Detox During Lyme

For successful treatment of Lyme and coinfections, I feel that a detox routine that works for you is vitally important before starting the antimicrobial part of treatment.  The body must be able to evacuate waste effectively!  This is my list of favorite detox methods:

Epsom Salt Bath ~ The skin is our largest organ, so it is a great place to start .  Fill your tub with hot (does not need to be scalding hot) water and two cups of Epsom Salt.  Soak a minimum of 20 minutes.  Magnesium sulfate is absorbed into the skin, which helps to draw the toxins out of the body.  Be sure to shower after to rinse the residue off of your skin.


Lemon Water ~ Put mountain spring water (or water with no fluoride) in a glass (not plastic), and put 1-3 drops of lemon essential oil in it.  Oil is better than lemon juice as it doesn’t damage your tooth enamel.  Drink a few glasses a day to stimulate the liver and help it send waste out. *


Body Brushing ~ There are several benefits to body brushing, but the most important is stimulation of the lymphatic system.  This system is responsible for removing toxins from the body.  I find that doing this before an Epsom Salt bath (or shower) is a great way to detox, relax, and sleep well after.



Zendocrine Detox Oil ~  Use Zendocrine to support the body’s natural ability to rid itself of unwanted substances through  the liver, kidneys, colon, lungs, and skin.  Add one to two drops of Zendocrine to citrus drinks, tea, or water to support healthy liver function and deliver antioxidants.  I also recommend putting a couple drops on the bottom of your feet and over the liver before dry brushing and epsom salt baths. *


Activated Charcoal ~ Charcoal is an over the counter detox aid that is good to have in any home regardless of chronic illness or not.  It can be purchased in capsule form, and taken with a big glass of water.  Charcoal is highly absorbent, and “mops” up toxins from the body.  This should not be taken anywhere near your other medications or supplements ~ a minimum of two hours away from all other things including food.


Alka-Seltzer Gold ~ Alka Seltzer Gold (must be the gold) is a great tool for people that are herxing from Lyme Disease.  ASG changes the alkalinity of the body rapidly, giving relief from digestive upset that sometimes occurs during treatment.  It also helps the body to detox, and provides relief from herx symptoms.  It can be hard to find, so ask the pharmacist if it can be ordered into the store for you, or you can get it on Amazon.


Cholestyramine (CSM) ~ This is available as a prescription, so you will need to talk to your doctor about using this detox method.   CSM will remove biotoxins from the system.  When taken away from food, it is also shown to lower cholesterol.  Using CSM is considered “off-label” – meaning detox is not a use that was discovered by clinical trial, but more anecdotal findings through doctors that prescribe it.


Liposomal Glutathione ~ This is an antioxidant that is highly effective for detoxification.  Use with caution until you know how you react to it.  Some people report headaches when using this.  People with Babesia can have a sensitivity to it when not far along enough in treatment.


Other things we do to detox are craniosacral therapy using our Biomat, and Reiki.  I know there are numerous herbs and tinctures, but some of these methods also stimulate a release of heavy metals into the system which requires the guidance of a physician to monitor.


*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

If you are interested in essential oils mentioned here, I can help you order these.  Many online retailers have been found to have adultered oils, which is detrimental to the health of someone with chronic illness.  Please exercise great caution when using this modality!

5 thoughts on “Detox During Lyme”

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  2. CVS pharmacy carries Alka Seltzer Gold in many of their stores. Go online to see if a store near you has it, if not you can order it from their web site. It’s less expensive than at Amazon, where at times I’ve seen it for 10 times the CVS price (yes you read that right!).


    1. Hi, Emily. I use doTERRA essential oils, and that is what I recommend to people. If you are interested in purchasing these oils, my direct shop link is . doTERRA will only guarantee quality when you purchase through a representative directly (vs. sites like eBay or Amazon). I am also happy to set up a phone call with you to help you with deciding which oils are best for you and your health situation. Warmly, Amanda



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