Pinworm Remedies

Jun 15, 2017

Pinworms are a distressing diagnosis. Fortunately, there are plenty of effective natural remedies for pinworms. Diatomaceous earth, garlic, pumpkin seeds and turpentine are some useful home remedies for pinworms.

Pinworms are an intestinal parasite. These threadlike worms lay their eggs in the anal area, which can cause itching. Itching is usually the primary and sometimes the only symptoms of a pinworm infection.

While pinworms are contagious, you cannot get a pinworm infection from your dog or cat, as pinworms only affect humans.

To eliminate pinworms a combination of internal remedies and strict attention to hygiene will generally clear up an infection quite quickly and effectively.

Pinworm Itch Relief

Pinworms usually cause itching at night, causing discomfort, irritation and even sleeplessness. Applying a topical salve can relieve the itching and help to kill worms and eggs by suffocated them.

Vaseline, A and D diaper rash ointment, or a comfrey salve are all good choices to bring temporary relief to itching.

Internal Remedies for Pinworms

Whatever internal remedy you decide to use, continue with the remedy for several weeks to break the egg cycle.

Garlic

Garlic is an antiparasitic herb. One clove of raw garlic can be taken thrice daily. It can be added to salad, spread onto toast with honey, or added to a savory smoothie.

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are a pleasant and nutritious solution for pinworms. Consuming a couple of tablespoons of pumpkin seeds daily can help rid the body of parasites.

Diatomaceous Earth

Food grade diatomaceous earth is used to treat a variety of parasitic infections. Typically ½ - 3 teaspoons of diatomaceous earth is taken three times a day. It is best to start slowly and take this remedy with plenty of water.

Hygiene for Pinworm Elimination

Children in elementary schools and daycares are at particular risk for pinworm infections as their hygiene practices are not always ideal. One a child indulges in the itch he likely has the pinworms under his fingernails where he transfers them to faucets, doorknobs, desks, etc. Another child then touches the same surface and ends up with eggs on his hands, which inevitably end up in his mouth.

  • Keep fingernails short.
  • Wash hands thoroughly and frequently.
  • Clean sinks, toilets and other surfaces with spray of straight white vinegar.
  • Underwear and pajamas should be washed daily in hot water.
  • Sheets should be frequently washed in hot water.

Do you have a natural remedy for pinworms? Please send us some feedback!



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Posted by Kim (Dustin, Nebraska) on 03/27/2012
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My family is struggling with this and so I thought I'd share what's worked and what hasn't. We did take an over the counter wormer to start off with but then didn't finish it appropriately because we didn't have quite enough for one of our family members to have their full second dose (It was dosed by weight). They returned but with slightly different symptoms so we chalked it up to a lot of fiber in our diet causing a scratching sensation in the bowels. Then another one was seen and the connection was made... So, because the chemical wormers were "chemical" and not good for us, and also expensive. AND also because we did some research and found out that pinworms are very common and almost impossible to completely avoid (especially living close to animals and the outdoors), we decided to find an approach that was ultimately more proactive than reactive.

Hence, Diatomaceous Earth. There is a lot of evidence to suggest that regular ingestion of Food Grade diatomaceous earth (make sure it's food grade!! ) will rid the body of parasites of all kinds. It should be, however, a life long regimen. After you get rid of the parasites, continue taking the DE daily. DE is full of minerals that our bodies need and don't get anymore because our food is so "clean"... People used to work much closer to the earth as a whole, then most of us do now. Therefore we don't inhale/ingest the dirt and thus minerals that we used to, but also because our food is from the supermarket and not the garden (for many of us) it has been "super-cleaned" and the minerals have been removed. Some other benefits of DE are healthier skin, teeth, bones, and hair (some people with baldness or thinning hair have reported complete hair regrowth) It also cleanses our bodies of built up heavy metals and toxins. Wolf Creek Ranch (google it ;) has a lot of really good info on how DE can help fight off parasites. It should take about a week to two weeks to stop feeling the worms after beginning to take DE. But don't stop there.

