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!

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Sep 14, 2023
grandfather clause NEW
by: mick

Oh that’s interesting. Guess what ingredient got grandfathered into Vicks vaporub??

Turpentine aka Pine Gum Spirits

You should be aware of Dr. Jennifer Daniels protocal and testimony.

Jan 17, 2019
which type NEW
by: andrea

there are two different turpentines. One is from the paint department and used for cleaning. The other is sold at natural food stores. Do NOT use the one from the paint department for internal use. You can look up on youtube several videos about using it internally. im sure you can for external use also.

Feb 08, 2017
Terpentine oil effect on ringworm NEW
by: Shyam

I have found Terpentine oil very effective on ring worm,it works instantly but as instructed earlier,it shouldn't be used over large area at once,not for children and in pregnancy...it may reccur after few days if immunity is low...so build immunity,take probiotics and use this oil,all 3 will clear the infection. ..also use less salt,spices in diet

Jan 09, 2016
is it real? NEW
by: Pro Turps

True turpentine comes from pine trees and is a useful tool however many modern turpentine products are synthetic and highly toxic. Never ingest them under any circumstances. Even if you know you have true tree based turps, it still needs dilution for external use and internally doses are measured in drops with 20 already being a big dose. Therefore treat it like camphor oil; it's not for the untrained to use willy-nilly

Aug 13, 2015
Worked for me NEW
by: Done

I fought this too long also, hard to get rid of but I had an unused room humidifier(lg unit w/2 3-4 gal water holders)which technically filters air in a room thru chlor bleach soaked filters, but running it on med w/1/4 to 1/2 cup chlorine bleach to each holder(no more smelly as one can tolerate comfortably, mine not near as bad as a hotel indoor pool area) and within one wk noticed clearing up with also reg showering with a Lt pre final rinse(less hair) of solution w/ ratio 1 gal water to 1/4 cup chlor bleach, then quick final rinse. This worked for me? Almost back to normal less than 3 wks appearance wise and mentally. Also heard one person remedy being short daily dips in a Fl. style salt water filled swim pool. Good luck

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.





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.

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.

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.

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