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6 Natural Alternatives to Ivermectin

by Andreea Laza

Looking for natural alternatives to Ivermectin? Continue reading this article and see what are the most powerful natural antiparasitic herbs. But first.

Ivermectin is an antiparasitic drug listed on the WHO’s list of essential medicines as an intestinal anthelmintic, antifilarial, and medicine for ectoparasitic infections. We will share with you some natural alternatives to ivermectin, which are amongst the strongest antiparasitic herbs out there. These herbs flush out and kill tapeworms, ascariasis, pinworms, and other intestinal parasites and are of three kinds, depending on their action:

  • dewormers – herbs that destroy parasitic organisms in the digestive tract
  • bitter tonics – herbs that promote peristalsis (muscles that help with bowel movement)
  • laxatives – herbs that accelerate intestinal transit and promote the flushing out of parasites from the digestive tract
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6 Natural Alternatives to Ivermectin with Herbs

1. Wormwood

(Artemisia absinthium) 

Wormwood is one of the most effective antiparasitic herbs in the world, and one of the best natural alternatives to Ivermectin. The active ingredients in wormwood are toxic to most types of intestinal worms, including Giardia lamblia, a parasite responsible for giardiasis. Moreover, wormwood is a strong bitter tonic, which promotes bowel movements and thus the elimination of intestinal parasites.

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Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) plant and tincture

You can use wormwood in powder form (3-4 teaspoons/day), in cures of ten days maximum, followed by a ten-day break. Wormwood can also be used in enemas, alongside equal parts of flaxseeds and chamomile flowers.

  • Put a teaspoon of each plant in a cup of cold water and leave it to soak overnight.
  • Strain the cold macerate and set it aside.
  • Use the remaining plants and scald them in a cup of boiling water, allow the tea to cool for 15 minutes, then and strain.
  • Finally, combine the cold macerate and the warm tea.

Use an anal irrigator or an enema bulb to introduce the tea in the colon, while it is warm. Wormwood is one of the most powerful herbs that kill parasites, which makes it one of the top natural alternatives to Ivermectin.

Note! This medicinal herb has two popular varieties Artemisia absinthium and Artemisia annua and both fight intestinal parasites, similarly to Ivermectin. Artemisia absinthium is called wormwood and is found in Europe and North America while Artemisia annua is referred to as sweet wormwood and is originally from China/Asia. The main difference between the two is that sweet wormwood has been used in fighting the malaria parasite in particular because this parasitic infection was widely spread in parts of Asia, while wormwood has traditionally been used for intestinal parasites. They both have considerable artemisinin content, the active compound, and are both natural alternatives to Ivermectin.

Very Important!

Wormwood tea and natural products should not be used longer than 8 days in a row. Always follow the dosage recommended on the package. In high doses, wormwood is toxic due to its volatile oils and has, in the first phase, a psychoexciting, convulsive, narcotic action, followed by tremor, epileptiform seizures, stupor, and unconsciousness. Wormwood products are not recommended to pregnant and lactating women or people suffering from ulcers. One should consult a doctor before using wormwood.

2. Tansy Tincture

(Tanacetum vulgare)

Tansy, also known as golden buttons is an even stronger anti-parasitic herb compared to wormwood and, in addition, can be administered for longer periods of time. Tansy tincture is very effective against tapeworms, roundworms, pinworms, and giardia parasites. As an adjunct, it is valuable against hydatid cysts and trichinellosis. It is administered as a tincture, and the dose for an adult is 20-30 drops up to four times a day, over the course of 3 weeks. Pause for a week and resume if needed. This simple herb is one of the top natural alternatives to Ivermectin.

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Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) plant and tincture

3. Centaury Powder

(Centaurium umbellatum/erythraea

Centaury is from the antiparasitic family of bitter plants and is a herb that stimulates bowel movements, which promotes the detachment of parasites from the walls of the colon where they cling to. The recommended dose for an adult is half a teaspoon of centaury powder four times a day. This is one of the best natural alternatives to Ivermectin.

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Centaury flowers (Centaurium erythraea

4. Herbal Laxative Blend

Laxative herbs promote the quick elimination of worm eggs from the body and are usually taken 4 to 7 days after starting an anti-parasitic treatment. Make a powerful laxative herbal blend with:

  • elderberry (Sambucus nigra)
  • alder buckthorn (Rhamnus frangula)
  • field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis)

You can use them together to make tea or take them separately in a 10-14 days cure. The most powerful forms are elderberry tincture, alder buckthorn decoction, or field bindweed extract or powder.

