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If you observe red scaly patches on your skin with a circular shape, you may have a fungal infection called 'ringworm.' Given how common this infection is, you must have heard its name at some point in your life or are aware of either of its two most common forms: Athlete's foot and Jock itch.
In line with all the interesting names, this fungal infection is caused by the fungus called 'Tinea' and is highly contagious. Due to its ability to spread so easily, many people end up calling it ringworm infection.
This is also why, despite the availability of many medications, more people are now looking for natural treatments for all types of ailments including ringworm. Here at Purely Shea Organics, we have listed below are the 8 most effective remedies to treat ringworm at home.
- Soap and Water
Believe it or not, washing your skin with soap and warm water is the most basic and easiest way to keep ringworm at bay. Ensuring that your skin is clean is the first step before moving on using any other home remedies. Using a naturally derived cleanser such as Natralia Dry Skin Wash is great for cleansing especially if you have dry skin.
It is, however, crucial to dry your skin once washed properly as fungi thrive in damp and moist conditions. And you do not want your skin to become that ideal place for Tinea.
- Aloe Vera
As versatile as it is, Aloe Vera has been proven to possess all three: antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. While directly applying the Aloe Vera gel from its plant is highly recommended, any form of Aloe Vera can be effective in getting rid of the ringworm infection.
Keep in mind that this is true for topical use only, and Aloe Vera gel should be applied to the affected area of the skin.
A common spice found in most kitchens, turmeric is known to have antimicrobial properties. You can reap its health benefits by either consuming it with tea or other food items (such as milk) or apply it to the affected area by mixing it with a carrier oil such as coconut oil. One example of a great turmeric supplement is Organic India Turmeric Capsules. These capsules can be taken internally or they can be opened, and the powder applied to the skin after mixing with coconut oil.
In case of topical use, beware that turmeric can leave a yellow stain on the skin, which takes some time to fade away. So, plan its application to ringworm accordingly.
- Coconut oil
Some research has found coconut oil to be an effective home remedy for mild to moderate skin infections such as ringworm. Certain fatty acids found in the oil are known to kill fungal cells by destroying their membranes.
For results, you are recommended to apply the oil three times a day to the affected area.
- Tea Tree Oil
One of the most effective natural treatments for ringworm is Tea Tree Oil. It is not only effective against other fungal infections but is also easily accessible.
However, never apply tea tree oil directly to any part of the skin. Always dilute it with a cold-pressed carrier oil (such as coconut oil) by a proportion of 12 drops of tea tree oil in 1 ounce of coconut oil. Tea Tree Therapy Anti Fungal Serum, Tea Tree Therapy Tea Tree Oil are reputable brands of therapeutic grade Tea Tree Oils.
- Lemongrass oil
This essential oil has also demonstrated effectiveness against fungal activity for several types of fungi including ringworm. Its application is the same as that of tea tree oil, i.e., it has been to be mixed with a carrier oil and then applied with the help of a cotton ball. Another option is an anti-fungal product that already contains lemongrass such as Extra Strength Forces Of Nature Organic Nail Fungus Control.
- Oil of Oregano
This essential is an effective home remedy for ringworm if made from the wild oregano (Origanum Vulgare). Some research has found oregano oil effective against the fungus Candida albicans as it contains thymol and carvacrol – two strong antifungal ingredients. It must be applied after being diluted with a carrier oil up to three times during the day. North American Herb And Spice Oreganol Oil Of Oregano. Oil of Oregano can also be taken internally to help combat ringworm with capsules like North American Herb And Spice Oreganol Oil Of Oregano Super Strength or juice like North American Herb And Spice Oreganol Juice Of Wild Oregano.
8. All-in-One Solutions
One of the best ringworm control solutions on the market is Forces Of Nature Organic Ringworm Control. This ringworm control medicine is a therapeutic natural treatment oil that works deep-down into your skin to bring about healing while also strengthening damaged cells to help prevent further ringworm recurrence.This natural ringworm control medicine is:
- 100% natural,
- and made with the highest FDA manufacturing standards.
The directions for using Forces of Nature Organic Ringworm Control Simply apply a few drops of topical ringworm oil 3 times a day for immediate relief of redness and itching. Most ringworm infections disappear completely in 1 to 3 weeks.