Remember the eggs are very hard to control/kill. Reinfection is very very very common. If you choose not to take it as a daily regimen indefinitely, at least take it for 90 days. Paying very good attention to not cause reinfection. Some ideas to help are to: carefully, each morning run all bedding through the dryer as hot as you can get it, and change everyone's underwear. Bathing every other day might be helpful as well. Get a nail brush and clean under those fingernails well (help the little ones) when washing hands each time. Adding a lot of garlic (raw) and coconut oil to your diet and also a daily dose (1 tsp to 1 tbsp as tolerated per person) of Apple Cider Vinegar helps to make the body less hospitable to the parasites. Of the DE, We take 1 tbsp daily for adults and 1 tsp daily for the children, just stirred up in water (it's important to try not to inhale DE, as it can damage your lungs) but it's completely safe for consumption. It's slightly gritty, and tastes a little like fresh-turned dirt smells. The kids really like it mixed with a small amount of applesauce. Also making some garlic oil for applying to the rectum helps disrupt their lifestyle. Cut up several garlic cloves and put in a small amount of coconut oil in a warm place (I used a half pint jelly jar). The longer it sits, the more potent it will be. Use a q-tip to apply to anus first thing in the morning (if you don't choose to bathe right away) and also before bed. This will kill eggs that are present, and also repel the adults from laying more eggs. (they don't like garlic one bit! ) I didn't take it seriously at first, getting lax everytime I stopped feeling things "move', but I'm finally buckling down to focus on making sure we are doing the above things. These things helped the first time and we were free for a while, but then got reinfected, maybe from not taking care of laundry and linens, maybe just by having very small children, or maybe from our outdoor animals and livestock... Hard to say. I'm praying to God, that we can avoid that this time! I'll try to keep you all posted and I hope this helps!

Replied by Kim
Dustin, Nebraska
08/08/2012

After taking Diatomaceous earth for over a year I can testify that it does indeed work. Within 7 days all symptoms of the worms (or at least the symptoms I recognized) were gone... However. Reinfection from our home and each other seems to be a constant problem... There are so many benefits to the Diatomaceous earth that we'll probably always take it, but the monthly cycle of worms for a week is tiring.

Currently I'm pregnant and so I'm not pursuing this more aggressively. Also eating 2 cloves of garlic raw every day for about 4 days gets rid of them, maybe I'll try that at the first sign of a reinfection. In the future I'm going to try making green walnut tincture (green walnuts in vodka) and giving it to our family for a while to see if we can kill the worms in our bodies along with any new infestations before they can get started. Another method that I see is mentioned on here is the idea of putting something on the anal oriface to dissuade them from laying eggs... This is a great idea, just a little hard to implement in a large family. I wonder if there is a way to make the worms sterile... Without making us sterile. Maybe the key is to staying on something that kills them chemically (like one or a combination of food and the herbs) and not just mechanically (like the DE) for at least a couple of months to kill off new infections before they can reproduce. ::sigh:: wish the kids were older. Prayers and blessings to all who are struggling with this.

Replied by Readerofec
Los Angeles, Ca
08/08/2012

There are a few other things you can try to make them sterile.

Quassia Amara and Neem leaf or oil. Both are effective. However, what you need also, is to kill the parasite eggs. The Black walnut tincture will kill the adults. Careful when you make the tincture as when made fresh, its very strong!

Fresh ground, high quality cloves will do the trick or 16 drops of clove oil in 8 oz of water 2 or 3 times daily. Careful as the oil can burn. Grinding the cloves may be safer and easier.

Do a web search on the herbs I mentioned to see what is right for you and easy for the whole family. I don't absolutely do not recommend Quassia Amara and Neem leaf teas as they are extremely bitter herbs.

If you have not tried already, take some of the DE (Diatomatious Earth) and dust in your bedding and undergarments so its not visible unless closely viewed. Also, mix 30% DE with 70% grape seed oil and rub on freshly cleaned bottoms.

Each night they become active and when there is DE present they are damaged and dehydrated and unable to reproduce during their peak hours.

There are other herbs that can be used as an enema to kill the them in the gut such as Stemona. Do a web search on it as I have only read about this herb when researching for another topic.

Replied by Timh
Louisville, Ky, Usa
08/09/2012

Kim, Dr Balch recommends including generous amounts of Pineapple, Figs, and Garlic in the diet. Grapefruitseed extract is also good. Zapping in combination w/ herbs will get one nearer complete resolution than either alone (imho). OTC Pyrantel Pamoate may be necessary in acute cases.

