Ringworm (Dermatophytosis) is a misnomer as it is not caused by worms but by various fungi. However, one thing in its name is typically true and that is the formation of a ring like structure on the skin with a defined border by fungus and intact skin in the middle of this scaly ring. Ringworm is a fungal infection that affects the skin and can be transferred from animals to humans. The fungus responsible for the infection is a low form of vegetable plant that results in appearance of red ring like circles on the surface of skin.
The infection generally affects the skin of hands and feet but can spread to other parts of the body as well. It is important to get effective and complete treatment for ringworms or the infection can recur time and again. There are some wonderful herbs that can help ward off the fungal infection without causing any side effects unlike some OTC and prescription medications.
Effective Herbal Remedies For Ringworm
Apple Cider Vinegar for Ringworm
This is a great remedy for treating ringworms at home. The specially crafted vinegar is available in almost all households and is an effective remedy against many other skin infections as well.
To treat ringworms with apple cider vinegar dip a clean cotton cloth into pure form of vinegar and apply the cloth over the ringworm infected skin for 15 minutes. Repeat the application of cider vinegar after every two hours to get rid of the infection quickly.
Mustard seeds For Ringworm
Mustard is actually an herb that is popularly used as a spice and is therefore, available at all times in our kitchens. The herb has fantastic antiseptic and antifungal properties that make it an ideal remedy against ringworms.To cure ringworms with mustard seeds soak the seeds in water overnight and grind them in the morning to fine paste. Wash the infected skin with warm water and without drying the skin apply the paste over it. Leave on for 20-30 minutes and wash off using warm water. Repeat application of mustard paste at least three times during the day to get rid of fungal infection completely.
Turmeric For Ringworm
Turmeric is also commonly found in all kitchens at any given time since it is widely used as a cooking ingredient. The herb has excellent antiseptic properties making it ideal for treating skin infections and for repairing the broken skin tissues. However, the turmeric that is available commercially for cooking purposes should not be used for treating infections. To treat ringworms with turmeric buy organic turmeric sticks from organic food store and grind them to fine powder form in your electric mixer. Store the powdered turmeric in an air tight container and keep it in a dry place. Scoop a teaspoon of turmeric powder from the container and add sufficient quantity of spring water to make a paste. Spread the paste evenly over the infected skin and remove the paste after 30-40 minutes. The treatment should be performed twice a day in order to fasten the process of recovery. One can even sleep on with the turmeric paste at night and wash it off with warm water in the morning.
Cassia For Ringworm
The extracts of the leaves of cassia are often used in organic sprays as they are very helpful in removing fungal infections in plants. However, the leaves of cassia, known for their anti-fungal elements, are also used for treating fungal infections in humans especially that of ringworms.Treatment with cassia leaves is easy; collect fresh cassia leaves and wash them thoroughly in running water. Put 200mg of leaves in 600 ml of boiling water for 20 minutes. Let the water cool before straining it and throw away the boiled leaves. Dip a clean cloth in the treated water and spread the cloth over infected areas. Leave for 15 minutes and then repeat the treatment three times. You can even apply paste of cassia leaves over your skin to treat the fungal infection.
Garlic for Ringworm
Garlic with all its goodness for health, is also considered to be an effective remedy for ringworm. The antifungal ajoene in garlic may cure a variety of fungal infections of skin. The fungus that causes your ringworm can also be treated by garlic then. While you may always use a clove of pressed or crushed garlic to apply on your ringworm directly, here is a remedy that also uses olive oil and honey to make this remedy more effective.
- Crush the garlic cloves using a mortar and pestle.
- Add the garlic paste with olive oil and honey.
- Apply this paste on your ringworm affected skin.
- Leave for about one hour.
- Wash off with warm water.
- Repeat 2-3 times a day for at least 2 weeks.
Tea Tree Oil For Ringworm
Tea tree is an essential oil that has excellent anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties that make it an excellent antidote for various infections. The oil is extensively used in the treatment of various forms of skin infections including ringworms. Simply rub a few drops of tea tree essential oil on the infected skin and allow the oil to work on the infection causing fungus.Repeat the application of oil every two hours but wash off the area with warm water before sleeping at night. If undiluted tea tree oil burns your skin then mix a few drops of olive or coconut oil in it before application. Use tea tree oil treatment at least for a week to eliminate the fungus completely.
Basil For Ringworm
The leaves of basil herb are known for their anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties and are popularly used for treating various forms of skin infections including that of ringworms. Basil is a very popular herb and is available in almost all vegetable gardens. To treat ringworms with basil boil 250gm of clean basil leaves in 500 ml of spring water. Allow the water to reduce to half its original quantity and then remove from heat. Cool the mixture and then grind it into fine paste. Apply the paste over the infected skin and leave on for 30 minutes. Remove using cold water. Repeat the application of basil leaves’ paste at least four times during the day. The herbal remedy will not only remove the fungus from the skin but also effectively deal with the symptoms associated with ringworms.