Top 14 Foods and Herbs That Naturally Kill Intestinal Parasites

Top 14 Foods and Herbs That Naturally Kill Intestinal Parasites
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It’s not entirely unrealistic to assume that you have parasites. Despite what many people think, they come in many shapes and sizes and are a health concern beyond the borders of impoverished countries with poor health care. Recent research by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) presented shocking estimates of how prevalent parasitic organisms are in the U.S.

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Parasites are often microscopic and are most commonly spread through water and food. The CDC report states that there are several million Americans living with parasitic infections.1 Of those Americans, an excess of 300,000 have the trypanosoma cruzi, the host that causes chagas disease, resulting in lifetime heart and brain complications. U.S. hospitals see about 1,000 cases of the taenia solium tapeworm every year. Toxoplasma gondii, otherwise known as the “cat poop parasite” infects about 60 million U.S. citizens in a single year.

Natural Remedies for Internal Parasites

The sheer numbers of these parasites are unsettling enough without considering their harm. Parasitic infections can be a lifetime struggle, leading to blindness, heart failure, seizures, and in some cases death2, and I’ve already written about why intestinal parasites are dangerous, including key symptoms of parasite infection and how to prevent infection in my previous article which you may want to have a look.

Not everyone has to worry, as mother nature can provide us with peace of mind with natural and effective remedies to fight these parasites. Including some of these foods in your diet could make your body a less attractive host to the numerous parasites in existence. As for the herbs, use them under the care of a health professional.

1. Garlic – Perhaps the most versatile food item on this list, garlic is also a potent herb for medicinal benefits. It is especially useful for flushing out parasites such as giardia and roundworms. Read more about garlic in my article how to use garlic as a medicine.

2. Onion – Contains sulfur compounds that are anti-parasitic. Onion juice is very effective for intestinal worms, especially tapeworm and thread worms. Drink 2 tsp. of onion juice twice a day for 2 weeks.

3. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil – Coconuts are a food packed with nutritional benefits thanks to their natural saturated fats. It’s the same fats that gives extra virgin coconut oil the ability to flush out internal parasites. It detoxifies your system and can prevent the development of flukes and giardia.5

Many people mix coconut oil into smoothies or other beverages, but it can be used in many different recipes. Read more about the many health benefits of coconut oil here. Using more coconut oil in your daily routine is also one of the 70 habits featured in my e-book 70 Powerful Habits For A Great Health which will guide you how to take positive steps to improve your wellness and overall health.

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4. Pumpkin Seeds – Studies have shown that pumpkin seeds have a natural anthelmintic effect on the digestive system, meaning they can cure intestinal parasites.6 It doesn’t kill the worms outright, but it does help your body flush them out. The parasites are paralyzed by the compounds in the seeds and cannot cling to the intestines to avoid being flushed out through digestion. To read more about the health benefits of pumpkin seeds and the best way to consume them please read my article “8 Healthy Reasons to Eat Pumpkin Seeds“.

5. Papaya seeds – According to Maryland Medical Center and Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical medicine, papaya seeds are great for getting rid of intestinal parasites. A recent study showed that people who were taking honey together with papaya seeds, cleared their stool of parasites in 23 out of 30 cases. The seeds have a distinct, slightly peppery flavor. They can be eaten as they are, or you can sprinkle them over salads and other dishes, just as you would use pumpkin seeds. Those who are not afraid of the spicy flavor, can try them in a smoothie. Also read my article about 10 amazing reasons to eat papaya.

6. Pineapple – This delicious fruit contains the digestive enzyme bromelain that helps to clear certain parasitic infections, such as tapeworms. Read more about pineapple in my article how to use pineapple as a medicine.

7. Almonds – According to a study published in “The Journal of Ethnopharmacology”, almonds have anti-parasitic effect that help to sooth intestinal irritation and discourage intestinal parasite growth. This effect may be related to the high concentration of fatty acids in almonds.

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8. Wormwood – Wormwood is a common decorative plant that is widely known as an ingredient in absinthe. It also has many different types of health uses.3 Apart from its ability to aid with digestion, gallbladder problems, low libido and loss of appetite, wormwood is a notable fighter of roundworms, pinworms, and other worm-type parasites. It’s commonly ingested in tea form or as a tincture, but most recommend against ingesting the essential oil form.

9. Aloe vera – This herb is a well-known medical staple for all sorts of symptoms, ranging from burns to frostbite (read my article about the best uses of aloe vera for healthy skin). It can also be used for its purgative effects to help flush out stubborn parasites. It can be found in many different forms, the most popular being juice, gel, powders and tablets. Pregnant women and young children should exercise caution and consult a physician before ingesting aloe vera.

