Demodex mites are microscopic parasites that inhabit the hair follicles. They are pale-coloured organisms that look very similar in colour to skin. Mites are present in humans, and canines. Human demodex mites can be present in the skull, nose, eyelids, eyelashes, ear canals and skin and can only be found on humans. Of the size between a tenth and a fourth of a millimetre, demodex mites’ eat the cells of the human hair follicle and reproduce. Although they are seldom life-threatening, many people find them an irritating presence as these mites can cause acne and hair loss. They can also drain the vital fluids and oils the skin needs for nourishment.
Olive leaf is considered a one natural remedy for ridding the hair of these mites. Consuming olive leaf internally may have a similar effect as antibiotics in killing demodex mites. To treat mites using olive leaf, consume between one and four capsules daily for five days, then take a two day break, then continue with another five days of treatment until the mites are cleared up. This treatment is extremely strong, and like antibiotics, can kill not only mite but also the hair cells that they occupy. This is why tapered doses are suggested.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is another good natural source for eliminating demodex mites. A number of formulations can be prepared. Tea tree oil soap can be applied on the face regularly after washing it. Tea tree oil cream can be applied on the face twice a day. A shampoo that is made of this substance can also be bought at local chemists and applied on the scalp daily. If using tea tree oil, make sure the brand does not contain alcohol and be aware that this supplement can cause irritation in some people.
Drinking lots of water and consuming sufficient quantities of vitamins D and E may also be helpful in getting rid of mites. Clear and well-nourished skin can prevent mites from living on the skin and reproducing, so taking proper care of the skin and remaining healthy and hydrated can be a great treatment method for these demodex mites.