Garlic has been used in folk medicine for generations to relieve pain. Indeed, our grandparents already knew that garlic has both pain-relieving and antibiotic properties that can fight infection. You can soak crushed garlic for several minutes in warm olive oil, then strain the garlic out and apply the oil into the ear canal. You can also eat a clove of garlic each day to prevent ear infections.
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Ginger is known in many cultures for its natural anti-inflammatory properties which can help ease the pain of ear infections. You can apply ginger juice (shredded ginger in warmed olive oil and strained) around the outer ear canal to relieve pain, but do not put it directly into the ear.
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✓ Olive Oil
Olive oil is a popular folk remedy for earaches. You can put a few drops of warmed olive oil in your ear opening and gently massage the skin in front of your ear canal entrance. You can add a little oregano when you heat the oil.
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✓ Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has been used for generations to treat earaches thanks to acetic acid it contains (which is antibacterial). You can mix equal parts apple cider vinegar and warm water, and then apply a few drops to the affected ear. You can also soak a cotton ball with the warm water-vinegar solution, put it on the outside of the ear, and let it sink in.
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✓ Vitamin D
Although vitamin D may seem unrelated to ear infections, it contributes to the normal function of the immune system. And a healthy immune system is less likely to suffer from ear infections. In fact, the risk of ear infections could be reduced by increasing serum levels of vitamin D through direct exposure to sunlight, food consumption and food supplementation.
EC Regulation 1924/2006 EU Health Claims: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/en/ALL/?uri=CELEX:32006R1924
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