After dealing with seborrheic dermatitis/morgellons for over twenty years, I have discovered a few techniques for controlling the organisms. Much information has been shared as to symptoms but any sufferer can testify to the stinging, itching, fibers, and attraction of insects,etc. For relief of total body symptoms, CVS Pharmacy's foot soak (used externally) is very effective. Two packages in a tub of very warm water for at least 20 minutes will remove unwanted organisms. Instructions on the box indicate that it can be used for bathing. It is so effective that it will work once. (These organisms have keen survival instincts). Acne Free Purifying Cleaner will remove residue from skin for any itchy areas on the body. It can be purchased at CVS, Walgreen's, Walmart, etc. Simply rub Acne Free briskly over itchy areas and rinse with running water. Neosporin Cream and Cortaid Cream can be used together to rid areas of organisms. Success of eradicating organisms from the scalp involving thick crusty dandruff is strictly "mechanical". By that I mean it must be physically lifted using a mixture of T-Sal Shampoo, olive oil and pure glycerin.(One part olive oil to two parts glycerin) and Benedryl Gel. (Do not substitute store brands for Benedryl). Use a blow dryer to dry until dry to the touch. Gently comb off Benedryl and dandruff particles that will stick to it. Clean a second time to remove more flakes. Benedryl will remove crust where there is crust to be removed. There will not be any particles removed where crust has not accumulated. A nit comb can also be used to remove scales. Avon's Skin So Soft oil can be used with Benedryl Gel effectively also by drying and combing. Lanacane and Cortaid along with Cocoa Butter oil, baby oil, and heavier hair preparations may be used after shampooing. Shampoo using Dawn Antibacterial Soap to cut oil. Use facial scrubs with shampoo. Target's Apricut Scrub works best. Condition hair with St. Ives Body wash added to the shampoo or White Rain's Coconut Conditioner. For active areas, use Mary Kay's 3 in 1 face cleanser with shampoo. The scalp will become very tight and dry and will need to be cleaned with Benedryl Gel and oil as described above. Acne Free may also be used in place of the Mary Kay cleanser. Gylcerin and Olive oil combined 2 to 1 can be used to soften crust before shampooing. Apply one hour prior to shampooing. Do not cover with a cap. (Use a night cap or scarf to prevent water from forming.) Am Lactin Lotion may be used to soften skin, scalp, and heels. Doctor's medicines that work fairly well are Lydex Solution (early on), Lydex Cream, Betamethasone DP (Comes in liquid, lotion and cream), Clotrimazone and Betamethasone. The drug "Orap" works after three weeks but will slow metabolism and require monitoring by a doctor. It will stop working three weeks after it is discontinued. Other hints: Kleen Green Enzyme Cleaner by Natural Ginesis can be used on furnishings, bedding etc. Avoid getting into eyes. Avon's Skin So Soft repells insects. Borax can be used with detergents to remove residue or fibers from clothing. Lint rollers are helpful in removing particles that cause discomfort on clothing or bedding and cloth furnishings. Vacuum daily. Change sheets daily. Use vinyl mattress covers and vinyl pillow covers. Stay away from water-based and alcohol-based products as much as possible. Cautions: Go slowly in removing scales. Only one "layer" at a time. Use all products in small amounts on small areas of the body until you know how your body will react to each product. Do not shampoo in the shower when using any oils listed. I am sure that the organisms we are dealing with are parasites driven by fungus. Therefore, it is important to include a good fungal shampoo and cream. Colloidal Silver mixed with Eucerin Lotion or Cream can be helpful. Organisms including mites, knats, fleas,etc. may be involved. Food chains and food webs are possible on humans as in nature. Hopefully, you will be helped by the suggestions above. The Center for Disease Control is investigating, finally. There may soon be answers from the medical community.
Hi - very grateful for the info on this site! My question to Ted is how long on the average, before the borax tubs and drinking the 1/4 tsp in a litre of water daily.... before possibly clear of Morgellons?? Do you actually know of anyone who got rid of them??? ALSO - how much magnesium citrate should one take daily and how much potassium citrate.....should you take both at once, alternate or only need one?? This I haven't added to my routine yet. The borax is one of best remedies I have tried! Was quite desperate at not having cleared it totally when I found your site....thank you so very much.
