemistry that have taken place over the last 20 or so years will have no effect on insects.
You can thank the chemical and bio-engineering industries, GM and Roundup-Ready crops, and agrobacterium and horizontal gene transfer for these changes. The companies behind this technology all claimed that they were doing it to feed the world, stop famines, and make commercial crop-growing viable for Third World countries. And I'd say many of the scientists actually believed this PR BS. But the the real motive of the men in suits was money. Now the world is starting to pay for it. And it will only get worse. OK, rant over!
Besides Red Mites, the only other possibility is micro-flies. You need to read this research paper (written by an environmental scientist) to understand this:
If this turns out to be true, mustard may well work to kill larvae once they emerge from the eggs. But once again, very little is known about this new phenomenon.
I wish you the best of luck in dealing with it. Please report the results of the experiment suggested above, and your results with the mustard."
03/31/2012: Sharon from Wesley Chapel, Fl replies: "Hey guys, the mustard powder works on mites. l had it mixed up to 5 tablespoons powder to a little cold water, then added to our 8 oz shampoo. Shake well, then scrub all over for 3-5 min. Works great for your hair. killed them all but for one."
06/01/2012: Martie from Tampa, Florida replies: "Well, finally, after 7 years, my dear ole mom discovered a heck of a treatment to kill mites. Citric acid. Mixed in a plastic pitcher 4 cups hot water, 2 cups citric acid. Stir til dissolved. Run about 4 inches cimfortably hot water in your tub. Take the pitcher and pour some over your scalp to start, avoid the face and eyes at first. As it starts to itch, scrub your scalp well and make sure you cover all head areas. Then, slowly start working some more on neck, face, ears, shoulders, eyebrows. If you get it in your eyes, splash some bath water on your face and wipe with towel. Scrub well after each application as it seems to sting a little where the mites are. Keep scrubbing and scraping until stinging stops, about a minute or so. Work slowly down the body, By the time you have covered your body, your bath water will have enough citric acid to sit and soak for a bit. Reapply wherever the itching has not stopped.
Amazing how fast it brings the mites and larva to the surface of your skin and kills them. If your scrub brush is not stiff enough, your fingernails do a good job. All the nasty stuff on those infected " hills" will come off, including the areas that seem to be "wet" and itchy all the time, allowing you to clean out the nests. Once you feel no more itches, shampoo your hair and condition it in the bathtub water, Use a cup to rinse once with clean water, then dry off. You can do this in a shower with a trickle of hot water coming from the showerhead, and the pitcher. Keep a towel handy for your eyes.
You can purchase citric acid at your local feed store in bulk for $12-19 for a few pounds of it. You can mix a small amount in a cup, half and half, to use for any "spots". I would not recommend this bath for an animal or small child as they cannot tell us where it "itches" and would be uncomfortable. By the way, dear Ted, it is vital to kill these mites on your body fast, as they will crawl out of the treated areas.Â I can't wait to try it on upholstery in my cars."
06/25/2012: Sharon from Wesley Chapel, Florida replies: "Well, I used the mustard in my shampoo all during April, when I had to travel to my relatives and children, who are all infected with mites. I was using the mustard shampoo bath only once a day, and due to constraints with many visitors using the bathrooms, sometimes only every other day, during one whole week. When I came home, unfortunately, I started to pop out every 3 days with new spots, as apparently under heavy exposure, the mites were able to burrow into me. It has now been 6 weeks, and I still have a few spots or "hills". Very disappointed, but it defintely helped out, just not as good as I had hoped. "
12/21/2012: Tom from Seneca, Sc replies: "I would consider using "cedarcide" for ridding the home of the mites. Cedarcide (made from the cedar tree) will certainly kill fleas on contact and I'm interested to see if it could also kill mites and their eggs. I once had a horrific flea infestation in a rental home I own and nothing could get rid of them including professional exterminators. I tried repeated "bombs" etc; nothing worked. Finally on the internet I found and read about cedarcide from an outfit in Texas. Bought it and used it in a large spray container and just sprayed down the house and five feet up the walls (eggs can be that high). After first spray, five days later I walked throught the house and found only a few. (I used myself as the test... Walking in bare feet in my shorts with my bare white legs as a tempting treat for the fleas. ) Two or three were present in the whole house after a slow walk through every room. Sprayed again. Three days later the same test. Nothing except in one roorm where an air intake was present. I took off the grate, sprayed into the intake with the air conditioner running... So the cedarcide was being sucked into the vent system. Then a few days later I re walked the entire home... Again using my bare legs as a lure... Nothing. And nothing thereafter.
