Last Updated on May 4, 2021 by Lori Geurin
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One question I hear a lot is about how to fight Lyme disease naturally. So in this post, I’ll share 21 strategies to help restore your health after Lyme. Antibiotics definitely have a role in treating tick-borne diseases. Yet, so many of us find ourselves embracing a more holistic approach to healing. Especially when Lyme and other tick-borne diseases aren’t diagnosed and treated promptly.
Natural and homeopathic treatments are popular with Lyme patients because they’re sometimes gentler on the body. Plus, when you’re dealing with persistent borreliosis, natural treatments may be more effective when dealing with biofilms and cyst forms of Lyme bacteria.
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Table Of Contents
- Treatments, Appointments, And Physical Therapy
- 21 Strategies To Fight Lyme Disease Naturally
- Lyme Disease Symptoms
- More Information About Lyme
- Lyme Disease Guide
- Summary: Fight Lyme Disease Naturally
- My Lyme Interview
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But before I share the strategies, here’s a little about my Lyme experience.
Lyme Disease Treatments, Appointments, And Physical Therapy
It was only a few years ago when I became so sick I had to quit my teaching job working with children in Special Education. I had earned half my Master’s Degree in Special Education in Autism studies through the University Of Missouri.
Needless to say, it was a tough transition. I wanted to help people but was so sick all I could do was lie in bed, do my treatments, go to appointments, and take supplements.
All the while my body continued wasting away, with my clothes hanging on my frame. My rapid decline from an active, healthy mom to four young children to barely being able to roll over in bed wasn’t easily accepted by this strong-willed girl.
Thankfully, with the love and support of my family, the care of my excellent Lyme literate doctors and supportive medical team, appropriate treatments, physical therapy to offset muscle wasting, healthy foods, and many prayers have helped me grow stronger and improve.
Although I’m not well yet, one day I hope to be. It’s definitely a process.
It’s a slow healing process when you’re dealing with untreated Lyme disease symptoms. People reach out to me every week and ask what they can do to grow healthier and heal from Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.
In response to that million-dollar question, below are 21 essential strategies you can use.
21 Strategies To Fight Lyme Disease Naturally
1. Eat anti-inflammatory foods.
Include plenty of vegetables, bone broth, organic meat, coconut, raw dairy, nuts, and seeds.
Many Lyme experts warn against eating fruit due to the high sugar content, but fruit is also high in antioxidants. Berries, lemons, limes, peaches, apples, and kiwis are fairly low in sugar so use your own judgment here.
And avocados are technically a fruit and are high in fiber and healthy fats, so enjoy!
2. Address sleep issues.
This is vital when you’re dealing with Lyme. Many of us have insomnia. Others can sleep all day. Lyme can cause many people to have severe chronic fatigue so it’s important to get extra rest and make quality sleep a priority.
3. Eliminate toxins.
This is critical. There are thousands of chemicals in our world that have emerged over the past decade and factor into your health. If your body is loaded down with heavy metals, parasites, mold, candida, and environmental toxins healing is much more difficult.
Plus, toxins disrupt your immune system.
4. Deal with your emotions.
Managing emotional stress in your life is important. I’ve discovered journaling helps with this. You might also want to start a blog and write about your experiences. Writing can be therapeutic!
Or you might find that talking things out with a friend helps process the range of emotions you’re feeling.
Recently I learned about the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or tapping. The benefits of EFT are impressive. It has ties to Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture and may help lower cortisol levels.
When I first checked it out I thought it was kinda strange. But it works amazingly well and now I do it all the time.
5. Supplement your diet.
Consider taking high-quality supplements for Lyme disease treatment – ones that are uniquely therapeutic for Lyme disease patients. Some basics to start with include:
6. Sweat in a sauna.
Done correctly, it can rid the body of toxins and raise your body temperature. And borreliosis bacteria detest high temperatures so this is a win for anyone with Lyme.
But please use caution. Don’t overdo it! I learned this the hard way and it’s not pleasant. Or even safe.
After researching portable far infrared saunas for a couple of years, my husband bought me this one for Christmas and it works great!
7. Move a little every day.
Yoga and Pilates are excellent but aren’t for everyone. The idea is to do something you enjoy. I also love taking walks and breathing in the fresh air and do this whenever I can get outside.
