Deworming in the Age of Covid-19

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A recent discussion sprang up over access to Ivermectin in New Zealand, Canada, the US, and a few other countries. It’s common knowledge that mainstream media, mainstream medical, and government string pullers alongside Big Pharma, are all against the use of Ivermectin to treat covid. Wormwood came up in the conversation and I began doing some research when I ran across an article sharing 6 alternatives to ivermectin, with wormwood and tansy as the first two listed.

sagewort, wild sage, great sageWormwood includes such plants as sagewort, mugwort, tarragon, etc. We’re all familiar with sage either as a herb in cooking, an ingredient in aromatherapy, or in indigenous smudging ceremonies. We have various sages growing wild where we live and discovered Great Sage this summer in one area nearby. Now that I’m a Natural Health Practitioner in training since the end of August 2021, coming across this list was rather encouraging. I won’t share the list here, because at the end of the article, it does what I’m always advising against, which is broad-stroke removal of foods because of one reason or another. The logic behind such sweeping behaviour would render us all dead from nothing to eat if we followed that line of thinking.

One person in the conversation began to muse about other dewormers out there if Ivermectin gets hard to come by. They use the animal formulation for their horses and were talking about the human dosages that exist. There are human formulations of Ivermectin as well that won Nobel prizes back in 2016 for successful treatment of Malaria.

A herbal dewormer we use for my daughter’s horse, consists of cloves, thyme, and cumin. Thyme liquifies pinworm eggs, and the other two attack other worms. Sage of any type isn’t recommended for horses due to not knowing which equines will react badly to it. My daughter is quick to say her herb blend is anecdotal in nature, but it has successfully cured her horse any time tail itching wasn’t the result of a dandruffy dock, shedding hair on the dock, or a dirty udder.

Horse physiology and medicine overlaps humans quite often to my own surprise, but there are differences in how they handle various foods. We don’t get shiny coats from flax, they do. They can’t digest oil, we can. We can use sage as a dewormer, they shouldn’t. But we both can use the cloves/thyme/cumin blend as a dewormer. A number of herbs and spices that are used in India are actually dewormers and anti-parasitic.

My daughter and I put together an anti-malarial pdf back in the early part of 2021 available on a form on my coaching site. The list was built from an Indian and Ugandan set of studies on foods, herbs and spices that successfully treat malaria over there. The foods we listed are available here in North America either in the store or in the wild or you kitchen garden. Many of these foods have various quinines in them that are also present in HCQ, quercetins, etc.

Needless to say, today’s discussion and resulting digging proved educational for me in that I’ve learned the wormwood family is a good substitute for Ivermectin. 2+2 always = 4, and I very much enjoy watching dots get connected!

(For more articles written after March 2022 related to the intersection of faith and health, please visit my coaching website categories: health, and Natural health.)

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