If you have pets, it is completely essential to deworm them regularly. My kitties require regular treatment of both Piperazine and Praziquantel (i have begun using an herbal complex occasionally between the pharm treatments).

I will soon begin Diatomaceus Earth. How best is this taken and in what quantities as per your results???

Replied by Jayne
London, Uk
09/13/2012

Does ingesting DE work for worms that travel under your skin? I'm getting constant crawling and it's driving me crazy. I don't get how drinking DE would get any worms apart from those in your stomach. If it does work for worms under your skin/tissues, how long do you think it would take? Thanks.

Replied by Anon
Your Town, Usa
09/13/2012

Hi Jayne. I hope I can help you. Somewhere here on Earthclinic I have posted about this before. I cut grass some years ago and got a rash on my forearms. This rash was itchy, stingy and crawling feeling... I tried sevreal things and the only thing that really made a difference for me was hairever scalp treatment. You can get this from puritian pride. It has lots of different oils in it and is meant to unclog hair follicals.

One day, for whatever reason I just rubbed this on my forearms while I was putting some in my hair. What came out of my forearms was lots of black specks. At first my wife insisted it was lint from our towels. I beleived different. I started doing this without touching myself with anything. Sometimes I would do it fresh out of the shower and would not use a towel to dry. Guess what! More black specks. I rubbed the oil on me for sevreal weeks until the black specks came out no more. My arms cleared up from the bumbs and also I had a dull film on my arms that went away. I am pretty much about 99% free of the little buggers now. Hope this will help you.

Replied by Jayne
London, UK
09/20/2012

Well, I wonder what the black specks were? Were they worms? I live in the UK and I'm not sure I can get the product you're talking about, but thanks for the suggestion.

I still want to know about diamotaceous earth though, as I have lots of that. Does it kill worms that are elsewhere in your body - ie. not in your gut?

I'm actually wondering... DOES DE WORK AT ALL???

I'm confused about its ability to kill anything at all. You see I was taking 1 teaspoon of it daily in water for 2 weeks. And then I found a live pinworm in my stool. So does it work at all? I'm not sure whether I should carry on taking it or not.

Any advice would be much appreciated. I had really high hopes for it, but now am a bit disillusioned.

Replied by Citygirl27
Richardson, Tx, Usa
10/03/2012

Sounds like you may have morgellons or another parasite. Try topical coconut oil on the areas that are bothering you, for at least a few weeks. Coconut oil really makes them come, out so watch for black flecks on your skin 20-30 minutes later. If in doubt, shower after the 30 minutes is up.

Replied by Swaggybooks
Los Angeles, California
10/02/2014

Hi Jayne, I hope this will help. I was reading on diatomaceous earth and it said to rub it on where you itch!

I was surprised that my doctor has not recommended any of these things! I hope these things work, I recently tried toasted bagels with butter and garlic sprinkled on top, I heard that pinworms hate garlic and immediately after I ate it I felt like they were going away even though they probably didn't.

Okay I need to stop blabbering. Thanks for all of the ideas work and I hope what I said helps, Jayne.

~swaggybooks

Replied by Teresa
Oregon, US
01/04/2015

Jayne, from my research on DE you may not be taking enough. An adult should be taking at least a tablespoon a day and some take 2-3 Tablespoon daily...to get results you need to do this daily for a few weeks...some just make it a regular part of their day. You can also make a liquid paste and rub it on your skin....hope this helps.

Replied by Lala
San Diego, Ca
07/26/2016

Should I ingest diatomaceous earth in the morning or after meals? I have been drinking 2 tablespoons of DE in 2 cups of water before going to bed for 8 days, and I have been feeling more anal itching and seeing pinworms all around my buttocks. What is your dosage of DE and at what period of the day do you take it?

Replied by Ben
Kansas
07/27/2016

If the DE doesnt work for you, you might give calcium bentonite clay a try.

Replied by Marylou
Nebraska
09/02/2016

I found taking about 1 1/2 Tablespoons 3 times a day works better than taking a lot once daily.

