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Updated: Jan 12, 2023

Ringworm is a common fungal skin condition that is very contagious but, in most cases, easily treated. It is quickly spread by skin-to-skin contact, so limiting this when symptoms first appear is very important. Before using this remedy, please consult your Ayurvedic Practitioner or chosen health care professional to seek an inclusive treatment plan if required.

Garlic is one of the best anti-fungal herbs in Ayurveda, potent and fast-acting. However, because of its strength, it should never be applied directly on to the skin unless otherwise instructed by your Practitioner. Coconut oil makes for the perfect carrier in this remedy, as it will relieve the dry and itchy nature of the condition, alongside of its ant-bacterial and ant-fungal properties.


  • Scaly skin

  • Round in formation

  • Red and itchy

  • Presents on the skin anywhere, including the scalp (this is more common in children and can create bald patches)


  • 1-2 glove of garlic, peeled (you can use more if the sites on the body are multiple and large)

  • Warmed coconut oil


  1. In a mortar and pestle or blender of your choice, put the garlic cloves and a little coconut oil.

  2. Combine ingredients until the garlic and oil form a paste. If too thick, add some more coconut oil until the paste is a consistency that is easily applied to the skin.


Apply the paste 2 x daily, to all of the ringworm sites, until symptoms clear. Avoid putting the paste on healthy surrounding skin, it can cause irritation. Allow the remedy to soak on the skin for 10-20 minutes, then gently remove the residue off with a warm cloth. You can apply coconut oil after a shower to relieve dryness and itching between paste applications. Avoid using soaps to the vitiated skin, warm water is sufficient.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns or questions.


The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the science of Ayurveda. If you have an acute or chronic health concern, please consult your chosen trained health care professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a qualified Ayurvedic Practitioner, contact The Sattva Centre directly -

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