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Home Remedies for Ringworm | Tinea


Written by Lari Warjri, B.A. | Article Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team on Sep 27, 2022

What is Ringworm?

Ringworm is a general term for a common fungus infection on the skin. In scientific terms it is called ‘Dermatophytosis’. The infection is called ringworm, as it appears as round or ring-like in shape. Pets, such as dogs or cats, may be a source of transmitting the disease to humans. Although ringworms are common among the children, anybody can be affected by them (1 Trusted Source
Dermatophytosis: the management of fungal infections

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Common Causes of Ringworm

Dermatophytosis is caused by a fungi that live on the dead tissues of skin, hair and nails. It can be transmitted through

  • Skin contact with another person
  • By using unwashed clothes or sharing combs of infected people
  • Pets especially when grooming.
  • Soil that contains the fungi.

Disclaimer: The home remedies suggested here are not a substitute for treatment by doctors. It is highly advisable to seek an expert’s opinion. All the remedies listed here may not be suitable for everyone. It is recommended to check for allergies or do a patch test before using the remedy.

Home Remedies for Ringworm

Here are some home remedies that may help in reducing the infection.

Tip 1:

Rub a slice of freshly cut raw papaya on the patch.

Tip 2:

Make a powder with mustard seeds. Add some water to the powder and make a paste. Apply on the patch, it may result in significant reduction in the lesions.

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Tip 3:

The juice of basil leaves (tulsi) to be applied on the patch 2-3 times a day.

Tulsi / Holy Basil Leaves to Cure Ringworm

Tip 4:

Garlic is an anti-fungal food that has been used for innumerable health conditions including ringworms. Smash few pieces of garlic and rub it on the affected area daily till the patch heals and disappears.

Garlic: Natural Cure for Ringworm

Tip 5:

Turmeric has great natural antibiotic qualities. Extract the juice from fresh turmeric and apply to the areas that are affected until you see the problem go away.

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Tip 6:

Vinegar and salt are a good combination for treating ringworms. Make a paste of vinegar and salt, apply it directly onto the ringworm patch and leave it for 5 minutes. Continue this method daily till the patch heals completely.

Vinegar and Salt can Treat Ringworm

Tip 7:

According to a study, the compounds isolated from Neem is found to be beneficiary in treating ringworms. Apply neem oil directly to wound for 3 or 4 days continuously to stop fungal infection (2 Trusted Source
Neem (Azadirachta indica) and its Potential for Safeguarding Health of Animals and Humans: A Review

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).

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Tip 8:

Lavender oil is yet another substance with powerful anti-fungal effects. Apply lavender oil onto the affected area daily, the oil does not simply stop fungi from developing, but actually kills the infection. According to research on the effect of lavender essential oils on ring worm, it has a significant effect in inhibiting dermatophytosis (3 Trusted Source
Chemical composition and antifungal activity of the essential oils of Lavandula viridis L'Her.

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).

Use Tea Tree Oil to Get Rid of Ringworm

Tip 9:

Tea tree oil helps in treating cuts, burns and various fungal infections like ringworms. Add several drops of tea tree oil in sterile cotton and apply it directly to the ringworm-infected area. Repeat this process three times a day, which may result in significant improvement in lesions (4 Trusted Source
Antifungal activity of tea tree oil from Melaleuca alternifolia against Trichophyton equinum: an in vivo assay

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).

Tip 10:

According to a research, the extract of the bark of the plant Calotris Gigantea (purple crown flower) and Calotris procera (white crown flower) has some antifungal properties. The milk from the plant can be applied for some soothing effect on the lesions (5 Trusted Source
Preliminary Anti-Fungal Activity of the Aqueous Bark Extract of Calotropis procera (ASCLEPIADACEAE)

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).

Tip 11:

Coconut oil is a common remedy for ringworm lesions. Apply the oil directly to the infected area and it may reduce the itching.

Tip 12:

Senna alata is a medicinal plant which is also an ornamental flowering plant. It is commonly called using different names, such as ‘Candle bush’, ‘Christmas candles’, ‘Empress candle plant’. According to a study, Senna alata has some anti-fungal properties. The essential oil extracted from this plant can be used in treating dermatophytosis (6 Trusted Source
Ethnobotanical Description and Biological Activities of Senna alata

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).

Honey Olive Oil Cure

Tip 13:

According to one study, a mixture of honey, olive oil, and bees wax helped some people treat fungal infections on their skin. Mixture of honey, olive oil and bees wax can be applied on the ringworm wounds. This may help in reducing the lesions when applied for at least 3 to 4 weeks (7 Trusted Source
An alternative treatment for pityriasis versicolor, tinea cruris, tinea corporis and tinea faciei with topical application of honey, olive oil and beeswax mixture: an open pilot study

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).


  • 1. Dermatophytosis: the management of fungal infections - (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16282753/)
  • 2. Neem (Azadirachta indica) and its Potential for Safeguarding Health of Animals and Humans: A Review - (https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=jbs.2014.110.123)
  • 3. Chemical composition and antifungal activity of the essential oils of Lavandula viridis L'Her. - (https://www.microbiologyresearch.org/content/journal/jmm/10.1099/jmm.0.027748-0#cited)
  • 4. Antifungal activity of tea tree oil from Melaleuca alternifolia against Trichophyton equinum: an in vivo assay - (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19403294/)
  • 5. Preliminary Anti-Fungal Activity of the Aqueous Bark Extract of Calotropis procera (ASCLEPIADACEAE) - (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27276766/)
  • 6. Ethnobotanical Description and Biological Activities of Senna alata - (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7054808/)
  • 7. An alternative treatment for pityriasis versicolor, tinea cruris, tinea corporis and tinea faciei with topical application of honey, olive oil and beeswax mixture: an open pilot study - (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15130571/)

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Kat-Hen, Ireland

I found Orlden Hair Oil to be an excellent cure for ringworm. It may be used for ringworm in both humans and pets. It can be bough online from : www.orldenlivestockproducts.com

mrmarcus456789, United States

i have ring worms on the right side of my head i think its from dirty ass clippers at the barber shop or sum dumb ass had the ring worms in thier head im pissed

carolky, United States

Plain and simple , I have cleared this up MANY times.
With 12 grandchildren you got to have some home remedies.

BLACK WALNUT... FIND ONE STILL IN THE SHELL, BREAK SOME OF THE SHELL OFF ,AND RUB IT ON YOUR RINGWORM. Works Every time. It will dye your skin dark, but that will wear off. Apply for 2-7 days and it will be gone.
Carol I.

Gloria808, United States

I've had ringworm for about maybe a month and a half. it sucks im pretty sure i got it from my friend from sleeping over at here house! and not i have about 16 diferent patches of ring worm on my legs and one on my stomach. ive been using cream! but hasnt helped much. They've turnes white and just waiting for them to fully heal. I'm pretty sure its because i need to wash my sheets and bed spread more often! to make sure it dosnt come back! because i only started of with 3, now look where im at! i have to wear jeans to school everyday for 5 days a week! trust me stay clean, YOU DONT WANT IT!

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