Other Remedies to Consider
Last Updated: 19 Feb 2013 (new info - DI’s Coconut Sandwich).
It has been said that all of human progress is due to the ingenuity and inventiveness of 2% of the human population. Please don’t make the mistake of assuming that this 2% are all scientists, mathematicians, or engineers. These fields are full to bursting with careerists and people who wouldn’t know an original thought or a true inspiration if it bit their behinds.
The truth is that most human progress comes from what are patronisingly called “ordinary” people. Personally, I call such people “extraordinary.”
Following are some thoughtful and intelligent suggestions I’ve received. I’ve not tested them myself for the simple reason that I now have two remedies that work for me. But I offer them for your consideration here.
1. Dud’s Borax and Epsom Salts Baths
Here’s another easy protocol to add to your regimen that may help your skin itches immensely:
Use borax powder in a hot tub of water to soak in for 30 to 60 minutes. Do this every day, or every other day. Use the time to relax. Most people get the bathtub water comfortably hot. The hot water alone helps the fibromyalgia symptoms (soreness).
The borax in the water will kill the mites externally, and under the skin. It is also a fungicide and a bactericide. Some people report seeing black specks, etc., floating in the bathtub, after coming out of their skin.
Also add epsom salts (magnesium sulphate) to the water to get its benefits also. It has a drawing power to it. It is used by sports teams for sore muscles and bruises.
Ted also recommends using the borax externally for mites in this manner. You should feel much better for a couple of hours after soaking like this.
Possible amounts: borax - four tablespoons, epsom salts - one quart.
Cost: about 50 cents US for the borax, and about $2 US for the epsom salts.
2. Linda’s Castor Oil (Alone or With Borax)
If you were to use castor oil as a moisturizer, the natural ricin in it may help to kill off those mites, as well as to moisturize your skin.
There are varying thicknesses of castor oil available in US grocery and health food stores. Some are very thin in consistency which would be easy to spread on your skin, and others are very thick and sticky, like runny tar. I'd try the thin stuff first. It’s available to buy on the web. It’s called Palma Cristi.
It might be a good idea to mix some borax into the castor oil - only a small amount, not enough to be unsightly on your skin.
I'd also study other non-toxic and natural miticides, like the folks who have birds or other mite-challenged pets would use, to see which, if any, are safe for human topical use.
Ted’s comment: All oils are carrier oils, but their penetrant ability is limited, except for DMSO...I have found castor oil mixed with DMSO to be good - 25% castor oil and 75% DMSO. Then you can mix it with mustard powder, mustard oil, or d limonene at, say, 2.5%. That will take care of killing the mites. Plus, you add, say, 4% or 5% lavender oil. They’re the approximate numbers I calculate.
3. Anon’s Hairever Scalp Treatment and Lye Soap
Most of my success came from putting Hairever scalp treatment on infested areas. This can be purchased from Puritan's Pride.
I have also been washing with a soap called Grandma’s Lye Soap and it seems to help.
I would also do everything I could to get my PH alkaline. This can be achieved with baking soda taken interally (see Ted’s Borax Remedies for details).
4. Susan’s Apple Cider Vinegar and Borax
I used borax water (1/2 by volume) and ACV (1/2 by volume) to get rid of the eggs under the skin. The ACV is the carrier, the borax washes the protective coating off of the eggs, and they die.
I used to shower every day (sometimes twice) and finish off with the above solution.
Wash, towel off, then rub the solution all over (including scalp and hair) and DO NOT RINSE. Air-dry your skin for about 5-10 minutes, then get dressed.
I stopped itching in a couple of weeks. I don't remember how long the adult mites live, but I put all of my efforts into getting rid of the eggs.
How to make the borax water: put 1/8 cup of borax in a gallon container of water, give it a good hard shake, and let it sit for about half an hour. The water will absorb all of the borax it can and you needn't worry about any left at the bottom of the container.
DI adds: For European readers - to make one litre of borax water, add 2-4 tablespoons of borax. The exact amount doesn’t matter - just keep adding borax and shaking the container until no more powder will dissolve but sinks to the bottom. You now have one litre of saturated borax water. For four litres, say, multiply the amount of borax by four, etc.
