Herbal Remedies for Ringworm

By | September 9, 2014

There are many herbal remedies for ringworm that help kill the fungus that causes the itchy, red haloed bump and most alter the skins pH which discourages the fungus from growing. Ringworm is very contagious and passes easily from person to person however frequent hand washing, laundering clothes and bedding and thorough cleaning of items handled by a person with ringworm will prevent the fungus from spreading.T


Ringworm is caused by the fungus Tinea corporis that is more prevalent in warm, moist climates where one in three people will contract ringworm at least once in their lifetime. Herbal remedies for ringworm involved topical application of creams, washes and ointments that may contain walnut extract, tea tree oil, pau d’ arco and oregano oil but burdock, turmeric and cassia are also very effective.


The Tinea family also includes the fungus that causes “jock itch” and athlete’s foot and all respond well to herbal treatments that inhibit fungal growth. Tea tree oil can cause discomfort if applied to the groin area however walnut, burdock, and goldenseal will relieve the aggravating itch without burning.

Affected Areas

Ringworm can grow on any skin surface but seems to prefer nail beds, moist dark areas like in-between toes, groin areas and diaper covered areas. Ringworm, unlike regular diaper irritation, will have the unique haloed ring and may ooze or have a crusty type appearance.


Clothing infected with ringworm can be washed using regular laundry detergent then rinsed in a distilled white vinegar solution which changes the pH killing the fungus. Rinsing affected areas with vinegar can also be beneficial and vinegar is a great antifungal cleaning agent especially for things that are not easily washed including electronics, furniture and some toys.

Herbal Remedies

A simple paste made from ground herbs and water or oil including almond, castor, olive, sunflower and walnut, that is applied directly to the affected area plus making your own herbal remedy allows you to create fresh remedies when needed.

Infusions can be made by placing one or two teaspoons of dried herb into a cup and adding eight ounces of boiling water and allow the mixture to steep covered for ten to fifteen minutes. When cool ,the affected area is soaked with the strained solution providing relief and healing, plus infusions can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours. Many herbal remedies for ringworm can be made from items that you may already have on hand and can be just as effective as over the counter medications.

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Fungus Inhibiting Herbs

There are many fungus inhibiting herbs and fruits that can be used to stop the growth of ringworm including thin pieces of unripe papaya which can be rubbed on the affected area twice each day. Goldenseal, basil, butea and bay leaves can also be used in paste form or as a soothing wash and adding herbs to a cream allows the healing properties of the herb to be applied when ever it is needed. Finely ground dried herbs can be added to beeswax and a natural oil to create a cream and unscented cream is also available for purchase that allows you to add essential oil or dried herbs.


Altering the diet may help prevent you from catching ringworm especially if the sugar content of a diet is curtailed. Avoiding junk foods, processed foods, candy and soda pop limit’s the amount of food necessary for the ringworm fungus to grow and some healthy foods especially leafy green and orange vegetables provide additional vitamin support to help ward off ringworm infections.

Choosing to use one of the herbal treatment for ringworm provides flexibility, is very cost effective and are easily made at home using herbs that you may already have in your kitchen.