Each one of us has a different skin type. Some people tend to have very dry and flaky skin that is sensitive to cold and atmospheric changes while some others have very oily and sweaty skin. With different skin types come different problems. Ringworm, unlike its name, is not a worm infestation on the skin; it is actually a fungal infection of the skin that may spread through different modes.
It can be itchy, red and painful and often has a ring-shaped structure. Commonly spread through contact with an individual suffering from this condition, the ringworm can be easily controlled by use of certain drugs, medications and OTC creams to soothe the area. Ringworm can also be controlled by using herbs and their extracts more naturally. Given below is a list of common herbs used to treat ringworm.
Herbal remedies For Ringworm
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has been used widely in herbal medicine for a variety of reasons. Its amazing antioxidant function helps fight free radicals and slows down the ageing of skin. Tea tree oil is extremely beneficial for patients suffering from ringworm due to its anti bacterial and anti fungal properties. It has also helped many patients get relief from different symptoms of ringworm such as itching, redness and inflammation of the affected area.
Many researches also suggest that using tea tree oil as an herbal remedy for ringworm can actually be better than the use of medications and OTC creams to treat the condition. Dr Robert Rister in his book ‘Healing without medication’, lists tea tree oil as the most effective herbal treatment for ringworm.
Garlic is a well-known herbal remedy for many digestive ailments. It also has an amazing ability to reduce blood cholesterol, making it a wonderful herbal remedy for many heart patients.
For ringworm infestations, garlic has an added benefit. It acts as an internal anti bacterial, anti fungal and anti viral agent. It also enhances the production of natural killer cells of the immune system to speed up the healing process of the ringworm.
What’s more is that this versatile herb can be both eaten and applied on the affected area. Herbalist Dr David Kiefer in his book ‘100 cures for 200 ailments’ mentions the use of garlic to treat ringworm.
You may have sprinkled it over your pizzas, but did you know that oregano actually helps treat ringworm? Oregano and oregano oil both have strong anti fungal properties which make it an efficient herbal remedy for most skin infections, including ringworm. You can take oregano in a capsule form too; limit your daily dose to 500 mg.
Echinacea is another effective herbal remedy for ringworm. Its ability to work wonderfully with different herbs to cure a variety of ailments is an added benefit.
Around 8 ml of this herb when taken every day, along with a combination of other anti fungal herbs, can show a great difference in relieving your symptoms and treating the condition. Pregnant women, immunocompromised individuals and elderly individuals should consult a doctor before taking this herb.