5. Ruth’s Nasal Relief Tip
Ruth found this tip on the Nutribiotic website and passed it along to us after she had great success with it. Note that this is for adults only.
Mix one drop of NutriBiotic GSE (Grapefruit Seed Extract) with two ounces of water. Use one full eye dropper of the mixed solution per nostril. Tilt your head backward and release the solution from the dropper into your nose. Swing your head forward and down (so your head is now upside down) to force the solution up into your nasal passages. Return your head to the normal upright position and allow your nasal passages to drain. Do not inhale through your nose during this process.
Use as needed throughout the day to stop mite activity and just before bed. You should see encouraging more permanent results within a few days.
WARNING: if you’re a Morgellons sufferer, please note that Grapefruit Seed Extract is so effective it can cause severe reactions when used nasally. In fact, most recommend that you use it only on areas where it can be cleaned off quickly if necessary. If you’re not careful, use of GSE can set you back weeks in your detox programme, and even force you into voluntary acidification. (Thank you to K. for this important information).
6. Gail’s Demodex and Scabies Regimens
Gail has written to say she's had great success treating both demodex and scabies using combinations of all and any of the following:
1. Clove oil - rubbed on itching spots. Note that this will feel like a burn or a sting, but it kills demodex and scabies mites and stops the itch.
2. Vinegar (any kind) - rubbed into all areas of the body. Just before bedtime, soak your scalp and hair in it but don't rinse. Wear a shower cap to sleep in so it doesn't dry out. Next morning, wash your hair with Sulphur8 Medicated Shampoo.
3. Peppermint lotion - put a glob on an infested area and you'll start to feel the insects pop out of your skin under it.
4. Sulphur soap - for all skin washing.
5. Borax and hydrogen peroxide - frequent baths.
6. All-over oiling - Gail confirms that demodex (and scabies) hate castor oil (see Linda’s Castor Oil remedy above). She also tried olive oil with good success.
7. Neem supplements - good for scabies (but I personally found that it wasn’t effective for demodex).
7. Gayle’s Milk of Magnesia with Witch Hazel
Gayle suffers from rosacea (sufferers have high populations of demodex). She has used Phillips Cherry Milk of Magnesia applied daily. She then applies witch hazel on top of this and leaves both on her skin for 10 minutes before washing off. For hair and scalp, wet the hair, apply the Milk of Magnesia, working it down onto the scalp, omit the witch hazel, leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse.
She recommends Vaseline mixed with 10% tea tree oil for soothing red or hot spots.
(Note: if you can’t find the Phillips brand, any Milk of Magnesia will also work, but the white variety may leave your skin feeling somewhat “tight”).
8. Gayle’s Dead Sea Mud
Gayle highly recommends this. Because the Dead Sea is 34% salt, it will feel like it’s burning when you apply it, so it’s advisable to do your body one section at a time so you don’t run screaming into the night. But do it all on the same day, otherwise cleared areas will be repopulated overnight. Apply like a mud-pack and grit your teeth. Leave on until it dries fully (you’ll be relieved to hear that it cools as it dries), then wash off.
This won’t get all the mites, so multiple applications will be required. Lucky us, eh?
You can buy Dead Sea Mud here.
9. Shirley Goes Bananas!
I came across this tip on a rosacea forum I visit regularly but dismissed it as being unlikely to work, However, one night my cheekbones were very itchy and I didn’t want to make up a full mustard mix - so I gave it a try. And found to my amazement that it stopped the itch immediately. I still can’t believe it works!
Unzip a banana. Rub the inside of the skin on the itch. Done. Itch gone. Now eat the banana. It’s good for you.
10. Ruth’s Coconut Magic
Ruth reports: “I had a bad eye infection - the whites were pure red and I had black and white specks coming out. For two weeks, I tried everything. Then I read about using organic coconut oil for healing and I tried putting some in both eyes, twice daily. The infection cleared up in a day and half.”
Excellent news! And this helped to inspire a new protocol outlined below.
