Demodex mites or hair mites live in hair follicles and sebaceous glands on the skin. For the majority of people, mites cause no symptoms. However, in the elderly or those with suppressed immune systems caused by stress or illness, the mite population can dramatically increase. This can lead to conditions such as acne rosacea, scaling or dry skin, ear and eye infections and even hair loss. Fortunately, some home remedies can alleviate symptoms.
According to Grow Youthful, tea tree oil is effective in killing mites in the eyelashes. Mites usually die in the skin as part of their natural cycle but the antiseptic properties of tea tree oil will cause them to die on great numbers. Gently wash and rub your eyelash roots with water. Mix 1 part tea tree oil with 4 parts olive oil. Close your eyes and apply to the eyelashes and surrounding area with a cotton bud. Repeat daily for 6 weeks.
Apple cider vinegar is believed to starve or suffocate hair mites. This simple mixture will help alleviate itching of the scalp. Mix 1 cup of apple cider vinegar with 2 litres of water. Use to wash hair daily for 5 days. For added potency, add 6 drops of tea tree oil. Rinses using lemon juice or garlic infused water will change the PH of the scalp making it an inhospitable environment for mites.
Olive oil brushed through the hair may kill hair mites by coating them and causing them to suffocate. Leave overnight and wash with an antiseptic shampoo followed by the apple cider vinegar mix.
Taking supplements orally can improve the PH balance of the body in the same way as applying topically to the skin. 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water can achieve this and stop the mites receiving the nourishment they need to survive. Vitamin A promotes healthy and shiny hair, so eating foods such as eggs, carrots and squash can encourage stronger regrowth.