Replied by Alexandra
On
03/11/2017

I read this from a GP's site, that it is a myth that:

...enemas help or garlic/teatree/vaseline around the entry to the anus helps. - this may be a short term solution but you cannot stop a gravid (egg laden) female from laying her eggs. If you deter them from laying outside your bottom, they will lay the eggs inside your bottom where you can't wash them away. If they're coming down to lay their eggs you WANT them to lay the eggs outside so that you can wash them away in the morning.


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Posted by Mary23 (Massachusetts) on 03/12/2014
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My great grandmother was known as a healer in our community. Much of her herbal remedies passed onto my grandmother. When my brother was little he had pinworm and my grandmother told my mother to get several cloves of garlic, mash them into a paste and put in his rectum. This remedy worked pretty quickly. As far as treating the house. I treat my home with pennyroyal, tea tree oil, lavender and sweet orange essential oils, vinegar and water which insects like ticks, fleas despise. It usually kills most small insects on the spot and it a deterrent. Do not use pennyroyal if pregnant. Can plant pennyroyal (in mint family) in your yard to deter ticks.

Replied by Mama To Many
Tennessee, Usa
03/13/2014

Dear Mary,

Thanks for sharing your remedy. I am always looking for ways to deter ticks! We are just starting to see them again after a nice winter break...I need to look into pennyroyal!

Did your grandmother dilute the mashed garlic with anything? I would worry that it would burn using it straight, especially on tender tissue.

Thanks again!

~Mama to Many~


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Posted by Winnie (Bc) on 09/08/2016
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For pinworms, a probiotic drink called water kefir - you can get the "grains" from someone who grows this (like kombucha) and start drinking a small amount and work up to a litre or more a day over time. The good bacteria will take care of the worms and make you so alkalized that they can't survive.


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Posted by Alissa T (Nb, Tx Usa) on 11/24/2013

To rid pinworms in me and my two children I made a paste of clove oil, neem oil, garlic drops, iodine drops and a jelly based product not petroleum. I applied it around the affected area at bedtime for two nites so far. I now realize some of these ingredients are dangerous to children and pregnant adults. Help! (I am pregnant) ad worried about my 3 and 5 yr old. I'm sure some entered into our bloodstream like a suppository would. Any thoughts?

Replied by Mama To Many
Tennessee, Usa
11/24/2013

Dear Alissa,

I do not think you have done anything dangerous to your or your children or your unborn baby either. I have used most of those things in pregnancy and on my young children. Perhaps large amounts of any could be an issue, but you are not talking about large amounts or a long term use. I am not sure where you got the information about the danger of these things, but I do know that there are lots of warnings on many natural substances that say, "Not for use in pregnancy etc." because of liability issues and not because there is really any harm to them.

Obviously you should not continue using something you are not comfortable with, but please put your mind at ease about having used those things. Pharmaceutical treatment of parasites are much more dangerous than most natural remedies.

Enjoy your little ones and your one on the way!

~Mama to Many~

Macha
California
02/20/2016

I have been using dead sea mud, which is salty and full of minerals like sulfur, as an anal barrier. Around and if possible in. It has cut way down on them. Now going to try the DE as well.


Posted by Elementary Teacher (Oakland, California) on 04/22/2013
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HOW I GOT RID OF PINWORMS

I suspected I had pinworms but when I found a dead one on the bathroom floor I knew for sure. I was dumb and didn't save the worm for the doctor, but I did capture some eggs with tape and took the tape to the doctor. He looked at it under the microscope and confirmed it was a pinworm, so then I got a prescription for Mebendazole, 100 mg, one dose and another dose two weeks later. I ended up doing TWO rounds of mebendazole, which means 4 pills in all. One pill every two weeks, for a total of eight weeks. I also treated my husband. During the first three weeks I continued to feel active symptoms and my anxiety went through the roof.

I dramatically changed my diet and underwent a parasite cleanse as well, and I made herbal suppositories and used them constantly. I cleaned obsessively, always wearing gloves and face masks to clean and use the bathroom. I only ever sat on the porcelain rim of the toilet to reduce contamination. I wiped my butt with moist wipes then used rubbing alcohol wipes to kill the eggs that might be there. Always wore gloves! Anytime I felt a worm and an itch I went to the bathroom and used alcohol wipes. I washed towels and bedding daily with hot water and hot dryer. Took a lot of hot showers. I slept in underwear, pants, and wrapped a sheet around my body like a cocoon. It sucked, but worked.

