Turpentine On Ringworm

by Kitty Peterson
(Barberton, Ohio Summit)

I heard that putting turpentine on ringworm will kill it right now. I want to try it. My daughter is giving me a hard time. She don't think it's good for me.






Hi Kitty,

There are a number of different natural remedies people use to treat ringworm. Different things seem to work for different people.


It's my suspicion that perhaps certain strains of the fungus have built up a resistance to certain treatments so it may be trial and error to find one that works for you.

Some of the most common topical natural ringworm remedies are:

  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Fresh Sliced Garlic or Garlic Oil
  • Oregano Oil
  • Neem Oil



Other "not so natural" ringworm treatments that some people have used with success are:

  • Absorbine Jr
  • Vicks VapoRub



I understand your daughter's concern over using turpentine on ringworm as a treatment. Turpentine is not really meant to be absorbed into your skin and it is toxic. There's a small chance that it will help some, but it doesn't have ANY healing properties.


I've used turpentine, of course, over the years when trying to remove paint from my hands after a decorating project, etc. I don't think it would necessarily be very dangerous when used in small amounts, but there are so many other things you could use that are much less harmful.


One important point that many people don't think about when treating ringworm:

For the best results and long term healing (many people report that their ringworm returns after weeks or months) it's very important to treat yourself internally as well as externally.


Anyone who has ringworm should not only put something anti-fungal on the skin, but also take an anti-fungal supplement. One of the best anti-fungal supplements available is Bear Paw Garlic capsules.


Taking Bear Paw Garlic capsules will allow your body to fight the infection internally, too.


I also encourage ringworm sufferers to boost the good bacteria in their system by taking good quality probiotics, like Florafood. The stronger your own immune system is, the quicker it will be able to attack and expel foreign invaders and keep fungus overgrowth under control.


I hope this helps you in treating your own ringworm infection. You can try using turpentine on ringworm, but it is not something I would recommend as a best practice.


To your good health!
Angie


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Mar 11, 2011
Capsule-form garlic
by: Anonymous

is not the same as raw garlic. Period. Raw garlic contains allicin.

For some, swimming in a pool of tea tree oil isn't going to make a lick of difference. Natural remedies are great - if they work.

Excuse me but, Absorbine Jr. contains nothing but herbal ingredients.

Vicks contains a minini amount of turpentine. No, its not good for you - however, I believe it is a natural product derived from trees.

Even though a skin condition like ringworm isn't known to be life-threatening, your system is still taxed by having this fungus present on your largest organ.

The absolute worst thing a person can do is to 'see their doctor' - who is a glorified pharmaceutical rep prescribing drugs which treat symptoms while taxing the liver/kidneys.

BTW, Vaporub contains eucalyptus which, IMO, is better/stronger than tea tree oil (it smells better than tea tree as well.)

In sum, your garlic capsule advice is moot for this person's needs.

Raw garlic is great but, it won't make you popular. Herbal supplements should be taken to combat the internal existence of an external fungal presence while a topical...something...is combating it from the outside.

Mar 11, 2011
Raw Garlic vs. Garlic Capsules
by: Kate

Of course raw garlic is not the same thing as garlic capsules. BUT, good quality garlic capsules also contain allicin.


The Bear Paw Garlic suggested above not only contains allicin, but also several other very beneficial properties that are great for combating fungal infections. It is not the typical garlic capsule made from bulb garlic.


Regardless, garlic capsules (the right kind) are a good suggestion for internal support when fighting ringworm, it seems silly to suggest otherwise.


It doesn't sound like Angie was suggesting anyone "swim in a pool of tea tree oil" so I'm not quite sure what your point is in commenting.


As mentioned previously, there are various options available for treating ringworm, both internally and externally, some better than others, and some more effective for different individuals than other individuals.


Finding which one works best for each sufferer is going to be a matter of trial and elimination.



Apr 16, 2011
Pine oil / oleum terebinthin
by: Anonymous

Pine needle oil http://www.pine-health.com/, pine oil (oleum terebinthin a.k.a. genuine turpentine), probably copaiba oil as well are all effective against fungal infections.

References:

http://books.google.nl/books?id=FFP6TeDAbN4C&dq=OLEUM%20TEREBINTHIN&pg=PA157#v=onepage&q=OLEUM%20TEREBINTHIN&f=false

http://www.mail-archive.com/silver-list@eskimo.com/msg137942.html

http://www.easyhomeremedy.com/herbal_information/TURPENTINE.html

What is called Terebene, a most useful medicine for winter cough, is produced by the action of sulphuric acid on Turpentine. From five to ten drops may be taken on sugar three or four times in the day, and its vapour acts by inhalation as a very useful antiseptic sedative in consumptive disease of the lungs.

Haarlemmerolie, a mixture of sulfur, herbs and terebinth oil has been around since 1696 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haarlemmerolie) and still sold today.

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