Originally I worked with the condition thinking it was a bad pinworm problem. Months later discovered more symptoms on Morgellons and found I had all but the skin lesions. Also, a site named Acremonium as one species of it, and an independent university analysis named that as one of the infections I have (a common environmental species), as well as Novospingbium.... a bacteria apparently modified genetically. Doctors ridiculed it as 'lint' of course. Sounds like this originates in genetically modified food sources and jumped to human genes via an agrobacterium used in the plants they've been crossing genes in with our foods.
Some successes first: my daily baths in apple cider vinegar 1 cup + 3/4 to 1 c.baking soda helped noticeably. I originally started with one cup hydrogen peroxide, soaking my ears as well, thinking it was pinworms coming from my ears.The head is the worse still but now they're very tiny for the main part. Borax seems much better now that I found this site, I use 1 cup borax and sometimes 1 cup A/C vinegar. Then applying oil (with essential oils, and thanks to Ted, now use Vetiver, Myrrh, + my regulars of Juniper or Cedarleaf and Basil.
It helps to quickly eliminate red blobs/pimples that appear, to use Castor Oil + baking soda as a paste, with a bandaid on the worse offenders. I also applied the Castor Oil with essential oil over whole body. When you mix it with baking soda, it seems to drive them out, so you are quite itchy and best not do at night. A fine comb collects them from body or head. Also sometimes use coconut oil instead, but castor oil seems preferred as its thicker and sits on skin longer.Castor Oil is said to have antimicrobial properties. They seem to adapt to most things, so best to alternate remedies I guess.
Iodine was an excellent for some time. I drove many long curly filaments out of my head by painting my scalp nightly for maybe 3 nights in a row and wrapping head in a cotton scarf. The cotton collects them and even washing in chlorine did not kill them. I now use a polyester scarf as I don't want them crawling out on my pillow at night and borax in laundry with a 'green'liquid wash. Iodine painted on my neck and torso seemed very helpful to eliminate some stages, but will burn the skin if used too long (over a week for me). Can be a tough remedy if used too long, but nothing is as tough as the condition. Also baths in a couple droperfuls of iodine now and then. Then oil up. Maybe this is why I missed the skin lesion part, I've done this for months.Sometimes I drink 4 iodine drops in my water to help thyroid and immune function (from health food store)
Little noticeable results with Collodial silver regardless of the ppm for me. I thought maybe grapefruit seed extract and caprylic acid helped, and taking antioxidants like grape seed extract, or green tea extract. Gets too expensive. LIVER CLEASES and colon cleansing definitely helped a lot and drove many out. Improves lymphatic/immune function also. I've done 5 liver cleanses thus far this year. The Hulda Clark liver cleanse routine is inexpensive and easy, using epsom salt drink, olive oil and grapefruit - one of the best cleanses. Also tried Oil of Oregano, Garlic, Bee Propolis as a natural antimicrobial. I think all help our system strengthen, but need be alternated. ALOE VERA GEL was fabulous. I rubbed all over body when out of tub, letting it dry. Areas would turn red where they were clustered and then they'd leave in a day or so. You can rub some black specks off from those areas with rubbing alcohol, or I've been told a better choice is vodka. All gets expensive. I also ingest at least 1 1/2 oz aloe vera gel in AM and PM now and then a few weeks and believe its excellent for colon and intestines, where I think they're focused. Always with liver cleanse, many more come out...sometimes the multi-branched filaments.Can we actually kill them or must we drive them out?
I also use frequency, particularly at 465 as a medical intuitive said that was the frequency they resonate at. Borrowed a machine with multiple settings, so use them all to electrify my blood and who knows what really is making the difference....perhaps all. If anyone can say they've known someone who actually eliminated the condition....that would be encouraging. Did some energy clearning on myself with medical intuitive's help and a skilled shaman to hopefully removed whatever energetic attraction drew this experience to me. I think it important to work spiritually with self to connect to Source and change our patterns, attitudes, etc.
Wishing you all the best to transmute this experience as quickly as possible and hope some of the above may help you to any degree.
help for morgellons I am so happy to find this site! I started my first week with the salt (1/4 tsp 2 times a day,borax 1/8 a tsp 2times a day in water) and my lesions are almost cured! No one seems to have posted yet about citrus mouthwash, I soak cotten pads in it and tie to my face with a bandana, it pulls the surface critters out. I don't find a difference in the different brands and haven't tried regular mouthwash. This alone is a godsend. I really use a lot of bag balm on my skin. The first time I used it, it made them start crawrling horribly and I had to jump in the shower, it was horrible, so be careful. Also, be careful with raw garlic, the first time I used it I had 911 abdominal pain. How do you access the weekly prayer meeting? Thanks to all contributers to this site, I'm the new kid on the block!
