There is nothing painful and frustrating, like an earache or ear infection. It can interfere with one or both ears and can cause a lot of discomforts. But before you rush to buy over the counter medications to ease your pain, why not check in your kitchen pantry first.
You may find one of the remedies for earache discussed below to be more effective and inexpensive to try. Read more to learn what they are and how to use them.
What are the symptoms and signs of an ear infection?
Symptoms and signs of earache vary from one person to another depending on their age and the severity of the infection. Here are some of the common signs of earache observed in both children and adults.
- Sharp Pain, or Burning sensation in the ear
- Inflammation or swelling in the ear canal
- May produce some discharge
- Impaired hearing
- Lack of concentration
- Mood swings
- Impaired balance
- Ringing ears
- Unusual crying in children.
What Causes Earache
Earache can be a result of earwax, fluid, or air pressure build -up in your eardrum, allergies, smoking, bacteria, ear piercing, and obstruction or stuck objects in the ear.
Are home remedies for earache safe and effective?
You can treat earache at home with some over-the-counter medications or antibiotics, but unfortunately, such drugs may cause side effects or interfere with your body’s natural flora.
Fortunately, you do not have to depend on antibiotics or over the counter drugs to treat earache.
There are many tried and proven home remedies for earache which can help relieve and treat less severe pain and infection. If your pain is acute or chronic, please consult your doctor or a medical specialist.
Here are the 5 most effective home remedies for earache.
1. Garlic home remedies for earache.
Garlic has been used for decades to treat earache in both children and adults. The antibacterial and antiviral properties in garlic (1)help to fight infections. Garlic contains a potent but very volatile compound called allicin, which gives it a strong scent and makes it useful for fighting disease and relieving earache.
How to use garlic
Method 1: Garlic infused oil
What you will need
2 or 3 Organic garlic glove
1 Tsp olive oil
Crush /mince 1 or 2 fresh organic garlic gloves and soak them in a tablespoon of olive oil for about 1 hour. The soaking enables garlic compounds to infuse in the oil.
Heat the mixture in a clean saucepan on low heat for about 5 minutes to intensify the medicinal properties of garlic. Let it cool a little to a temperature that can easily be tolerated on the skin then strain the infused oil.
Pour in one to two drops of the oil in the affected ear twice or three times a day. You will experience some relief, and the infection should clear after a few days.
Method 2: Garlic poultice
What you will need
2-3 Organic garlic cloves
Cheesecloth or a clean piece of cloth
Grind the garlic and place it in the middle of the cheesecloth. Fold the cloth into two and the opposite sides of the fabric to cover the garlic.
Warm the poultice on the microwave for 5-10 minutes or until warm, then place the treatment on the affected ear. Leave it on until it cools. Please make sure your skin can tolerate the temperature to avoid any burns.
In any case, you are busy to make garlic-infused oil or the poultice at home you can buy this commercial garlic ear oil brand online or from any drug store.
Read more: 30 Amazing uses of essential oils.
2.Warm Onion juice.
Onions contain the flavonoid quercetin, which gives onion its anti-inflammatory properties. This can help reduce swelling as well as relieve pain in the ear.
How to use the onion
Method 1.Warm onion juice
Heat one medium onion on the oven at 400 degrees F for about 15-20 minutes or microwave on high for 5 minutes. Let the onion cool for a few minutes, then cut and squeeze out the juice. Put 2-3 drops of the fluid in your affected ear. Use this juice two to three times a day for relief.
Method 2.Placing onion on the affected ear
Heat the onion in the oven at 400 degrees F for about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it cool a little for a few minutes, then cut it into half. Cover the side cut with a cheesecloth or paper towel and place it directly on the affected ear.
The antibacterial compounds in onion will help remove the bacteria, causing the infection in your ear, relieve the discomfort and pain.
3. Breast milk.
Breast milk contains natural antibodies that help to boost immunity and fight infections; therefore, it can help treat an ear infection.
Putting 1-2 drops of warm, freshly squeezed breast milk in the ear can ease the discomfort, alleviate the pain, and treat the infection.
4.Basil essential oil
Basil has antibacterial properties which can be useful for treating earache and infections.
In one study done in 2005, one group of rats with middle ear infection were given basil oil to treat their ear infection while another group received a placebo. The group that received basil oil had 56%-80% cures, while the placebo group only experienced a 5%-6% relief.
Though not much research has been done on human beings, fortunately, some people have used it successfully to relieve earache pain and discomfort. Please do not use basil oil on children under the age of 2 years.
How to use Basil oil
Put one to two drops of basil oil in the affected ear 2-3 times a day. The antimicrobial properties in basil will ease the discomfort and clear the infection in a few days.
5.Lavender essential oil
Lavender is another powerful oil that can relieve earache. It helps to reduce inflammation and pain. I have personally tried it, and it worked very well. Please don’t put lavender oil directly in your ear canal.
How to use Lavender oil
Put one or two drops of lavender oil on top of your fingers and massage it around your earlobe. Cover your ear with a warm cloth for as long as you can or overnight. Use every four to six hours for relief.
Do not use lavender oil on children under the age of two years.
Try any of these remedies, hope you find one that works best for you. If the earache persists, please consult your doctor.