February 22, 2018
If you have ringworm, you may assume you have worms in your skin or a disease caused by worms. Wrong on both accounts. Ringworm is actually a skin infection caused by fungus. No worms involved, whew!
The name “ringworm” may come from the rash that many people see. On the skin, the rash has a ring-shaped pattern and a raised, scaly border that snakes its way around the edge like a worm. Ringworm can appear on just about any part of your body.
A 2017 study shows that essential oils, namely Oregano, Thyme, Cinnamon Bark and Cassia may have more uses than we know when it comes to eradicating fungal infections, including mold. You'll want to keep this information tucked away in your book of natural remedies should ringworm or other fungal infections present themselves.
"The fungicide and fungistatic activities of the essential oils, the growing literature on their mechanisms of action, along with the knowledge about their traditional and new uses, emphasize the possible applications of these natural substances in many fields, from human medicine to agriculture, from food technology to the reduction of the use of synthetic drugs and additives. Even if more studies are necessary, the use of essential oils complies with the search for natural substances, safe for human and environmental health. Focal areas deserving further detailed studies appear: (1) the evaluation of the possible synergistic effects among the EOs and/or their components and among essential oils and synthetic molecules; (2) the identification of the active components, taking into account the possible existence of chemo- and ecotypes; (3)studies on their possible toxicity; (4) the identification of the molecular targets of their activity; (5) the possibility to build bio-factories to obtain essential oils with desired chemical and biological properties. In pharmaceutical as well as in food chemistry and technology, EOs possess a pivotal role, both as active substances and as additives. The antifungal, antitoxic and antibiofilm properties of the essential oils can serve as a bridge between their traditional uses and their rational utilization in complementary practices." Source 2017 Pubmed
That said, and I hope you took the time to read the above conclusion of the study, all essential oils mentioned are considered HOT and should be used topically with precautions to protect the skin from sensitivity...and guess who has a very useful option to cover all your bases? I do, based on years of success combining therapeutic essential oils in a pure salve base of coconut oil, olive oil, beeswax, rosehip seed oil and vitamin e.
Spill proof and ready to use, CW Essential Oil Salves.
For a fungal infection such as ringworm, apply small a amount of Oregano Salve directly on site morning and night. Even though this EO Salve is anti-microbial be sure to wash your hands afterwards to avoid the chance of touching your eyes during the day and making your mascara run - this salve would sting a little but you'll live, the salve is much less irritating than using the essential oil NEAT (undiluted).
In parting, please read about the synergy between coconut oil - Camp Wander salve base and Oregano essential oil -
Part of the research focused on Staphylococcus aureus. In vitro studies were performed on two strains of Staphylococcus aureus and this was followed by in vivo studies in mice. The effects of monolaurin (coconut oil) and originum (oregano) when used in combination were better than the most potent antibiotic and this research showed that these safe antimicrobial agents could be useful for prevention and therapy of Staphylococcus aureus and numerous other infections.
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