Home Remedies for Ear Infections and Ear Aches
Ear infections and ear aches make us miserable and can be resistant to medications
My 2 year old daughter gets an ear infection before and after every cold or flu bug she gets. Steroids, antibiotics, and other prescription drugs do not seem to help. So I went out to look for some herbal and home remedies to solve the problem. This lense is about the information that I found. I do not recommend or endorse any specific treatment without talking to your physician first.
I will try to sort the remedies by trial and error, herbal, wives tales, and home remedies/general advice. I hope this information helps you as much as it did me.
Wives Tales and Folk Remedies
* Urine in the ear. - To clear up and ear infection and relieve an earache put 5-7 drops of warm urine caught midstream in the infected ear. Lay on opposite ear for 5 minutes then drain infected ear.
My grandma swears by this remedy along with my parents and great grandparents. Its gross but they never had to take their kids to doctor like I do for ear infections so it must work. If you have tried this one or had it tried on you as a child please comment on your experience.
*Vinegar & Water- drop a solution of 2 drops vinegar to 10 drops of water in ear. Mix solution before putting in ear. Acid kills the bacteria.
* My Favorite: Breastmilk in the ear. Put a couple of drops of freshly expressed breastmilk in the infected ear every 3-6 hours and ear infection will be gone in 48 hours or less.
*Tea Tree Oil- Chiropractor recommended Tea Tree Oil for ear infections. You can probably find 'Wally's Ear Oil' containing tea tree oil, garlic oil, etc. at your local health store. Just put 3 drops in the infected ear and lay on opposite ear for 15-20 minutes for relief.
*Olive Oil - warm olive oil gently to a little above lukewarm. use 3-5 drops in infected ear.
* Peppermint Oil mixed with Olive Oil- warm gently and use 3-5 drops in infected ear. peppermint oil has natural anesthetic in it.
*Put a drop or two of goldenseal tincture (avail. at herbal stores) in the affected ear. Put a drop or two each of tea tree oil and lavender oil on a cotton ball and put the cotton ball in the ear. Leave overnight.
*Neem Oil- Put of two drops of Neem oil daily into infected ear cures otomycosis caused by a fungus.
*garlic oil capsules- use the capsules as ear-drops putting 2 to 3 drops in the affected ear once or twice a day
Tea Tree Oil Update
Tea Tree Oil really works. I have been using it since I started this blurb. My children haven't had another ear infection since. This also helps with ear infections during teething, swimmers ear and sinus congestion in the ear. I love it, best of all, NO MORE EXPENSIVE DOCTOR VISITS. I get so irritated making 3 - 4 visits to doctor before they even diagnose the ear infection and then having the antibiotics not even work. Now I can pretty much treat them at home before they get painful. I do recommend seeing a doctor if it worsens or pain does not go away after 24 hrs. Yes it seems to work that fast on my kids. I try to combine it with children's Ibuprofen to get the inflammation down or children's Tylenol for the pain.
Crazy stuff people tried
* Listerine in the ear
* Vodka in the ear
* Squished guts of wasp larvae in the ear
* Tobacco/Cigarette Smoke blowed in the ear then stopped with cottonball
* Vicks on q-tip in the ear
* Athletes foot medicine in the ear
* Melted Butter in the ear.
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