Ringworm is a common fungal infection that can affect humans and pets, young and old alike. but there are several effective natural remedies that work fast. Ringworm can be cured with home remedies like apple cider vinegar, iodine, oregano oil, or rubbing alcohol to name a few.
What is Ringworm?
Contrary to its name, ringworm is NOT a worm or a parasitic infection. Ringworm is a fungal infection that is often shaped in a circle (ring). Ringworm is a tinea infection found on the body. Tinea on the foot is called athlete's foot. Tinea on the head is called tinea capitis. Thus, ringworm on the body is tinea corporis. Ringworm can spread from person to person. It is not uncommon among cats, and humans get ringworm from their cats or other pets. Ringworm is not usually painful but it can be itchy. Unfortunately, scratching is a good way to spread the disease.
Our readers have often tried over the counter and prescription anti-fungals, only to find that an inexpensive natural remedy works best for it after all, and with much less expense!
Natural Medicines for Ringworm
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is our most popular home remedy for ringworm. You can read more about it here!
If you are a regular at Earth Clinic, you may already have some Lugol's iodine solution around the house, because it is commonly mentioned and used for different ailments. Apply this iodine twice a day. If you don't have any Lugol's on hand, you should be able to get a colorless liquid iodine at your local pharmacy. This may be more convenient anyway since it will not stain skin. (But don't worry, the staining from Lugol's iodine is temporary!)
Most households have rubbing alcohol in the medicine cabinet. Use a cotton ball to apply rubbing alcohol to the ringworm patches at least twice a day.
Herbs for Ringworm
Garlic is a wonderful anti-fungal herb. While some brave souls will use a bandaid to attach a sliver of fresh garlic to a spot of ringworm, this will likely burn the skin. Garlic oil or even garlic powder may be a more comfortable way to use this remedy!
Black walnut is often used in a tincture form. The tincture can be applied twice a day to the ringworm lesions.
Turmeric, found in the spice section of your grocery store, is wonderful for all kinds of infections and inflammation. The turmeric can be sprinkled onto the patches of ringworm. Alternately you can mix some turmeric into some olive oil or coconut oil to make a paste. Turmeric will stain things yellow though.
Essential Oils for Ringworm
Oregano, tea tree, and lavender essential oil have all been used successfully to treat ringworm. While tea tree and lavender essential oils can be used neat ( without diluting) on the skin, diluting the oils a bit into some coconut oil or olive oil will reduce the risk of irritation. Oregano oil should always be diluted when used topically. It does burn the skin and is very strong.
Mix 1/4 teaspoon of your choice of essential oils (one or a combination to equal 1/4 teaspoon total) with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil or olive oil. Then apply this oil mixture to the ringworm twice a day.
What if Nothing is Working for Ringworm?
Perhaps you are someone who has already tried nearly everything for ringworm and it continues to plague you. In this case it is that possible you are being reinfected without realizing it. Check pets for ringworm. Be sure to wash bedding twice a week in hot water. Wash your clothes in water as hot as allowed. Add vinegar to the rinse water of your laundry with each load.
Supplements for Ringworm
Your immune system may need some extra support to fight this fungal infection. Vitamins C, D and Zinc all help to support the immune system.
Borage Oil, found in capsules, can also be helpful if your skin problems are slow to heal.
It is also possible that you have a systemic fungal infection and ringworm is and outward manifestation of it. Consider reading Bill Thompson's excellent book, Candida, Killing so Sweetly.
Have you tried any home remedies for ringworm? How did they work for you? Please send us some feedback! Keep reading to find stories of how our creative readers have treated their ringworm infections.