15 Efficient Home Remedies for Histoplasmosis

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The most effective home remedies for histoplasmosis include the use of cloves, turmeric, apple cider vinegar, neem leaves, and certain oils among others. It also includes behavioral remedies like staying hydrated, avoiding high-sugar foods, coffee, and tobacco products.

Home Remedies

Let us take a look at the many home remedies for histoplasmosis.


Cloves are packed with natural anti-fungal compounds that can quickly eliminate infections from your lungs and respiratory tracts. Soaking cloves in water overnight and then drinking the mixture in the morning gives a healthy anti-fungal start to the day. Adding it to your meal can also boost your immune system.


Turmeric has been used for generations to relieve gastrointestinal distress, respiratory inflammation, and immune system issues. This is due to its antioxidant and anti-fungal properties. Hence, its protective function is beneficial for the treatment of histoplasmosis.


Water helps to flush out toxins from the system and encourages effective functioning of your metabolism and immune system. This helps to naturally eliminate the histoplasmosis infection.


Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar makes to the list of many home remedies, because of its powerful antimicrobial and antiviral effects. It is beneficial for the treatment of many infections including histoplasmosis. You can mix apple cider with equal parts water and consume it twice daily for maximum effect.

Neem Leaves

In Ayurveda, neem leaves are extremely important as they can help to cleanse the body and boost the immune system. By brewing it with tea, neem can help eliminate or prevent the fungal spores from taking hold and causing damage to the respiratory system.

Garlic Oil

Garlic oil is extremely powerful in the fight against infections. Allicin, the active ingredient in garlic, has antimicrobial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties, thereby making it an effective remedy for histoplasmosis.

Avoiding Sugar

Studies show that heavily processed foods and artificial sugars actually exacerbate the symptoms of histoplasmosis. So choosing a natural diet and avoiding pre-packaged foods is a good way to slow the spread of the infection.

Tea Tree Oil

As histoplasmosis is a respiratory infection, inhaling mild amounts of powerful essential oils can do wonders for the body. Tea tree oil is one such example, thanks to its antifungal properties.

Cat’s Claw

This lesser-known herb is a natural remedy for a number of conditions due to its anti-fungal property. It is highly effective in soothing the symptoms and killing the histoplasmosis spores before they can do any real damage.


Onions and garlic have similar chemical effects on the body, including their anti-fungal and immune-boosting effects.  If you’re suffering from histoplasmosis, then adding them to your diet may help.

Green Tea

The catechins and epicatechins found in green tea are remarkably adept at healing the immune system and eliminating foreign pathogens and agents throughout the body. In the case of histoplasmosis, the fungal infection stands little chance against the concentrated antioxidant burst in your system, which is obtained through green tea.

No Smoking or Drinking

Tobacco and alcohol are both immune system suppressants, making it harder for your body to fight infections. If you have contracted histoplasmosis, lay off cigarettes and alcohol for a week or two until your body is completely free of this infection.


Goldenseal extract can be found at most natural health stores and boasts powerful anti-fungal effects, so adding this small herbal supplement to your diet can greatly speed up your recovery from histoplasmosis.

Fish Oil

Omega-3 fatty acids have an inhibiting effect on the spread of certain fungal infections. They also help to optimize the immune system to fight off these foreign bodies. Consuming fish oil supplements or increasing your intake of oily fish varieties like salmon can treat and keep you safe from histoplasmosis.

Regular Exercise

The hormones and endorphins that your body releases during and after exercise can stimulate the immune system and keep the respiratory system active and engaged. This can lead to a decreased presence of Histoplasma fungus.

Word of Caution: While many cases of histoplasmosis are mild, and may even go unnoticed, if your symptoms persist, you should see a doctor and ensure that you aren’t suffering from a more severe infection. Home remedies can be used in supplementation to anti-fungal medicines, provided you speak to your doctor about any possible interactions.


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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, and publisher who earned his English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Urbana (USA). He is the co-founder of a literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and calls the most beautiful places in the world his office. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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