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Elderberries (Sambucus nigra)

5. Artichoke Powder

(Cy­nara scolymus)

While not an antiparasitic herb per se, artichoke is part of the bitter plants that amplify and support the action of anthelmintic herbs and also support the liver. This means that artichoke can potentiate the action of wormwood, tansy, and common centaury. Adults can have 1 teaspoon of artichoke powder twice a day.

6. Male Fern & Wormwood Sitz Bath

(Dryopteris filix-mas)

Herbal sitz baths have a very strong effect when using toxic plants that are extremely effective in killing intestinal worms, such as wormwood and male fern. Actually, the best sitz bath for parasites is a combination of the two. For the best effects, use these two herbs that kill parasites as follows:

  • Soak 1 tablespoon of male fern root and 10 tablespoons of wormwood in two liters of water at room temperature for eight to ten hours (overnight).
  • Strain the resulting cold maceration and set it aside.
  • Put the used plants in another two liters of boiling water this time, and leave covered until the decoction has cooled, then strain.

Combine the two teas (the cold maceration and the warm infusion) and pour them into your bath water or in a basin. Make sure the water is around 38-39°C/100-102°F. Do the sitz bath for 20-30 minutes, then pad the area dry with a towel, and rest in a very warm place for half an hour. Follow the procedure daily for a week.

Beware! This tea is only used externally, as it is very toxic to ingest. Also, never bathe your whole body in male fern infusion!

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Male fern plants (Dryopteris filix-mas) in the Taiga forest

Foods that Feed Parasites (MUST AVOID)

  • Eggs – are the ultimate food for parasites.
  • Sugar and sweets (including artificial sugar replacers – instead opt for natural sugar alternatives that are healthy)
  • Diary products (opt for organic, grass feed, or even better, vegan dairy products, such as coconut, almond, cashew, or oat milk/yogurt/cheese)
  • White bread, pastry, refined cereals (instead choose whole grains and pseudocereals such as quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, etc)
  • Fats (animal and vegetal) – a high-fat diet is inflammatory by nature.
  • GMOs – most corn and soy crops around the world are GMO.
  • Preservatives & artificial flavors – highly processed foods are a feast for parasites

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If you have intestinal parasites, you should consider following an anti-inflammatory diet that supports the immune system and doesn’t allow for parasites to thrive. Leafy greens, fresh fruits, plain vegetables, and salads are key to building up a strong immunity that can protect us from any parasites, viruses, and pathogens.

We hope that the information here will empower you and make you more confident that all that is natural is here to support and serve us. Share so more people get this information. Stay healthy, naturally!

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Jeannette September 9, 2021 - 04:51

Thank you for your website on the 6 alternatives to ivermectine. I would like clarification:
Are you suggesting to choose 1 of the alternatives, OR use all 6 alternatives, if I cannot get ivermectine?
Thank you in advance for your answer.

Andreea Laza
Andreea Laza September 9, 2021 - 07:28

Hi Jeannette! One of the above. This website is for informational purposes only, please consult a medical doctor or a naturopath for your concern. Much health to you! ?

KT September 21, 2021 - 04:36

This article has been exactly what I was looking for. I purchased sweet wormwood in capsule form by Thorne. Would that work or does it have to be the loose leaf. And how many would I take should I get sick? Thank you!

Andreea Laza
Andreea Laza September 21, 2021 - 09:36

Hello! Use it according to the recommendations on the package, or consult a medical doctor. Much health to you, thank you for appreciating our work. ?

Martine September 22, 2021 - 22:29

Definitely great information and thank you! I have been using herbs as my medicine for years and I specifically set out to research an alternative to Ivermectin! Awesome! Be well!

Andreea Laza
Andreea Laza September 23, 2021 - 10:09

Thank you so much, Martine for your comment. Much health to you! ?

Patricia Kreuter September 29, 2021 - 14:58

I’m so glad I came across this information I have always been interested in natural remedies.

Andreea Laza
Andreea Laza September 29, 2021 - 17:22

Hi, Patricia! I am happy you have found us. Much health to you and your family! ?

Steve October 3, 2021 - 15:48

Is neem powder also an option as it is anti parasitic?

Andreea Laza
Andreea Laza October 3, 2021 - 21:26

Hi, Steve! I don’t know a lot about neem, but if it has the same antiparasitic properties, it sure can be used as an alternative to ivermectin. Much health to you! ?

John Burket October 8, 2021 - 07:49

It is important that any potential remedy also be able to pass the blood brain barrier and also be antithrombotic. Cryptolepis Sanguinolenta checks all the boxes, and is 100% effective against LYME disease.