I threw away most of my underwear after wearing it once, I went through more than 1000 latex gloves, I only used paper towels to dry my bottom, and I cleaned every surface of my house and vacuumed wearing a mask every few days. I threw the masks away after use. I also bought a nail brush and scrubbed under my nails with hot water. Nails are very short from now on!

I also was diagnosed with hemorrhoids which my doctor explained contributed to the crawling and itching feeling. I started to realize that the pinworms were probably gone but the irritation I was feeling was the hemorrhoids. I got some medicine for the hemorrhoids and started using only fragrance-free soap and detergent.

DIET
My diet consisted of raw garlic (8 cloves a day, smashed up), coconut oil, raw pumpkin seeds (several handfuls a day), papaya seeds (until I was gagging), pineapple, plain yogurt, raw carrots, kale/chard/greens, lentils, beans, tons of water, and any type of vegetables with a lot of fiber. That is all I ate for three weeks. I had absolutely no dairy, white flour, alcohol, sugar, or caffeine. I lost a lot of weight.

HERBAL CLEANSE
My parasite cleanse was based on Hulda Clark's recipe, and I ordered two bottles of the Super W Blend from the Dr. Clark store, and two bottles of the Extra Strength Green Black Walnut Hull Tincture, 4 oz.

I kept the tincture in the fridge. I also got three jars of whole cloves and ground them in my coffee grinder everyday and filled 00 gel capsules with the cloves. My cleanse regiment included:

6 am: 3 capsules cloves, wormwood capsules (I started with 2 per day and worked up to 7 per day), and 1/2 teaspoon walnut hull tincture in cold water. Several times the walnut tincture made me throw up, but I just reduced the amount until I knew what I could handle.

7 am: Breakfast (pumpkin seeds, raw garlic, yogurt, carrots, coconut oil)

1 hour before lunch: 3 capsules cloves, more walnut hull tincture in cold water.

1 hour before dinner: 3 more capsules cloves, more walnut hull tincture.

The first week of the cleanse you wouldn't believe what I was finding in the toilet. I think my whole body got cleaned out. I am only 29 years old with a great diet but some strange stuff was passing out.

SUPPOSITORIES
I made suppositories with coconut oil, wormwood powder, black walnut tincture, and clove powder, and I popped them up my butt (with a glove on) two or three times a day for two weeks. I stayed home the whole time because they would start to leak and it was messy, but I really felt like they worked well. I used this youtube video to make them: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSFh65L7b8A

So, after the third mebendazole pill I started to relax and the wormy feeling was gone. I was just left with occasional minor itching and some sensations from the hemorrhoids, which is going away day by day. I was an absolute freak with my diet, the cleaning, the herbal cleanse, and the suppositories. I did not slip up, in fact I was militant about the whole regiment. I cried every day throughout the ordeal and found that meditation helped a lot with the anxiety. Do not get discouraged by the internet postings that say you can never get rid of them. You can. You can't let the worms get an advantage over you. Devote a month to being a crazy person and you will beat them!

Replied by Shail
North Carolina
08/14/2013

Take a tablespoon (TBS) of mineral oil in your favorite juice (preferably Apple juice) in night before going to bed. It will clean your system. Intestine, rectal etc. The bowl movement will be good, so your stomach will feel better.

Replied by Oregano
On, Canada
08/15/2013

Dear Shill, I don't think Mineral oil will help eradicate worms. The best natural remedy is Pomegranate Peel Powder. Here is a scientific published article:

Anti-coccidial, anthelmintic and antioxidant activities of pomegranate (Punica granatum) peel extract.
Source: Department of Zoology and Entomology, Faculty of Science, Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt.

