Statistics suggest that one-third of the U.S. population have parasites living in their digestive system. While this may sound shocking, parasites are more common than you may realize.
Parasites are organisms that live in or on a host organism. They gain an advantage at the expense of the host. Internal parasites live inside the body and feed off of food or blood. Worms, coccidia, and blood parasites are all types of internal parasites.
They come in many different shapes and sizes and can cause numerous health problems when left untreated. Some consume your food, leaving you hungry and unable to gain weight. Others feed off of your red blood cells and cause anemia. Some lay eggs and cause itching, irritability, and insomnia.
If you want to find out are you one of the many who are dealing with parasites, just continue reading.
It is important to note that parasites can live in the intestines for years without causing symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they can include:
- You do not feel full after meals.
- You have traveler’s diarrhea while you travel internationally.
- Unexplained constipation, diarrhea, gas or IBS symptoms.
- History of food poisoning and dealing with chronic digestive issues.
- Anemia, iron deficiency.
- Grinding of teeth while sleeping.
- You wake up often during the night and you have trouble falling asleep.
- Skin irritations, rashes, hives, eczema, or rosacea for unexplained reasons.
- Aching muscles and joints.
- Fatigue, depression, exhaustion or apathy.
If you have any of these signs, there is no need to panic. There are some amazing natural remedies that you can take to help get rid of your parasites and fix your health problems.
Natural treatment for parasites
Internal parasites can trigger multiple health problems. Herbs are one way to strengthen the body and kill intestinal parasites. These are the eight best herbs for treating parasites naturally:
1. Black walnuts
Black walnut nuts and hull (Juglans nigra) have been used for centuries to expel various types of worms, including parasites that cause skin irritations such as ringworm. It oxygenates the blood, which also helps kill parasites. You can buy black walnut nuts and hull as a tincture and use it internally as directed.
Cloves have antiseptic, bactericidal and anti-parasitic properties that help destroy parasitic eggs and kill intestinal worms within the body. Plus, cloves can help prevent future episodes of infestation.
Add one teaspoon of powdered clove to a cup of hot water. Cover the cup with a plate and allow it to steep for 10 to 20 minutes. Drink this three times a day for a week. After a gap of one week, repeat again in the third week. Always use freshly ground clove powder to get the maximum health benefits.
Thyme is one of the best herbs that stimulate the thymus, the main gland of the immune system. It awakens the body’s natural defensive system while hindering the growth of parasites. Oil of thyme can eliminate the growth of many parasites, and it kills them in the intestinal tract.
Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) is a herb with small yellow-green flowers. Leaves and flowers are both powerful for your stomach problems and wormwood is the perfect remedy for intestinal worms (note that wormwood should be avoided by nursing women). Wormwood also possesses strong antimicrobial properties and can be useful for other infections besides parasites.
Besides being found in many internal cleansing products, you can make tea out of wormwood. Just add 0.5 – 1 teaspoon to hot water and you have a cleansing tea ready.
Coconut is a very effective remedy for expelling all types of intestinal worms. It acts as a very strong anti-parasitic agent. Both the fruit and oil can be used to treat intestinal worms.
Eat one tablespoon of crushed coconut with your breakfast. After three hours, drink one glass of warm coconut milk with two tablespoons of castor oil mixed in it. Repeat this process daily until the infestation disappears. Castor oil, though, is not recommended for individuals suffering from gastrointestinal disease and children below five years of age. Also, eat 4 to 6 tablespoons of extra virgin coconut oil daily. This oil contains medium-chain triglycerides that help expel parasites from your body and also boost the immune system to fight against them.
6. Raw garlic
Garlic is a popular anti-parasitic food that can help deal with any type of intestinal worms. Raw garlic has sulfur-containing amino acids that are anti-parasitic in nature. Plus, the antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic properties in garlic help kill microbes in the body.
Eating three cloves of raw garlic on an empty stomach every day for one week is one of the simplest ways to get rid of all types of intestinal worms. Alternatively, you can boil two crushed garlic cloves in 1/2 cup of coconut milk and drink it on an empty stomach. Do this for about a week. Then, after a gap of one week, repeat again in the third week.
7. Indian lilac (Neem)
Indian lilac, also known as neem is an effective natural method for removing all types of intestinal worms. It has anti-parasitic properties that not only kills parasites but also helps remove the toxins that they leave behind as they are dying.
You should drink a glass of warm coconut milk or water mixed with one teaspoon of dried neem leaf powder twice daily for a week. You can also grind neem leaves to a fine paste and eat one-half tablespoon of the paste with a glass of water every morning on an empty stomach for a week. Then, after a gap of one week, repeat again in the third week.
8. Raw pumpkin seeds
Pumpkin seeds contain a compound called cucurbitacin, which has anti-parasitic properties that can paralyze the parasites. This, in turn, prevents them from holding on to the intestine wall and they soon are eliminated from the body.
You should mix together one tablespoon of roasted and crushed pumpkin seeds with an equal amount of honey. Eat this mixture each morning on an empty stomach for a week. After a gap of one week, repeat again in the third week.
Don’t forget probiotics
Remember to take probiotics supplement at the end of the day because parasite-killing herbs knock out everything, including good bacteria. Also, you can consume probiotic-rich foods such as sauerkraut, kefir and raw yogurts. You will also want to drink plenty of clean water and get plenty of rest while on a parasite cleanse. Sleep is incredibly healing and needed for repair and rebuilding.