The point is, cedar worked when nothing else did. Just wondering if it might work on mites. By the way, the cedarcide won't hurt plants and it absorbs even into furniture without damage, and onto any surface it dries without harm. No harm to animals or humans. I intentionally sprayed it all over my legs to kill the fleas on the first trip through that infested rental home and the fleas died en mass in one second. Also... I found if I get a mosquito bite that a bit of cedarcide will take away the itch in seconds."
Ted's Remedies Reader Feedback
[YEA] 11/14/2008: Cal from Monroe, LA USA: "I have been fighting Demodex brevis mites for a year now - they somehow invaded my meibomian glands in my eyelids after a lot of 'extreme' exposure to ordinary dustmites. Eventually they migrated to my chest, neck and body - even my feet. I could feel needle stabbing sensations in the soles of my feet for gosh sakes!!! I have used tea tree oil a lot, but eventually developed a reaction to it, so had to stop using it. I then used some permethrin 5% from head to foot, and took a round of ivermectin for a couple of weeks. These remedies worked temporarily. My latest and most effective treatment thus far has been a combination of water, peroxide 3% and 20 Mule Team Borax. I also sleep with a wet washcloth on my face, which has really begun to get things moving along. Every time I bathe, I run a warm tub of water and add 1/4 cup of borax and 1/2 cup of 3% peroxide and soak in it for 10 or 15 minutes. I use the same like a rinse after shampooing my hair. At night I put 1/3 peroxide 3%, 3/4 water, 1/2 tsp. of borax in an 8 oz spray bottle, shake it up well until no granules are left, then spray my body down and let it dry without toweling. I then saturate a washrag with same solution, not dripping wet, but wet. I sleep with it on my face, carefully tucking it into the corners of my eyes and around my lids, making sure the washrag covers my face from over the top of my brows, over to my temples, then down to my top lip. This is working well to clear my eyes and face of this parasite..takes a while, but my eyes and face have crusted over and peeled, my eyes have resumed an almost-normal shape, I feel a very small amount of movement around my lids and in my lashes. Also, I drink fresh squeezed lemon juice in my water all day and sometimes I use Ted's 1/8 teaspoon of borax to the 1 litre of water to alkaline my body. No sugar, overdose on vegetables. Slow, but it seems to be working."Replies
11/14/2008: Sue from Farmington Hills, MI replies: "Hello, I have been dealing with problems that are very similar to the ones you have described and would like to share what has been working for me. I have been using neen leaves, they are well know to strengthen the immune system and to fight parasites. Everyday I drink one cup of neem tea (boiled leaves for 5 minutes in filtered water) in addition, I put some strong neem tea in a somewhat large bottle (probably about 32 oz) and after I finish showering I pour the whole bottle of warm tea over my head and body, no rinsing needed, it is just like water, not sticky. As far as drinking the tea, I must say that it is bitter, however, I have used many essentials oils (oregano, lemongrass, clove, even neem, etc), as well as the hydrogen peroxide/borax mixture (which was too harsh for my skin, especially the facial area) but nothing has given results as good as the neem tea. The discomfort and itching have decreased immensely, as well as the redness and inflammation. In addition to the neem, I have been doing castor oil packs and drinking a tablespoon of castor oil twice a week. Also, I plan to purchasing a shower filter. Keep in mind that he have at present and come across and incredibility large number of microorganisms at any given moment, our immune system is very capable of dealing with them, UNLESS, it is weak. A strong immune system may be the key to solving this, since these little critters are quite opportunistic and have as sole purpose to grow and divide, for that, they use our resources and take over our body, so technically any microbe can become pathogenic if it finds a weak host. I get organic neem leaves and castor oil from Mountain Rose Herbs, I am not affiliated to them, but I love their products."
01/19/2010: Ruth from H, Tasmania replies: "I' d like to try this Neem tea leaf drink. I' ve found that neem oil night after night for weeks on end wrapped in plastic didn' t help, neither essential oils in variations.
It seems its an immune system challenge and maybe related to candida. Apparently mites feed on yeasts and sugar. Ive been reading on a vet site just tonifght about this and it rings true for me!"
11/17/2011: Debi from Concord, Ca, Usa replies: "My husband and I have both been suffering from mite infestation for the past 5 months. Does anyone have a solution for getting rid of the waxy like substance that the mites create on your skin when you are showering? My poor husband has been trying without much success couple times a day he showers and just gets drenched again and again with this waxy stuff we have tried sulfur soap, tar soap, Dr Bronners peppermint castile soap, Dr Bronners tea tree oil castile soap, dawn dish soap, also have been using Kleen Green enzymes on hair and spraying it all over our bodies as well as spraying everything we own and our household items with the kleen green. But, we still have the mites and still get waxed when showering what else can we do?"
