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Using essential oils for ringworm relief is an excellent way to find relief and eventually kill the actual rash. Reduce inflammation, and redness and relieve itching while killing the fungus that started it all is easy to do using a few gentle, yet powerful essential oils! In this post I will also give you a recipe for a DIY ringworm roll on! 

ringworm roll on DIY 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.

How Long Do Essential Oils Take to Get Rid of Ring Worm?

The roll-on took about 2 weeks to kill of the ringworm totally 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. And to be fair-most doctors will can diagnose ringworm visually but there is always a chance you’ll get one that will want to take a sample to be sure. 

In cases like ringworm-essential oils truly shine. 

What is Ringworm?

Ringworm is a skin condition caused by the fungus, tinea. It can lives on dead skin tissue-including your nails and hair! 

Ringworm is red and scaly. It doesn’t typically hurt but it does itch. It is in the shape of a circle or ring, hence the name. It most commonly shows up on your arms or scalp but can be anywhere including your private parts or toes. When it is on these areas, it is called jock itch or athlete’s foot. 

Ringworm is highly contagious.

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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. 

Teatree/Lavender Roll On Uses:

  • Ringworm
  • Poison Ivy
  • Tick Bites
  • Mosquito Bits
  • Bee/Wasp Stings
  • Swimmer’s Ear/Ear Infections
  • Animal Bites

You might recall that I got bit by a mouse in the beginning of spring?  Go HERE for that off the wall post.  After the wound stopped bleeding and I could stop dropping tea tree into the wound, I used this roll-on every hour 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 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. You should know that both lavender and tea tree are two fo the gentlest essential oils and in cases of killing fungal, microbial or bacterial infections, definitely should be used without diluting, in my opinion. 

What You’ll Need to Make a Peace of Mind Roll On:

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 but it’s not concentrated enough to kill a rash.  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.  Anti Fungal Roll-On DIY

I hope you make this MUST-HAVE roll on. Using essential oils for ringworm is an effective way to avoid medical intervention and safely treat the condition the natural way.  I seriously can not be without it. Plus, it smells incredible!! Happy Summer!

xx, Jenni


Peace Of Mind Essential Oil Roll On

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Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer Phillips

Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the green beauty blog, Jenni Raincloud and her natural skin care line, J. Raincloud Organics. Jennifer has been blogging full time for 9 years and loves to gain and share knowledge on how to achieve beautiful skin the natural way.

12 thoughts on “Essential Oils for Ringworm + DIY Roll On”

  1. 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!!!

    1. 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.

  2. 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.

    1. 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.

  3. 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?

    Thanks much!

    1. 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!

  4. 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😝

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