PART 3. THE REMEDIES
UNDER THE UNDERWEAR
Caused by the trichophyton rubrum fungus, jock itch can quickly spread throughout the groin area if left untreated. Worse cases can also affect the inner thighs and buttocks. While the herbal treatments for this condition are potent, they work best when you use them as soon as a hot, itchy rash starts to develop. If you experience swelling or pain, see your doctor to rule out a more serious condition.
Witch Hazel–Tea Tree Antifungal Spray
YIELD: 8 OUNCES
STORAGE: GLASS BOTTLE WITH SPRAY TOP
TIME: 5 MINUTES
This remedy eases discomfort by relieving itchiness while providing a pleasant, cooling sensation. The tea tree essential oil kills the fungus that causes jock itch.
1 (8-ounce) bottle alcohol-free witch hazel extract
80 drops tea tree essential oil
1.In a glass bottle, combine the witch hazel extract and tea tree essential oil.
2.Shake well before each use.
3.Spray the affected area with a thin coat of liquid after showering and toweling off.
4.Let the remedy penetrate before dressing.
5.Apply at least twice daily for best results, and keep using for 3 days after symptoms disappear to be certain that the fungus is gone for good. Store in a cool, dark place.
YIELD: 1 TREATMENT
STORAGE: NOT RECOMMENDED
TIME: 5 MINUTES
Garlic is a powerful antifungal agent that helps stop jock itch quickly. While you might be tempted to make a big batch of this remedy to save some time, freshly ground garlic works best.
5 cloves fresh garlic, peeled
1 teaspoon organic olive oil
1.In a blender or food processer, combine the garlic and olive oil.
2.Using a fine strainer over a small bowl, separate the pulp from the garlic juice and oil.
3.Apply to the affected area with a cotton ball, working from the outside of the rash toward its center.
4.Use twice daily for best results, and keep using for 3 days after symptoms disappear to be certain that the fungus is gone for good.
YIELD: APPROXIMATELY 10 TREATMENTS
STORAGE: REFRIGERATE IN GLASS BOTTLE OR JAR
TIME: 25 MINUTES
Ginger and thyme ease itching and redness while killing the fungi that cause jock itch. This remedy is a good one to use for ringworm and athlete’s foot, too.
1 cup boiling water
1 tablespoon fresh ginger root, peeled and finely grated
1 tablespoon dried thyme leaves or 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
1.In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients.
2.Allow the mixture to steep for 20 minutes. Once cool, transfer it to a glass bottle or jar with a tight-fitting lid.
3.To prevent contamination, pour a small amount into a separate container before use.
4.With a cotton pad, apply a generous amount to the affected area.
5.Allow to air dry.
6.Repeat 1 to 2 times each day while jock itch symptoms persist. The wash will remain fresh, when refrigerated, for up to a week.