Ringworm is a superficial fungal skin condition that causes red raised circular lesions on the skin. It is an itchy rash which can occur anywhere on the body including under-the-nails, on the scalp, the facial skin as well as neck, arms or groin.Ringworm rashes not only appear unsightly but are also contagious and extremely uncomfortable. Thankfully, there are many remedies to clear this fungal skin condition and primary among these is tea tree oil remedy. Tea tree essential oil is known to clear ringworm very quickly. In this guide, we will study how to use tea tree oil on ringworm infections to cure it fast.
But first, some basics:
What is tea tree oil?
Tea tree essential oil is obtained from the leaves and barks of Melaleuca alternifolia trees (the tea tree) which is native to Australia. The aboriginal people here used the leaves of this tree to gargle and ward of sore throats. Today, tea tree oil is an essential part of cosmetics and beauty items and is used for curing a variety of skin conditions including acne, fungal infections, lice, dandruff, scabies and candidiasis.
Studies on tea tree oil
Numerous studies have been conducted on tea tree oil and some of these are:
- The 2004 NCCAM conducted study proved that tea tree oil can be used as an added therapy for curing wounds and bacterial skin infections.
- Smaller studies have also shown the effectiveness of tea tree oil in clearing ringworm, dandruff and Athlete’s Foot.
- The Australasian Journal of Dermatology’s August 2002 issue has also reported that the oil is very effective in curing ringworm infections on various parts of the body in a fast and efficient manner.
How to use tea tree oil at home to cure ringworm infections quickly?
Tea tree oil is usually not used in its concentrated form and is generally diluted with carrier oils like almond oil, coconut oil and or olive oil. However; in case of tinea infections, using tea tree oil as-is is more effective and works faster to cure and eradicate ringworm completely. Therefore, one must make sure and buy tea tree oil from highly reputed sources. Remember: oxidized tea tree oil can be highly irritating to human skin and could trigger various skin allergies. Also, tea tree oil must never be ingested as it can be fatal.
Here are the steps for using tea tree oil to clear ringworm infections:
Tea tree oil for ringworm of scalp (tinea capititis)
- You will need Jojoba shampoo and tea tree oil. Clip the hair from infected region. Mix the shampoo and few drops of tea tree oil, wet hair and apply the mixture all over the infected region on the scalp areas. (In the event you do not have Jojoba shampoo, you can use regular shampoo and add tea tree oil along with some lavender oil.) Let it stay on the hair and scalp for 10-15 minutes. Wash off as usual.
- Repeat the remedy each time you wash your hair. Most doctors recommend washing hair everyday when suffering from ringworm of scalp.
- The remedy is also useful in case of tinea infections on the beard.
Tea tree oil to clear ringworm of the skin (tinea corporis)
- You will need some linen, antibacterial soap and cotton swabs (Q tips) apart from a bottle of pure tea tree oil. Make sure you buy only 100% pure tea tree oil. For tinea infections on the feet, nails and other parts of the skin, apply concentrated form of the oil by taking a few drops of it on the cotton swab or Q tip. (Make sure you wash the skin using anti bacterial soap before using tea tree oil remedy to cure ringworm infections.) Use the linen or paper towels to prevent the infections from spreading to other body parts and also to stop the oil from soiling your clothing etc. Completely cover the lesion of ringworm using tea tree oil. Leave it on undisturbed for few hours. You can even cover the infected region with some bandages to ensure that the oil works its magic.
- Repeat tea tree remedy at least 3 times a day for two to three weeks until the infection clears.
- If skin irritation occurs, discontinue use. Alternatively, you can mix the oil with some Aloe Vera gel, or a couple of drops of Jojoba oil to reduce the oil’s concentration.
Ringworm infections are rather hard to clear hence you must stay with this remedy. Remember: tea tree oil must not be used in highly concentrated on baby’s tender skin. If needed, you might also want to disinfect combs, scissors, towels and other personal items to prevent and confine the ringworm infection.