Home Remedies for an Earache
Summer is coming to an end and Fall is approaching fast, the season for nice chilly weather and the beautiful changing colors of the leaves. It’s definitely one of my favorite seasons. Like Winter, it comes with the coughs and sniffles which can often lead to ear pain and ear infections. Earaches can result from a variety of causes such as loud sounds, an ear infection, wax in the ear, blockage in the nasal passage, physical damage to the inside of the ear, an increase in air pressure and even fluid buildup and of course the common cold. Earaches occur more commonly among small children than adults. Thankfully, most ear infections get better without treatment and can be taken car of easily at home with natural home remedies. Earaches can be pretty painful and uncomfortable, so I’ve put together a list of some of the best home remedies for earaches, to help soothe aching ears.
1. Olive Oil
Olive oil can provide fast relief from an earache. It serves as a lubricant and helps get rid of an infection in the ear. Olive oil can also help stop the buzzing sensations inside the ears.
- Put 3-4 drops of lukewarm olive oil as ear drops into the ear canal.
- Alternatively, you can dip a cotton bud in the oil and put it firmly into the ear.
Take a hand towel and place it into some nice hot water, if you prefer it to be hotter you can place it in the microwave for a few seconds. Use the towel during a day. At Night I prefer to take a small throw pillow or even a hot pack. But you take a throw pillow and place it either in the dryer or microwave get it nice and hot and lay your aching ear on it when you lay down to sleep. Same with a hot pack, the heat will provide some comfort that’s for sure.
Ginger has strong anti-inflammatory properties that can be really helpful in treating various types of ear infections. It’s also an excellent natural painkiller.
- Extract juice from fresh ginger and put the juice directly into the ears to get relief from pain and reduce inflammation.
- You can also mix one tablespoon of fresh ginger root with one-fourth cup of warm sesame oil. Allow it to cool a bit and then apply the mixture externally around your infected ear.
Licorice is a great herb that can bring quick relief for your earache.
- Warm some licorice slightly in clarified butter to make a thick paste.
- Apply the mixture externally around the ear until you notice that your earache is improving.
Garlic is very effective for relieving earaches and can be used in a number of ways. Garlic oil (which is simply garlic infused into olive oil) can be warmed and used in the ear as ear drops. The garlic oil can also be rubbed around the ear itself and used along the side of the neck for the lymphatic drainage massage.
Garlic contains powerful aromatic compounds that have an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory action. Garlic is actually quicker and more powerful at fighting ear infections than pharmaceutical antibiotics. The antiseptic compounds will be absorbed through the skin and the eardrum into the inner ear and surrounding tissues, fighting infection and reducing inflammation at the same time.
One of the remedies I’ve found that usually relieves earache pain very rapidly is onions. As with the garlic, there are a number of ways the onion can be used. Start by steaming or baking an onion with the skin on until it is soft. Keeping the skin on helps to hold the onion juices inside. Crush some of the cooked onion in a bowl to press out some of the juice of the onion. (If necessary, add a small amount of water to extract some of the juice.) Using an eye or ear dropper, place some of the warm juice in the ear. Usually, this relieves the pain in a matter of minutes.
An alternative method is to cut the cooked onion in half and place the cut surface against the outside of the ear and hold it there for 5-20 minutes. This has also proven highly effective in easing the pain. Make certain the onion has cooled enough that it’s warm, but not hot enough to burn the skin.
7. Cinnamon Oil
If you don’t have onions or garlic handy, then you probably have some cinnamon in your spice cabinet. Sprinkle a little cinnamon into some olive oil (or another vegetable oil if you don’t have any olive oil, but olive oil is best). Heat the oil over the stove at a low temperature. Simply put the olive oil and cinnamon in a tablespoon, hold it with a hot pad and heat the spoon over the stove. When the oil is hot, remove it from the stove and let it cool to body temperature. Strain it through a fine cloth and use the oil as ear drops
8. Essential Oil Ear Ache Rub
Lavender, cajuput, tea tree and thyme are all very effective for earaches. Use 1 drop of essential oils. Essential oils can also be diluted in olive oil for a similar effect. Like the garlic and onions, these mixtures will fight infection and reduce inflammation. While this isn’t a remedy you’re likely to have lying around the house, it’s a remedy I recommend for your herbal home medicine chest.
9. Hydrogen peroxide
All you do is pour some hydrogen peroxide in your ear! It’ll work instantly!!
10. Hot Herbal Tea
While you’re applying warmth from the outside, you can also apply warmth from the inside. Echinacea, German chamomile, and holy basil are herbs that promote healing and relaxation.
Never use eardrops or oils inside the ear if a child has ear tubes or there is a chance of eardrum perforation. Please see your healthcare practitioner if pain is extreme or persists for several days. Earaches can be extremely painful, especially for the little ones. The best thing to do is take them to their healthcare provider. At home, make it relaxing for them, sounds of the night or calming waters playing on their little night light stand. When I was a child, I remember going on a camping trip with my family. When I came home, I had a horrible earache, probably the worse one I’ve ever had. I took antibiotics and Tylenol. Then one day, it just seemed to bother me even more. So my big brothers girlfriend, laid me down on her lap and would rub my ear and it was so soothing.
Then she took a baby Bulb Syringe, it’s used to clean their little noses. She took the syringe and sucked out all the build up and infection in my ear. As I was lying their, to be honest it felt so much better. But to our surprise she sucked out a cock roach. Yes, you heard that right. So always make certain your babies doctor checks the ear carefully and please feel free to use the syringe if your child seems to not get better. After that day I felt so much better. Since then I haven’t had an earache that bad. Thankfully!! I hope these home remedies help you and your little one. Please fell free to leave your own home remedies and questions. We have other home remedies for you to browse through as well. Thank you and come back!