Andreea Laza
Andreea Laza October 8, 2021 - 11:58

Hi, John! We have also written an article on herbal remedies for thrombosis/blood clots, that you can check here https://www.mynaturaltreatment.com/herbs-that-dissolve-blood-clots/ Much health to you! ?

Jaime Neil October 25, 2021 - 00:37

I AM SO THANKFUL I FOUND YOU! I am just recovering from illness (miserable) and I have promised myself to learn more about natural health care. I have trust issues so I need a good, honest, source for info. I truly feel great about this. Is it possible to contact you with questions as I learn? THANK YOU GOD BLESS YOU

Andreea Laza
Andreea Laza October 25, 2021 - 14:22

Hello Jamie! All the information here comes from a large collection of natural remedies from Central and Eastern Europe and our own research and findings. I am really happy about your real interest in natural ways of healing and I think it is no coincidence that you are here. Of course, I recommend everyone to follow the advice of a medical doctor and do what feels right for them. You can contact us through the contact form of this website. Much health to you and a very quick recovery! ?

Judy November 10, 2021 - 23:56

Andreea, while i too am livid at tyrants and mandates, i feel i must call out the whole truth here.

Please understand, that if there’s anyone with my type of chronic condition (which entails a low-mucus body similar to some geriatrics, and which is more vulnerable to nasal-drip+flu), then Eggs and Yogurt are literally lifesavers for us, and actually anti-inflammatory!
…Believe it or not, my body is vulnerable to flu/nasal-drip.
……My body thrives on moderate thickeners NOT extreme thinners such as lemon/pepper/salt.

Just because you can relate to those who can’t tolerate high-lysine foods, not everybody is like that! For people like myself, it’s potent-spices, high-salt, citric acid and rawgarlic/onion which are inflammatory! Also 75% dark chocolate which you find in health sections, gives me migraines (I’m on Maxalt). In general, for me, High Arginine MUST always be balanced with enough Lysine foods!

It’s NOT a one-size-fits-all world! Both dairy products and sweeteners have been given much more of a bad rap than they deserve – and any warnings which lack shades of grey – can worsen the situation of those who fit my description.

To put it simply, “grounding” foods such as veggies, carbs/starches in moderation, lysine, low-fat dairy, especially high-quality yogurts, are fine for me.
…What’s bad is HIGH-fat/HIGH-sodium pizza – that locks up my joints & clogs vessels.
…And if I take raw cane-sugar in moderation (such as to counteract dips which are too salty/or/spicy), that too, is a great choice for me. I also add Truvia or Stevia to tea’s.

Those are but a few examples, but it’s simply a matter of figuring out how to combine foods in a way that’s best for oneself. Life is not black & white.
…For example, there are the Keto and Atkins diet, those are Black & White
……(though epileptics may be an exception).
…and then there’s the South Beach Diet, which acknowledges Shades of Grey.

Andreea Laza
Andreea Laza November 11, 2021 - 00:18

Hi Judy! Thank you for sharing your experience with us, I also agree with the fact that there’s no black and white world we live in and we’re all different and our bodies need some of these “inflammatory” foods from time to time. My opinion is that everyone should know their own body, what works for them and what not but with honesty. Fine-tuning is what we should all be doing with respect to our bodily needs, beliefs, and what we want to experience in this lifetime. Much health to you! ??

Pablo November 14, 2021 - 18:44

whatta bunch of crap. fats feed inflammation ? eggs feed parasites? veganism really makes the brain fall apart . . .

Andreea Laza
Andreea Laza November 14, 2021 - 21:29

Hi Pablo! I am truly sorry that the information here doesn’t support your current beliefs about health, but the fact that you are here on this website implies that you are currently searching for answers. I hope that you will find them, here or someplace else. ?

Andreea Laza
Andreea Laza November 22, 2021 - 13:52

We are not making this claim. Medicinal herbs contain complex active principles that synergetically work together on multiple levels, for instance, wormwood is not just a parasite killer, it is also a known cancer cells killer, and it also has antimicrobial, anti-infectious, immune-modulating, antiviral, antifungal, cytotoxic, and many other actions. The main active substance in wormwood is artemisinin. Studies have shown that this natural compound has the ability to kill tumor cells indirectly by boosting the production of the natural killer cells (NK). Natural killer cells are innate immune cells that show spontaneous cytolytic activity against cells under stress such as tumor cells and virus-infected cells. Yes, natural killer cells kill virus-infected cells. Artemisinin has been shown to induce the cytolytic activity of natural killer cells (here).
It also activates macrophages, induces nitric oxide synthases, and exhibits an anti-proliferative effect by blocking viral/tumor cell growth. Basically, this natural compound does two of the main actions similar to ivermectin: inhibits viral replication and stimulates the body’s natural killer cells to fight the disease. Thank you for your point of view, and much health to you!?

