Vinegar, known for its acidic nature, can be considered toxic to the harmful pathogens that are there in the affected ear. Similar to other methods mentioned above, even vinegar can also prevent growth and reproduction of the microorganisms in the ear canal (that are quite common reasons for ear infections).
Also, vinegar balances your ears’ pH levels and helps in reducing the pain. To treat your ear using vinegar, here is what you need to do:
- Step 1: Take two to three drops of white vinegar and a cotton ball.
- Step 2: Dip the cotton ball in vinegar and apply in the affected ear.
- Step 3: Lie on one side so that the oil goes in the affected canals.
- Step 4: Squeeze the extra oil out of the same cotton ball and cover the ear to prevent the liquid from coming out.
- Step 5: Continue this practice for three days to get relief from ear pain.
How Does This Work?
The process to produce vinegar is long, and the duration enables the liquid to have rich components such as acetic acid, Gallic acid, citric, lactic acid, ascorbic acid, and tartaric acid known for their antimicrobial properties. The majority of the components are acids, and since the infectious bacteria (if any) require an alkaline state, they are easily eliminated.
Vinegar Is Not Good, If:
- You are using the processed ones. It might damage your ear even more. Make sure to use 100% natural ones.
- You are using vinegar without diluting it. The remedy can backfire.
7. Neem or Indian Lilac
Commonly known in the western world as Indian Lilac, the Neem is well known since ancient times for its antibacterial properties. Scientifically known as Azadirachta indica, Indian lilac is a herb with fantastic antiseptic properties. In India, in the old age, tender branches of neem trees were used for brushing the teeth. Besides this, neem leaves are extremely helpful for treating skin infections, ear problems, eye disorders, leprosy, intestinal worms, ulcers, stomachache, and so on. It is strong enough to kill all the microorganisms that cause an ear infection. To try the remedy, follow the steps below.
- Step 1: Crush few fresh neem leaves and extract the juice.
- Step 2: The best and alternate method is to buy neem oil.
- Step 3: Soak a cotton ball in neem oil or juice, squeeze the excess oil and put the cotton ball in the year.
- Step 4: Leave the cotton ball for five minutes in the ear and then discard it.
- Duration: You can repeat the process twice a day until you get relief.
How Does This Work?
Nimbin and nimbidin are the two substances in neem oil which are known for reducing inflammation thus giving relief to ear pain. The antifungal agents present in neem oil are known as nimbidol and gedunin. All the medicinal components in this oil combine to reduce earache.
Neem Is Not Good, If:
- There are no possible side effects of neem documented. However, if you are allergic to any of its compounds, refrain from using this remedy.