zig
0

Notifications

  • You're all caught up!

Remedies Using White Vinegar

by
author image Carol Luther
Carol Luther has more than 25 years of business and technical writing experience and 10 years of experience in international health project management, which includes child survival, youth AIDS and health systems information technology. Luther's work has appeared in "Diamond" magazine and online at Global Progress, Mahalo, Trazzler and Wcities. She has a master's degree in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.
Remedies Using White Vinegar
Close up of skin inflammations Photo Credit bahadir-yeniceri/iStock/Getty Images

Overview

The use of vinegar as a home remedy may be 10,000 years old, according to the Vinegar Institute. As early as 5,000 B.C., vinegar had become a popular condiment for the Babylonians. As the medicinal of use vinegar evolved, it even found its way to battlefields as a treatment for scurvy during the Civil War and for wounds in World War I. Popular white vinegar home remedies include treatments for skin, hair, ears and infection control.

Skin Inflammation

The Mayo Clinic recommends vinegar as a home remedy for skin inflammations, including folliculitis and impetigo. For folliculitis, a condition that causes inflammation of hair follicles on the scalp, make a wet compress with white vinegar on a clean cloth. Apply it to inflamed areas of the scalp to soothe the skin and relieve symptoms. Impetigo is a contagious skin condition that mainly affects children. Red sores around the mouth are the most common symptom. To treat the inflammation, prepare a solution of 1 tbsp. of white vinegar mixed in 1 pint of water, make a compress and soak the area for at least 20 minutes. Then remove the dried scabs and apply antibiotic cream until the condition subsides.

You Might Also Like

Vaginitis

The candida yeast fungus is a common cause of vaginitis. Symptoms include itching, redness and swollen membranes in the vagina and the vulva area. The University of Maryland suggests white vinegar as a treatment for this condition. To combat the symptoms and decrease an overgrowth of the normally harmless candida yeast, douche daily with a solution of 1 tbs. of white vinegar mixed in 1 pint of water. Use this solution for 10 days to two weeks.

Swimmer's Ear

Swimmer’s ear, or otitis externa, is an infection or inflammation that occurs in the ear canal, often caused by bacteria and fungi that thrive in moisture. Common symptoms include swollen, itchy ears, sometimes with ear pain. Once your condition clears up with medication or self-treatment, Familydoctor.org suggests that you use a few drops of a solution of equal amounts of white vinegar and alcohol prior to swimming to prevent future problems.

Dandruff and Lice

White vinegar can help prevent dandruff problems, according to Pioneerthinking.com. Mix 1/2 cup of vinegar with the same amount of water and apply to your hair before shampooing to remove dandruff on the scalp. Repeat this treatment twice a week to keep the flakes from returning. Drugs.com recommends applying white vinegar to your child’s hair to make removal of head lice much quicker and less difficult. The vinegar helps to loosen the nits' hold on the hair strands. It also soothes the scalp and relieves inflammation.

Related Searches

LiveStrong Calorie Tracker
THE LIVESTRONG.COM MyPlate Nutrition, Workouts & Tips
GOAL
  • Gain 2 pounds per week
  • Gain 1.5 pounds per week
  • Gain 1 pound per week
  • Gain 0.5 pound per week
  • Maintain my current weight
  • Lose 0.5 pound per week
  • Lose 1 pound per week
  • Lose 1.5 pounds per week
  • Lose 2 pounds per week
GENDER
  • Female
  • Male
lbs.
ft. in.

References

Demand Media