11/17/2011: Anon from Anon, Usa replies: "Hello. I just have to tell you that, I had something get on my forearms several years ago. I believe this was some kind of mites or parasites. This happen one day when I was cutting grass with a super high power zero turn lawnmower. This lawnmower really kicked up grass and dirt and dust. My forearms begin to itch very bad. I also had what looked like a dull film on my arms. I did not ever know what this was for sure. After the itching went away I had these white head bumps that would appear festered up.
Some things that helped me was some scalp treatment that I purchased from puritian pride called hairever cleansing scalp treatment. I would rub this on my forearms for about a minute and leave on for 5 minutes then shower off. When I would do this, I would have these black specks that would rub out of my arms. Recently, I have purchased a a bar soap saver. This is in the beauty ailse. You put your soap inside of it and wet leather it up and wash the area. The soap I been using is called grandma's lye soap. I am clearer than I have ever been. almost like it is almost gone, even the film on my arms is barely noticiable.
Some other things I have heard or read that suppose to help is covering your body with vaseline or mentholatum or vicks. Nu-stock which I tried... You may also want to try and do a parasite cleanse of some sort, worm wood, black walnut hulls ect.
My best results came from the scalp treatment and the lye soap. I tried lots of stuff, even borax internally and extrenally, nu-stock ect. The scalp treatment will get kinda warm and cool tingling feeling after you stop rubbing it. The lye soap lathers good inside the bar soap saver and I scrub not to hard, but hard enough to remove loose skin cells."
[YEA] 07/31/2008: Julie from Clearwater, Florida: "THANK YOU for putting this site together. I could not stop itching. Those mites were driving me cray!!!! I have become some what of a loner. It is wrecking my life. But instantly, I felt relief by using borax and peroxide. I will try coconut oil and vinegar next. Whew!!! All we know is how to use borax, vinegar, baking sode, etc. to clean. Thanks again! you just might have saved my life."
[YEA] 12/12/2007: Eloise from Oakland, CA: "I have been troubled by tiny red bites, itching, and stinging for about 2 1/2 months. I have made some progress deep cleaning with Kleen Green and treating myself with it, washing all clothes and bedding in hot water and borax after a single use, bagging all clothes, throwing out about 50% of my belongings, vacuuming three times a week and immediately disposing of the bag, and triple covering my futon and computer chair with vinyl mattress covers. I have also had some success with Ted's external borax treatment (thanks, Ted) but found the internal treatment very irritating to my bladder. I am now going to try silver and have ordered some of the ABL silver as suggested by Tracy. I am trying to figure out the maximum amount I can safely take and afford since I have seen posts here suggesting amounts as large as 4 ounces a day. Any suggestions? Also, has anyone tried di-limonene sprays or powders on carpets, for biting mites, with any success? Love the website and thanks in advance for your replies."Replies
05/25/2010: Chris from Longmont, Colorado, Usa replies: "I am glad, also, to have found this site. I have been dealing with cheyletiella mites for a long time, since my 2 long-haired cats and I lived in mite infested Nederland (dog city) Colorado. On this site I found a helpful suggestion about drinking Neem tea & where to get it. So I would like to share about cleaning your house and doing the laundry with something that will kill the mites. I use a rather expensive ($6.00/bottle) enzyme cleaner. I can not tell you the brand but it also contains real lime extract and it is organic & comes in a lime green bottle with blue trim. You can dilute it with water and spray it on your rug before vacuuming (just let it dry a bit first), you can spray it on your walls and clean the shower with it. It rocks. For laundry use it straight, a couple teaspoons per load. Ok, right now I am going to bathe in epsom salt & lavender oil. Some use Eucalyptus but it irritates my skin. Thank you, all you helpful people.
Chris in Colorado
PS: do NOT use this enzyme cleaner on your body"
[YEA] 10/28/2007: Lynn from Grand Rapids, MI: "re: demodex mites/rosacea -- I am currently in the process of ridding my face of these nasty mites. I can attest to the fact that they really do move. I first put the borax solution on my cheeks to test it and all of the red spots moved to my chin the next day. It was incredibly freaky! I have felt them move to my eyes, nose ears and scalp at various times. Now there are a few spots showing up on my ankles as I fight to kill them all! I am determined to win this battle thanks to this awesome website and my new hero "Ted"!
