West Nile Virus Remedies

| Modified on Oct 06, 2015

The West Nile Virus is increasingly becoming a scourge on our health, spread by multiplying numbers of mosquitoes encroaching on territory they never before occupied.

What is the West Nile Virus?

First of all, let us address what we are dealing with in the West Nile Virus. This is a communicable disease generally found in tropical regions and borne via specific breeds of mosquitoes. Transmission is generally not possible between individuals, which limits its infection rate. Still, reports of infection in utero and via breast feeding have been reported. Our dogs and cats do not seem to be susceptible.

Symptoms of West Nile

West Nile symptoms do not emerge until 2-3 weeks after being bitten by an infected mosquito, however, symptom onset can then be sudden and severe. Symptoms can include headaches and body aches, fever, vomiting and/or diarrhea, a rash, and pain in the joints eventually resulting in inflammation of the brain or spinal cord in 1% or those infected.

Home Remedies for West Nile

Prevention is the best natural defense against infection by West Nile. Staying covered and indoors during peak mosquito hours is strongly recommended. Herbal repellants such as lemongrass, eucalyptus, garlic, or citronella can help prevent infection. Once infected, the body can kick the infection so support it with natural immune system boosters such as garlic, astragalus root, or green tea.

Check out our page on natural mosquito repellants.

No proven allopathic medicines are available to treat infection by the West Nile VIrus, so intervention focuses on killing of the mosquitoes with aerial spraying. If you are in a mosquito spraying area, consider home remedies for detoxing the body following such treatments.

Baking Soda

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Posted by Linda (Denver, Colorado) on 04/27/2007


For me and my family and friends, baking soda has cured all kinds of microbial infections, probably due to the regulation of pH balance.

For at least 12 years now I've relied on drinking baking soda in water whenever I would come down with some sort of viral or bacterial infection, whether it is a cold, flu, stomach bug, or respiratory illness. I am convinced this method can kill any kind of infection.

When the West Nile virus was prevalent here in Colorado a few years ago, I became infected with it. I was skeptical that my baking soda cure would work, but gave it a try anyway since I was so utterly miserable. But, sure enough, later that evening the symptoms started to subside and I was nearly recovered by the next day.

Every time I have used the baking soda method it has worked. And everyone I have suggested it to and tried it has had it work for them, too.

The remedy is 1/2 teaspoon in a cup of water 2 to 3 times each day, sipping throughout the day. Take it for approximately 2 to 3 days. If symptoms do not resolve by the end of the third day then perhaps it will not be helped by baking soda; I have not found this to ever be the case though. It works no matter what stage a person is in their infection. For stomach bugs I will also add 10-15 drops of grapefruit seed extract.

Being female, however, I have noticed that I will get a vaginal yeast infection shortly after a course of baking soda. Because I believe it affects the pH, I treat myself with an apple cider vinegar/garlic rinse (1/4 cup of ACV and one clove of garlic, quartered, in 1 cup of water). I've wondered if the baking soda also kills the good bacteria in the body so afterward I supplement myself with probiotics (specifically Lactobacillus GG, the only known beneficial bacteria to survive stomach acid).

I know people who take Airborne to fight off colds. I looked at the label one day when my friend showed me the bottle, and sodium bicarbonate is one of the main ingredients. Perhaps this is the reason it works.

I believe that if there is ever a severe viral outbreak, such as SARS or H5N1, then this remedy would be worth a try. It seems I've always relied on home remedies to successfully treat myself and your site just adds to my collection of simple therapies!

Replied by Susie
(Dallas, Texas)

I tried this and it didn't work. Sorry Linda! I wish it did....:(

Methylene Blue

Posted by Susan (New York) on 09/25/2012

To: E/C readers I found the 1% solution.

Can Bill or Lisa review is the right methylene blue (1%) which Ted convert to .1% ? Most methylene blue are 2.3 %. which makes harder to convert .1%.


