Ringworm (Dermatophytosis) is a fungal infection which affects the skin, nails and scalp. Though it is not a life threatening skin infection, it is very itchy on the skin that makes you very uncomfortable.

Ringworm infection is said to be common among children. Since the infection is contagious, it need more attention and it needs to be cured as soon as possible.

It can cured with proper medical attention and there are ways to treat them naturally.

There are different types of ringworm that can affect your body.

  • Tinea capitis (scalp):This type of ringworm begins with small lumps on the head which grow bigger in size and form a circular pattern.
  • Tinea manus (Hand):This ringworm affects the palms and also the spaces between the fingers.
  • Tinea pedis (Feet):This type may cause scaling in the spaces between the toes. It may cause thickening and scaling on the heels and soles as well.
  • Tinea unguium(Nail): Tinea Unguium causes the fingernails and toenails to become thick, crumbly and yellow.
  • Tinea cruris(Groin): Tinea Cruris also known as jock itch, causes itchy, chafed, reddish and sometimes painful rash in the groin area.
  • Tinea corporis(Body): This common type of ringworm produces flat, round and scaly spots on the skin.
  • Tinea faciei (Face):Tinea faciei affects the face by causing red, scaly patches on the skin.

Once your skin is infected, it take 5 to 10 days for the skin to feel the irritation or ring like appearance.

Tea Tree oil

Tea tree oil has anti-fungal properties that helps to cure many types of fungal infections. Tea tree oil is said to be more effective on the infection in the feet.

How to apply

  • Heat the oil until its warm
  • If it is too warm, cool it down a little bit
  • Soak a cotton ball in the warm oil and squeeze excess oil
  • Clean the affected area with warm water and towel dry it
  • Apply the oil on the affected area

You can follow the practice up to 3 times a week for better results.



The ajoene present in garlic make it an effective anti-fungal agent. It is said to be very effective on ringworm.

How to use    

  • Crush three or four pieces of fresh garlic
  • Place them on the affected area
  • Make a bandage and leave it overnight

You can use garlic with olive oil and honey

  • Crush three or four pieces of fresh garlic
  • Add 1 spoon of olive oil and few drops of honey to the freshly crushed garlic
  • Make it a paste and apply in the affected area
  • Leave it for an hour or more
  • Wash it off with warm water

You can repeat the process four or five times a week for better results.

Coconut oil

Coconut oil is something that is easily available in every kitchen. Ringworm can be treated with coconut oil. This oil seems to have a lot of healing properties. When you apply coconut oil, it not only cures the infection, but also helps to reduce the itchiness. It smoothens the dry skin too.

How to use

  • Heat the oil until its warm
  • Apply liberal amount of oil on the affected area
  • Massage it into the infected area and let it dry by itself

You can also apply the oil and let it stay overnight. Applying coconut oil regularly will help you get rid of ring worm very easily.

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Apple cider vinegar

Apple vinegar seems to have anti-fungal agents in it. It can cure the ringworm infection in your body.

How to use

  • Apply the vinegar in the affected area and massage it into the skin
  • Do not wash it away

Keep applying the vinegar continuously for 3 to 5 days, you can see the ringworm disappearing slowly. Researchers have proved that ringworm infection can be cured with apple cider vinegar.


Turmeric is always available in every kitchen just like coconut oil. Turmeric is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.

How to use

  • Crush the freshly cut turmeric root and take the extract
  • Apply on the affected are using a cotton ball

If you don’t find fresh turmeric root, you can use the turmeric powder that is available in all stores. Mix the turmeric powder along with water and apply the paste on the affected area.

Keep applying turmeric on the affected area until you get complete relief.


Vinegar and Salt

The combination of vinegar and salt is said to give complete cure from ringworm infections.

Mix salt and vinegar to make a thick paste and apply on the affected area. You might feel burn or slight discomfort when you apply the paste, because of the saltiness in it. Keep applying the paste till you get rid of the infection completely.


Camphor is derived from camphor tree and its bark. It has strong odor in it, which has been used in Chinese traditional medicines and ayurvedic medicines. It has strong anti-fungal properties in it.

How to use

  • Apply camphor powder directly on the affected area and wash it off later if required
  • You can use camphor oil which is available in the market

You need to be cautious when you use camphor, as it is poisonous when consumed internally. It is better if you avoid using camphor to treat ringworm in children.


Neem has strong anti-biotic, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties in it. It is used traditionally to cure many diseases.

How to use

  • Directly chew on the leaves from the neem tree (It is bitter)
  • You can also apply neem powder paste or neem oil on the affected area

You should repeat the process 3 times a day for better results. Keep applying the paste until you find complete relief.

Kalaivani Selvaraj, MBA, got her Master’s degree in Human Resources. Due to her interest in natural healing, she pursued studies in the field of alternative medicine and is certified in Aromatherapy by Isla Verde Spa Training Academy. Ms. Kalaivani Selvaraj is also certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.

One reply on “Home remedies for Ringworm”

  • September 11, 2018 at 9:42 am

    I used the olive leaf extract and tea tree oil because I already had them and could see definite improvement in 2 days. When itching was bad I applied decolorized iodine and continued using all three until discoloration of skin was gone..

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