Ringworm, a skin disease caused by some species of fungi is very hard to eliminate. If you try topical applications and get positive results only to find that the itchy disease is back within few weeks, it is time to look at the alternative remedies that are safer and have no adverse effects on using them for long periods till this irritating condition is eliminated.
Home remedies for ringworm are quite effective, safe and economical.
Home Remedies For Ringworm
Antifungal Garlic Rids Ringworm
Garlic is a wonder herb with many healing properties. Apart from many valuable medicinal values it is also a powerful antifungal. Many clinical studies vouch for its antifungal properties. If you are not comfortable with the disagreeable smell of garlic you can take garlic extract daily. Six teaspoons of garlic extract show positive results in very short time. Additionally, you can apply garlic paste prepared from few cloves of garlic with a blender to the affected parts for quick results. You must clean the area and dry it before applying garlic paste at least thrice a day.
Ginger tea is prepared by boiling two ounces of ginger roots in eight ounces of water for about twenty minutes. This tea possesses extracts that are all powerful antifungal agents. This tea must be consumed thrice a day till the ringworm vanishes totally. Additionally you can apply the hot compress to the affected area with the help of clean cotton soaked in ginger tea.
Licorice roots contain more than twenty substances having antifungal properties. The extract from the roots are very effective in reducing the itch and eliminating ringworm completely. Add six teaspoons of dried licorice roots to a cup of water and boil of for more than 15 minutes to get a strong decoction. Clean and dry the affected part and apply the warm decoction with the help of clean cotton three times a day. Continue the application for a week more even after disappearance of external scars to prevent its recurrence.
Epsom Salt Baths
Epsom salt baths are usually recommended for relieving aches in muscles but they are also effective against ringworm infections. The Epsom salts are nothing but crystals of Magnesium Sulfate. Use a cup or two of Epsom salts in warm water and soak your body for few minutes to rid the fungi and other microorganisms causing skin diseases. You can also add few drops of lavender to get a relaxing bath. Even lavender possesses antifungal properties.
Papaya Pulp And Seeds
Papaya is storehouse of many medicinal compounds treating number of diseases. Cut the ripen papaya fruit into small pieces. These can be rubbed over the ringworm affected parts. Repeat this two to three times a day. Seeds of papaya fruit can also be used for effective treatment. Take the dried seeds of papaya and blend them to a fine paste and apply over the affected part directly. Other well known home remedies for ringworm are turmeric, carrot juice and spinach juice. It is also essential to keep the affected parts clean and dry and expose to sun rays to prevent the growth of disease causing fungi.