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You Could have Parasites and Not Know It! 12 Herbs that Kill Them

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Parasites are a fairly common problem, even in America. Most Americans think that there is no way that they could become infected. They live in one of the richest countries in the world, don’t they? Aren’t strict food and health codes followed?

Well, yes and no. There are strict food and health codes; the problem is that, due to a lack of funding, less than 1 percent of food products are actually tested. Also, because of the global food market, you can buy produce regardless of whether it is seasonal or not, such as strawberries in December. Some imported foods are contaminated with parasites and when you consume them, you can become infested with ugly, crawling, eating, breeding parasites and never even know it.

Even the CDC admits that many Americans are affected and are completely unaware of it. In fact, the CDC says that about 300,000 people become infected by the trypanosome cruzi parasite that causes Chaga disease, a debilitating disease that results in a lifetime of brain and heart problems. American hospitals reported more than 1,000 cases of tapeworms every single year, and the cat poop parasite, toxoplasma gondii, infects about 60 million people in the US every year.

The staggering amount of parasites that can infect us is mind boggling, not including the harm that they can cause. Getting rid of a parasitic infestation can become a lifelong struggle and they can lead to seizures, blindness, heart failure, even death.

It’s been estimated that about 1/3 of the general population is contaminated with some type of parasite. Although we have used the word “herbs,” some of these are actually foods and other things, but you get the idea.

Don’t let some ugly little life sucking parasite take a hold of your body! Check out some of the best ways you can eliminate parasites from your body and remove any doubt that you, or one of your family members, are infected.

 

1.  Papaya Seeds

The Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine and the Maryland Medical Center both state that studies show papaya seeds are a great way to get rid of parasites. In one study which involved 30 subjects, a combination of honey and papaya seeds cleared all parasites from the body in 23 out of the 30 subjects. You’ve probably eaten papaya before but never considered the seeds. They have a slightly peppery flavor to them, but they aren’t strong. You can simply chew them right from the fruit, or sprinkle them over your salads or other vegetable dishes, much the same way you would use pumpkin seeds.

 

2.  Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous earth is super effective at absorbing E. coli, viruses, endotoxins, methyl mercury, and pesticide and drug residues. It is also very effective at killing internal parasites, absorbing all sorts of toxins, and improving the intestinal flora. The only side effect is that this fine powder can irritate the lungs if you inhale it. Be careful when handling it and always get food grade diatomaceous earth! Find out 8 things you never knew about diatomaceous earth.

 

3. Garlic

Garlic is the anti-bad whatever! Doesn’t matter what it is, it seems as if garlic can kill it: viruses, bacteria, cancer, bacteria, vampires, oh yes, and parasites! This herb is almost unbelievable at what it can do. It can remove heavy metals from the body as well as stop those blood sucking parasites fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and mother-in-laws. OK, maybe not that last one, but don’t you wish it could?

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4. Onions

The sulfur in onions is really anti-parasitic. Although it’s a bit strong, simply drinking two teaspoons of onion juice (you can dilute it in some water) twice a day for two weeks will kill most intestinal worms, including those dreaded tapeworms and thread worms. Read more about onions benefits.

 

5.  Cloves

The essential oil from cloves is a great way to dissolve the eggs that intestinal worms leave behind after they die. In fact, clove oil is thought to be the only natural way to destroy parasitic eggs. When used in conjunction with wormwood and black walnut, this powerful trio will break the life cycle of most parasites.

 

6. Black Walnuts

Both the nuts and the green hulls (the inside part of the nut) of black walnuts do a great job of cleansing the blood and removing parasites from the intestines. The juice from the green hulls is what is used to kill parasites. There have been plenty of studies done showing that black walnut is an effective remedy against parasites. This is powerful medicine, so pregnant women and nursing mothers should avoid using this remedy.

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7. Wormwood

Although there are many different types of wormwood, the one that works to kill parasites is called Artemisia absinthium, a perennial herb that is covered with small yellowish flowers, the leaves and flowers are often used to treat stomach ailments, gallbladder problems, loss of appetite, and low libido. Wormwood, as you might have guessed from the name, is also a great remedy for worms, most notably roundworms and pinworms, some of the most common types that infest our intestinal tracts. This is typically consumed in a tincture or in a tea form.  Wormwood is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women.

 

8. Epazote

A common herb in Mexico, Central, and South America, this plant can be used in cooking as well as for medicinal purposes. This plant has long been used by indigenous people to help remove intestinal parasites. The leaves should be soaked in water and consumed as a tea. Be certain to not consume any seeds, as they can be toxic when consumed in sufficient quantities.

 

9. Thyme

This tasty herb is one of the best ways to stimulate a vital part of your immune system, the thymus. This works well when used in combination with Echinacea, to improve the body’s own natural immune system and kill parasites at the same time. Try using oil of thyme or thyme tea, along with Echinacea, for some super parasite killing power.

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10. Chinese Goldthread

Sounds like something you would use to make beautiful clothes, doesn’t it? Well, the truth is, goldthread (coptis chinensis) has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine to treat all types of infections including yeast, protozoan, bacterial, and parasitic. The active ingredient in Chinese Goldthread is berberine, which contains a broad spectrum of antimicrobial compounds.

 

11. Aloe Vera

Although generally used topically to treat skin problems and burns, aloe vera can also be used to purge even the most stubborn parasites. You can buy this in a gel, powder, or tablet form in almost all health food stores. Pregnant women and small children should consult a physician before consuming aloe vera internally.

 

SEE ALSO: How to Tell if You Have Parasites and What to Do About Them

 

12. Oil of Oregano

This is an easy and effective way to take care of most parasites. Simply place a few drops in a glass of water and drink at least twice per day, but no more than three times each day. You can add the juice of a lemon or lime to make it taste a bit better and give your body a boost of immune power at the same time. Oil of oregano is simply jam packed with high amounts of free radical killing antioxidants as well as being antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and, of course, anti-parasitic. Numerous studies show that oil of oregano can kick everything from parasitic infestation to cancer to the curb.

Herbal and natural treatments are very effective and very versatile and are generally considered to be safe; however, you should always consult your physician before you consume any herbal product, especially if you are taking prescription medications or if you are pregnant.

References:

Cbsnews.com

Cdc.gov

Webmd.com