EC: One of the options when you sign up for our newsletter is the weekly prayer/meditation group: http://www.earthclinic.com/newsletter.html. An email goes out every Friday or Saturday for that particular group...
In the neverending search for a cure from this "thing", I've done a little checking on some of the cures. All evidence points to the fact that ionic silver is the new standard in silver...Phd's and researchers have found that it works far better than particular (colloidal) silver and that particularly in the stomach when it runs into hydrochloric acid...the ionic works much better. So I'm going to continue on with the ionic...it seems to help. I also used some aloe vera gel on my face it worked really great and then put on scalp too. Seemed to kill most things or at least bring to surface so I could get rid of them. Try this. I also broke down and bought [cats claw]...had been using Cats Claw for a couple weeks and it helped but not enough. I did notice a difference with the [cats claw], seemed to slow these critters down quite a bit more than the cats claw and generally feel pretty good on it..it has so many health benefits it can't hurt when we have all this garbage going on in our body dropping who knows what toxins inside of us. I started with 5 drops in a small glass of water half hour before meal. We are suppose to have [cats claw] for 12 days and then 12 days off, etc. with something else inbetween. I also take garlic with any food I shouldn't be eating just so they can't enjoy it. Am also back to taking a wormwood, black walnut, clove combo. Thing is this...this isn't going away in two weeks. Most people don't give any particular protocol long enough to work. It may take 6 mos to a year to get rid of this. So don't give up too early, if you see improvement keep at it.
EC: Sorry, had to remove a brand name from this post...
morgellons: Been trying the shotgun approach latelly and have seen some definite improvements...seems to be killing off the smaller ones...don't feel in eyes lately so vision improving...
Taking Cats Claw 2x per day, considering 3x per day at 500 mg ea...suppose to be working the best...want to try Samento though that is cCats Claw w/o TOA which improves its performance - but costs 2x as much. also 2 doses daily of Black Walnut Green Hull, Garlic 1500 mg considering going 2x daily on this...also taking Olive Leaf Extract 1-2x a day, Colloidal Silver AM & PM, considering adding a 3rd dose, 1/4 tsp baking soda in water 2x day w/tsp apple cider vinegar. Combination Green Tea, Goji and Ginger (Ginger is said to dissolve worm eggs) 2-3x daily, taking high quality vitamin/mineral I prefer Vitamin World's Green Vitamin, the best I've so far. Plain yogurt adds back flora to the digest tract...While these things haven't disappeared, they do seem weakened - have been on this protocol for less than a weak and feel there is a die-off, but the larger worms will take longer to kill. At night I use tea tree oil, a little oil and hydrogen peroxide with a dab of hand soap to mix these together. I put it all over my body and wrap with glad wrap to keep on all night long - I get good sleep w/this technique, but you need to take garlic before sleep so it drives them to the skin otherwise they just dig into the body to get away from it. Happy Hunting!
In frustration I've decided to attack these buggers with all I have...they do seem to fight back even harder when you attack them though...kind of scary! But here goes, what seems to work...
Cats Claw...saw definite improvement when I started using this the other day, they were becoming quite strong and I needed to try something so this definately pushed them back....they say the alcohol tincture is stronger and that the Samento (Cats Claw w/the TOA taken out which makes it better but much more expensive)...
