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Body Watch: How to Detect, Eliminate Demodex Mites Naturally

Human beings live in harmony with many types of creatures, big and small - several of these organisms live on or in our bodies, and we maintain a symbiotic relationship of give-and-take. 

For example, good bacteria in our digestive tracts help us to stay healthy, providing aid in the digestion of food that cannot be effectively done by enzymes alone.

However, sometimes the organisms that call our bodies home can be harmful to our health, turning our mutually beneficial symbiotic relationship into one that is purely one-sided and parasitic.

One such creature with parasitic potential is the Demodex mite. Read on to find out the warning signs of Demodex mite infestation and what you can do about it.
Demodex Mite

What are demodex mites
Demodex is a genus of mites that inhabit the skin, specifically in the oil glands and the hair follicles.

Dozens of species of demodex mites exist, and they may use a variety of mammals as hosts, including canines and human beings. The life cycle of these mites is incredibly short—so short, in fact, that their bodies are not even equipped with organs for eliminating waste products.

They live to eat bacteria from our skin, mate, lay eggs, and then die within two weeks of being hatched. Often, both humans and their four-legged friends can live peaceably with each other; the mites commonly live in and around eyelashes, for example, without causing any irritation at all.

However, when their numbers grow too high and an infestation begins, many unpleasant side effects may be experienced by the host.

Warning signs
Demodex mites are thought to be the culprits responsible for causing rosacea flare-ups and bouts of fungal skin infections, such as ringworm.

Thus, Demodex mite infestation can manifest in:

  • Flushing and swelling of the skin
  • Clogged pores (acne and blackheads)
  • Rash-like appearance to the infested skin
  • Intense itching and burning sensations
  • Hair loss

Natural treatments for mites
Tea tree oil: Tea tree oil has been proven to be one of the most effective natural remedies against Demodex mites, with survival time stretching no further than 15 minutes when pure tea tree oil is applied.

To utilize the healing properties of tea tree oil to your benefit (and the Demodex mites’ detriment), add a few drops of tea tree oil to a full bottle of shampoo or liquid soap and cleanse as usual.

Camphor oil: Camphor oil is another effective means of ridding oneself of Demodex mite infestation. Camphor oil is made by distilling the bark and wood of the camphor tree.

Oregano oil: Oregano oil is one of my 13 powerful antibiotics that don’t require a prescription. Oregano oil can be detrimental to Demodex mites as well.

Because oregano oil is very concentrated, mix a few drops of oregano oil with a tablespoon of carrier oil such as olive oil or coconut oil and apply to the affected area twice a day.

Caraway oil: Caraway oil was found by researchers to be just as effective as tea tree oil in eliminating Demodex mite pests. Caraway oil may be used topically on the skin in much the same way as tea tree and oregano oils, where a few drops are added to existing shampoo, soap, or detergents.

Dill oil: Dill oil is made from seeds and other parts of the dill plant and it is highly effective for treating Demodex infestation. To treat, put no more than two drops into hair treatment products, facial cleansers, or laundry products and use as normal.

Existing mites will slowly die off, and use of the oil will prevent new infestations from taking place. - Online Sources 

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