Do you or your loved one have ringworm? And are you looking for an effective natural remedy for ringworm? If yes, then you’ve come to the right place because, today, we will be discussing the best essential oils for ringworm.
Don’t let the name deceive you, ringworm has nothing to do with worms. Rather it is a fungal infection that can be transmitted from one person to the other through skin contact.
This is the reason why individuals who play contact sports are at more risk of being infected.
This skin infection has a ring in its name because of the fact that it grows outward in a circular manner, forming an itchy red ring on the skin. And the ring gets larger as the infection spreads.
Ringworm can also appear on the scalp, and if it does, can lead to temporary loss of hair on the affected spots.
An allergic reaction to the fungus can also cause small blisters to form on other parts of the body far from the ringworm infected areas.
Because ringworm is caused by a fungus, the essential oils for ringworm are those that contain high amounts of antifungal properties.
Tea tree has potent antifungal and antiseptic properties, making it not only one of the best essential oils for ringworm but also effective for fighting off other infections. It is also a great moisturizer that nourishes and heals the skin. It is also effective for other skin conditions such as athlete’s foot, acne and psoriasis.
Not only does thyme linalool help fight infections, but it also calms inflammation and nourishes the skin, making it an ideal essential oil to use in topical blends. It is milder than thyme thymol, which can be very harsh on the skin.
Like tea tree, manuka contains antimicrobial properties that inhibit the growth of the fungus that causes ringworm, making it one of the best essential oils that kill ringworm.
Geranium is a great essential oil for ringworm because it has antimicrobial properties that inhibit the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi.
It is also rich in anti-inflammatory properties that help to soothe inflammation and calm skin irritation. In addition, it boosts skin health, helping to rejuvenate damaged skin.
Oregano is a potent antimicrobial essential oil. It contains antibiotic, antifungal and antibacterial properties. It is rich in thymol, an antifungal agent that helps to boost the immune system and fight off infections.
That being said, it is important to note that oregano is very hot, and some people can react to it. So be sure to do a patch test before use. And dilute properly to avoid skin irritation or burn.
Palmarosa helps to reduce redness, irritation and inflammation, making it ideal for ringworm. And most importantly, it is antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal, helping to kill and inhibit the growth of these microorganisms and clearing infections.
Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils and its versatility is quite amazing. It’s great for daily skin care, soothes skin irritation and inflammation and helps the skin heal. It also has antimicrobial properties that help fight infections.
The best way to use essential oils for ringworm is by topical application. However, be sure to dilute properly before use (You can read this post to learn how to dilute essential oils for topical use).
Put the coconut oil into a container, add the essential oils and mix very well. Apply a small amount on the affected area 2-3 times a day.
If you have never used a certain essential oil it is important to do a skin patch test prior to topically using! See my sections on topical use and other essential oil safety concerns:
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This article is for educational and informational purposes only and does not intend to diagnose or treat any disease. It is always recommended that you seek the advise of your private medical doctor.