They say Echinacea works well with Cats Claw and it is an insecticide may kill those bugs...I'm taking Super Echinacea (has all 3 Echinaceas in one tincture)
Also taking Apple Cider Vinegar tabs daily
Black Walnut & Clove & Wormwood wormer...available everywhere
Neem also kills lots of bugs
Olive Leaf Extr or Pau d'Arco are both great antifungals, antivirals and more
Salt/Peroxide Baths I also add some aromatherapy to bubble bath and throw in: Lemon, Eucalyptus, a little clove, lavendar and there are others that are good for parasites
Ginger, Ginsent, Green Tea
Also Garlic tabs...Im taking 1500 mg daily
Silica homeopathic is good for clearing things out of the skin
Nat Phos homeopathic is good for alkalinity worms thrive in acid states
Eat lots of eggs...has sulphur in and is good for adrenals (stress)
Arsenicum Alba homeopathic I have read will cure cutaneous larva migrans, skin maggots and other similar parasites so might work in right dose
Take good quality vitamin I use Vitamin Worlds Green Multi pretty good...keep you healthy while your body is under this attack
Magnesium 500 mg daily
Also taking Sulphur homeopathic 6C 2x daily
1/4 tsp baking soda in glass of water 2x day
Have anyone on this site dealt with Morgellons? I can't find medical help and am getting more and more ill daily. I am using Oregano Oil, Tumeric, have tried MSM with no help, taking baths in peroxide and salt. If you have any other suggestions that have worked for you PLEASE reply. Thanks
I am not cured. I am better on some things. I tried the salt and C with regular salt and nothing happened. I have not found salt tablets, the company apparently went belly up. I got rid of the sores with peroxide and salt. I can't stay on the diet, but it does improve things for the few weeks I can do it. For a number of symptoms I use chuan xin lian, 4.00 at the vietnamese herbal store. Just chuan xin lian, not the mixture with other herbs. 4 pills 3x daily. It is an antiviral,antibiotic. The Chinese use it for spirochete diseses like leptospirosis and syphilis. Peroxide baths:1 large Wal-Mart peroxide plus 1salt container full. I think both are roughly 32 ounces. I had large sores that wouldn't heal and joint pain; vision problems, respiratory problems, fatigue,bouts of violence,depression, problems thinking,concentrating, memory,and I get lost in places I should know. I use coconut oil to moisturize after the baths, and black specs come out of my skin. Once whole black threads and tarry gunk came out after a bath; I wiped this off with paper towel and threw it away. I am pretty sure I got this from bedding.
Morgellons is not a disease it is a parasite, round worm it effects people in poor health and a high fungal load in the body. It really likes fungus so you need to wash with neem soap, or any other soap that removes bacteria. Then you need to take neem leaf it stops people dogs and cats and blood sucking bugs like scabies, body lice fleas and round worm from reproducing no more eggs.......If it cant produce then it wont spread. It takes a while for the neem leaf to get into your blood. Then you need to take msm (sulfur) it keeps parasites from being able to cling to your intesines walls. Then you need to take humana worm parasite killing herbs. Then i would also add worm wood it is known for killing parasites. Then you need to take clove it kills any eggs dead. You should really look into neem and all the wonderful things it can do its amazing...... some people use it as birth control.
Morgellons: I have an update on this condition... latest discovery is NEEM SEED OIL - can buy online in large bottles fairly reasonably...mix it with some liquid dishwashing soap (Dawn, etc.) just enough soap to emulsify the neem so it will blend into your bath water (by the way this is a neat trick to make any oil blend w/water)... /for some reason it makes the water feel so silky... I love it... But they don't like it and that's the best part... I also add into this mixture 5 drops Lavendar Oil, 5 drops Eucalyptus, 5 drops Peppermint Oil, 3 drops Clove Oil, 3 drops Cinnamon Bark Oil, and Tea Tree Oil - I use quite a bit of TTO - to use to suit.... after you have emulsified this, mix in w/bath water... and then mix neem in with shampoo and add one drop ea oil and wash hair, leave in while bathing... I take one hour baths... soothes and also weakens... If that's not enough, then put Neem Oil straight or with a drop of the other oils if needed all over body - you can put plastic wrap all over so it doesn't wipe off on clothes, sheets, etc. if you wish... The NEEM on the skin definately weakens them... This should harm both worms and insects and other things like viruses, bacteria, fungal, etc. Neem is great... I've been putting it on my skin for 3 days now and what a difference... they barely move now. Good luck with this. These will also go in your eyes... Echinacea is suppose to kill bugs so you might use SUPER ECHINACEA herb drops by Herb Pharm... and/or drink Echinacea Tea... Also Ginger is another one... I drink Ginger Tea all the time to keep my digestive tract healthy... it does a lot of things too... you can also take Ginger Extract Tablets.
Try these... see what you think... Good luck and God Bless!
I have so many of the symptoms of Morgellons, which started approx. 3 yrs. ago. Coincidently, I'e read where alot of peoples symptoms started about 3 yrs. ago give or take. Sometimes I debate within myself, if what I've been going through is Morgellons, or a tiny (rare) bloodfluke, or other rare parasite that the med doctors are just too cocky, uncaring and just plain DAMN lazy to try and figure out(they have better to do), so they rather make me feel like an ass----- or want me to think that I'm going out of my head, when I know damn well that i'M not HALLUCINATING, because I've showed my "matchbox collection" to several people and they'd never seen anything like this. I wonder how the MD's would like it or how they would feel if they had their side of their face swell up and on that same side of their face, one tooth at a time switching to a different tooth after a couple of days hurting with the most horrendous pain?
