My girls and I got ringworm. How’s that for transparent? Back in October we bought two kittens and they ended up giving us ringworm, or so I think. Now, let’s get one thing straight-ringworm is not actually caused by a worm. It’s a fungal rash very much like Athlete’s foot and jock itch. Awesome. It’s a round rash that is crazy hard to get rid of and very contagious. First Heidi got a patch on her back. Then I got a patch on my arm and next Sofie got one on her arm as well. I knew it had to be treated because the rashes weren’t going away, itched like crazy and looked so gross. I quickly started researching, knowing essential oils would come to the rescue and quickly made a roll-on to kill the rash.
The roll-on took about 2 weeks to kill of the ringworm but it killed the itch and reduced the swelling immediately. There is not even a hint that we had this raised ugly rash. The alternative was going to the doctor, letting them scrape a piece of skin off the top of the rash to confirm that it was indeed ringworm, then put us on a topical and oral drug to kill the fungus. No thanks. In cases like ringworm-essential oils truly shine.
I now like to call this roll-on my “peace of mind” roll-on. Since our bout with ringworm last fall, I have ended up using this roll-on for so many other issues! In fact, I had to re-fill the roll-on just for this post’s pictures. You might recall that I got bit by a mouse in the beginning of spring? Go HERE for that off the wall post. I used this roll-on every 10 minutes or so for hours after the bite to prevent infection and tetanus. We also get bit by ticks on the reg. It takes no time to swipe this little roll-on over the tick to get it to release from the skin. Once the tick is removed, I apply this roll on a couple more times to prevent bacterial infections such as lyme disease.
So how do you make it? Simple-Fill your roll-on bottle 1/2 way full with melaleuca/tea tree, then finish it off with lavender. If you feel uncomfortable with making it undiluted you can always cut back on the oils and add a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil. Not diluting does not burn when applied to the skin. Find roll on bottles HERE.
What I like about a roll on is that it is so concentrated. It soaks into the skin immediately and soothes inflammation while killing fungus and bacteria. I have made a balm for bug bites and skin issues HERE but it’s not concentrated enough. When I’m dealing with the possibility of lyme disease and other dangerous repercussions of bug bites and rashes, I prefer to hit the hard stuff. I will say, I do still love the balm to repair and renew the skin once we’re in the clear.
Oh wow Jenni, this is great to know. And these are two oils that a lot of us already have on hand. Thank you for the tip. Hopefully I don’t get bitten by a mouse or get ringworm but glad to know about this! Had to mention…I am loving the little succulent garden in the picture!!!
Elizabeth-Thanks!! I had to get a picture because I’ve never had a succulent grow such pretty flowers!!!
I love using essential oils, but there should be no recommendation of oils treating tetanus.
Katheleen-I would love for you to elaborate if you get a moment? I certainly don’t claim to be an expert. I just share my experience and my own decisions and protocol.
I’m a victim of debilitating Lyme disease with 2 other tick co infections. I have been doing a lot of advocate work the last 10 years. A tick is attached remove it a.s.a.p. when it attaches it starts sucking blood and at the same time its spitting spirocherttes into your blood stream. A tick only needs to be attatched seconds to infect you with Lyme and a tick bourne infection such as Bartenella, Babesiosis, erich, Ananplasmosis, Rocky mountain fever to name a few. Don’t put an essential oil on and waiy for it to come off. Remove it with tweezers, save the tick for testing, put an antiseptic over the bite. If you get a bulls eye you need to get on antibiotics asap, only 30% of people get the rash so if a fever starts, headaches, fever, flu like symptoms, achy joints, knees, retaining fluid in joints (some don’t experience all these just 1-3 symptoms in early stages) get medical attention right away to get on a lengthy antibiotic. Bring the tick in to get tested. This is nothing to take lightly. I have gone from hospice to where I am in 10 years. Hasnt been easy and still aways to go. I have had 37 surgies due to what this has done to my body and organs. I have flat lined, comas and strokes. Lyme is easy to get but hard to cure. Take precautions outdoors for you and your pets.
Jessica-Thank you so much for sharing. Ticks are awful and running rampant this summer. I’m sorry you’ve been through all this. I wrote this last year, and this year I’ve heard more info. on how scary these terrible creatures are. Thanks again for shedding more light and sharing your story. Good luck.
Hello! I’m on vacay and only brought a limited supply of my essential oils. I have peppermint, lavender, Manukau Honey, lemongrass, melrose, cedarwood, and hmm maybe a couple more. But not tea tree… can I make this and substitute the tea tree for one of what I listed?
Manuka honey is from tea tree-I believe-Are you dealing with ring worm? Manuka honey is great to apply as a mask. Any of the oils you mention are great to kill bacteria. Lemongrass I wouldn’t use because it will burn. If it were me, I’d try peppermint and lavender to apply 3x a day and then mask with manuka honey for as long as it’s convenient! Hope this helps!
Hi Jenni—just a thought about using tea tree oil without a dilution of an oil—I mistakenly applied it to my toes for fungus control for several weeks—burned my skin😝
Esther-Did it? Tea tree is pretty gentle but you never know from person to person! Hope your fungus is gone at least!!
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