Yes, there are essential oils for ringworm infection that are safe and effective for your German Shepherd.
What is a Ringworm?
Ringworm is not an actual worm; it’s actually a fungal infection. Ringworm can affect different animals including humans, cats, dogs, and more. Ringworm infections occur due to the presence of a group of fungi called dermatophytes in a host’s body. This skin issue got its name because of its appearance on its host’s skin. It looks like a reddish or pinkish ring on the skin.
Dermatophytes eat the keratin of their host’s hair from inside to the outside – creating a circular or oval bald spot. This “ring” may develop into lesions or expose raised red bumps later on. This spot is not itchy, but it can definitely get inflamed.
Essential Oils For Ringworm Infection
While Ringworm is very contagious, it is also easy to treat and there are essential oils for ringworm infections and they are very effective.
This oil is commonly used and it is one of the most popular carrier oils and is mixed with other essential oils. Coconut oil contains many anti-microbial properties and it has been widely used in treating fungal diseases like ringworm infections.
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is another popular essential oil that is used for skin problems both in humans and dogs. It is known for its potent anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. Tea tree oil is considered the most effective essential oil against fungal infections. Since Tea tree oil is very potent, it must be mixed or diluted in carrier oil before application on the skin.
Licorice Root Oil
Licorice Root Oil is so gentle it is safe to apply on broken skin. Aside from containing many anti-fungal properties, this oil promotes healing of wounds. Despite being gentle, Licorice Root Oil must be diluted in a carrier oil before application. Make sure not to put this oil in the eyes.
Oregano has a lot of benefits in both dogs and humans. Oregano oil has a high concentration of carvacrol which is a compound containing powerful antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. This oil is effective in battling parasites, fungi, and bacteria. Oregano Oil can be diluted in Coconut Oil before being applied as a topical.
Neem Oil is also an essential oil that helps fight fungal problems. Not only is it effective in killing ringworms, it also lessens pain. This essential oil can be directly applied on the skin.
Calendula is an essential oil that does not cause irritation nor pain when applied to sensitive skin. This oil is effective against ringworm infections and works great in promoting healing of wounds. Calendula must be diluted in a carrier oil before application.
Lavender has always been known for its calming effects but if applied topically, this oil can reduce inflammation and treat skin issues such as ringworm infections and other fungal infections. This essential oil also works fast.
While Aloe Vera is not an essential oil, it is also effective in battling ringworm infections. Its extract contains healing and soothing properties that contribute in getting rid of ringworm and other fungal issues.
Preventing Ringworm Infection from Spreading
Ringworm is very contagious and while it is easy to treat, it is important to prevent it from spreading especially if there are youngsters in your home. As soon as your German Shepherd is diagnosed with ringworm infection, isolate him or her immediately in one room where there is no carpet or furniture the fungi can live in.Wash your German Shepherd’s belongings – especially his bedding – using essential oils to kill the dermatophytes. Also, clean your other carpets, rugs, and furniture regularly.