Parasite Cleanse with Pumpkin Seeds

This cleanse is for ridding the body of intestinal worms, specifically the common tapeworm. It comes courtesy of the SuperFood website, where more detailed information may be found.

Pumpkin seeds are used traditionally as an anthelmintic, a substance that helps expel intestinal worms. This remedy paralyzes the worms, rather then killing them outright. This prevents them from holding on to the intestinal walls as they usually do during a bowel movement.

It is strongly recommended that you follow this pumpkin seed worm treatment with a quick acting laxative like castor oil, to make sure that as many worms as possible are expelled before they can recover.


• 1 cup of high quality, hulled raw pumpkin seeds
• coconut milk (organic Thai Kitchen is my favorite)
• honey or blackstrap molasses (optional)
• castor oil


1. Blend pumpkin seeds in a blender with enough coconut milk to just cover the seeds. Add a little honey or blackstrap molasses if you like.

2. Keep adding small amounts of coconut milk until the consistency is a relatively smooth paste. Getting the mixture out of the blender and into a bowl can be tricky. I find a rubber spatula good for these kinds of jobs.

3. Eat like you would porridge, first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach. It’s very filling. If you can’t eat it all at once, eat the rest in half an hour.

4. After an hour, drink a large glass of water. Several over the next hour would be even better.

5. Two hours after having the second half (or two and a half hours if you had it all at once), take approximately 4 Tbsp. of castor oil – check instructions on the bottle, as the dosage is body-weight dependent.

6. Castor oil is a strong laxative and should send you to the bathroom before too long. If there is no diarrhea by 2 p.m., drink 1 Tbsp. Epsom salts dissolved in ¼ cup hot water. Repeat this 2 hours later if necessary.

7. For best results repeat this procedure, first thing in the morning, for two or three days. Castor oil should not be taken for more than seven days in a row.

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