Parasites are organisms that live in or on another organism, also referred to as a host. The organisms rely on their host for food and survival. As unpleasant as this sounds, parasites are not generally problematic unless they get out of control and become a parasitic infection. This type of infection can cause a good deal of pain, inflammation, fatigue, gastrointestinal distress, and itchy rashes. Below we will discuss the essential oils for parasites treatment.
It can be very difficult to eradicate parasites because many of them have become drug resistant. They have also developed some pretty impressive self-defense mechanisms including protective biofilms that medications can’t always penetrate.
Parasites that don’t respond to prescription drug therapies can be dealt with using natural remedies. Essential oils have shown quite a bit of promise in dealing with the removal of opportunistic organisms from the body. Let’s explore 4 essential oils that have been shown to kill parasites.
Recommended Essential Oils for Parasites
If you are ingesting essential oils, it is recommended that you only use high quality, organic, food and therapeutic grade products. They also need to be diluted when ingesting or used topically.
#1 Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata)
Clove oil is extracted from the dried flowering buds of a tree in the myrtle family. The buds are oven ground and used to infuse flavor into a variety of dishes and baked goods. The oil from cloves has numerous medicinal properties. It is antimicrobial, antifungal, and anesthetic.
Clove oil can be used to treat infections of the skin and parasitic infestations in the intestines. It can also be applied topically for pain relief. Clove oil can be diluted in a carrier oil, such as almond oil, and applied to infected skin or gums. Head lice is particularly sensitive to clove. It can also be safely ingested by placing a couple of drops in water and sipping on it to address internal parasitic and fungal infections.
#2 Oregano (Origanum vulgare)
Oregano oil is pulled from the fresh leaves of the oregano plant. The active ingredient in oregano oil is carvacrol. This strongly aromatic oil is a powerful and fast acting antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiviral agent. It is often used to treat Lyme Disease spirochetes, upper respiratory infections, and skin infections. Oregano oil is quite effective at preventing parasites form forming a protective cyst or biofilm.
Definitely dilute this strong essential oil in water when using it to treat internal parasites in the blood or gastrointestinal tract. To apply oregano oil on a skin infection, mix a few drops with 2 teaspoons of extra virgin coconut oil and apply up to 4 times daily. Be mindful that oregano oil can be irritating, so start out slowly.
#3 Wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium and Artemisia Annua)
Wormwood is famously known as the ingredient in the alcoholic spirit called Absinthe. The oil is extracted by steam distillation from the flowering tops, leaves, and twigs of the plant. This essential oil is very effective in treating tick-borne Babesiosis parasitic infections and at expelling intestinal worms.
Wormwood essential oil is often combined with clove essential oil when addressing intestinal parasites. A few drops can be added to water and sipped on throughout the day for a couple of weeks as an effective parasite cleanse.
#4 Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
Fennel essential oil is made from the crushed seeds of the fennel herb plant. Fennel oil has antiseptic, antispasmodic, and antiparasitic properties. This licorice flavored oil has been effectively used to kill worms and their spores in the intestinal tract. A bonus is that the oil also calms the stomach and eases nausea, making it soothing for children.
Like the other essential oils, Fennel can be added to water and sipped or be made into a pleasant tasting tea when added to boiled water. Fennel oil can also be added to a carrier oil, such as jojoba, and applied to the ankles to ward of parasitic fleas.
Final Thoughts About Essential Oils for Parasites
Essential oils can be safely used to treat both internal and external parasites. As mentioned previously, it is recommended that these potent oils be diluted with water or mixed with a carrier oil so as not to irritate the intestines or skin. Try to source therapeutic or food grade essential oils that are from organically grown plants that don’t have concentrations of pesticides.