14 DIY Home Remedies for Ear Infection

Jamie VosHealth at home, Immune Health, Pain Relief0 Comments

The space behind your eardrum, called the middle ear, contains many small bones that pass vibrations to your inner ear. If the space between those bones fills with fluid, it puts painful pressure on the inner ear and allows bacteria to grow and cause infection.

Ear infections occur most commonly in infants and children because the inner workings of their ears are smaller and their immune systems are weaker. But they can also affect adults. Symptoms include ear pain, difficulty hearing, difficulty sleeping, fever, drainage of fluid from the ear, vomiting, and loss of appetite. You’re about to learn how to cure ear infections safely, naturally, and affordably. The methods listed below can be used for adults and children.

Home Remedies for Ear Infection:

1. Garlic

Garlic has anti-bacterial properties which help cure ear infection, and it also relieves swelling and pain.

Process 1:

  • Wrap crushed garlic in small cloth.
  • Stuff the cloth in your ear.
  • Leave it in for 30 minutes.

Process 2:

  • Puree garlic and wrap it in a cloth.
  • Squeeze out the liquid.
  • Pour the liquid into the ear.

Process 3:

  • Heat 1 teaspoon of mustard or sesame oil.
  • Mix in 2-3 cloves of garlic.
  • Let the mixture cool to lukewarm.
  • Apply it around and inside your ear.
  • Note: You can pour few drops in the ear.

Process 4:

  • Boil 2-3 cloves of fresh garlic in water for a few minutes.
  • Remove them from water.
  • Crush them and add salt to it.
  • Mix well and wrap them in a clean cloth.
  • Press it against the infected area for a few minutes.
  • Repeat regularly.

2. Onion Juice

Onions have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that heal infection while soothing and calming symptoms.

Process 1:

  • Heat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Bake your onion for 15 minutes.
  • Once cooked, let your onion cool.
  • Squeeze the onion to extract juice.
  • Use a dropper to apply the juice to your ear.
  • Tilt your head sideways for a few moments.
  • Repeat regularly.

Process 2:

  • Bake an onion for 30 minutes.
  • Cut it in half and wrap one half in a cloth.
  • Place against infected ear for 5 minutes.
  • Repeat regularly.

3. Vinegar

The acidity of white vinegar is toxic to the micro organisms that cause ear infection. It prevents growth and reproduction of micro organisms within the ear canal.

Process 1:

  • Place 3-4 drops of white or apple cider vinegar in the infected ear.
  • Lie on your side and plug your ear with a cotton ball so the vinegar drips deep into the ear canal.
  • Repeat 3 times daily.

Process 2:

  • In a bowl, mix equal quantities vinegar and warm water or vinegar and hydrogen peroxide.
  • Use a dropper to put the solution in your ear.
  • Plug your ear with a cotton ball and lie on your side.
  • Repeat several times a day.

4. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has mild anti-bacterial properties which relieve pain while curing the infection.

Process:

  • Mix 3 drops of tea tree oil, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of colloidal silver, and 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar.
  • Warm the mixture slightly.
  • Use a dropper to put some in your ear.
  • Lie on your side for 5 minutes, then lie on your other side to drain the solution from your ear.
  • Repeat 2-3 times daily.

5. Steam

Steam opens the Eustachian tubes (airway link to the throat), helping to ease pressure and drain fluids out of the ear.

Process:

  • Boil water and add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to it.
  • Put a towel over your head and lean over the pot.
  • Inhale the steam for a few minutes.
  • Repeat once daily.

6. Holy Basil Leaves

This method cleanses and disinfects, killing the bacteria that cause ear infection.

Process 1:

  • Crush a few fresh basil leaves to extract juice.
  • Rub the juice into your ear.
  • Repeat regularly.

Process 2:

  • Mix a few drops of Holy Basil Oil with a equal drops of coconut oil.
  • Use a cotton ball to apply the mixture inside, around, and behind your ear.
  • Repeat daily.

