How To Tell If Parasites Are Inside The Body (And 8 Foods To Fight Them Off)

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Written by: Kat Gal

Do You Have Parasites In Your Body?

I don’t want to freak you out, but chances are YOU HAVE PARASITES.

Yep, it’s true; about one third of Americans have parasites living in their digestive system.

Are you shocked?!

While this may surprise you, parasites are more common than you may realize.

There are countless kinds of parasites that exist and many of them are so common, that you may even be unaware that some of the problems you’re experiencing could be because of parasites.

Some people argue this, but others even consider candida to be a parasite. Either way, a large number of people around the world are dealing with adverse health effects as result of parasites in their system.

But are you one of the many who are dealing with parasites?

Top 10 Signs You May Have A Parasite:

  • Unexplained constipation, diarrhea, gas, or IBS symptoms
  • You’ve had traveller’s diarrhea while traveling internationally
  • You have a history of food poisoning and are still dealing with digestive issues
  • You have difficulty falling asleep and you wake up often during the night
  • You grind your teeth while sleeping
  • You have skin irritations, rashes, hives, eczema or rosacea for unexplained reasons
  • You have aching muscles and joints
  • You never seem to feel full after your meals
  • You have iron-deficiency anemia
  • You are dealing with fatigue, depression, exhaustion or apathy


If you have recognized yourself reading these symptoms, don’t hit the panic button just yet! Mother Nature has got your back!

There are some magical herbs and foods out there that you can eat to help get rid of your parasites.

8 Herbs And Foods That Can Kill Internal Parasites Naturally

1. Garlic

Garlic has super powers. It has shown to effectively fight against viruses, fungi, bacteria, parasites and cancer. It is also powerful against blood sucking parasites like mosquitoes, ticks and fleas. Basically, if you are dealing with any bad stuff, eat some garlic. Just stay away from kissing afterwards, okay?

How to use it? You can use garlic in so many ways. Add it to your cooked dishes and if you are brave, you can even put it in your green juice.

2. Black Walnut Nuts & Hull

The nuts and green hulls of black walnut (Juglans nigra) possess the powerful ability to cleanse your blood and your intestines. Black walnut hull is effective in helping with fungal infections. The juice from the green hulls is the part that is used to kill parasites. Make sure to only use green hulls.

How to use it? You can buy black walnut nuts and hull as a tincture and use it internally as directed. It is often found as an ingredient in internal cleansing products.

3. Wormwood

Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) is an herb with small yellow-green flowers. Leaves and flowers are both powerful for your stomach problems and wormwood is the perfect remedy for intestinal worms (note that wormwood should be avoided by nursing women). Wormwood also possesses strong antimicrobial properties and can be useful for other infections besides parasites.

How to use it? Besides being found in many internal cleansing products, you can make tea out of wormwood. Just add 0.5 – 1 tsp to hot water and you have a cleansing tea ready.

4. Cloves

Clove essential oil dissolves the eggs found in your intestines left behind by worms. It may be the only herb that destroys almost all parasite eggs. It is incredibly powerful when used in conjunction with black walnut and wormwood, because the trio breaks the parasite’s life-cycles. Clove is antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial and antifungal, hence how incredibly powerful it can be.

How to use it? Cloves are used to flavor many dishes and baked goods from relishes, pies, pickles, Indian dishes, teas and cider.

5. Thyme

Thyme is one of the most wonderful herbs for stimulating the thymus, a major gland of your immune system. Thyme stimulates your body’s natural defenses. Thyme oil can not only eliminate growth of many parasites, but it can also kill them in the intestinal tract.

How to use it? You can use thyme in practically any dish you’d like along with marjoram, rosemary, oregano and other spices. You may also just use it dry or fresh.

6. Oregano Oil

Oregano oil is incredibly powerful and one of the most effective herbs you can use against all kinds of problems, including parasites. It is infused with extremely high levels of free radical-crushing antioxidants. Oregano oil is also antiparasitic, antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal, making it a powerful yet protective killer that can reset the microbial environment in your intestines.

How to use it? You can use oregano oil as a tincture, tea, or as an essential oil. Make sure you get good quality food-grade oils from a reliable source. It is also an ingredient in many cleansing products.

7. Chinese Goldthread

Goldthread (Coptis chinensis) is an important herb in traditional Chinese medicine used for helping with all types of infections, including bacterial, parasitic, yeast and protozoan. Its superpower ingredient, berberine, is responsible for the broad-spectrum antimicrobial properties.

How to use it? You can make tea out of chinese goldthread. Look for teas with it as an ingredient. You may want to visit your Asian supermarket.

8. Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous earth (food grade) absorbs E. coli, methyl mercury, viruses, organophosphate pesticide residues, various toxins and drug residues. Diatomaceous earth can kill your intestinal parasites, balance your intestinal flora, destroy viruses in your body and absorb any toxins that may be harming you. It is typically used for intestinal cleanses (note that it may irritate your lungs if inhaled).

How to use it? For internal parasites, you can use diatomaceous earth orally. Start with 0.5 tsp, gradually working up to 2 tbsp mixed with 4 ounces of water. Take it in on an empty stomach followed by 8 ounces of water immediately and continue to drink lots of water during the day.

There really are so many superherbs and superfoods that are there to help protect you from parasites invading your body.

Have you ever dealt with and successfully overcome problems due to parasites? Share your story below!

Kat Gal

Kat Gal

Health Writer & Freelance Writing Mentor at Kat Gal Writer / Freelance Writer School
Kat Gál is a holistic health writer who helps health, wellness, and nutrition businesses to market their products and services through quality online content. She is also a freelance writing mentor teaching wanna-be-freelancers how to make a living writing at Reach out if you are looking for amazing blog content at or Visit for freelance writing tips. Follow me on Instagram @freelancewriterschool and on Facebook at
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