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Garlic: best cure for stubborn ringworm

My daughter had struggled with ringworm years back. This contagious skin infection came on her when she came in contact with a loved one. It started quiet insignificant but the harder she scratched it, the more the infection spread. We began her treatment by using topical creams prescribed by the pediatrician. After three months of using various creams and she taking antibiotics prescribed by the pediatrician and the ringworm had not gone, I was at my wits end. The ringworm was spreading fast.


I had gone online in search of cure until I came across garlic. But I took a step further by including turmeric in the treatment.


* turmeric: though great in cooking dishes, makes even greater astringent and cleanser.

Here is what I did:

I used:

– an antiseptic and medicated soap bar precisely Dettol soap to bath her. You can use Black Soap as well as it contains camwood which also treats ringworm. – After each bath, I would dip cotton wool in water, squeeze out excess water, dap in turmeric and clean the surface of the ringworm affected area and beyond. Turmeric served as the disinfectant astringent and removed all top layer dirt, dried and peeled skin. – Lastly, I applied a generous amount of garlic juice in the ringworm, followed by the garlic paste itself. Garlic is a natural antibiotic and provides diverse natural healing.


Get fresh garlic, wash it, remove all outer covering and blend or pound into paste. For much higher potency, mix with garlic powder and pour into a small canister. Pour some warm water into garlic and cover air-tight for 30minutes. This helps the garlic juice to infuse better and stronger. Keep garlic in canister with lid for a week in a refrigerator before preparing fresh one.

This is how I applied the garlic:


Garlic creates a protective film over skin and goes deep down to squeeze out every substance in the ringworm that causes spread. Because ringworm depends on moisture to spread, garlic impedes the spread by squeezing out every drop of moisture in ringworm. So please, expect drying of the skin and peeling. Once you clean with turmeric, it helps to clean out such peels to reveal a cleaner skin.


*One week after garlic treatment, my daughter’s skin was drying.

To further boost healing, you can have your child drink the garlic. My daughter was 5years old and so could handle drinking garlic. I would take half teaspoon of garlic powder, mix with her juice and give her to drink. Not all kids – or even adults- can handle it so do not force your kids.


My daughter’s arm 3 weeks later.

The ringworm was completely dried out so the brown patches left behind gradually faded out. You can use shea butter to moisturize and even out the skin tone.

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