Abstract

Coccidiosis and helminthosis in poultry are responsible for worldwide economic losses. The methanolic extract of Punica granatum (pomegranate) peel was used in vivo for its pharmacological, antioxidant and anti-coccidial properties and in vitro for its anthelmintic activity. For the in vivo study, four groups of mice were investigated. The first group was inoculated only with sterile saline and served as the control group. The second group was treated by oral gavage with pomegranate extract (300 mg/kg) daily for 5 days. The third and fourth groups were infected with 10(3) sporulated oocysts of Eimeria papillata. The fourth group was also treated once daily with pomegranate peel extract for 5 days. For the in vitro study, the anthelmintic effect of pomegranate peel extract was observed on live adult Allolobophora caliginosa. Paraffin sections from jejunum as well as jejunal homogenate were prepared for the histopathological and biochemical investigations, respectively. The data showed that mice infected with E. Papillata revealed an output of approximately 2. 9 ? 10(5) oocysts per gram faeces on day 5 p. I. This output is significantly decreased to 50 % in pomegranate-treated mice. Infection with E. Papillata induced marked histopathological alterations in jejunum in the form of inflammation, vacuolation of the epithelium and destruction of some villi. In addition, pomegranate extract caused a great diminish in body weight loss of infected mice. Moreover, the number of goblet cells stained with Alcian blue within the infected villi was significantly increased by about 26 % after pomegranate treatment. In addition, Pomegranate significantly lowered the increased number of apoptotic cells due to E. Papillata infection by about 36 %. The results showed that E. Papillata enhanced hydrogen peroxide, lipid peroxidation and nitric oxide production with concomitant reduction in glutathione. Pomegranate induced marked improvements in all of the studied parameters as well as the histopathological features of jejunum. In addition, pomegranate was able to exert a significant anthelmintic effect on live adult A. caliginosa worms in terms of the paralysis and death of the worms at different concentrations (100, 200 and 300 mg/ml). The study revealed that pomegranate as a natural product has protective effects against E. papillata-induced coccidiosis as well as it possesses an anthelmintic activity.

Source: Parasitol Res 2013 Jul;112(7):2639-46. doi: 10.1007/s00436-013-3430-3. Epub 2013 Apr 23.

All the best.

Replied by Xoxomom
Ca
05/18/2017

Thx for sharing, Elementary Teacher ( your post was thorough and very helpful of what might help), going through almost same thing now.. have to get stricter with my diet. My daughter and I took rx pin-x 5yr old and myself the emverm-

My daughter has gotten rid of them just continuing DE with her. As for myself doing intestinal cleanse, intestinal tract defense, teas- ginger/tumeric, echinacea sleepy time, dandelion, bone broth ( for fam to support gut) probiotics, wheat grass, green smoothies with supergreen powders, salads very simple with olive oil, lemon and avocado, On Gaurd drops in water, tea tree oil helped wiggles and itch mixed with carrier oil. Started Frankinsence, On Gaurd rub on gut area, Shower rinse morning and night... cleaning like crazy laundry, toys, floors, threw away small area rugs, vinegar and bleach where needed with soap and clorox wipes in bathroom.. im sure I left something out but I hope it helps someone with what I used.


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Posted by Lorica (Louisville, Ky.) on 07/28/2009
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Years ago I had some pinworms and read up about them. They have to come out of the anal orifice to lay their eggs, at night. So I decided to whammy their plans. I kept the orifice slathered in Noxzema, as much as wouldn't go thru my underpants. It seemed to me they would not be able to breed, or even live in that environment. I kept this up for about 2 weeks as it is easy to get reinfected from eggs in the environment. They have not come back and it has been years.


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Posted by Una (Troon, Scotland) on 08/23/2013

I have a really sensitive system due to mercury poisioning which has resulted in various aliments, candida and pinworms, could u advise of anything that would help. Could apple cider vinegar or bicarbonate soda help?

Replied by Elaine
Ky, Usa
08/23/2013

ACV or the soda would be great. GSE (Grapefruit Seed Extract) is good for candida and parasites. Garlic is good for both as well, if you system could tolerate it.

Replied by Toourlady89
Ca, Usa
08/23/2013

I just learned about Diatomaceous Earth, its shell flour, (comes from the bottom of the ocean) Food grade, used for various health remedies. Getting rid of pinworms is one of them. Lots of onfo on Google.

Replied by Toourlady89
Ca, Usa
08/23/2013

Diatomaceous Earth, Food Grade, is powdered shell from the bottom of the Ocean. It is used for many health issues including Mercury toxicity and pinworm. Search / Google for its uses on Human. Should be available online.


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Posted by Singsang (Gary) on 01/30/2017

As a child my mom gave us a spoonful of sugar with 6 drops of turpentine for worms. I thought she was a little insane then.