When science says to wash foods and not eat them raw, it is a fair warning we need to abide by. Food is a carrier of pathogens that can cause all types of diseases we can never imagine. One of the silent diseases we won’t know we have until it gets worse is a parasite infection.
But, parasitic infections come in many forms and from various causes – not just food. You can even get parasites just from swimming in infected waters. Its symptoms range from dermatitis to a fatal brain infection. Parasites like intestinal worms or helminths can also enter and inhabit the human body. When these intestinal organisms find their host, they invade the intestine and colon. Weight loss, abdominal pain, fatigue and anorexia are the subtle symptoms that might manifest in an infection. So, let’s find out what can be done to fight these hidden enemies naturally.
How to Fight Parasites?
Parasitic infections come from contaminated and raw food. They also reside in water, soil, blood and feces and are transferred into the host through direct contact.
Laboratory tests can confirm the presence of these organisms. It is also the basis for prescribing the right medicine to kill and flush these invaders away.
Proper hygiene plays an important role in the prevention of parasitic infection. You need to also be mindful of the food that you eat and its sources.
Getting infected is a dreadful thought knowing that it does not always show some symptoms. If you want to cleanse your gut and prevent it from inhabiting your system, some herbs can help you do that.
Home Remedies for Parasites
Several plants contain excellent antiparasitic properties for treating various parasitic diseases. The most powerful against intestinal parasites are these common herbs where some are even a staple in every pantry.
Garlic: Allium sativum contains allicin which can effectively kill intestinal worms. Eating two cloves of garlic in the morning before breakfast will get rid of Ascaris and pinworms. Its decoction will also cure anorexia which may be related to the parasite symptoms.
Turmeric: The curcumin in turmeric (Curcuma longa) is also a powerful compound that can dispel internal parasites. It is also effective against many other types of parasites and destroys the eggs before they can proliferate. Curcumin blocks the enzymes where these organisms feed making it difficult for them to survive.
Anise: Aniseed, or simply anise (Pimpinella anisum), contains a volatile oil that has been used as an ingredient in anthelmintic drugs for centuries. It is particularly used in mild infections in children. It is taken by mouth either as a seed powder or oil extract for about 4 weeks to get rid of parasites.
Black walnut: Juglans nigra is very powerful against worms and parasites. Its hull, most particularly, contains juglone that inhibits the production of enzymes which the parasites need in their metabolic function. Black walnut can be taken as a decoction or prepared as a tincture with the hulls included for parasite cleansing.
Cloves: Syzygium aromaticum are an herbal treatment for many illnesses in the digestive system including parasites. It contains bioactive substances like eugenol which has excellent anthelmintic properties. Clove essential oil prevents the eggs from hatching and inhibits their energy metabolism to eventually remove them from the system.
Cayenne pepper: Oral intake of cayenne pepper, although quite burning, can help battle the silent parasites. The capsaicin in cayenne (Capsicum annuum) is said to destroy intestinal parasites. In traditional healing, cayenne is used for deworming cattle and prepared along with wormwood and honey.
Wormwood: Artemisia absinthium is the most effective herb when it comes to parasite cleansing. In fact, it is where wormwood earned its name. Wormwood contains thujone which, when taken internally, can cause worm paralysis and death. Its usage began in Ancient Egypt where it eliminated even the most resistant tapeworm in humans.
However, thujone is also toxic. That is why wormwood is not intended for long-term use and in large doses. The safest way of consuming wormwood is taking its powdered or pill form where the thujone content is regulated to a safety threshold.
Pumpkin Seeds: The seeds and their oil extract are also powerful dewormers that can eradicate even the most resistant nematodes in humans and animals. Pumpkin seeds have ethanol that affects egg hatching, development and motility of adult worms. It is seen to be an inexpensive source of anthelmintic compounds for use in conventional medicines.
Honey: Raw honey possesses excellent antimicrobial and antiparasitic properties that help get rid of parasites in the body. It is often mixed with other antiparasitic herbs for better results. But, honey should only be used as a dewormer for children over three years old to prevent food poisoning in really young children.
Papaya: Papaya seeds, pulp and leaves are all effective against human worm infection. The most potent part of the papaya is its seeds which contain beneficial antiparasitic compounds like benzyl isothiocyanate. It can arrest protozoal activity in the gut and paralyze intestinal worms. A decoction of papaya leaves is also beneficial in eliminating the toxins caused by these parasite activities in the body.
This information mostly comes from Nicole Apelian’s book, The Holistic Guide to Wellness: Herbal Protocols for Common Ailments.
She has created an entire Parasite Protocol filled with a lot of tips and tricks that help you flush away parasites and heal your gut.
This science-backed protocol includes specific instructions on what herbs to take and what foods to eat in the morning, noon, afternoon, evening, and before bed.
Herbal Elixir Against Parasites
This potent mixture of antiparasitic ingredients can wash away the silent and unwanted visitors in the gut. It also aids in the proper functioning of the digestive tract by eliminating bad bacteria and boosting the growth of good gut flora.
This elixir contains apple cider vinegar, also an excellent ingredient against parasites. Although ACV does not necessarily kill these organisms, its acetic acid creates a less conducive environment for them to thrive in.
- 4 cups filtered water
- ¼ cup raw honey
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/8 tsp cayenne powder
- Pour the honey in a saucepan with warm water.
- In a pitcher, mix the apple cider vinegar, turmeric and cayenne powder and pour in the diluted honey.
- Let cool and refrigerate for about two hours before consuming it. Keep the batch in the fridge and consume it within five days.
To use: Drink 2 ounces (4 tbsp) of the elixir three times a day. Do not take this for more than 8 ounces a day, to prevent an upset stomach. For a complete parasite cleanse, alternate this blend with other useful remedies mentioned in this article, for 2 weeks.