12 Herbs That Beat Parasites Naturally
Parasites can be found in nearly 50% of the American population. These are foreign pathogens that make their way into our bodies through unclean water, shellfish, pork products and other forms of contaminated food. The most common internal parasites that humans are commonly dealing with include tapeworms, Candida – yeast, and pathogenic bacteria. Although there are some modern medical treatments available, many people are looking for ways to kill parasites naturally.
Fortunately, we now have enough information available to know what types of things parasites do not like. By following specifically designed protocols using natural compounds, parasites can be effectively removed from the body without doing extensive damage to the gut. As a result, you will likely feel greater energy, restored digestive function, and overall returning of vitality.
Parasite infection can cause many unpleasant symptoms. Depending on the type of parasite, an infection can cause massive inflammation, brain fog, digestive troubles, chronic fatigue, and much more.
Parasitic infections are an often overlooked, and yet critical, step in overcoming chronic health challenges. Especially in very stubborn cases where someone just can’t seem to get well, this may be a missing link.
Plants are under pressure from various insects and other parasitic lifeforms everyday. They have adapted by producing unique compounds that ward off these parasites.These compounds are typically bitter and astringent in nature and occur in tree barks, roots and the leaves of many natural herbs and plants.
There are literally hundreds of different anti-microbial herbs so a consumer can get easily confused trying to find which will work best. Through my research, I have found these 12 to be particularly effective and we have formulated a unique product that contains clinical doses of each of these herbs.
Black Walnut is a type of walnut that contains large amounts of a cytotoxic compound called juglone. Research on juglone has revealed the potential to fight bacteria such as S. aureus, Escherichia coli, Bacillus subtilis, Penicillium sp., Aspergillus sp., and Hansenula sp. as well as certain types of fungi (1, 2).
Additionally, black walnut acts as a mild laxative to help facilitate the elimination of dead microbes and waste products that would otherwise accumulate in the digestive tract.
Also known as Artemisia annua, sweet wormwood is an extremely bitter herb with anti-parasitic properties. This powerful extract has also been shown to inhibit one of the most deadly malaria parasites, Plasmodium falciparum (3).
Garlic may be one of the most traditional remedies for killing off unwanted microbes in the gut. It seems our research has caught up to our intuition with this one because garlic contains powerful broad-spectrum antimicrobial properties against bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites (5).
Additionally, garlic is a powerful source of nutrition that is great for the body in many ways. Although there are many beneficial compounds in garlic, one called allicin is thought to provide much of its antimicrobial effects (6). In order to maximize allicin, it is best to eat fresh garlic that has been smashed or chopped.
Alternatively, you could also supplement with a concentrated garlic extract.
Oregano is not just great tasting on pizza, but may also be one of the most powerful antimicrobial substances we currently know of. It has been shown to have diverse activity against bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. Specifically oregano essential oil has been shown to effectively act on bacteria like MRSA that have become resistant to traditional treatments (7).
Finding solutions to antimicrobial resistance is key for human survival and oregano provides a promising one.
Pumpkin seeds surprisingly have been shown to help control roundworm infections in the GI tract (8). Additionally, pumpkin seeds are a great source of zinc and B vitamins that help the immune system function at its prime.
While consuming the whole seed may provide some benefits, those already experiencing a large amount of GI distress will likely derive much greater benefit from a high quality pumpkin seed extract.
Goldenseal is not commonly known by most people. This herb contains a compound called berberine which we now know has beneficial effects against bacteria, parasites, and yeast.
Berberine provides additional benefits in the gut by up regulating the production of butyrate, an important fatty acid that helps to burn fat, improve blood sugar responses, and boost energy (9). This important fatty acid is also found in grass-fed butter.
Bearberry, also known as Uva-Ursi, is another herb that may have antimicrobial properties in the body. This herb has gained interest particularly in helping tame urinary tract infections.
It is thought that a compound called arbutin is responsible for its antimicrobial benefits. This compound is converted into hydroquinone glucuronide in the body and excreted from the urine. It is thought that this excretion of hydroquinone glucuronide prevents bacteria from adhering to the walls of the urinary tract.
Grapefruit seed contains high amounts of citrus bioflavonoids that act as powerful antioxidants and anti-microbials. Specifically hesperidin, contained in grapefruit seed, may be largely responsible for its antimicrobial effects.
Studies have highlighted antibacterial and anti-fungal effects from this potent extract and, when combined with geranium, has even shown to effectively combat MRSA (an antibiotic-resistant strain of staph infection) (10, 11).
Wormseed, also known as Chenapodium ambrosides, is an uncommon herb with significant activity against fungi and certain bacteria. It has recently been investigated for its ability to fight H. Pylori which is a common and tricky to fight bacterial infection that many people get (12).
Wormseed has also been investigated as a natural alternative to chemical bug sprays, food preservatives, and as a supplement to help prevent intestinal infections in livestock.
