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How to Ease Ear Pain with Essential Oils

Updated on May 18, 2013
Children suffer from ear pains more frequent than adults, due to viral infections of throat and nose
Children suffer from ear pains more frequent than adults, due to viral infections of throat and nose

Ear pains are usually accompanied by inflammation of the external or of the middle ear. Pains in the external year may be caused by localized infection in the form of local external abscess or inflammation with redness and swelling. A swelling may occur after frequent contact with water or as a result of an allergic reaction. There are also cases of foreign bodies in middle ear duct, which often happens with the little children.

The most common ear pains are result of middle ear infections (otitis media), which arise as complication of colds and nose-throat inflammations, something little kids often suffer from. The inflammation of nose internal mucous membranes blocks the Eustachian tube, allows accumulation of fluid – a favorable environment for viruses and bacterium – and increases the tympanum pressure.

Though there are highly effective treatments of ear infections known, like homeopathic and aurvedic treatments, acupuncture, acupressure - the application of essencial oils in the moment when strong pain has just started may have immediate effect and even stop further inflammation.

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Essential Oils versus Ear Pains

Along with the main treatment you apply on prescription of your doctor (traditional or alternative) the therapy with essential oils helps to ease the pain and to calm down the child. Very often fear accompanies the pain and make things worse. Essencial oils from lavender and tea tree will sooth the sick person.

Following are three techniques that are easy applicable in domestic environment. They can be used along with any therapy prescribed by your physician. Just remember not to use tea trea oil during the first 20 weeks from the pregnancy.

You Can Relieve the Pain

Ear pain aggravates at night, when the child lies in bed. They can be tormenting for your precious little love. Even when grouwn people suffer from ear inflamation, pain is sometimes maddening.

Essential oils can be used by dripping little quantity in the ear duct, by inhalation, or by smearing little amount of lotion on the skin around the inflamed spot.

When there is fluid flowing out from the ear, whether clear or purulent, or bloody, do not apply essential oils by dripping in the ear duct! The oil may cause additional inflamation.

Application of Essential Oils

Note: The lavender essential oil is manufactured from L. angustifolia, commonly known as L. officinalis (curative lavender) and from L. vera (Holland lavender, according to some a variety of L. spika, which is used for homonymous essential oil). There is also essential oil named lavandin, extracted by destilation of a hybrid between L. officinalis and L. spica. It’s not that delicate as the lavender essential oil, and is widely used for manufacture of home fragrances, soaps, domestic cleaning products and perfumes. Lavandine oil is often sold as lavender essential oil, but has much less healing power and is considerably cheaper.


Boil 0.5 l water and place it on a table. Add 5 drops essential oil from lavender, tee tree or chamomile. Let your child stay above the pot and to breath in the vapors for up to 10 minutes.


Take two tea spoons of olive oil or St. John’s wort oil. Make sure the oil is warmed up but not more than 30-36 degrees by Celsius. Add 3 drops essential oil from lavender or tee tree and stir well. Several drops from such prepared mixture apply in the ear duct, by bending the head with ill ear upwards.

Smear oil lotion on the skin around inflamed spot

Prepare lotion from two tee-spoons sweet almond oil with added three drops essential oil from lavender or tee tree. Rub in the lotion on the skin around the ear and throat.

Always remember about the possibility of foreigh body penetrated into the ear channel, when treating little children.

If the ear pain is unbearable and continues more than 2 days without relief, by all means search for advice from physician.

For relieving headache with essential oils you may check here.


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    Tsvetana Kodjabasheva 5 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

    Thank you very much, Lisa,

    This is the most valuable feedback for me, to know I've been of help.

    Stay well, and thanks for reading and sharing.

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    Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

    Tsvetana, This is such a great hub and I am so glad I found your site. I am a big believer and fan of essential oils as well as natural alternatives for healing. Thank you so much for writing this hub. Voted up and sharing♥---Lisa

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    Tsvetana Kodjabasheva 6 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

    Thank you, Tracy Lynn, for sharing your thoughts and for your support. Indeed there are little number of things in life as simple as these natural approaches to healht but effective and safe at the same time. It's great to communicate with people having similar views as I have and that's the most wonderful thing of HubPages!

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    Tracy Lynn Conway 6 years ago from Virginia, USA

    I am a big fan of a natural approach to anything so this is right up my alley. I have heard of a number of natural approaches to treating ear pain but never knew of the details. Thank you for your well written hub. Voted up and useful.

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    Tsvetana Kodjabasheva 6 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

    Yes, my father used it to prevent his hair from falling. Thanks, Stoill.

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    Stoill Barzakov 6 years ago from Sofia, Bulgaria

    Yes, Lavender has many uses, voted up.