I have ingested the borax several times now with no ill effects at all. I was quite leary at first, but I knew that everything else Ted had stated had proven to be true- so I took a leap of faith. I am so glad I did! Now I just need to stay focused and disciplined to follow through on the routine. Thank you so much for your help.You are making a huge difference in the lives of many people."
08/20/2013: Lindy from Bronson, FL: "Hi Ted, Thank you for info about borax and H2O2 solution, it is helping so far. Been using a week now on mite sores and mites. Been suffering with these for 6 mos now. Dr. treatment ivermectin for scabies was not sure and that worked for awhile but they came back. Did not know about drinking borax 1/8 tsp- 1liter. Is laundry detergent safe to drink? My immune system is low, lost 20 lbs due to stress from 5 Drs visits and no help. I am 66 years old and never knew mites could live in human skin and cause so much damage and suffering, been healthy till now. Do you still suffer from mites? My scalp mites are continuous nonstop. Will try orange oil/borax soon, borax/h2o2 not working there. I now know Ih ave demodex mite infestation on face, eyes nostrils, ears, body, buttocks and fungus on feet soaking with vingar for that problem. Have any suggestions?"Replies
10/06/2013: Itichy from Orlando, Fl replies: "I am so glad I found this website... So many remedies , I am still fighting this terrible pest on me, but I am not loosing hope... Persistent is the key, cloved oil is what is working for me.... But my car keeps getting them.. So denatured alcohol will be again..... DO NOT Loose HOPE.... We will survive.... My life needs to get back on track... with the help of GOD."
10/20/2013: I Am from Pahoa, Hi replies: "How are you using the clove bud oil? Yes, Clove bud oil will kill mites according to an Australian study."
05/04/2013: Diana from Stouffville, Ontario: "Please could someone pls contact Ted and give him my email. I have been battling bird mites all over for 3 months and a week ago my toes went numb.... Is this related.... Pls help. Taking borax and hp and baths, heat treatment for the house..... Not sure how to heal poor cat. So scared. God Bless Ted for his generous help. cyber-d (at) rogers (dot) com"
03/25/2013: Rhondag from Charlotte, Nc, Us: "I'm wanting to make sure of measurements for a couple of Ted's recipes for demodex mites or issues with mites. I need to confirm if recipe below is correct. Thank you.
- 1/2 tsp borax and 1/8 tsp of baking soda and 6 to 7 drops of H202 in one liter or basically 1 quart of water to drink daily?
- 1/2 cup of borax and 1/2 H202 in tub of water for bath approximately once a week or every bath?
- small amount of borax in palm of hand and add small amount of H202 leave on a few minutes and wash face afterwards - daily"
[YEA] 12/30/2012: Candace from Scottsburg, In: "Bad Infestation... THYME.... I even soaked THYME leaves (put in a sock) in a glass of 100% alcohol. Pour it into tub and use sock if you want to scrub."
Walking Dandruff Remedies
02/24/2009: Lin from Chicago, IL: "Walking Dandruff: I am going crazy with this. I have been ( myself to a derm) I am so allergic! Covered in bites. My cats have never left my home...or been in contact woth anyone new. Totally indoor. Can a human who has them on them spread them to my cats???? How can this happen. Since I raise them........I need help.We have applied Revolution......... just had one girl dipped at the Vet... I spent over $1000! The furniture spray the Vet wants me to use is a bit scary! Please explain the products you are talking about.What can I do???? Desperate. Thank you"
EC: "Cheyletiellosis, commonly known as "walking dandruff," is a very contagious, leach like ailment incited by assorted species of Cheyletiella, a breed of big mites. The different species of Cheyletiella are able to infect the skin surface of dogs, cats, rabbits, and humans."
02/24/2009: Dianna from Austin, Tx replies: "i would bathe the cats and yourself with grandpa's pine tar soap. just suds them up and try and leave the suds on for a few minutes and rinse. this will make the mites and/or fleas come off you and your pets and is also good for skin irritations. fleas, mites, mosquitos, etc. do not like the smell of pine tar and will not soon come back on the animals or you.
someone else may have some ideas for your house - but i know that anything with citrus oil in it can help. you might make a spray with orange oil and water and spray it everywhere. once my friend had scabies and came to my house and sat on my bed. that night after she had left i felt weird crawling sensations on my skin - but none got into my skin. later i found that the bath oil i used contained citrus oil and that is what saved me from the scabies. you can also spray this on your cats and yourself after the pine tar soap treatment.
