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.
3 Natural Home Remedies for Ringworm
Treating ringworm is achievable in the comfort of your own home using common home remedies. These three in particular contain active compounds that may help eliminate dermatophytes:
• Apple cider vinegar — This particular type of vinegar is known for its strong antifungal properties. In a study published in the Journal of Prosthodontics, apple cider vinegar helped fight a fungal species called Candida.1 Applying the solution on your ringworm rashes may also provide the same results.
• Garlic — It contains ajoene, which is a natural compound powerful against ringworm. In one study, a gel containing ajoene was found to be effective against ringworm-causing fungi.2
• Turmeric — This common cooking ingredient is known for its anti-inflammatory and antifungal qualities. A study published in ISRN Dermatology noted Ar-turmerone is the compound responsible for fighting dermatophytes. A topical application of turmeric cream was found to be effective.3
4 Antifungal Oils Effective Against Ringworm
If the methods above don’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 before applying it to the infected area. If your skin becomes irritated, you may need to dilute your antifungal oil with a carrier oil or warm water.
• Lavender oil — A report from the Society for General Microbiology states that lavender oil may be helpful against fungi responsible for skin and nail infections.4
• Calendula oil — The Brazilian Journal of Microbiology notes that extracts made from Calendula officinalis flowers was effective against 23 fungi strains, such as Candida albicans, which outlines the oil's incredible antifungal qualities.5
• Tea tree oil — The scientific journal Skin Pharmacology notes that tea tree oil is effective against 26 different strains of dermatophytes, as well as 54 yeasts and 22 Malassezia furfur strains.6
• Oregano oil — One study notes that oregano oil contains compounds effective against various pathogens, such as Candida albicans, Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.7 As such, it may also be effective against the fungi that cause ringworm.