11. M’s Ozonated Oils
Recently, a very kind lady sent me a demodex treatment she described as miraculous for stripping out the mites and all their associated fungi. Here's an edited extract from her email:
"I have to tell you honestly that (this) is killing the infestation faster than I even dare to believe, fungal infestation and all. My face…(is) being cleansed and stripped of these mites. (It) is safe to put on one's entire body. I am so amazed and heartened…It is nothing short of miraculous."
Her miracle is called ozonated oil, and it comes in three varieties - olive oil, coconut oil (also called “cocozone”), and hemp seed oil. Of the non-ozonated versions of these oils, coconut oil is king of human skin problems, hemp seed oil can hold the most ozone (and it's the ozone that does the damage), and olive oil comes in third - yet it's the ozonated olive oil that she's using.
She uses it up to three times a day and carries a tube with her for touch-ups if needed. Don’t buy the liquid variety because it only contains 10% ozonated oil - get the solid type (it melts at skin temperature and is 100% ozonated oil). It should be kept in the refrigerator - but some more expensive brands need not be. Online sources and more information can be found at the links here.
I’ve been using ozonated coconut oil every second, alternating with the lotion discussed below, I’ve found it to be truly excellent at pulling stuff that shouldn’t be there out of your skin. It’s also very soothing and emollient. I’ll be trying out ozonated hemp seed oil very soon and will report back.
If you use any ozonated oil product, please don’t add any other ingredients to it. If you do, the ozone’s oxygen singleton atoms will immediately bind to them, changing them chemically, instead of binding to the bad stuff in your skin and killing it or driving it out. So you will have wasted your money, because you won’t get the beneficial effects of the ozone.
This tip also helped to inspire (and is an optional part of) a new protocol below.
12: DI’s Coconut Sandwich
Without the inspiration provided by my good friends (M, L, and Ruth), I would never have discovered this amazing protocol. They prodded me to connect the dots.
At base, it's a single miraculous substance that's used both internally and topically. It can be enhanced by alternating the topical treatments with any or all of four other substances, but these are not absolutely necessary for success - they serve to speed the process up dramatically, and one in particular should provide a spectacular "kickstart."
The protocol works to remove foreign and unnatural objects from the body in both insect infestations and Morgellons Disease.
And the key to it is fat - specifically, lipids.
The human body makes lipids, and we also get other types from our foods. Lipids are very important for our health for too many reasons to go into here. Instead, I want you to consider this:
"Bubble babies" are children who are born without a functioning immune system. They're given this name because they must live inside a clear pressurised bubble into which is piped air filtered to protect them from airborne viruses, microbes, and allergens. Their food and water is similarly treated, and they must only be handled by medical personnel wearing "space suits."
Since none of us has to live inside such a bubble, this means that our immune systems are not as damaged as we may have believed. And this is vital because of this question:
How does a pathogen or parasite survive and prosper in a body with a functioning immune system?
Answer: by disguising itself as something that naturally belongs inside us.
Many viruses and bacteria make themselves a lipid "overcoat." When your immune system killer cells encounter such an organism, they sense only the outer lipid overcoat, mistakenly classify it as "you," and move on.
Demodex follicularum build lipid shells around hair follicles to serve as their protected "castles." Demodex brevis build a lipid "dam" to both block the outflow of sebaceous oil to the skin and protect themselves from our immune system. These mites also cover themselves in another type of lipid - our own sebaceous oil.
In order to survive in our bodies, ALL infesting insects must protect themselves in this way.
Exactly the same holds true for Morgellons components - lipid "armour" protects them from detection, harm, and ejection.
This means that if there was some way to remove or break down those lipid overcoats or armour, you'd be exposing what's hiding inside them to your immune system.
Good news, friends - there IS a way to do this, and do it very effectively.
Lipase is an enzyme that's produced by the pancreas. It's also naturally present in some foods like nuts and seeds. Among other things, lipase breaks down lipids into their original components - monoglycerides, diglycerides, glycerol, and free fatty acids.
