Home Remedies for Ringworm : Do Papaya Get Rid of Ring Worm ?

Ringworm is caused by fungus. It forms a reddish brown ring like structure on the skin with a defined border and skin inside will appear scaly in nature. Ringworm can appear on scalp, on skin surface, and on foot. Pack therapy exhibited immediate results where antibiotic ointments failed to heal. Some natural remedies for ringworm infection on skin include:

  1. The anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties of myrrh and goldenseal powder made into a paste can be applied on the infected skin areas. Other remedies for ringworm infection are apple cider vinegar and banana peel. Daily application of a pinch of camphor powder can cure ringworm on skin.
  2. Ringworm on the skin can be healed by the application of a garlic and honey paste on the infected area. The antifungal compound ajoene present in crushed garlic cloves make this remedy an effective one.
  3. Apple cider vinegar is highly acidic in nature in which fungal species can never survive. Regular application of apple cider vinegar on infected area can prevent and eliminate ringworm from the skin.
  4. Raw or green papaya destroys old dead cells from the outer layers of the skin. The enzymes present in papaya, especially papain and chymopapain have the ability to protect young cells from fungal infection by destroying the defense shield of yeasts, viruses, and various types of fungi. It soothes inflammation, burns, and ringworm infections. Rubbing raw papaya pieces on infected area or papaya paste can be applied on the skin for 15 minutes and washed off.
  5. Coconut oil can completely eliminate a host of fungi that cause skin ringworm infection. The fatty acid, lauric acid present in coconut oil dissolves the fatty outer membranes of microbes thus killing them. Direct application of coconut oil on infected area found best remedy for ringworm infection.
  6. Saltwater is an astringent which speeds up healing of wounds. When soak in salt water, it disinfects the affected area and dries up the rash patches on the skin. Application of salt paste or salt with vinegar paste is good for ringworm.
  7. Lemongrass herb or oil is a natural antibacterial and antiseptic which can be consumed internally or applied in the form of paste for ringworm and athletes foot. Lemongrass leaves can be crushed and added along with buttermilk to make a paste to apply on ringworm rashes.
  8. Aloe vera herb possess anti inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties. The saponins or the gel like plant substance of aloe vera leaves bring relief and proceed in curing ringworm infection.
  9. One of the traditional medicines used extensively for eliminating ringworm infection is turmeric oil. The active compounds in turmeric oil including tumerone, atlantone, volatile oil, and zingiberone imparts antifungal, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties. Application of turmeric paste or oil on infected area.
  10. Grapefruit seed extract has antiviral, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties. Intake of this extract can boost the immune system. It can be directly applied as a paste on sensitive skin or infected areas of skin.
  11. Olive leaf extract has antifungal properties that help to boost the immune system when taken internally. The anti viral properties of olive leaf extract block an entire virus specific system in an infected host. It interferes with amino acid production for viruses making them inactive.
  12. The chemical compounds present in oregano leaves are leanolic acid, ursolic acid, and phenol glycosides, carvacrol, thyme, cymene, and terpeinine possess antifungal property. Oregano oil can be taken internally or applied externally as a remedy for ringworm infection.
  13. A combination of rosemary oil, oregano oil,  wild thyme oil, and sweet almond oil applied on infected skin area is a good remedy for ringworm infection.