Guarana is a poplar herb used in energy drinks for its high caffeine content. This herb has also been traditionally added to teas by natives of the amazon for its uplifting properties.
Guarana seeds have a similar nutrient make-up to tea leaves and cacao, containing high amounts of tannins that provide many of its benefits. These tannins have demonstrated some benefits towards fighting MRSA and other unwanted pathogens (13, 14).
Passion flower is an herb commonly used for anxiety relief and relaxation. It contains a wide array of nutrients including alkaloids, phenols, glycoside flavonoids, and cyanogenic compounds that may contribute to its ability to help fight pathogens (15).
Additionally, passionflower is great for improving insomnia symptoms and promoting a sense of overall calmness. This is important because one of the most common symptoms I have seen people experience when they have parasitic overgrowth is insomnia. In particular, waking up between 1-3am and having trouble falling back asleep is a common issue people with parasites experience.
Everyone knows lavender for its pleasant and relaxing aroma. While this herb is great for relaxing after a hard day, it is also a powerful inhibitor of unwanted yeasts and bacteria, including MRSA.
Lavender essential oil is even being investigated as a possible synergistic ingredient alongside conventional antibiotics with promising results (16). Lavendar also synergizes with passionflower to help improve the stress response during the day and allow for great sleep at night.
Introducing Para Elim:
As a practitioner, I was encountering many clients with challenging parasites in their system. I knew I needed a product that would help them eliminate these effectively. Para Elim is clinically formulated, advanced dietary supplement that is specially designed to provide a unique blend of the 10 anti-microbial herbal compounds discussed in this article and other cofactors in a proprietary enzyme base.
This is my go to product for individuals with challenging parasites such as amoeba and worms. The enzyme base also enhances digestion and takes stress of the stomach and intestines as they heal.
Anti-Parasite Nutrition Plan
It is usually not enough to just use anti-microbial herbs when trying to cleanse your body of unwanted pathogens. You will likely acheive a much higher success rate if you also ensure you are eating in a way that further combats foreign pathogens in the gut.
Parasites love sugar and so it is absolutely crucial to avoid sugar and limit your intake of foods that are converted into sugar after consumption. Additionally, performing regular fasts along with specific cleansing strategies can help accelerate the process.
Fasting & Cleansing
Fasting for longer amounts of time helps to starve unwanted microbes in the gut while also reducing the burden of digestion, allowing it to heal much more quickly. You can read about my fasting strategies here.
It is a good idea to consume anti-microbial and cleansing compounds while fasting. Drink plenty of water with added organic acids from lemons/limes and apple cider vinegar as well as things like oregano essential oil. It is also important to do a lot of salts such as Himalyan sea salt or organic broth to maintain mineral balance.
For example, it would be a great idea to start the day with a large glass of water and adding a squeeze of lemon or lime and 2-3 drops of a high quality oregano essential oil.
In addition to fasting and cleansing, you will want to eat foods that will not feed the infection while also actively combatting it. A high-fat/low-carb diet will likely be a great place to start.
Additionally, you will want to utilize plenty of anti microbial herbs such as oregano, thyme, rosemary, clove, cayenne pepper, and ginger.
Some of the best foods for combatting parasites include sprouted pumpkin seeds, fresh pomegranate, coconut oil and coconut products, raw garlic, and raw onion. To help promote a more beneficial microbial balance it is a good idea to consume fermented foods like coconut kefir, apple cider vinegar, sauerkraut, kimchi, and pickles.
Many people in this state will not tolerate dairy very well so I generally recommend avoiding dairy based fermented products until gut health has been restored.
Controlling Negative Reactions
When you attack pathogens in the gut, there is often a large amount of waste released into the GI tract that can become harmful if not properly eliminated. This is why in my personal protocol I typically recommend utilizing activated charcoal to bind up these toxins and pass them through bowel movements.
Healing The Gut
The presence of an infection can cause a lot of damage to the mucosal barrier, intestinal lining, and overall digestive function. This is why when fighting a parasite, you want to make sure you are following up with a gut healing protocol.
The goal is to eliminate pathogens and build your gut health to prevent them from returning, otherwise you can end up with more problems down the road. Check out my video below for the best foods to implement for this.
I also have a specifically designed protein blend containing a ton of anti-inflammatory nutrients that can be very helpful for restoring gut health. I usually recommend my Gut Healing protein for anyone that has gone through serous digestive issues and it works very well.
Parasitic infection can cause the body to suffer severe side effects. Conventional medicine has solutions for this kind of issue, but they often very harsh on the digestive tract and can lead to other problems.
Fortunately, utilizing specific herbs in a standardized extract form, along with the other lifestyle strategies listed in this article can help remove these unwanted visitors while protecting and strengthening the integrity of your gut. This way you can also help protect yourself from ever having to go through these troubles again.