Then, getting white stringlike things out. The same looking things every time, sofar, only to hear FOOD PARTICLES. Well, Dr. Z., if you are reading this: FOOD PARTICLES MY A--!!!!!!!!!!!!Dear God knows I would never wish this on anyone, but YOU and every other selfish rude half assed dr. that ever made any of us feel crazy or ashamed, need to have this for only one day (and no more) and to feel what myself and all these other poor sufferers are going through. I bet you all would change your tunes fast. If you can't diagnose us why cant you just say that you dont know, insted of humilating us ? Is it because maybe yous are feeling humilated since we got you "stumped"? We re already suffering physically, so the brutal words only add to the fire. Any doctor should know that ones mental state can have an effect on healing, and you's sure as hell arent ones for giving out words of encouragement. Well, every dog has their day, and until yous get some compassion, you need to rethink whether or not you should use the title of DOCTOR. What happened to the hippocratic (sp?) oath? Did it change to "If we don't know whats wrong with you, we say SCREW IT, youre crazy". Seems so to me and all who do that can go straight to hell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Are their any honorable doctors out there? I know their are a few (I'VE yet to meet 'em), but this ,then, evidently, dosen't pertain to you, and you have all my respect.
Anyways, I use Neem. 1/2 tsp. measured in a little cup that you get with your coughsyrup. It is Neem tree tincture (ratio 1:5) 1/2 tsp. 3 times daily evenly spaced apart as possible. It tastes horrible. you can mix it with some water. But as horrible as it tastes, if it kills whatever I have, it's worth it.
Hi Guys! I would like to inform you of Dr Omar Amin, a Parasite Specialist based in Scottsdale AZ, who has been working with many patients who show signs of Morgellons Disease. Dr Amin has submitted many publications and my guess is due to the negativity and silly conspiracy theories, he has labeled this Neurocutaneous Syndrome. He published a PPT during a conference in front of many doctors illustrating similarity in symptoms of NCS/Morgellons (including Fibers) and states it is not caused by parasites! That's right, not parasites but he states toxins that then brings about fungi, bacteria, severe nerve damage that causes nerves to misfire, which causes the lesions leaving the person a victim of Arthorpod Infestation! Though many of his patients have had dental work, it still should be relevant to you.
His patients either ingested high levels of mercury (Heavy Metal) and/or were allergic to certain chemcials; They were Zinc Oxide (found in many skin creams), Sulfa based drugs - sulfanomides (Please watch out for Bactrim as its a sulfa drug - There's a website advertising using this - it really did a number on me and my crawling sensations went on overdrive and I went from 7. 2 Urine PH to 6.2 in one day! ), Sulfites (Dont worry, MSM & DMSO are derived from sulfur, natural mineral so you can still use these), Titanium Dioxide (be careful if you shop at GNC, they lots of products now with T. D), Eugenol (Cloves, Cinnamon, and Wormwood have Eugenol so if I were you, say goodbye to Dr Clark Parasite Cleanse), and Calcium Hydroxide.
Dr Amin has a protocol available that comprises of Vitamins/minerals, Homeopathy, and Lymph Drainage Massage and has cured close to 60 people.
Please be advised a lot of the symptoms for NCS/Morgellons are due to Vitamin B Deficiency! Yes, that's right! .. The sensitivity to light, brain fog/loss of memory, crawling/tingling sensations, muscle spasms.. Etc are due to Vit B deficiency (though not the root cause). As soon as I took Vitamin B12 (form of Methylcobalamin, dont take another type of form - this one is the best one), crawling/tingling sensations drastically decreased. I have at least 4-5mg/day plus Vit B Complex (Dont waste your money on synthetic vitamins) Vit B1 that you should consider is Benfotiamine; This way its properly absorbed by your system
Magnetic Pulsing cured my joint pain I had within 2 days of pulsing 1-2min/day. Good magnetic pulsers are on eBay by Zapper Barney output at 17k gause.
