Ringworm is a common and contagious fungal skin infection. Unlike the name suggests, it is not caused by worms or parasites, but rather by a fungus similar to athlete’s foot.
It generally presents itself as round, itchy patches of red skin. If these patches occur on the scalp, hair will often fall out within the patch.
Here are five natural ways to treat ringworm at home.
Garlic has natural anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Crush a few cloves of garlic with a bit of water to form a paste. Spread the garlic paste on ringworm patches, leave on for 10 minutes and then rinse off with water. Apply the garlic paste several times a day until the ringworm clears.
Basil is another food with natural anti-fungal properties. Crush basil leaves until the natural oils are expressed and a thick paste is formed. Spread the paste on ringworm patches and let it air dry. You can leave the dried paste on the skin until you’re ready for a fresh application. Apply the basil paste several times a day until the ringworm clears.
You are probably noticing a trend here. Vinegar is another food with natural anti-fungal properties. It is traditionally used for cleaning and treating mould in homes.
Mix 1 tsp vinegar with enough salt to form a paste. Spread the vinegar paste on ringworm patches, leave it on for 5 minutes and then rinse off with water. Apply the vinegar paste once or twice a day until the ringworm clears.
Turmeric isn’t just for curries. It also has natural anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. Mix 1 tsp of turmeric with just enough water to make a thick paste. Spread the turmeric paste on the rash, leave it on for 15 minutes and then wash it off with water. Apply the turmeric paste several times a day until the ringworm clears.
5. Phytozine Cream
Phytozine cream is a unique ringworm treatment because it combines an FDA-approved ringworm medication with natural anti-fungal ingredients like tea tree oil and natural skin-soothing ingredients like aloe vera. It’s basically the best of both worlds and is often more effective than other natural ringworm treatments.