If you’re stuck inside try some slow, gentle stretches or resistance training. And if you can do more and your doctor says it’s okay, then go for it!
8. Avoid processed junk food, sugar and gluten.
Our bodies aren’t designed to handle
all any of the chemicals in processed food. And, because Lyme is an inflammatory condition it’s best to avoid sugar and gluten. Many people also find it helpful to avoid dairy.
I thought my diet was pretty healthy before. But once I cut out most of the processed foods it really helped reduce the inflammation and body pain I was having.
Now, if I eat packaged foods, gluten, or a sugary dessert, I feel it in my body. Or as I sometimes say, “I pay for it later.” I end up regretting it because my joints hurt.
But it’s always a good reminder to me of how much healing real food provides for our bodies. And it’s great motivation to maintain a healthy diet full of real food, avoiding the junk.
9. Try grounding.
Do you remember running around barefoot as a child? I do. Turns out, this is a healthy, natural practice we can all benefit from, young and old.
Earthing, or grounding, is having direct contact with the Earth’s surface with your bare feet. In essence, going barefoot.
The grass, dirt, sand at the beach, and even unpainted concrete serve as conductive surfaces. You can also buy earthing mats and grounding sheets for your bed.
According to Dr. Stephen Sinatra, earthing can reverse inflammation in the body. He recommends earthing 40 minutes every day.
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10. Get plenty of sunshine.
Experts recommend exposing your legs and arms to the sun for 15 to 20 minutes a day. And this is without sunscreen protection. Getting this sun exposure causes your body to produce Vitamin D naturally.
If it’s winter, or you’re not able to get outside, it’s a good idea to take a Vitamin D3 supplement.
11. Smile and laugh.
Whether you like watching crazy cat videos on YouTube or the latest episode of your favorite T.V. sitcom, smiling and laughing does a body good!
You can check out some of the benefits of smiling here in 6 Unexpected Benefits Of Smiling: Enhance Your Face Value.
12. Drink lemon water.
People with Lyme often have dysfunctional immune systems. But, good news! Lemons are full of Vitamin C, which is great for the immune system.
For more on lemon water, you’ll want to read the 9 Surprising Benefits Of Lemon Water.
13. Buy a water filter.
Removing harmful impurities from your drinking water is an important part of keeping toxins out. Water filters are designed to do just that.
There are many different types of filters so it’s important to do your research and find the one that best meets your needs. Here’s an article explaining what to look for when you’re in the market for a water filter.
14. Protect against EMFs.
Exposure to EMFs, or electromagnetic fields, are especially damaging to people with chronic illnesses. And, unfortunately, they’re everywhere.
Computers, hairdryers, refrigerators, vacuums, irons, cell phones, WiFi, fax machines, and much more are the culprits. Here are some tips to protect yourself from EMFs.
15. Get a blue light filter app and glasses.
I used to use the Twilight app (for Android) to block blue light. But I recently learned that you can go into your phone’s settings and set the blue light filter. I love this because I set it and it works automatically every day. This is available for both Android and iPhone.
You can also purchase blue light-filtering glasses if you work on a laptop computer. Or you can set your computer’s blue light filter settings. I work from a Chromebook and set my blue light filter to turn on from sunset to sunrise, the same as my Android phone.
16. Consider taking an herbal protocol.
There are several of these available. I took Dr. Lee Cowden’s Lyme protocol for 9 months and it helped me more than a year of antibiotics. It’s available at NutraMedix. Others include Dr. Rawls and Byron White.
Several herbs have been shown to kill Lyme bacteria in test tubes. These include:
- black walnut
- cat’s claw
- Japanese knotweed
- sweet wormwood
- Chinese scullcap
- Cistus incanus
- Cryptolepis sanguinolenta
While these herbs sound promising they can also cause side effects so be sure to talk to your Lyme-literate physician (LLMD) about what treatment course they recommend for you. And, please keep in mind that each case is unique.
17. Do coffee enemas.
You may be thinking, TMI…but this is definitely worth looking into. Coffee enemas have some impressive health benefits. Many people with chronic Lyme have found they help with digestive issues and chronically low energy.
You can learn more here: 5 Reasons To Try Coffee Enemas.
18. Take probiotics and eat probiotic-rich foods.
These include kefir, yogurt, fermented vegetables, and kombucha. Healing the gut is important to rebuild your immunity. And probiotics and prebiotics are key.