The food with the highest concentration of lipase is coconut. And when you make coconut oil by cold-pressing organic coconuts and adding nothing to it, you create 100% pure extra virgin coconut oil - which is absolutely loaded with lipase and other wonderful goodies like lauric acid. This is converted into monolaurin by the body, and it, too, also attacks lipid-coated organisms and kills viruses and bacteria.
Coconut oil also contains caprylic acid - a potent antifungal.
This oil is so powerful and effective that two tablespoons a day will melt away fat from the belly, hips, buttocks, and thighs within 1-3 months in men and women. It will also “unstick” blood cells and platelets by dissolving the bad fats in our bloodstream that cause it. And it will normalise your cholesterol levels into the bargain.
Organic 100% pure extra virgin coconut oil is the foundation of this protocol. Please note that commercial hot-pressed or impeller-produced coconut oil has not only had the lipase destroyed by the process, but has been bleached, deodorised, and stabilised - it is perfectly useless for anything at all to do with life except oiling your bicyle.
The protocol is this: for 5-7 days, take one level tablespoon three (or four) times a day, ideally between meals. The aim is to keep a high serum level of lipase in your body, so don't take all of them in one go. Space them out at regular intervals through the day.
You don’t need to melt the oil to measure it out (coconut oil is a solid at room temperature that melts at skin temperature). Simply scrape it up with the spoon, then level it off with a table knife. It tastes like coconut, so it’s quite pleasant to take. However, if you find the oily “mouth-feel” unpleasant, you can stir a melted tablespoon into plain natural live yoghurt, or, if you prefer, lemon water sweetened with a little stevia.
Do this for at least five days, but preferably a week.
Don't be alarmed if you experience an increase in skin activity. Here's what's happening:
Because the active ingredients move directly from the intestines to the liver via the portal vein, the lipase and monolaurin is now omnipresent in the fat layer directly underneath the epidermal layer. Your invaders are desperate to get away from it to avoid having their armour stripped. So they're moving closer to the surface of the skin.
And this is exactly what you want. Because now you're going to add the other "slice" of the lipase sandwich and clobber them.
After 5-7 days of ingesting coconut oil, you add the topical routine. And we're in luck here, because of all oils, coconut oil penetrates deepest into the skin, down to below the hair follicles - and even INTO them - and the sebaceous glands.
For this to be effective, your skin MUST be warm to the touch so that all the pores are open. It won't work if you're cold - so bring an effective heat source into an already-warm room and stand in front of it.
Twice a day (if possible), apply this same coconut oil from your crown to the soles of your feet. Include ear canals, both corners of both eyes and eyelids, nostrils, genitals, and anus.
You don't need to go overboard with it - apply enough so that when you massage it in well, your skin is well oiled but not too wet. But don't skimp too much either.
This internal and external lipase "sandwich" will give these invaders nowhere else to go but straight out of your skin.
The exodus from your skin may happen immediately, or it may take a few days to start. You may also start to notice objects sitting on your skin when you wake in the morning.
I was able to kickstart my own process by using an all-over application of Forever Living Aloe Heat Lotion on Day 1 and Day 4 of the lead-in ingestion process (but please see the WARNINGS below). The result was that the first time I applied the coconut oil topically, hundreds of thousands of objects immediately started to pour out of my skin - everywhere on my body.
This went on for eight hours and showed no sign of stopping when I finally had to yield to utter exhaustion and get some sleep. I used up a full half of a fresh large roll of toilet tissue to wipe all this stuff off me.
And the amazing thing is that I never once had to reapply coconut oil, because new oil immediately flowed out of my skin every time I wiped it clean. The only explanation for this is that this "extra" oil consisted of the dissolved lipid components, plus my own long-dammed sebaceous oil, now free to flow again.
When I woke after four hours' sleep, I was again covered in debris from head to toe.
If you get an outflow like this, please keep it going for as long as you possibly can because you will probably get this tidal wave of debris only once (although subsequent applications will continue to yield large numbers of objects).
And the magical flow of "extra" oil will also cease, so wiping your skin will mean you'll have to apply a little extra oil to continue the deep cleanse.
UPDATE: I was wrong - after writing this, I got a further FOUR huge floods that went on for 6-7 hours each time without stopping after reshocking my skin with Aloe Heat Lotion. And the “extra” oil flowed from my skin as well.
