What are the Home Remedies for Treating Ringworm?

Ringworm is a fungal infection caused by unhygienic conditions and coming into with infectious person. While many topical ointments treat ringworm, you can use natural remedies to heal the symptoms.

What are the Home Remedies for Treating Ringworm?

Did you know? Nearly 70 percent US population has some form of ringworm, making it the common skin condition in the nation. Ringworm is the fungal infection that is characterized by red and bumpy patches in circular shape with intense itching. Ringworm is caused by having physical contact with patient; weaken immune system and unhygienic conditions.

The signs of ringworm usually occur on the hand, scalp, feet, nail, groin, body, face and the hand. Also known as tinea, ringworm is not caused by a worm as in spite of having that “word” in the term. It occurs in people of all ages. It should be treated in mild stages before it can expand to the other body parts.

While many topical ointments treat ringworm, you can use natural remedies to heal the symptoms.

Here, we have listed efficient home remedies which are packed with antibacterial and soothing properties to treat the ringworms at home.

Let’s see what makes the list:

Tea Tree Oil:

Tea tree oil is quite effective to heal ringworms at home due to its antibacterial and anti-septic properties. In 2002, Australasian Journal of Dermatology found in its study that tea tree oil can is quite effective to treat ringworm. In 2016, University of Canberra published a report titled “Therapeutic Potential of Tea Tree Oil for Scabies” citing the efficiency of tea tree oil for ringworm and scabies. Let’s see how to use tea tree oil for ringworms:

Take one tbsp. of tea tree oil and mix it with one 1 cup of warm water. Clean your skin and pat it dry with soft towel. Now, dip the cotton ball into the lotion and apply it on the affected part of the skin. Repeat the process for 3-4 times throughout a day.

(Caution: Avoid using concentrated tea tree oil as it creates burning sensation)

Apple Cider Vinegar:

Apple Cider vinegar is an efficient home remedy for many skin conditions like scabies, psoriasis and rashes. And ringworm is no exception! Thanks to its antifungal properties that sooth the symptoms of ringworm infection.

Soak cotton ball in vinegar and apply it on the affected parts for 3-4 times a day. Repeat the process daily till you see improvement. Please dilute it with small parts of the water as the concentrated form can cause irritation.

Coconut Oil

For centuries, coconut oil has been known as the healing remedy for wounds and rashes. This is because of its richness in fatty acids which removes the fungi being responsible for ringworm.

Apply the drops of coconut oil onto your ringworm for 3-4 times a day until the patches get healed.


Garlic has been the age old remedy to address various health concerns including ringworms.

It is high on anti-fungal agents, making it one of the efficient remedies for several types of skin conditions including ring worms. It is very simple to use.

All you need to crush 2-3 peeled garlic cloves. Thereafter, place it on your ringworms affected skin areas. Use bandage to secure it for overnight.

Alternatively, you can mix honey with the garlic paste. Honey contains antioxidants and moisturizers to heal your skin. Apply the paste on ringworms and wait for one hour. Wash it off with lukewarm water.

Repeat it for 3 times till your ringworm is healed completely.

Aloe Vera:

Aloe Vera is the popular home remedy to treat various skin conditions including ringworms. This is because aloe Vera contains vitamin A, C, E and vitamins B which help in skin recovery lesions and blisters. It is believed to maintain the pH value of the body to minimize the risk of ringworm’s spreading to other parts. 

Besides, aloe Vera includes choline and folic acids which heal the skin tissues while the presence of amino and fatty acids develop protein.  I

Let’s see how you can use it:

Extract the gel out from aloe Vera and apply it directly on the skin areas before going to the bed. Leave it for overnight. Rinse it off in morning. Use it continuously until the patches and infection disappeared from the skin.

Bottom Line:

  • Besides using these home remedies, you must follow the precautions to speed up your healing process and avoid catching it again.
  • Don’t share beddings and clothes with an infected person.
  • Take your pet to a vet to check for ringworm signs
  • Maintain good personal hygiene by wearing washed clothes
  • Avoid scratching or picking the infected areas.
  • Dry your skin well after taking a shower.
  • Wear loose garments to feel comfortable throughout the day
  • See your doctor if home remedies and other measures fail to resolve you’re your ringworm

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