Replied by Bill
(San Fernando, Philippines)

Hi Susan... I generally never recommend products that I have never used myself. When looking for Methylene Blue, chemical grade is ok to use. Here in the Philippines, where chemical grade MB is impossible to get, I just buy MB from a hardware shop that is added to water in fishtanks to remove bacterial and fungal infections from your pet fish. Fish are extremely sensitive to chemicals in their water --far more sensitive than humans. If you don't believe me then just fill your aquatic tank up with tap water and watch how quickly your pet fish die. And yet many people do not even think twice or even question the purity of their own tap water -- which they drink and bathe in every day!!

The easiest way to convert 2.3% MB to 0.1% MB is explained as follows:

If you multiply both values by 10 the ratio remains the same and it becomes easier to calculate and understand.

Therefore, if we have a 23% solution of MB and want to convert it to a 1% solution then the answer becomes easier to see. The ratio needed is 22 parts by volume of water to 1 part by volume of 2.3% MB. This gives an approximate 0.1% solution of MB.

"Part by volume" means that you must consistently use the same volume container to measure out both the the MB and the water. Therefore you could use something like a thimble or a capful as the volume container in the above to make up your MB solution.

Replied by Susan
(New York)

To Bill from San Fernando, thank you very much for explaining the 2.3% conversion.

Multiple Remedies

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Posted by Ruth (Longview, Texas, Usa) on 09/28/2012

My 66 yr old mother nearly died from West Nile Encephalitis this summer. I want to share what we did to get her (almost) back to her old self. She did have early signs of a rash, headache and fatigue. She then seemed to suddenly come down with what seemed like the flu. She refused fluids and food. Within several hours I found her unconscious on the floor with a very high fever and partial paralysis. Her face was strangely swollen and her eyes were red and glassy. She continued to deteriorate in the hospital, even with fluids and ice packs to control the fever.

We were out of town on vacation so I did not have access to my usual supplements but I did have vitamin C, D, A and B12. I had some DMSO and also some raw garlic. I also never go anywhere without my Lugol's iodine. I was able to find some 3% hydrogen peroxide and also coconut oil. When she would regain consciousness I would force her to drink down what vitamins she could. I would also make her take spoonfuls of coconut oil. I crushed the raw garlic and mixed the oil with DMSO and rubbed it all along her spine. A few times I was able to get her to inhale the h2o2 in her lungs (they originally thought she had pneumonia). I also got her to oil pull once or twice. She was being treated medically with iv antibiotics and an antiviral though it seemed like nothing was helping. She was also getting breathing treatments which we finally figured out were making her worse. After about 5-6 days she finally stabilized.

On the 11th day I was able to take her home. She was still in very bad shape with weakness, fatigue, partial leg paralysis, partial facial nerve paralysis and tremors in her hands. She was down 25lbs. We continued with all the above and added fish oil. We also did some fresh fruit juices (Vegetable juice was too much for her to handle). It took several weeks but by the 6th week she was ready to get back home and was able to care for herself. She will also tell you that she sipped on red wine that she thinks helped kill off the last of the virus.

At this point, three months later, she is around 95% which I think is quite miraculous considering how severe of a case she had. She is usually a pretty healthy person. She takes no medications, she works and she sometimes will even jump on the trampoline with my kids. I think a chronic lack of sleep and stress after the death of my sister a year and a half ago got her immune system down. I hope maybe this information will be useful to someone. A lot of the things we did I learned on this site. I'm so grateful to all who share and those who make this site possible.

Replied by Victoria
(Longview, Tx)

Thank you so much for sharing your story about your Mother having West Nile Virus. I think it is the mist encouraging report I have read. I am 70 yrs young and was diagnised about 5 weeks ago. I have studied, read everything I can. And researched homeopathic remedies. Started swimming to help my muscles and am staying away from doctors. I accept the fact that I may not fully recover, but I do trust God is bigger than this and prayer works. Blessings to you and your Mom.