Ear infections are caused by bacteria or viruses that affect the middle ear and they are manifested by dull, piercing, sharp or intense pain. Other causes for this health conditions include tonsillitis, teeth grinding, cavities, sinus infections, acute otitis media and other. The usual symptoms of an ear infection are intense pain, slight hearing loss and fever.
Whatever the cause, ear pain is very unpleasant and sometimes unbearable which is why most people use pain-relievers or antibiotics in order to get rid of the pain. However, there is no need to use medications because there are natural ways to treat an ear infection without any side effects.
10 natural remedies for earache
Onions can be used in two ways. You can put one half of an onion on your ear or apply drops of heated onion juice directly in your ear.
Garlic can provide an instant pain relief due to its strong antibiotic and analgesic properties. Heat a mixture of 1 teaspoon of minced garlic and 2 tablespoons of oil. Make sure the mixture is lukewarm before you apply a few drops of it in your ear.
Basil has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Extract the juice from a couple of basil leaves and apply a few drops in the ear.
Ginger has potent anti-inflammatory properties that make it an excellent earache remedy. One way of using ginger is to apply a few drops of ginger juice in the ear. Or, you can heat a tablespoon of ginger root with ¼ cup of sesame oil and wrap the mixture around the ear.
5. Bishop’s weed
Prepare a mixture of 1 teaspoon of bishop’s weed oil and 3 tablespoons of sesame oil. Heat the mixture a little and then apply a few drops of it in the ear.
6. Hydrogen peroxide
Apply a few drops of hydrogen peroxide in the ear using a cotton ball.
Note: Hydrogen peroxide may cause the debris in the ear to dislodge, so always rinse your ear with warm water after using this remedy.
7. Apple cider vinegar
Apply a few drops of ACV in your ear and leave it work for a couple of minutes. You should repeat this method every 10-12 hours until the pain is completely gone.
8. Tea tree oil
Just apply a few drops of tea tree oil in the affected ear.
9. Olive oil
Heat up some olive oil and apply a few drops in the ear. Olive oil has powerful healing properties that can provide an instant pain relief.
Holding heat packs over the affected ear can work wonders when it comes to pain treatment.