Despite the name, ringworm (tinea corporis) is not caused by a worm but a fungal infection. The name likely comes from look of the infection which is a circular rash of red with the center often being lighter in color; it may cause the skin to itch. Ringworm can be caused by:

  • Human to human contact with an infected person

  • Animal to human contact

  • Object to human contact – from items an infected person has touched or worn

  • Soil to human contact – prolonged contacted from highly infected soil (dirt)

As it is contagious, it is best to:

  • Avoid skin-to-skin contact with others

  • Avoid touching other peoples clothes, including hugging

  • Do not share personal items with others such as linen, pillows, clothing, hairbrush, etc.

  • Wash your hands often with warm soap and water; make sure to use paper towels if available to dry your hands

Dealing with ringworm, our first thought may often be to cover it, however you don’t want to: wear tight clothing where it is located, put makeup on it or hide it with a band-aid. What we can do to combat the infection is to apply some tea tree essential oil to it which is loaded with: antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. Adding to this is lavender essential oil which is: anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, pain relieving and soothing.

Ringworm Relief Recipe

  • 3 Drops of tea tree essential oil

  • 3 Drops of lavender essential oil

  • 1 Tablespoon (14.78 ml) of a carrier oil (olive oil, sweet almond oil, etc.) – for children use 2 Tablespoons (29.56 ml) of a carrier oil

  • Small container with a lid

  • Spoon

  • Q-tips


  1. Add the carrier oil and tea tree essential oil to the container

  2. Stir well

  3. Use a Q-tip and dip it in the oil; do not saturate

  4. Lightly apply to the area of infection(s)

  5. Reapply this 2-3 times a day

  6. Use a new Q-tip each time you need to apply the oil mixture, never re-dip

  7. Do not apply if there is pus or drainage to the infection

This last time I dealt with ringworm, it was gone within about 5 days of following this regime; this may vary from person to person.

Should you experience a fever, pus or drainage, warmth to the site, red streaks, swelling or worsening and/or spreading of the redness see your primary care provider right away.

Until next time, discover the power of essential oils.


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