My diet is low-carb vegetarian diet and no sugar (only when its a negligable amount I will take like in soups... but no more than 6g/day). My avg Urine PH is about 7.2-7.3 and my Salvia PH is about 7.3
Also if you are sensitive to Electro-magnetic fields (i. e microwaves, computers, or TVs), consider ePendant from eWater.
Also one thing that is working for me is Ted's recommendation of Sodium Bicarbonate. I take it everyday (dont add lime/lemon juice as it Sulfite) and 3x/week with 1/2 Borax 30 drops of H2H20 (be careful on your in take of Borax, start off slow as Ted advises).
It's too early to tell but I use Sea Buckthorn. Please consider if you are tired of spending money on those Borax/Epsom salt baths. It got to a point where I just had to stop wasting money on useless crap like this for bathing (though I recommend it for the first 4-6 weeks). Also please consider Far Infrared treatment (i.e. Far Infrared Sauna by Therasage that offers very low EMF output, no chemicals, and superb quality). I really hope this information is helpful! I am healing quite rapidly I feel. It seems I have had the nerve damage ever since I was small - Because it wasnt intense and because I got it at a small age (I am 27 now), I thought this was a normal thing to experience (tingling/crawling). I only found out 10 weeks ago what I had when I put essential oils on my body and bugs came out. It freaked me out!
Please be sure to research Dr Omar Amin's publications and try what you feel goes with your intuition re the above advice. Again I am rapidly healing from this. I wish you the very best!
Hi, I would like to post this comparison I've seen between what is known as Morgellon Disease. What I have noticed is that Morgellon Disease seems to be a mite and also a fungus or bacteria. It is not unknown to the government nor is it new to doctors or botanist.
Okay have you ever heard about "Oak Gallnuts"? Gallnuts are nuts that grow on many different type of trees mainly in China. The important part of the gallnut formation is the parasite or insect that stings the nut and help it form this cyst like crust. There are different types of insects that sting these nuts ex: wasp. I believe that the government was intrigued by this union that they tested and studied these trees or plants. This is because many of the trees or plants that produce these nuts are actually the natural herbs that kills or stop the formation of parasites in and on your body (morgellon's disease). There are many different gall nuts that's why there are different forms of this disease. If you study the different types you will find that these nuts produce the tannin that kills the symptoms that works relief for you. Funny how the CDC was not aware of this disease and there is no cure for it. That is because the cures are the natural herbs and the drug companies don't consider natural products medicine. Examples of this is alum (found in arid extra dry), black walnut hull (kills parasites) tea tree oil (astringent), cedar and pine trees there are many more. Mainly whatever gives you release for morgellons have plant or tree that are stung by these parasites or insects. So the government studied and alter this process and made stronger versions of this and used it against parasites in water, on plants and so forth. So we drink the water and eat the plants and wear clothing that have been altered with this. Some of the nuts do not break down completely but are what is called "polymers" (sounds like cotton or fibers to me). The nuts look exactly like the cyst that many people suffer with. The glucose in the nut is what helps with the cystic formation. Gallnut tannin are used to make ink and used to emboss leather. How I see it is if you locate what symptoms you are having and connect it to a plant or tree tannin is being used you will be cured after a period of time on those herbs.
Will you please post this handling for Morgellon's which makes sufferers so miserable?
My nutritionist/chiropractor did muscle testing on me. I touched the worst Morgellon sore on my ankle and I tested positive for Olive Leaf extract (6 daily) and for Pantothenic Acid (also 6 daily). These are a very good remedy, not expensive and did the job in 3 days. I also put vitamin E directly on the sores. Such a relief! Olive Leaf extract is anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungual. - a 2000 year-old natural remedy. Check it out!
Am a long time sufferer of Morgellons, if they are in your ears try a dab of Peppermint oil on the outer ear, never put down in the ear and keep off your fingers, should you rub your eye it can sting badly, use Qtip or cotton ball, I also buy the Peppermint extract in the baking section and use a capful in my wash with the borax. Be very careful using Pantothenic Acid ( B 5 ) I may have done permenant damage to myself overdosing on it, research it first online and you will see that the body needs very little, and they sell it in high doses, high mg. It can cause wheezing and shortness of breath, which if your lucky goes away, but you are left with tingling in the feet etc.Cats Claw needs to be researched well also, we all want to get well , but self medicating can be lethal be careful and if possible talk to a doctor about doses of anything your not sure of. Mentholated body powders are a great help on the sheets in order to sleep, they do not like it ! God Bless and remember to share safe remedies.