Andreea Laza
Andreea Laza November 24, 2021 - 08:59

Hi Rachel! Wormwood is not a supplement as Quercetin or Vitamin D or C, but a powerful dewormer so please consult a naturopath for more information. Much health to you! ?

Rosemary Nolan November 29, 2021 - 03:50

I am contemplating making a tincture of some of the herbs for the natural ivermectin and for killing the spike protein. I think it would work well basically killing two birds every dose. Question, would it right to do, say a cup of each herb and then leave for the regular time, or should the amounts vary as per herb? I am keen to try this.

Andreea Laza
Andreea Laza December 5, 2021 - 08:36

Hi Rosemary! Herbs have very complex ways of interacting with each other, so I cannot recommend you a herbal mix or tincture mix for this particular situation. If you have the chance, it’s best to ask for the advice of a naturopath. Much health to you! ?

S. December 22, 2021 - 06:51

tansy tincture is probably more dangerous than ivermectin, a lot of herbalists won’t use it at all.

Andreea Laza
Andreea Laza December 22, 2021 - 13:07

Hello S! Natural remedies and herbs are meant to be used with care in regards to respecting the dosage and counterindications for certain pathologies. When these things are not respected, you can even have the exact opposite effects of the intended purpose. In Materia medica you can find that drinking too much St. John’s wort tea over long periods of time can cause neuralgias, too much onion tea can lead to chest constriction, dyspnea, cough, etc., while too much horsetail tea can lead to the sensation of a knob in the rectum and the list can go on. This website is for informational purposes and we recommend to everyone that they consult a naturopath for personalized treatments. I hope this information has helped you, much health to you! ?

Joey Hinton December 23, 2021 - 20:15

Some good information.
However your food to avoid is not all correct.
Not all fat is inflammatory. Omega 6 and seed oils are inflammatory, mostly veg oils. . Meat based ones are anti inflammatory.

Andreea Laza
Andreea Laza December 24, 2021 - 23:06

Hi Joey! Most fat in inflammatory in large quantites, even vegetal fat. There are fats that actually can help such as coconut oil, flaxseed oil and avocado oil. Meat fats are highly inflammatory because all meat products create acidosis in the body, and an acidic environment feeds pathogens and paves the way for inflammation. Sorry to dissapoint you. Much health ?

Dee Cee January 11, 2022 - 19:11

For liquid wormwood extract, how much would you take, a dropperful? And how often, 3x day, every hour etc? This is to recover from illness. Thanks

Andreea Laza
Andreea Laza January 11, 2022 - 19:19

Hello! I advise you that you follow the recommendations on the label of the product. Swift recovery to you! ?

Gary April 17, 2023 - 17:05

I’d like to try one of the Ivermectine herbal remedies, but you keep mentioning referring to a medical doctor for approval. No medical doctor I know is going to agree with a natural remedy solution. Therefore, can you ensure that taking one of these alternatives is safe if the dosage is followed correctly?

Andreea Laza
Andreea Laza April 17, 2023 - 19:06

Hello Gary! No, we are not medical doctors of any kind, that is why we always recommend consulting a herbal doctor or a naturopath first.

cindy owen September 5, 2023 - 23:02

If you are lucky enough to score ivermectin , how should it be taken. FYI I never got the fake vaccine and no jabs after. I had Covid early on and recovered. I feel fine yet feel inflamed and feel my liver has been affected. Am I a candidate for ivermectin if I feel my intestines and surroundings are inflamed? If so, what dosage for recovered but intestinally challenged?

Andreea Laza
Andreea Laza September 6, 2023 - 07:20

Hi Cindy! I cannot tell you how to take ivermectin, please consult a doctor or follow the instructions on the leaflet. Bitter herbs in general, such as wormwood, burdock root, dandelion root, milk thistle etc., are your liver’s best friend. However, diet is equally important, as it is the main trigger of inflammation in the body. Cut out alcohol, caffeine, processed sugar, fats (including healthy fats), processed foods, condiments and instead provide the body with plenty fresh fruits and vegetables (ideally raw or steamed), legumes, herbs, herbal teas and fresh water. Fresh air, walks in the park or in nature are also important, as the body needs fresh air and light movement. And lastly, don’t stress about it. Your liver is self-regenerating if you provide it with what it needs. Much health to you!


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