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Parasite treatments include a number of natural remedies that can be taken internally or used externally. The key to treating parasites is identifying a treatment option that is effective for eliminating the specific type of parasite present. Diatomaceous earth and a variety of other treatments like papaya leaf are very effective at eliminating a wide range of parasites without harming the rest of the body.

Home Remedies for Parasites

Eliminating parasites as quickly and safely as possible is crucial. A variety of options are available; however, some of the most effective include diatomaceous earth, apple cider vinegar and coconut oil. These treatments bind to parasites and naturally remove them from the body.


Garlic has been used throughout history to eliminate parasites. Garlic’s active components, allicin and ajoene, kill pinworms and hookworms. Besides it’s anti-parasitic abilities, garlic has been shown to kill many forms of bacteria and fungus, and even potent viruses.

Crush or juice one clove of garlic per day to begin with and work your way up slowly. Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day to help you detox.

Food-Grade Diatomaceous Earth

A naturally occurring substance made from the skeletons of fossilized diatoms (hard-shelled algae), Diatomaceous Earth is able to kill parasites and a host of other issues. Food-grade diatomaceous earth is approximately 85% silica, an important trace mineral that helps skin, hair, nails and promotes healthy digestion.

DE is an effective way to eliminate roundworms, whipworms, pinworms, hookworms, and tapeworm because once it has been ground into a fine powder, it cuts through anything with an exoskeleton (parasites) absorbing bodily fluids and causing the parasites to die.

To treat parasites, 1 tablespoon of food grade Diatomaceous Earth should be added to tall glass of water once a day. Make sure to drink plenty of water each day to help flush dead parasites from your body. If possible, DE should be given all members of family and pets for at least 90 days.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is another effective treatment option. Apple cider vinegar is effective at supporting the body’s pH and eliminating any parasites or other harmful infections. The compound is also rich in vitamins and minerals, so it boosts overall health as well.

To treat parasites, 2 teaspoons of organic and raw apple cider vinegar should be stirred into a glass of filtered water. Drink this tonic twice a day.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is naturally antifungal. As such, it effectively eliminates parasites and other growths in the system. Like the other treatment options, coconut oil is also effective at supporting good general health. To kill parasites, use 1 teaspoon of organic coconut oil mixed with food. See how your body reacts to the coconut oil.

Side effects from coconut oil can include diarrhea, nausea, and gallbladder attacks. Start low and go slow!

Papaya Leaf

Papaya leaf is a traditional herb used around the world to remove intestinal worms. The leaves of papaya contain a component called carpaine, an anti-parasitic alkaloid which has also been studied for its cardiovascular effects. To eliminate parasites, one 400 mg capsule of papaya leaf is taken 3 times a day.

Papaya leaf is also commonly used around the world to increase platelet levels and help with digestive complaints. Like the fruit, papaya leaves have special enzymes (papain, chymopapain, protease, and amylase enzymes) that break down carbs and proteins to help digestion.

Finally, studies have shown that papaya leaves contain anti-microbial agents that can kill harmful bacteria that can cause peptic ulcers called H. Pylori.

Raw Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds contain an organic compound called cucurbitacin. Studies have shown that cucurbitacin don’t actually kill parasites but paralyzes them so they drop off the intestinal walls and are flushed from the body with each bowel movement. Because of this, pumpkin seeds are usually used with a natural laxative like the ayurvedic herb Triphala to help remove from the body via bowel movements.

What is a Parasite?

Parasites are organisms that invade a host organism and feed on the nutrients provided by the host. Parasites range in size from barely visible to easily recognizable by the naked eye. Common symptoms include lowered immune system, constant illness, rectal itching, recurring yeast infection, fatigue, bloating and gas and allergies. If left untreated, parasite overgrowth can lead to other conditions including infertility, cancer, arthritis, osteoporosis and several others.

A number of known parasites have been identified that cause infection. When left untreated, parasites not only feed on the host but also cause a variety of other comorbid issues. Natural treatments, however, can effectively eliminate parasites without harm to the rest of the body.

Signs You May Have A Parasite

Parasite Overgrowth Symptoms Include:

  • Diarrhea or Loose Stools for 2 Weeks

  • Constipation

  • Gas

  • Stomach Pain

  • Itchy Anus

  • Lethargy

  • Low Immunity

  • Frequently Sick

  • Constantly Tired

  • Ringworm

  • Athlete’s Foot

  • Bloating

  • Intestinal Cramps

  • Unexplained Weight Loss

  • Skin Issues like Hives, Rosacea, Dermatitis

  • Exhaustion

  • Depression

  • Aching in Joints

  • Muscle Aches

  • Iron Deficiency Anemia

  • Mood Changes

  • Constantly Hungry

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