Are you looking for home remedies for ringworm? Well first let’s clear up the first misconception. Ringworm is not caused by a worm, and there are several effective home remedies. It is in fact a fungal infection, and is picked up from the environment, from other people who are infected, even from pets such as dogs cats and horse, or from sharing clothing towel or hairbrushes with infected people.
It’s in the same family of fungal conditions as jock itch and athlete’s foot, and people who are susceptible to these conditions are generally more susceptible than other people to ringworm. With its characteristic ring shape, it is quite easy to self diagnose, but, as ever, if you aren’t sure, or if the condition is very painful or seems to be spreading, you should consult your health practitioner. A minor episode can easily be dealt with using home remedies.
Ringworm is characterized by a ring of itchy, inflamed skin, often on the feet, hands, torso or scalp. It may be slightly raised.
Anti fungal creams
Conventional anti fungal creams may bring this issue quickly to a halt, but many people either don’t find them effective, or prefer not to use them. Your health food store should be able to offer herbal creams, and it’s a good idea to have an anti fungal herbal cream in your home first aid kit.
Honey is well known for its use on wounds, and its antibiotic properties, and people have found a mixture of honey, olive oil and beeswax to be both soothing and effective as a home cure for ringworm.
#2 Tea Tree Oil
It sometimes seems as if Tea Tree oil is offered up as the answer to every human health problem, so frequently is it recommended. But it does have good anti fungal properties, and is easily available. If you have a ringworm infection, switch to tea tree oil soap and shampoo, as well as applying it directly to the infected area according to your herbalist’s instructions.
Not quite as lovely to smell as honey or tea tree, garlic paste can be effective as an anti-fungal for ringworm and other fungal conditions. Make a paste, apply it, cover with cotton wool and surgical tape.
This is a hard to find but amazingly effective fungicidal plant which grows in Central America. It is a traditional Mayan healing herb, and extensively used in places like Belize for jock itch, athlete’s foot and of course, ringworm.
#5 Salt and vinegar
Some people suggest making a paste of salt and vinegar, preferably apply cider vinegar, and applying it twice a day for a week. Leave it on for five minutes and wash it off.
Whatever you do to treat your ringworm, make sure that you wear light clothing over the affected area, if possible, and maintain strict hygiene to stop it spreading to other parts of your body and to other people.