Getting a ringworm sounds a lot worse than it actually is, and can be cured fairly easily. Ringworm- which, by the way, isn’t actually a worm, it’s a fungus- is generally spread by contacts with pets or animals that have been infected. It is most common among children because they run around passing it to one another like a game of tag, but adults can get it too. It’s highly contagious so the first thing to do would be to limit the ringworm exposure. If you have pets, they should be quarantined to prevent further infection.
Ringworm treatments range from the topical to the oral and can be expensive, not to mention the many possible side effects. However, this article won’t point you to creams and antibiotics. Nappyhead prefers a natural, alternative approach to ringworm treatments. So here are a few helpful hints to get rid of ringworm.
Ringworm of the scalp is sometimes more difficult to cure than other areas, but shea butter soap has been found to be helpful in most cases. Also an herbal tea made from goldenseal root can be used topically to clear up the infection. Moisten the affected area with a solution consisting of one teaspoon of goldenseal, steeped in a pint of boiling water. Allow it to cool to room temperature then apply. Goldenseal root is a popular fungus-fighting herb used for detoxification.
Tea Tree Oil is most frequently recommended for the treatment of fungus infections like athletes foot, candida treatment, and ringworm treatments. Tea tree oil can be used undiluted on the skin, but in sensitive cases, some may wish to dilute it with a carrier oil such as Jojoba oil (12 drops of tea tree oil to 1 ounce of carrier oil).
Oil of Oregano contains compounds that inhibit the growth of fungi, worms, and other organisms. It is an excellent anti-fungal and anti-microbial agent making it another option for ringworm treatments.
Don’t feed the ringworm!
Fungi thrive in an acidic environment so naturally you should combat this by making your body as alkaline as possible. This would mean eliminating or minimizing sugar, milk and dairy products in the diet to supplement the ringworm treatment. By cutting back on acidic products in the diet you are starving the fungus. If it can’t feed, it can’t live. In addition to an alkaline diet, consider probiotic enzymes with acidophilus to build up the good bacteria that will help fight the fungus.
To recap, an effective all-natural ringworm treatment would include:
*Avoiding antibiotics. They kill the friendly bacteria that the body needs to keep everything in check.
*Modifying the diet to eliminate acidic, fungus-loving foods (milk,dairy, sugar)
*Cleanse the affected area with anti-fungal oils and herbs
*Using digestive enzyme supplements and probiotic enzymes with acidophilus to promote healthy intestinal flora
There is always a natural treatment for disease if you are willing to do a little research and exploration. Why should finding an alternative ringworm treatment be any different? Be well…and ringworm-free.