10. Epazote – This herb is native to Central and South America, and is useful in both the kitchen and medicine. It was originally used by indigenous tribes and is believed to help prevent flatulence and eliminate parasites such as tapeworms and hookworms. The leaf of the plant should be ground and soaked in tea for ingestion. Don’t use the seeds as they contain significant amounts of the toxic essential oil.

11. Male Fern – Consumers should be cautious when taking this plant because of the potential toxicity, but in the right quantities it can be one of the most effective parasite cures in the herb world. Most health experts recommend that you consult a physician before using male fern for parasites such as tapeworms, because it can be potentially be deadly if misused.

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12. Pomegranate – We aren’t talking directly about the fruit here, though the rind of it can also be used for medicinal purposes (read more about it here). The bark of the pomegranate tree is often used for digestive medical conditions such as diarrhea and dysentery. Its ability to flush out intestinal parasites with astringent qualities adds to the already extensive list of health applications that come from the plant.

As with many of the herbs listed, you should consult a medical expert and dose yourself carefully to avoid vomiting. According to Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman, also the pomegranate juice can be used for anti-parasitic effect, but you will need quite a large amount of up to four glasses of pomegranate juice daily for four or five days at a time. Pomegranate is a true superfood that is also featured in my e-book about superfoods which is part of the Natural Health Revolution Program. This program will help you to achieve your health, nutrition or weight loss goals.

13. Oil of Oregano – This oil is an effective and convenient way to get your dose of parasite cure. Simply put a few drops in a glass of water and take the mixture up to three times in a single day. Many people combine oil of oregano with lemon juice to add vitamins and taste.

14. Black Walnut Tincture – There has been plenty of documentation on black walnut’s ability to flush and kill parasites.7 The laxative effect of the herb helps cleanse the body of parasites while other compounds in the herb are believed to kill of the parasites by enriching the blood with oxygen. It’s recommended that users avoid black walnut heartwood, and those who are pregnant or sick should avoid it altogether. As it is a potent remedy, you should used it under the care of a holistic health professional.

Herbal treatments are very versatile and effective. If you are interested in natural and herbal remedies, you can find more useful information in my e-book The Herbal Remedies Guide. This guide will teach you how to treat common ailments using herbs

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53 Responses to Top 14 Foods and Herbs That Naturally Kill Intestinal Parasites

  1. Maria Aguilar says:

    When You mentioned epazote, You specified it comes from central And south América. Epazote is a typical mexican plant And México is part of north América, not central América. Thank you

  2. Marie Ange Jerome says:

    merci, j’ai grand besoin pour resoudre mes problemes de parasites

  3. yunita says:

    Thank you for your article. I saw that very important we eat fruits and eat papaya seads. I will try eat. Very nice

  4. Jme says:

    I give my dogs black walnut & wormwood oil once a week each month for heartworm preventative.

    • Brend says:

      Where do you get walnut and wormwood oil ?

      • Ruth says:

        You can get these things at the local heath food store or on line… a good combination for parasite removal is green black walnut hull tincture along with sweet wormwood and ground cloves.

    • John says:

      The maker of this post will probably never see this, but I must post this for other people who may read this and attempt it.
      DO NOT give your dogs black walnuts.
      Moldy black walnuts can contain tremorgenic mycotoxins which can cause seizures or neurological symptoms. This is serious stuff; your dog could end up dying from it. It is not worth it to satisfy some natural-foodie BS that you’ve gotten into your head. Your dog does NOT need black walnuts; do not risk their lives with them.

  5. Noosy says:

    Olive leaf extract, although tastes horrible, is also a great anti microbial and good for the heart too 🙂
    Don’t take just my word for it -it says so on the bottle and use the liquid form, not the capsules…

    • Jenny says:

      Olive leaf extract has indeed many health benefits – for people who are interested to know more about olive leaf extract, read my article here.

  6. Cristi says:

    You don’t mention cloves in this article and I have heard that they are among the most important.

  7. Cristi says:

    Also pumpkin seeds ….

  8. silvana says:

    sun oil is not proper to use and coffe to?

  9. Joseph says:

    How can I eat the pumpkin seeds? Do I eat the shell as well or do I have to prepare them in some way?

  10. Alice says:

    hi Jenni thnx for all that information where can I get the recipe for the tea? Need to try it ASAP!

