Wondering what are the red rings on your skin that are super itchy and do not fail to embarrass you in front of others? They are commonly termed as ringworms, and medically as dermatophytosis or tinea. It is a fungal infection affecting the skin on various areas including your scalp, groin, nails, and feet mostly. Ringworms may occur on other skin areas as well but those are not as common as the formerly mentioned areas. Ringworm will not take your life neither it will shorten your life but it causes some annoying symptoms such as redness, inflammation and itchiness. Scaly patches also cover the affected areas that are the means of how this infection gets spread among people.
Therefore, you must always try your best to stay clean, tidy, and dry to steer clear of further infection. You have to deal with these blisters with utmost care so that nothing hinders in the process of its recuperation. We have a list of some natural remedies that will surely be beneficial for you in the recovery of these ringworms. Take a look, it won’t cost a penny.
- Garlic Extract
Besides the multifarious uses of garlic, it has sublime effects when used topically for the treatment of ringworm and other similar infections. The active components like ajoene and allicin present in garlic are the ones that are responsible for these healing effects on ringworm. To accelerate the process, you can include garlic in your regular diet. A 30 minute bath with chopped garlic cloves in warm water will greatly benefit as well.
The components mentioned above bring a stinging sensation when applied directly on the skin. To avoid that, you can make a paste by using olive oil and honey with crushed garlic cloves. Applying this mixture twice or thrice per day will help you get rid of ringworm in no time.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
One of the most well-known natural remedies that are utilised to treat ringworms is Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). Recommended by dermatologists, ACV brings about remarkable results when applied regularly on the affected skin. The fungi cannot survive the acidic environment that is provided by the acetic acid present in vinegar and hence helps in alleviating the itching by reducing their numbers.
How to use it: You need to cleanse the infected area on your skin properly and let it dry before you apply any of ACV on it. Also, before using it directly on your skin you must check if it burns (because of the acidic nature) by doing a patch test on a small area. If it does not sting, you can use the undiluted ACV. But if it stings, you may consider diluting it with equal amount of water. Soak the cotton ball in ACV (diluted or undiluted) and gently rub it on the affected area. Leave it on for the next 30 minutes and then rinse it off with lukewarm water. Repeating this remedy twice a day for a month or two will make you release a sigh of relief.
- Tea tree oil
All-time favorite home remedy, tea tree oil is a potent germicide, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial agent which will help you to heal those ringworms very effectively. Tea tree oil is widely used topically to treat ringworm like infections. But it can be noxious if consumed orally, so be very careful of how you use it.
Wash the affected area on your skin and apply the tea tree oil after warming it slightly for a speedy healing. Leave it on for as long as you can and then wash it off. Follow this little procedure every day until your ringworm affected portion of the skin gets all cleared.
The wonder spice is here to amuse you again with not its culinary uses but with its medical uses as a natural remedy for treating ringworms on your skin. Turmeric has got some powerful properties such as anti-fungal and antibacterial abilities. The active constituents that actually do the work of healing your ringworms are namely, turmerone, atlantone, and zingiberone. Fresh turmeric root powder, juice or oil can be applied on the affected skin.
The magical paste of turmeric powder and honey mixed together will clear your skin of those infections if applied regularly.
- Coconut Oil
Safe and available, coconut oil gives you relief from itchy skin when applied and also makes your skin soft, smooth and cool. The presence of medium chain fatty acids like lauric acid in coconut is responsible for the effectiveness on the ringworms. Coconut oil is the best natural home remedy to treat scalp ringworms.
Apply coconut oil 3-4 times a day on the affected area after cleaning it and welcome back your radiant skin free from ringworms. Bonus is that it soothes your skin and does not let the moisture to accumulate.
- Aloe Vera
When a skin problem occurs, the first thing that comes in our minds is none other than Aloe Vera. It is one of the only substance that can be used directly in its raw form without worrying about any side effects. The gel like consistency is very helpful as it complies with the consumer intellect and works beautifully.
Ringworm and many other fungal infections vanish quite quickly if we apply Aloe Vera gel on the infected skin area on a regular basis. You should leave it on overnight and rinse off the area and keep it clean. Until you are free of those itchy rings on your skin, do not cease to use this miracle gel.
Did you ever think that drinking a kind of tea would actually alleviate those ringworms? Well, here we have lemongrass tea doing the favour for you. Drinking lemongrass tea thrice a day will surely make the ringworms disappear in the quickest way possible. Other than drinking it, you can apply the soaked tea bags on the skin area and it will render you great relief from the frustrating symptoms.
Additionally, lemongrass herb is used to make a paste with lemongrass oil and the mixture acts as a brilliant anti-fungal and anti-bacterial agent. Apply the paste on your infected skin area until you get rid of them completely.
- Olive leaf
Olive leaf is a traditional medicine ingredient in many countries and possess a lot of benefits when consumed. It has potent anti-fungal properties and will aid in boosting the body’s immune system if consumed three times a day.
Or you can take olive leaf extract and olive oil to make a potion and apply it on the infected skin area. Leave it on overnight and wash it while bathing the next morning. Repeat this daily thrice until your ringworm reduces to flawless skin.
- Raw papaya
Raw papaya containing the enzymes papain and chymopapain are known to cure inflammation and heal ringworms. This natural remedy will kill the fungi and get you rid of ringworms while leaving your normal cell healthy. It also soothes your skin and alleviates it by reducing the itchiness.
You can get a raw papaya and cut it into pieces. Then rub these pieces on your ringworm affected skin. You can also prepare a paste by crushing papaya pieces and then applying it on the rashes. Leave it on for 20-30 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water. Pat dry it with a towel. Repeat this 2-3 times a day until the infection gets cleared.
Neem is a proven anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal agent and has a multitude of worthwhile uses. Neem is an herb that has been in use traditionally in India since old times and is one of the best remedies to treat any kind of skin infections including ringworm.
Mix neem leaf powder with a little bit of water to concoct a paste and apply that dab that paste on the ringworm rashes several times per day. Use this paste daily until your skin becomes free of those itchy rings. You can also get neem oil and apply it on the ringworm infected skin 2-3 times a day.