Ringworm is caused by several types of fungi that attach themselves to the top layer of your skin, causing a circular, rough patch on your skin. Your dermatologist will have a few helpful options for you. But there are also a few natural options you may want to consider. The following guide will offer a few natural ringworm-removing options.
The first natural method you can try is using a garlic paste on the ringworm because it contains strong antifungal properties, like ajoene and allium. These ingredients will attack and inhibit the reproduction of the fungus, causing that unsightly patch of skin that you are familiar with.
To make your antifungal paste, just follow the steps below:
- Mash a clove of garlic in a mortar.
- Add 3 ounces of olive oil and 3 ounces of raw honey.
- Blend until you achieve a paste-like consistency.
- Clean the affected area with an antibacterial solution, and dry off well.
- Apply this mixture on the ringworm for at least an hour.
- You can apply the paste 3 times a day.
Be sure to mention this and any other natural method that you consider to your dermatologist. He or she will help you monitor your skin's reaction and offer other helpful tips.
The Tea Tree Oil Method
Tea tree oil contains linalool, which helps contain and eliminate the microorganisms responsible for ringworm, as it acts like a poison to them. Studies show that the application of tea tree oil directly over the infection can get rid of it in about 4 weeks.
Follow the steps below to use this method on your ringworm infection:
- Clean the area with soap or an antibacterial solution, and dry.
- Drop a few drops of tea tree oil on a cotton ball, and place it on the infected area.
- Place a tape or a similar sticky material to hold the cotton ball in place.
- Leave the cotton ball for at least an hour, and repeat 2 more times daily.
There are other oils that you can use in the same way, or mix them for a more potent solution, which are the following:
- Jojoba oil
- Coconut oil
- Myrrh oil
- Lavender oil
You can purchase the oils mentioned above at your local health food store or online; be sure the source is pure and organic for best results. So you can deal with ringworm naturally; but don't forget to talk to your dermatologist, as mentioned above, because he or she may have other suggestions for you.