Garlic: best cure for stubborn ringworm


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My daughter has struggled with ringworm for months now. 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, 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.
– 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 dissenfectant 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 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 is 5years old 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 today 3 weeks later.

The ringworm is completely dried out so the brown patches left behind are gradually fading out. At this point, I now use a topical cream after applying garlic juice to fade out the brown patches.

45 thoughts on “Garlic: best cure for stubborn ringworm

      1. Hi there, I wanted to ask you if you could please give me a quick rundown of how the healing process is when using the garlic on the ringworm. After a week of application, my ringworm spots look dry but today I noticed a clear/yellow liquid oozing out of some of them. I have been applying the raw garlic directly to the ringworm after tumeric, but it burned my skin. And also irritated the surrounding ringworm and I developed little red bumps. I read on another site that the garlic should be diluted in water, but I wanted to know if it will still be effective on the ringworm this way. Your feedback is greatly appreciated!

  1. i am suffering since a yr n hv tried every home remedy. today was my first day to try garlic.. lets see how fast it goes.. did u mix garlic paste with honey?

      1. hi..i am suffering last 1 month in ringworm on my head. i am check doctor he suggested cream i tried one month but not positive solution. And i visit google and now im using garlic last nit apply on the head and check in morning it found one black on the same, pls advice….

      2. Hi, I couldn’t understand the last part of your comment but I do know that I applied garlic juice on a kid’s head with ringworm and it gradually dried out, leaving no marks. You have to apply the garlic juice on individual ringworm. Cheers

  2. I have freeze dried garlic. Can I reconstitute that and use it or does only fresh garlic work. My dog has a case that three anti fungal creams and an anti fungal shampoo is not healing.

      1. Actually garlic is wonderful for all animals. Besides that, I saw two vets and after two months of treating like crazy I went back to the first and demanded a recheck. It ISN’T ringworm. Sheesh

  3. What is Turmeric and where can one get it in Lagos? Is it edible for eating and what is it used to cook apart from using it as a cleanser?

  4. Hello! I love this post, thank you so much for sharing. I have a few questions though, is it supposed to burn? When I first applied it to the affected area it burned so much I almost passed out (the garlic burns not the tumeric. Also, am I supposed to leave the Tumeric Powder on the infection or remove it before applying the garlic paste? Thank you so much and I hope this works for me!

  5. Thanks for sharing, you really documented this well with pictures and everything. I’m not sure mixing the fresh garlic paste with a “powder” is a good idea, because (according to WebMD article) the active agent is “allicin” and allicin in the garlic disappears quickly as it ages. Garlic powder will be older than fresh garlic you’ve bought at your supermarket, and alot of its allicin gone.

  6. Thank you so much for sharing. I am a college student with no insurance so this helps alot Ive suffered from wingrworms since a child I
    am 20 years old now and this is the worst case I have had. When you applied the garlic did it dry during the day and night when it was applied ?

  7. THANK YOU for documenting your journey so well! I have a dime size ringworm on my shoulder. I’ve been cleaning it with Lemon 2 times a day, a blow dry it complete to avoid spreading it on my towels, and them I apply a slither of garlic and seal it shut with a big bandaid. The day of treatment, it reduced the size of the ringworm by 50%! The 2nd day revealed a dark, dry ringworm that was significantly flatter than when it first arrived. Today is my 3rd day of Garlic treatment and I am hoping to be healed. Garlic works wonders!

  8. I followed your advice and I must say my ringworm stopped itching. I am about to have my baby Any day now and can’t wait for these ringworm to disappear. It burns but I am okay Witt hat because it’s GARLIC lol….I blended a bunch of galic in my blender then put it in a container in my fridge and apply it twice a day or when ever I remember, so far no itching, I just hope it goes away ASAP. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Thank u for sharing. I have had treatments after treatments. Almost gave up. I love garlic and always have it at home. I will try it.

  10. Not sure if this was a good idea…I applied a small slice of fresh garlic on it and held it in place with a bandaid for a couple hours. It did burn a lot at first but in comparison to the itch I was willing to just toughed it out. I did this yesterday evening and this morning when I woke up it looked bruised, by noon it turned into a blister. Now I am just waiting on it to pop so I can figure out what to do next. Hopefully its not infected cause now I’ll end up having to get it checked out.

  11. i have read all tis coments n kind of interested, at first I check on utube [ how to cure ringworm ] its says garlic. so I applied to my affected area [ o my god, at first it burns like anything but I control myself to cure tis. so lets lets c whether it is cure or not.

  12. hi, I have read all the comments and it seems pretty helpful … I have been having ringworm for almost a year now, I tried all the medicine that the doctors prescribed me but still it did not work. I am hoping to go with this garlic. is there any suggestions other than garlic?

    1. Hi, garlic was the fastest and most efficient natural cure for ringworm I know. If you don’t want to use the paste, then use the juice only. Since garlic may not have a pleasing smell, you can use it only at night and swallow the cloves during day time like capsule. Cheers

    1. Hi, no it doesn’t because it dries it out completely. Usually when ring worm returns, one has to examine one’s environment and what might be causing it so that changes can be made.

  13. Hi,

    I saw this post one week earlier and started using the raw garlic paste to cure the ringworm on my neck from which I have been suffering for almost six months. I tried lamisil and some other stuffs from the walmart which did not work out. But after one week of application I found that yellow liquid coming out from the spot. Should I keep using this paste or stop it right now? Please let me know.

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