You should wipe all this debris off because if there are plugs that contain still viable insects or larvae, these will try to re-enter your skin once your clothing or bedding has removed most of the oil. Some Morgellons components have also been reported as having the ability to do this, too.
Use toilet tissue or plain white paper kitchen towels, and put the used sheets into a plastic supermarket bag, then burn the bag, or dispose of it with care and consideration for others.
If you get sharp “needlestick” or “electric” pains in your muscles, this means your invaders are moving into your muscle layer. Don't worry - the muscles are very well supplied with lipase-laden blood, and they won't last long.
If you experience burning itchy spots, gently scratching the site - or, even better, firmly massaging it in a circular motion - will usually pop the offending object right out. If not, continue and return to that spot later with another dose of oil.
Once these objects are out, their associated itch stops.
On some areas that are severely infested or active, you may experience a very uncomfortable burning sensation. This is caused by the dying organisms releasing toxic acids and possibly flesh-dissolving enzymes into the skin. It will disappear after about four or five hours by itself.
In my own case, my entire scalp felt on fire - unbearable. I was able to get rid of it fairly quickly by applying 3% hydrogen peroxide and massaging it in well.
In the absence of hydrogen peroxide, a solution of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) may also work.
If the flow of objects slows to a trickle for a few days running, you can usually restart it by "shocking" the skin again with Forever Living Aloe Heat Lotion, then using coconut oil again on the next application.
(I mention the possibility of flesh-dissolving enzymes above because this would seem to be the only way that comparatively large parasites or other foreign objects can move through the skin. Since it’s already known that there are bioengineered components present in Morgellons and systemic demodicosis, the incorporation of such a strategy seems not to be beyond the bounds of possibility. A quick search found three insects that inject such an enzyme into their prey to dissolve their organs, then drink the “soup.” They are the Assassin Bug, the Robber Fly, and the Japanese Giant Hornet.)
These can be substituted for the plain coconut oil every now and again. But please note that these are not suitable for ingestion - topical use only.
Ozonated coconut oil (also known as "Cocozone"):
This has all the benefits of coconut oil - with added ozone. Ozone consists of single atoms of oxygen ("singlets") which are irresistibly drawn to bind with pathogens, fungi, and pollutants to oxidise them out of existence.
With demodex and other tiny insects, the ozone will either asphyxiate them or drive them out onto the surface of the skin. This is because gaseous ozone can even kill or severely injure a human being - which is why professional mould remediators will only ozonate a home when it is vacated of all people, animals, and plants.
Cocozone is made by bubbling medical-grade oxygen through coconut oil over a long period of time. Consequently, it's a good deal more expensive than straight coconut oil.
Ozonated hemp seed oil:
This holds more ozone in suspension than does cocozone. It's also capable of penetrating right into the skin cells, bringing the ozone singlets with it to oxidize anything harmful lurking inside.
Consequently, it's a very powerful skin detoxifier.
It's made using the same oxygenation process, so it's also quite expensive.
Ozonated olive oil:
Besides ozone, this contains four powerful antioxidants that prevent free radical damage. It’s also used to treat eczema, psoriasis, stretch marks, and skin blemishes.
Again, it's more expensive than the common or garden variety.
All three of these are extremely useful for what we're doing, and they will also help to kickstart new outflows of debris on the following plain coconut oil application.
However, if money is a problem, they're not absolutely necessary.
Sources for organic extra virgin coconut oil, Aloe Heat Lotion, and all the ozonated oils can be found here.
1. Pay special attention to your joints - entire spine, shoulders, elbows, wrists, knuckles, finger joints, hips, knees, ankles, and toe "knuckles" and joints. These things seem to prefer places where pressure is applied - and joint flexure provides this pressure.
2. For the same reason, pay special attention to your buttocks and the small of your back, particularly the areas that contact seats.
3. Also for the same reason, pay special attention to areas of skin that are close to bone - like shins, outside edges of forearms and hands, pelvic bones just above the hip sockets, pubic bones, bottom of rib-cage, clavicles, cheekbones, eyebrow ridges, jawline, etc.