Yogurt With Cinnamon
[YEA] 05/06/2010: Viv from Camarillo, Ca, Usa: "I have been having skin problems for over a year, since I moved into my apartment--itching, burning, and finding tiny bites all over, especially on arms and legs. When I would sit at my computer I could feel invisible things biting my feet and lower legs. The "bugs" are invisible, but sometimes I would feel something like a grain of sand.I'd sometimes have a tiny grain in the corner of my eye, also. Also the beltline area of my body was very red and itchy.
To come to the point, one of the latest things I have tried is plain yogurt with a little ground cinnamon. I took a couple of tablespoons of plain white yogurt (not sweetened) and mixed in about a teaspoon of ground cinnamon and put a little bit on my skin and rubbed it in. I started with the lower part of my right leg and rubbed hard. After a few minutes tiny black specks seem to appear that look like very short black hairs. I kept rubbing and after five or ten minutes a large amount of whitish "debris," like flakes or grains, starts falling off of my skin. I don't know whether it's just flakes of dead skin falling off or some kind of mites or parasites that had been inside my skin that have come out and are falling off. I did the same thing on my other leg and my feet and arms and as much of my back I could reach. In some places there was a large amount of white "debris" that came off my skin and in other places I didn't notice any. The whole process can take some time. When I was done I rinsed off my skin and it felt and looked extremely soft and clean. That was last night. I did feel a couple of biting sensations during the night, but that was all. Also, when I got up this morning my legs were no longer swollen. They had been swollen for the past year.
I also had been noticing long indentations or lines that would appear on my arms and legs for the past six months. They would come and go. I still have some of those on my upper legs.
I went to a doctor yesterday and tried to explain my skin problem. She insisted that it's just a skin allergy and prescribed hydrocortisone. She also said when bathing to use a very mild soap such as Dove and not to use hot water, and for laundry, to use hypoallergenic detergent and not to use fabric softener. She didn't even examine my skin. I have many visible tiny bites on my arms and legs, and some larger bites on my body--I don't think those could be caused by an allergy! I told her that if I put a little hand sanitizer on my arm and rub it gently, I start to feel soft granules. She said that just means I'm allergic to the sanitizer. I showed her two small rows of bites on my lower leg, and she said those were scratches.
Another strange thing: During the past year I have thrown away some underwear, clothing, and even blankets that had mysterious "lint" on them, sometimes dark, sometimes pale blue, sometimes reddish, sometimes white. Once I had a hand-knitted white wool sweater. It looked clean, but when I held it up to the light, I saw that it was covered with very pale blue lint, especially clustered along the seams. I threw it away.
A couple of months ago, to keep my couch clean, I had a pale pink blanket on it. I put a clean, white, padded mattress cover on it and put a clean off-white sheet over that, and was sleeping on the couch. I left it that way for perhaps a couple of weeks. I'd been having itching problems. I took the sheet off and was surprised to see that the mattress cover seemed to be disintegrating and was full of small reddish pieces of lint. There had been nothing in that area that was reddish. My couch is moss green. After that I would sometimes find reddish lint in my clothing or underwear that seemed to have some connection to my itching. I know that it doesn't make any sense.
Also, bathing in very hot water twice a day with about two cups of borax and 1/2 to 1 bottle of hydrogen peroxide helped a lot. I did it for a few days. When I skipped one evening, I started to have itching again. I also have tried a deep cleaning salve that I got online, and it helped, but I ran out of it.
I'll mention also that I almost always wear something only once and then wash it. I always use hot water and use borax in addition to laundry detergent. I have tried other additives in the past: ammonia, bleach, vinegar, or disinfectant. I vaccuum frequently; I rented a carpet cleaner and cleaned my carpet. I washed the vinyl flooring. I bought an air purifier and have used that, also, to try to keep the air clean.
I think I have conquered the problem. Mainly, I wanted to share the idea of yogurt with cinnamon--at least it doesn't hurt to try it. "
05/07/2010: Mary from Regina, Saskchewan replies: "Hi: Sounds like your apartment, not you, has the issue. And your issue is solving itself. Good thing you are not brainwashed into thinking doctors have all the answers! Anyway i think you need to borax your whole aparment often. Buy boxes of it. Drive it into the carpet with a broom all along baseboards. sprinkle it all over your mattress. If you leave it for a day before you vacuum that is better and do it often.
when you treat yourself and your environment they will go away.
I hope you post again, would like to hear how you do.
12/01/2011: Neem_enthusiast from Toronto, Ontario Canada replies: "Sounds like Morgellon's disease."