Mites Are Biting Me

by Shirley
(Powder Springs, Ga. USA)

I thought I had lice, and I might have had it, but also I have mites. I was treated for lice with a prescription drug, but didn't know about the mites at that time. Would Tea Tree Oil be good for this condition? I have bites all over me. I am a fanatic on being clean.

Editors Note:

Mites, depending on what type they are, may indeed be affected by tea tree oil. In a study done on mites in livestock, Tea Tree Oil was the clear winner.

It's interesting to note, that the researchers used only a 1% solution of tea tree oil for four weeks to rid the livestock of all but 1.45% of the mites on average. That's incredible! A stunning 98.55% effectiveness.

A quote from the study states

" As our previous results with imported essential ethereal oils have shown, all the tested products were proved to be effective against sarcoptic mange mites: in their 0.5- 2% water emulsions the lethality in vitro was registered up to 95-100% in 24 hours (Mägi and
Kaarma 1999).

Thus, carrying out the farm trials, acaricidal effects of 1% ethereal emulsions in comparison with 10% local plant extract solutions were established and thoroughly studied.

The most effective ethereal oil preparation against mange mites appeared to be tea tree oil - after two weeks the number of mites in scabs diminished by 85%...After four weeks...Tea tree, citronella, hogweed, pennyroyal and tansy which belong to the fourth group, diminished the number of parasites up to 1.45% - 8.82% from the initial level.

You can read the full report on using essential oils like tea tree oil for mites by clicking on this link.

Thanks for the fantastic question!

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to How Do You Use Tea Tree Oil ?.