Pinworms are a common parasite in humans, with infection in children reaching nearly 30% worldwide.
Adults can also be infected, as pinworms are easily spread from person to person. Here are 17 of the most effective home remedies to treat pinworms.
What Are Pinworms?
These are tiny, white worms that live in the colon and rectum. They are passed on as their eggs are ingested by other people without them being aware of it. The eggs are small and cannot be seen by eye, and once they enter the body they hatch into adult worms within weeks. The entire household of someone infected with pinworms needs to be treated, as they are so easily passed on.
Children tend to catch pinworms from playing with infected children, but adults can get them too.
Itching and irritation around the anal area – especially at night Pinworms visible in stools Nausea and sometimes abdominal pain
You can buy medicines to treat pinworms at a pharmacy, but they can be expensive if you have a large family to treat. These natural and inexpensive home remedies can help you beat pinworms.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 glass water
Some honey if desired
Add the apple cider vinegar to a glass of water, and mix well. Add some honey to sweeten the flavor, and drink the mixture.
Do this at least twice a day for best results. Apple cider vinegar can lower the pH of your body, while restoring the acid balance. This makes it hard for the worms to survive in your body.
2. Coconut Oil
1-2 teaspoons coconut oil
Consume a teaspoon of coconut oil every morning, and apply a small amount of it to your anal area every night.
Coconut oil has antibacterial and antifungal properties, which can be helpful in getting rid of pinworms.
1-2 garlic cloves
Chew on a few garlic cloves every day, or add them to your foods. Also, to ease the itching at night, mince garlic cloves, mix them with petroleum jelly and apply to the anal area at night.
Do this once a day. Garlic has antibacterial and antifungal properties, as well as being a powerful antioxidant.
4. Hot Water
Soap and detergent
In order to kill pinworm eggs, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water after contact with anything that may be infected.
Soak all clothes, towels and bedding that could be infected in hot water for at least 30 minutes before washing. Clean all bathrooms daily with hot water and soap or spray cleanser.
5. Essential Oils
Tea Tree Oil
1-2 drops tea tree oil
1-2 teaspoons coconut oil
Mix the tea tree oil with coconut oil and apply to the affected area every night. Applying tea tree oil directly to the skin can cause irritation, so it’s best to mix it in with a carrier oil.
Tea tree oil has been used in natural medicine for years, and it is a powerful antibacterial and antifungal agent that is capable of killing parasites.
Clove Essential Oil
1-2 drops clove essential oil
1 teaspoon coconut oil
Mixt the clove oil and coconut oil together and apply to the anal area every night. Clove oil contains a compound called eugenol that has germicidal properties, as well as antiseptic and antimicrobial properties.
6. Grapefruit Seed Extract
200 mg grapefruit seed extract supplement
Take the grapefruit seed extract every day – twice per day for a week. Grapefruit seeds are rich in polyphenols that have a strong antimicrobial effect.
7. Lemon Juice
1 glass water
Squeeze the juice of the ½ lemon into the glass of water. Add some honey for sweetness if you like, and drink this daily.
Lemons are acidic, which lowers the pH of your body. This makes it hard for pinworms to survive.
8. Pineapple Juice
1 glass of water
Peel and chop the pineapple, and blend the pineapple pieces in a blender with a glass of water, then drink the juice. Repeat at least once daily.
Pineapples contain an enzyme called bromelain, which has antimicrobial properties to help eradicate pinworms.
1 medium carrot
Wash the carrot thoroughly, then peel it, shred, and eat with a meal or a snack. Eat around a cup of shredded carrots 1-2 times a day. The high fiber in carrots helps improve digestion and bowel movements, and it can help to push the pinworms out of your body.
10. Rubbing Alcohol
Cotton wool balls
Put some rubbing alcohol on a cotton wool ball, and apply to the anal area every time you go to the toilet.
The isopropanol in the rubbing alcohol can help destroy the pinworms and prevent them from happening again.
11. Pumpkin Seeds
1 cup of raw pumpkin seeds
½ to 1 cup of water
Blend the raw pumpkin seeds with just enough water to create a creamy paste. Eat the paste once every morning on an empty stomach.
The cucurbitacin in pumpkins can paralyze pinworms, which makes it easier for your body to expel them.
12. Petroleum Jelly
Apply a good amount of petroleum jelly on the anal area and leave on overnight. The petroleum jelly helps to soothe itching and irritation.
13. Bitter Gourd
2 medium bitter gourds
1 cup water
Put the bitter gourds in a blender with the water and blend. Add honey or sweet fruit juice to help counteract the bitter flavour. Drink the juice throughout the day.
Like pumpkin seeds, bitter gourds contain cucurbitacin that helps to paralyze the pinworms.
1 cup plain yogurt
Eat around a cup of plain yogurt per day to get the benefit of the probiotic bacteria that help your digestive system. The bacteria can help destroy harmful bacteria and germs.
15. Wormwood Tea
3-4 drops wormwood extract
1 cup hot water
Add a few drops of wormwood extract to a cup of hot water, and drink the tea. Add some honey to improve the flavor. Drink the tea up to 3 times a day for a week, and the antiparasitic compounds in wormwood helps to kill parasites like pinworms.
16. Castor Oil
1 teaspoon castor oil
Take the castor oil once a day. Castor oil has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that destroy parasites. Castor oil can dislodge the pinworms from the walls of your intestines due to the laxative effects it has, and this also helps to eliminate the worms from your body.
1-2 medium onions
Peel the onions, then wash them and cut into slices. Place them in a bowl and add 1 pint water. Leave the onions to soak overnight or for 12 hours, then strain the water using a muslin or cheesecloth.
Drink this water 3 times a day for 2 days. Onions contain sulfur, which can help to remove pinworms from your system very quickly.