7. Salt

Heated salt relieves irritation and pain.

Process:

  • Heat 1 cup of salt in a microwave or pan for 3-5 minutes.
  • Place heated salt in cloth or sock and tie the open end.
  • Check the heat before placing near the ear.
  • Press cloth against infected ear for 5-10 minutes.
  • The heat will draw moisture out of the ear and the salt will soak it up.
  • Note: you can replace the salt with rice.
  • Repeat several times a day.

8. Olive Oil

Olive oil relieves irritation in the inner and outer and helps to open up the Eustachian tubes.

Process:

  • Heat olive oil.
  • Pour few drops of warm oil inside the infected ear to soften infected wax.
  • Use a cotton ball to remove wax from the ear.
  • Repeat several times daily.
  • Note: you can replace the olive oil with mustard oil.
  • Note: apply oil to the outside of the ear if you have a perforated ear drum.

9. Lemon Balm

Lemon balm has antiseptic and anti-viral properties that help cure infection.

Process:

  • Apply lemon balm to the inside of the infected ear.
  • Repeat twice daily.

10. Mango Leaf Juice

Mango leaf acts as a natural antibiotic and used to treat ear infection.

Process:

  • Crush or grind 3-4 fresh mango leaves to extract juice.
  • Warm the juice slightly.
  • Use a dropper to pour few drops in the infected ear.
  • Repeat 2-3 times daily.

11. Warm Compress

A warm compress will help open up the Eustachian tubes and relieve pain.

Process:

  • Soak a clean cloth in warm water.
  • Wring out excess water and place it to your infected ear for 5 minutes, then take it off.
  • Again place it and then take it off.
  • Make sure you don’t over heat your water.
  • Repeat several times daily.
  • Note: you can also use a hot water bottle or heat pad.

12. Mullein Flower Oil

Mullein flower oil relieves the pain of ear infection.

Process:

  • Soak a cotton ball in a few drops of Mullein Flower Oil.
  • Stuff the cotton ball in your infected ear.
  • Leave it in for 3 minutes.
  • Repeat whenever your ear hurts.

13. Breast Milk

Breast milk contains antibiotics that boost the immune system and protect your baby from infection.

Process:

  • Breast fee your baby for 6 months to strengthen her immune system.
  • If you can’t breast feed, make sure to hold your baby in an upright position while bottle feeding.
  • Use a dropper to apply breast milk to the infected ear twice a day.

14. Diet Plan

A healthy diet that includes the foods mentioned below will help heal and prevent ear infection.

  • Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties. Use it raw, cook it into tea or soups, mix it with juice, or eat it with apple or carrot.
  • Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties. Use it to spice up your cooking.
  • Eat foods that contain vitamins A and C in order to boost your immune system.
  • Eat foods rich in zinc.
  • Drink plenty of water to thin secretions and help them drain more effectively.

Tips for Reducing Ear Infection

  1. Wash your hands often, especially after using the bathroom and before eating.
  2. Take measures to prevent common cold, allergies, and respiratory problems.
  3. Teach children to cover their mouths when sneezing or coughing.
  4. Keep children away from those who have ear infections.
  5. Get plenty of rest.
  6. Quit smoking.
  7. Ask your doctor about flu shots and pneumococcal vaccinations. They prevent ear infection.
  8. Avoid pacifiers. They spread the bacteria that cause ear infection.
  9. Clean outside your ear with a cotton swab regularly.
  10. Pour few drops of hydrogen peroxide to the ear to kill infection and remove excess fluids.
  11. Take probiotics to promote proper digestion.
  12. Yawn to open up the Eustachian tubes.
  13. Never take antibiotics without the guidance of a healthcare professional.
  14. If your infection or your child’s does not heal within 3-4 days of using the above remedies, consult your doctor.

Have you tried any of the above home remedies for ear infection? Do you know of any we haven’t mentioned? Share your experience with us!

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