Plenty of natural home remedies are available for ringworm. They're safe, have few side effects and are proven to be effective. Ideally, they should be your first choice in fighting ringworm, since medications may have harmful side effects.
Before undergoing any treatment, natural or otherwise, it's very important to visit a doctor first for a proper diagnosis. Discussing your treatment plan under the guidance of a medical professional can increase its effectiveness and minimize risks.
Top 4 Natural Home Remedies
• Apple Cider Vinegar
This particular type of vinegar is known for its strong antibacterial and antifungal properties. For best results, apply undiluted apple cider vinegar on the infected area with a cotton ball, repeating the process three to five times a day until the rashes are gone.1
Garlic contains allicin and ajoene, which are compounds powerful against ringworm. Create a paste using a combination of crushed garlic cloves and olive oil, and then apply it on your spots.
Cover your spots with gauze for two hours, and then rinse with warm water. Repeat this process three times a day for three weeks.2
Turmeric is a spice mainly used in curry dishes, but also widely used in traditional Indian medicine. Create a solution by mixing 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder with a few drops of water.
Spread the mixture on your spots and leave it there for 10 minutes, then rinse afterwards. Note that turmeric will temporarily stain your skin.3
This tasty fruit contains the enzymes papain and chymopapain, which are known to fight ringworm. To apply papaya on your spots, all you need to do is cut a papaya into several pieces and then rub them on your skin. You can also crush the papaya to create a paste that you can leave on your rashes for around 20 minutes. Wash the spots with warm water afterwards.4
4 Antifungal Oils Effective Against Ringworm
If the methods above didn't help, you can try applying antifungal oils directly on your spots. Use them with caution, because some oils are strong and may irritate your skin when used without a carrier oil. You can test your preferred oil on a healthy patch of skin first before applying it to the infected area. If your skin becomes irritated, you may need to dilute your antifungal oil with carrier oil or warm water.
• Lavender oil: Mix four drops of lavender essential oil and 1 teaspoon of carrier oil (usually jojoba oil). Lavender essential oil is known for its strong effects when used alone, so a carrier oil is generally recommended.
• Calendula oil: If lavender oil can’t be acquired, calendula oil is another alternative. The solution is the same with lavender oil — just mix calendula oil with a carrier oil and then apply it to the affected area.
• Tea tree oil: Simply pour tea tree oil directly on a cotton swab then apply it to your spots. If pure tea tree oil irritates your skin, dilute it in warm water.5
• Coconut oil: Using a cotton swab or cotton ball, apply coconut oil liberally on the affected area three to four times a day.6