Easy DIY Intestinal Parasite Cleanse: For Adults, For Kids, Homemade, To Buy

Natural Herbal Intestinal Parasite Cleanse for Children and Adults

A DIY natural parasite cleanse is easy to make and not that bad to take. You will probably need to take a trip to your local natural food coop or herb and vitamin store to get the tincture unless you planned ahead and made your own. Below I’ll explain how to know if you have intestinal parasites and how to make the tinctures yourself. This really is the best parasite cleanse for a child, but it could work for an adult, too.

To make a DIY homemade intestinal parasite cleanse that is suitable for both children and adults mix:

Eat this mixture twice a day for 10 days.

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How to Make DIY Homemade Herbal Intestinal Parasite Remedies

I asked our friendly pharmacist turned natural pharmacist how to get rid of intestinal parasites naturally, and while they sell Parasite cleansing kits for adults, she recommended the following treatment for my kids. And it worked!  As explained above, she recommended that twice a day for about 10 days, to eat a little applesauce with 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves and 10 drops of black walnut tincture (which you can buy from a health food or supplement store).

While this was super easy and inexpensive, my kids hate cloves to this day and I blame this remedy.  The walnut tincture is very bitter, so the cloves help to cover that taste of that, but cloves are also anti-parasitic and an important part of the remedy. If you would rather not eat the applesauce, you can also just put the Black walnut tincture and some Clove tincture into a little water or juice and drink it. 

How do I know if I have Intestinal Parasites? What are the symptoms of parasites in the stomach.

Black Walnut Tincture Recipe

Dealing with Black Walnuts husks is a messy business and that is why I prefer to buy mine. If you have access to black walnuts near you that are free, gather them off of the tree or when they have just fallen on the ground after a wind storm or something. If you gather them after they have been on the ground for some time, they are more likely to be worm-infested.

Cut the green husk off of the walnut by scoring it first. It can also be made by purchasing dried walnut husks like these here. Fill a canning jar with the husk pieces and cover with 100 proof (or higher) vodka. Let set for at least six weeks before straining off.

Clove Tincture Recipe

Clove Tincture is super easy to make yourself and very handy to have on hand. Because of the numbing properties of cloves I also use this on the gums of older children or adults with a toothache as well as for the parasite cleanse above.

Use cloves and walnut tincture as a parasite cure.

To make the clove tincture just fill a jar about one-quarter way up with cloves and then fill the jar with 80-100 proof vodka. As with most alcohol tinctures, leave for about six weeks before straining.

It helps to shake the jars once or twice every day or so to make sure the vodka is getting to all of the herb material in the jar.

You can also purchase clove tincture reasonably here.

Other Herbs for a Parasite Cleanse

Wormwood, Artemesia absinthium

Wormwood is another strong parasite cleanser and natural medicine for intestinal parasites. Wormwood is very easy to grow and you make the tincture by filling a jar with wormwood tops and covering it with 100 proof alcohol. I like to add some of this to my parasite cleanse also. You will not want to make a tea out of this as it is very bitter.

You can purchase dried and cut Wormwood here. Wormwood tincture is also available here.

You can use wormwood in your herbal remedy for parasites


Garlic has been used for ages not only to support healthy digestion but also as an anti-parasitic herb. ” In vitro studies have shown it to be effective against a wide range of diarrheal pathogens such as E. coliShigella, and Salmonella.”  https://herbmentor.learningherbs.com/herb/garlic/ You want to eat your garlic as strong and fresh as possible. If you cook it, just lightly saute on low for a brief time. You could also infuse garlic in honey and take it by the spoonful. I also infuse garlic in avocado or olive oil over very low heat (not above 140 degrees F.) to drizzle on foods or salads. Add garlic to your diet to keep parasites away.

Make your own parasite cleanse with garlic


Myrrh has long been used to help weak digestion and even recent studies show it effective against parasitic infection. Use Myrrh either as a powder or as a tincture.  You can buy myrrh tincture or make your own. Myrrh can be purchased here if you would like to make your own tincture and Myrrh tincture can be purchased here.

Use Myrrh in your anti-parasite formula.


Papaya is a delicious mild-tasting sweet fruit found in the tropics. All parts of the fruit and plant have an anti-parasitic action.  When I lived in Guatemala, I was told that missionaries living in the villages at papaya and pineapple every morning to keep from getting parasites from the food they ate. Both fruits are good for your digestion in other ways, too, and make a great combination. When we travel to Guatemala, I often drink the readily-available papaya juice for this reason as well.