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Alice, I’m not sure which tea you refer to, but if you refer to wormwood tea – see instructions here. Wormwood is available in Amazon as tea bags or loose leaf.

  11. joash says:

    how do i take pumkin seeds

    • Jenny says:

      You can buy pumpkin seeds (sometimes called pepitas) in the supermarket in prepackaged containers as well as in bulk bins (when purchasing pumpkin seeds as bulk bins you have to make sure they smell fresh). You should eat them raw and not roasted as this is the best way to preserve their nutrients. Organic pumpkin seeds are preferred, as they will not be contaminated with pesticides or other harmful chemicals. You can add them to salads, yogurt, oatmeal, sprinkle on toast or just eat as is.

      • Mary says:

        So true Jenny. I sprinkle raw organic pumpkin seeds on my evening salad. I determined I was infested several months ago with what I believe to be hookworm. I was having IBS symptoms and extreme allergic reactions to something. I got some ParaGone and started flushing them out and followed up with a papaya seed, garlic, and pineapple smoothie every morning for several weeks. I am currently symptom free and feel back to normal. Still, I continue adding the pumpkin seeds to my salad as a precaution, and will do a preventive smoothie on occasion just to make it hard for them to return or reinfest as I do consume fresh raw organics on a daily basis and raw food may contain these critters if it hasn’t been well washed (and sometimes even if it has). Parasites are no joke, they are amazingly hardy and stubborn.

        • Pam says:

          Can i ask u question? How did u know u had parasites?

        • kim says:

          Hi, can I ask, how you knew you had parasites, my tests came up negative but I am almost 100 percent sure I have parasites. Is it harmful to used paragone if I don’t know for sure
          kim

  12. charbel says:

    Hi I need some help with my father he has taenia and he has some kidneys problems and pericarditis so what im asking can taenia cause pericarditis cause in my father’s test nothing appeared to be the cause and the doctors say that they dont know where is it from and for ascaris what should we do. 10x

  13. Vuyisile says:

    I think Olive Leaf Extract should have been included in the list

    • Friedrich Ruff says:

      Yes, you’re right. I live in southern France and use olive leaf since years. It does really great. I have raw garlic mingled with raw honey every morning together with the olive leafs. Never any diarrhea, never any flu, never even snotty nose.

  14. prexylito says:

    Thank you so much for sharing. this is very helful

  15. CJ says:

    How could you not at least give Diatomaceous Earth an honorable mention for killing parasites. It’s a major one!

  16. D'Arcy says:

    Hello, recently ive discovered that my bird cage had white flat looking worms, it was a lot! I believe they’re called Ascardidae. I dont know if these worms are contagious to humans. Should I worry?

  17. C says:

    Papaya seeds have been known to cause people to miscarry, some people use them instead of getting an abortion, you must be careful

  18. Robert Highers says:

    I have Schwanomas from my head to my feet. What will kill them, I have been told there is no cure. Thanks

  19. nutrichef says:

    Hello Jenny, I found your website interesting. However, I found some confusion in regard to how to use the pumpkin seeds against parasites. You stated “This is one of the easiest ways to take your parasite medicines, and it’s actually quite easy to roast your own from scratch in an oven.” However, in your reply to joash you said “You should eat them raw and not roasted as this is the best way to preserve their nutrients,” which make more sense to me. I also read that you use Wikipedia, and as a college graduate and current student, wikipedia is not a factual place to obtain information. Please note that I am not criticizing you and your website; contrary I like it and I hope you can improve it. Back to the pumpkin seeds I am interested in knowing exactly how to eat them. And last, to the people who had conflicted opinions about Mexico, I respectfully clarify that Mexico is part of North America. Canada, The United States of America, and The Mexican Republic, are considered North America. The American continent divides in North America, Central America, and South America. Sincerely,

    • Jenny Hills says:

      You are right – raw is best as I’ve mentioned in my article about pumpkin seeds (and I will fix it in this article), Wikipedia is not an authority source although I use it sometimes and Mexico is indeed part of North America. Thank you for your comments – I appreciate it. Sometimes readers may find inaccuracies and although I try to do my best to avoid them, it’s sometimes inevitable when dealing with a large volume of information. I’m always happy to fix any inaccuracies.

  20. RMS says:

    just reading through, old posts but as I have heard, cloves are beneficial as they kill the eggs.
    One problem with parasites cleanses is this, that even if you remove them all, after the current eggs hatch, you have the problem all over again, which is why its recommended to take cloves with everything else. Forget where I heard this, its been a while.

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