4. Pay special attention to your feet and toes - it's now known and accepted (even by doctors) that the feet can act as a reservoir for parasites and pathogens.
WARNINGS: Forever Living Aloe Heat Lotion burns like hellfire. But it's not actually burning the skin - that's just how your nerve endings report it to your brain. After about 4-5 minutes, this sensation changes to a delicious glacial coolness.
It contains a natural substance that's chemically related to aspirin. You should only do ONE all-over application of this in any four-day period. Using it all over more frequently than this may cause potentially serious stomach and kidney problems.
DON'T use this on mucous membranes like the insides of your nostrils, intimate lady-parts, or anus.
MEN should NOT allow this to contact the penis (scrotum is OK). If it gets into the spongy tissue of the corpora cavernosa and corpus spongiosum, it will never cool down but continue burning for up to two years. So be very, very careful.
Be VERY careful around your eyes, too. If it does get in, you'll have to wash it out under running water for several minutes. It IS possible to do the eye areas - just don't get distracted or sloppy and keep your hand rock-steady, your eyes shut, and use it very sparingly.
When you've finished applying it, carefully wipe any excess off your hands to avoid potential accidents with yourself, children, or pets.
Finally, one very important subject:
In order to get more money out us, you and I have been brainwashed over the years to believe that human beings are naturally dirty creatures that need to shower at least once a day.
THIS IS A BIG LIE. AND A DANGEROUS ONE.
Daily showers are about the worst possible thing you can do to your skin. They wash out all the essential oil that keeps our skin healthy and supple. They also damage your immune system by depleting the beneficial bacteria in our skin that form a protective barrier against harmful bacteria.
And if you use any kind of antibacterial soap, you've actually already killed off that entire skin protection system.
NEVER, EVER use antibacterial soap for anything at all.
These soaps contain a chemical called triclosan. When mixed with chlorinated water, triclosan and chlorine form chloroform gas.
Triclosan causes hormone disruption, liver damage, and is linked to eczema, asthma, and allergies. These antibacterial soaps also actively promote pathogen mutation into stronger, more dangerous forms, resulting in superbugs like MRSA.
And when it goes down the drain, chlorinated water plus triclosan plus sunlight produces dioxins. When these highly toxic and persistent chemicals enter the food chain through treated water, they cause reproductive and developmental problems, damage the immune system, cause hormonal disruption - and cancer.
They also kill fish and other marine and freshwater animals.
When I was a boy 50 years ago, it was the common practise to have a bath once a week using carbolic soap. We weren't grubby, we didn't stink, and we were a whole lot healthier than children today. Children actually NEED to be exposed to pathogens for their immune systems to function efficiently.
For this protocol to work most effectively, you should adjust your showering/bathing routines as follows:
After an application of Forever Living Aloe Heat Lotion, DON'T shower before the next application of coconut oil. This way, the Heat Lotion that remains in your skin is reactivated and carried even further into your skin by the coconut oil.
Try to have as few showers as possible. If you feel you must, always shower right before a scheduled oil application - unless your previous application was Aloe Heat Lotion.
Women with long hair should consider wearing it in a tight oiled chignon or bun rather than constantly shampooing. This can look very stylish.
Remember, the object of this is to try to keep as much lipase/Aloe Heat Lotion in the skin as possible at all times. Constant washing will defeat this.
If you’ve read all the information in this website, you’ll know that I’ve been systemically infested with demodex for almost four years, thanks to a monumentally stupid dermatologist. Every hair follicle and sebaceous gland on my entire body was inhabited, due entirely to his instructions to ignore the tickling sensations (which were actually migrating mites).
So, depending on the extent and duration of your own infestation, your experience will most likely not exactly mirror mine. Consequently, you may get fewer objects, or you may get more. But, regardless, this protocol will still work to remove everything in your skin that shouldn’t be there.
Note: I will update this page with additional suggestions as and when I get my hands on them.
If you’ve found something that worked for you, please email your story to me and I will consider including it here. And I would also welcome user reports for any of these remedies.
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