Keep parasites away with papaya

More Suggestions to Aid in Getting Rid of Intestinal Parasites

In addition to the above foods and herbs, pumpkin seeds, pomegranates, carrots, and beets have traditionally been used to expel parasites, according to Mount Sinai. They also recommend eating more fiber, cutting out simple carbohydrates, drinking more water to flush them out, take vitamins C and Zinc, and taking probiotics and digestive enzymes to help get rid of the parasites and make your digestive tract inhospitable to parasites.

Parasite Cleanse Options to Buy on Amazon

If you would rather buy your herbal parasite cleanse, Intestinal Edge parasite cleanse by Go Nutrients has Black Walnut, Clove and Wormwood tinctures along with some other herbs and is very similar to the cleanse I recommend above. Do not give this to children or to pregnant or nursing women. You can find this parasite cleanse on Amazon. There really isn’t a need to buy a full parasite cleanse kit, in my opinion.

How My Kids Got Parasites

When my three children were young, we got a bunch of chicks. We lived in the country, we homeschooled and I must have thought we all needed a project (ha!) because that is what it turned into. If you decide to raise chickens–or any farm animals for that matter–I recommend that you plan and learn ahead of time. You know, build a coop, get books from the library, visit some friends who have chickens. But that is not what we did. No. I heard that Tractor Supply had gotten in their chicks for sale that week and off I took my kids and mom and went and picked out a bunch of chicks. I think I may have called my husband on the way to the store and he–not knowing what he was getting into–said, “Okay.” Haha!

You can make a natural parasite cleanse for kids. This is important if you have chickens.

This article really isn’t about chickens! But I guess I should let you know that I designed and built that chicken coop with the help of my kids and the muscle of my husband and Dad on occasion. Haha! But we got it done! And my girls loved those hens! LOVED! They held them, fed them, doctored them, clipped their wings, cleaned their coop. And ultimately, they got parasites from them.

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How You Get Intestinal Parasites

A person gets intestinal parasites from coming in contact with infected feces. Like with my girls who took care of the chickens and held them, it is not that difficult to do. You don’t have to have direct contact with feces. It can come from:

  • Contact with an infected animal
  • Contact with a contaminated person–Skin-t0-skin 
  • Swimming pools
  • Fruits and Vegetables grown in contaminated soil and then not cleaned properly
  • Certain raw or uncooked foods like pork

This is why cooking our meats to recommended temperatures, cleaning our fruits and vegetables before eating and keeping our hands washed is so important.

Symptoms of Intestinal Parasites

The symptoms of having intestinal parasites are the same in children and adults. According to the Mount Sinai Hospital website the symptoms are:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Gas or bloating
  • Dysentery (loose stools containing blood and mucus)
  • Rash or itching around the rectum or vulva
  • Stomach pain or tenderness
  • Feeling tired
  • Weight loss
  • Passing a worm in your stool

You don’t have to have all of the symptoms, just some of them. And of course, you want to think back to how you might have gotten the parasites. Like I knew to suspect parasites with my daughters because we had chickens.

I knew the girls had parasites because their tummies acted like when I got amoebas when I lived in Guatemala. Yuck! They had some tummy issues and irregular bowel movements. You can feel like you are hungry but full or somewhat nauseated at the same time. Usually, you don’t have a fever which would generally rule out the flu. When it didn’t clear up after a couple of days, I suspected parasites.

 Parasite Cleanse Die-off Symptoms

The side effects of a parasite cleanse are similar to the die-off symptoms of other types of detox. You may have all or some of the following symptoms during a parasite cleanse:

  • headache
  • fatigue
  • skin rash
  • aches and pains
  • food cravings or thirst
  • flu-like symptoms
  • anxiety or depression/ moodiness
  • increased stomach upset
  • acne break-out
  • insomnia

The Reason a Parasite Cleanse Has Die-off Symptoms

Simply put, when getting rid of parasites, the herbs first work to kill the parasites. That releases some toxins into your body which triggers an inflammatory response. Your immune system responds to get rid of the toxins from your body when those pesky symptoms kick in. This may last from 3-10 days. Then the body detoxes.

If your symptoms last longer than the length of your treatment, you may want to see a doctor and consider other causes of the symptoms like IBS, Leaky Gut Syndrome or SIBO. For more information, I recommend the article, Pathogen & Parasite Die-off Symptoms: How to Manage Detox side-effects by The Functional Gut Health Clinic.

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Medical Disclaimer: Please know that I am not trained in medicine and my ideas come from my experience and research from herbal and medical experts. Please consult a doctor before treating yourself or your child if you have any concerns. I do not accept any responsibility for your treatment or the results. Please do your own research.

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