19. Take organic whole leaf Stevia extract.
A recent study showed Stevia leaf extract killed Lyme bacteria better than antibiotics in a test tube. (1) Keep in mind that even though this shows promise, it was in a test tube. As far as I know, there have not been any human trials done.
That said, if you’re planning to try treating Lyme with Stevia please take it slow to prevent a potential herx! According to JennasLymeBlog,
“The recommended dose of organic whole leaf stevia is 20 drops two times per day.”
But, I started with less than half the recommended dose and herxed so please use caution! You should never start out at this dosage. Start very small, with a couple of drops per day. Titrate up very gradually. If you experience any die-off reactions then back down to a lower dosage.
*Since writing this post I’ve read that Stevia is not effective for killing Lyme in humans so you may want to do further research on this and decide whether it’s worth your time.
20. Take warm Epsom salt baths.
I never used to take time for a bath. I was more of a shower type of girl. But my life post-Lyme has been full of hot, Epsom salt baths. Why? Because the salts really help to soothe the pain in my joints and muscles. The warm water is relaxing. And I get to catch up on my reading on the Kindle app.
Plus, the warm water is great for providing a natural detox, if you sweat that is. Just make sure not to make the bath too hot or it could cause you to herx, which is never pleasant and could be dangerous.
21. Use essential oils.
Treating Lyme disease with essential oils can help with persistent Lyme infections. Make sure you buy high-quality, therapeutic-grade oils. There are different brands and price points. I have several go-to oils I use for my Lyme symptoms. Some of my favorites are:
- peppermint for headaches, chronic fatigue, nausea, and infections
- lemon in my water and for air purification
- lavender to help me sleep
- ginger for nausea
- oregano to kill Lyme borrelia bacteria
- cinnamon bark as an anti-inflammatory
I used to spend more money on my essential oils until I discovered a high-quality, pharmaceutical-grade brand that I love. You can purchase a set of 8 on Amazon – Art Naturals Essential Oils Set.
Lyme Disease Symptoms
There are different stages in Lyme infection. And each stage has a variety of typical symptoms. But it’s important to mention that Lyme patients aren’t all the same and can have a wide variety of symptoms. No two patients present exactly the same.
Also, many Lyme symptoms are similar to other chronic diseases and conditions. This is why it’s called the Great Imitator. Because of this, Lyme is often untreated and misdiagnosed. And the longer borrelia bacteria stays unchecked in the body, the more damage it can do to all of the organs and systems.
I wrote an in-depth article that covers all of the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease if you’d like to check it out.
More Information About Lyme Disease
Several years ago I had many unexplained symptoms and none of the doctors could figure out what was wrong with me. I was desperate for answers. I spent many hours researching on my own, working to figure out what was causing all of my health problems.
Thankfully, I was eventually tested for Lyme and co-infections and diagnosed with Lyme, tularemia, and rocky mountain spotted fever. Yet, so many people are still searching and wondering why they’re suffering from the symptoms above.
Maybe you’ve been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome, autoimmune conditions, or chronic fatigue syndrome – as I was at first. But, like me, you wonder, what is causing all of this? Why am I in pain and exhausted all the time?
Lyme Disease Guide
I created a Lyme resource to help answer your questions. The guide gives you:
- more details about Lyme and other tick-borne diseases
- valuable information on diagnosis and testing
- where to find financial help for Lyme patients
- Lyme and tick-borne disease prevention tips
- instructions for how to properly remove a tick
- and more…
all based on research. Simply click below to check it out.
Lyme Disease 101 Ebook
Summary – 21 Lyme Disease Natural Treatment Options
Lyme is a complex disease that involves a long list of symptoms that can become debilitating if it’s not treated right away.
In addition to antibiotics traditionally used to treat Lyme, practicing holistic, natural strategies can help the body heal and grow stronger over time. I hope this post gave you many strategies to help you fight Lyme disease naturally.
Do you know someone with Lyme or other tick-borne diseases? What strategies do you use to fight Lyme Disease naturally?
My Lyme Disease Interview
Last year I had the opportunity to share my story with a reporter for KY3 and KSPR News in Springfield, MO. Reporter Linda Simmons drove to our home and interviewed me. You can watch the interview here.
You can read more about my experience with Lyme disease in Undiagnosed And Suffering From Lyme Disease: I Felt Like I Was Dying
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