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Natural Earache & Ear Pain Home Remedies

Updated on April 9, 2013

Earaches can be unbearable no matter what age you are. Its not always a convenience to go to the doctor or hospital nor is it necessary. While some ear infections may need medical attention, most heal on their own with no problems once so ever. The body is designed to heal itself, you just have to provide the proper nutrition!

Causes of Earaches

There are many causes of earaches. To help your ear heal, its good to know what caused the earache in the first place. Below are the most common causes of earaches & ear pain.

  • Trapped moisture in the ear canal
  • Blockage in the ear tube
  • Eardrum injury (puncture, rupture, infection)
  • Inflammation of the Eustachian tube
  • Using cotton swabs too deeply in the ear canal
  • Infection of the outer/inner ear canal (viral or bacterial)
  • Infection in the nose or throat (strep throat)
  • Tooth infection/inflammation/cavity
  • Changing in altitudes
  • Allergies
  • Wax/fungus build up in the ear
  • Injured jawbone
  • Arthritis in the jaw

Home Remedies For Earaches

Natural remedies are a great convenience for everyone. Most of them can be found in the home already. Use cautiously, however. If an ear pain persists & does not go away in a few days you should see a medical doctor to make sure the infection/injury has not spread or has gotten worse. Below are a few ways to relieve the pain of an earache.

Chewing Gum

- Chewing gum can relieve pressure in the ear canal by working the jaw & inner ear muscles. When chewing gum, the jaw & muscles expand & relax working like a massage for the ear canal.

Sesame Oil + Clove of Garlic

-Heat a teaspoon of sesame oil. Carefully put some on a piece (small enough to be placed in the ear) of fresh garlic. Take the piece of garlic & gently place it in the ear not pushing it in to deep but gently placing it inside like a earphone. Heated garlic has been shown to help heal ear infections & relieve pain.

Sleeping Up-Right

-When you sleep slightly elevated it helps the ear canal drain easier & relieves pressure.

Applying Heat

-Heat is amazing for most pain including muscle aches, head aches, and ear infections! Use a heating pad & rest it on your ear. Lay down or hold it against your ear. Steam from hot water also works well. Take a hot shower, the steam will loosen any blockage in the ear.


-Menthol is great for ear pain. You do NOT want to put it inside your ear, but coat the outside of the ear with Vicks. It will cool it down & relieve some inflammation.


-Any kind of over the counter anti-inflammatory pain reliever will help by reducing inflammation. If a fever is present, use one for fever reducer.


-Heating a piece of an onion & placing it in the ear helps relieve pain & inflammation naturally. You don't want to burn the onion, just slightly heat it up. When its warmed up, place it gently in the ear.

What To Eat

Nutrition is key for aiding the body to heal itself. You will want to eat plenty of things known to boost the immune system. You will want to avoid things that are known to decrease the immune systems response to infections as well. Starch foods like pasta, breads, rice as well as dairy increase yeast in the body & feed infections in the ear. Below are something to eat & some things to avoid while having a earache.

Things to eat...

  • Citrus Fruits
  • Raw Honey
  • Green Vegetables (Dark greens are best)
  • Eggs
  • Garlic
  • Virgin Olive Oil
  • Onions
  • Cranberries
  • Drink natural teas & plenty of water
  • Drinking natural juices (low in sugar) are fine too

Thing to Avoid...

  • Dairy (milk, cheese, butter)
  • Processed Meats
  • Starch
  • Sugar
  • Don't drink milk, soda or high-sugar juices

You don't ever want to let an infection/injury progress. If you give the body what it needs, it will heal naturally. Most earaches (infections,injures) heal completely in one week. If your earache lasts more than a week, it's a good idea to see a doctor. For children & babies, increase vegetables & fruit in their diets & if the earache seems to have gotten worse in 2 to 3 days, take them to see a doctor.


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    • ii3rittles profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Thanks for your comment Chitrangada Sharan! :)

    • ii3rittles profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Thanks for your comment Pinto2011! Glad I can help! Diet is key to aiding the body in healing! :)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very useful information, about earaches and their home remedies. I think it would be especially beneficial to kids, who can not tell their problems.

      Thanks for sharing!

    • pinto2011 profile image


      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      One of my friends suffers from earache and your nice informative hub is going to help him a mile.

    • ii3rittles profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Thanks Thundermama & whonunuwho for your comments! :)

    • whonunuwho profile image


      6 years ago from United States

      Thanks for this practical information and it is well received. whonu

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      Catherine Taylor 

      6 years ago from Canada

      This was a very interesting and informative hub. I try to use natural remedies whenever possible and had not heard of some of the ones you have listed here. Well done. Voted Up and sharing.


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