7 Natural Remedies for Earaches

Salt Solution or Warm Water
Posted by Milroc (Ny) on 10/21/2017
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I couldn't believe it. My son sometimes had some earache because of congestion-cold. My son had his first earache in december 31 of 2014. I went to the pediatrician, they gave me amoxillicin, which it still on my fridge, I never used it. We used salt water, a safer solution according to my hubby, you put some salt with water in a dropper, 2 drops that you leave for 10 seconds. It worked fine, I don't remember all the details sorry, I know that I was surprised by the results.The child slept well. With years, and after another episode of earache, I started to read on this site about warm olive oil, and asking myself if it wasn't the warmth that act. So, I heated the dropper, so it was warm salt water (I didn't use olive oil). This one was quick. The pain was gone after 10-15 seconds.

I read on this site somewhere (or on another site), that earache can be because of pressure, and you need to hear a noise. So when I put the warm-salt water on my son ear, I'm asking him, if he hear 'tac-tac' and he hears this noise. I can't explain the organ or whatever process, maybe his ear opens. I have no idea.

This week, he has some ear infection, 3 times, he is a little congested too. He came from school with a an earache. I started to give him the first time, warm-salt water, it works quickly fine. But what is suprising, is once I forgot to put the salt. I heat the water, and use the dropper. As usual, he hear 'tac-tac...tac' on his ear, after less than one minute he is fine. If your child doesn't feel better, add 2 more drops. Don't forget to remove the excess of water with some paper, by tilting the head of the child. I'm so pissed off by the medical community. Warm water, and that works, you can add water to kill germs too. Try it, it's quick, take maximum 1 minute. And give your child a role to tell you if he hears a noise, he will be happy to help. I think that earache due to wax build-up won't be better with this method, it's only my guess. My son has an earache when he has a cold-congestion.

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Rubbing Alcohol and White Vinegar
Posted by Kiran Shrimali (A) on 10/11/2017 1 posts
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First of all I like to thank those who have put up this solution for swimmer ear. I am using this solution and I got immediate result.

I have added 90% RUBBING ALCOHOL and 10% WHITE VINEGAR, I am using small nasal spray bottle for spraying it inside my ear canal and outer ear and all around my ear, after 1-2 min I clean my ear from inner and outer portion of my ear with cotton . Within 3 days I got the result. My ear which was deformed, it came back to its normal. I was having Ear Pimple and skin rashes all his problem got resolve.

My swimmer ear infection was extended to outer ear skin till my half face. So for this I have taken an antibiotic called "Flucloxacillin 500mg" empty stomach 2hr before food one table in a day for a week. This helped me to get my face recover for infection. I also some time use ear drops from the pharmacy when I feel itching in ear.

Once again I like to thank all those people who have share their experience for this swimmer ear infection.

Keep your ear clean and healthy and swim well.

Olive Oil
Posted by Carol (Liverpool, England) on 08/02/2017
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I just think warm Olive oil is the best remedy, just a few drops,

i suffer badly with earache and this is my only cure.

Posted by Gerber (Tucson, Az) on 07/23/2017
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What I have done is take out the oil from two garlic cloves and dilute with olive oil and take a cotton ball and put one or two drops in my ears and bingo. I then put the piece of cotton and leave for a while or over night. Ear infections are gone with no antibiotics. It really works.

Rubbing Alcohol and White Vinegar
Posted by Tee (North Carolina) on 05/30/2017

Try a lower content of isopropyl alcohol like 70% or try to increase the amount of vinegar. The 95% alcohol is typically something we cannot get easily in the USA and that may a bit too strong for your ears.

Boric Acid and Vinegar
Posted by Sophia (Indiana) on 05/13/2017
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Boric acid really helped me with my earache! I heated up 4 oz distilled water (boil tap water to sterilize if you don't have distilled), and added 1 TBSP of Boric acid as well as 1 TBSP of vinegar (I used organic ACV but white vinegar would work too). I mixed until the boric acid crystals dissolved and let it cool. Then, using a clean eyedropper, I put 2-3 drops in the affected ear, 2 times daily. Laid my head down on its side and let it sit in there for 10-15 minutes before putting in a cotton ball and sitting back to give it time to work. The first dose took away the worst of the pain. Today I woke up with no ear pain, at all! But I'm going to keep using until the pressure goes away.

I also made a solution for my eyes, since they always ache when I get a sinus/ear infection. The recipe for that is 1/8 tsp to 8 oz distilled or sterilized water. I only keep these solutions for a day or two and then throw them out. Best to make a fresh batch when you need them!

Posted by Art (California ) on 03/07/2017 1381 posts

In reply to Steph C. (Missouri),

Your method also eliminates the chance of being burned by the potential for direct contact with the garlic clove which on its own is quite strong and capable of burning your ear.


Posted by Steph C. (Missouri) on 03/07/2017
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Garlic for Earache:

This is what I do for my kids. Garlic clove crushed and warmed in olive oil. Once the oil smells garlicky I let it cool a bit and then place in the ear and have them lay down with a cotton ball in the ear for as long as they can (usually lasts 10 minutes before they get impatient). I usually do both ears for prevention. I will say I have only ever had to do this application once per complaint because it is so effective. My kids are very compliant with this treatment, also, because they know it is fast relief.

Tea Tree Oil, Coconut Oil
Posted by Natalie (Washington Dc) on 02/12/2017
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I've been suffering with a recurring ear infection for 2 years now, had my 4th one most recently and in the past I've had to go to urgent care to get topical antibiotic ear drops to cure it. I'm out in CA for work and my insurance does not cover doctors here, and I know the garlic oil trick has never worked in the past. I came across tea tree oil being diluted in VIRGIN coconut oil as they are both, anti bacterial, anti viral and anti fungal trying to get ride of the infection. 3 days on this treatment and I can confidently say I am cured. I will keep taking the following dosage 15 drops of tea tree oil diluted in a tablespoon of coconut oil 3Xs a day for 7 days.

I saw results the first day and I was able to sleep without any pain in my ear. I'm so glad I don't have to keep going to urgent care for this, as this is a recurring problem since I produce too much wax in my ears and therefore end up getting frequent ear infections as a result.

Rubbing Alcohol and White Vinegar
Posted by Michael (Australia) on 01/14/2017
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Each time I have used the 50% alcohol 50% vinegar my ears have hurt for days afterwards like a burning feeling. I am using 95% alcohol from chemist and white vinegar. Why is this happening?

Posted by Jo (Australia) on 12/09/2016

How did this go? Did your ear burn badly or did it heal the infection? I just accidently poured undilute garlic oil in my ear and the burn was bad! Worried I did something stupid..

Rubbing Alcohol and White Vinegar
Posted by Mandy (Arkansas) on 10/27/2016
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I have had a very bad sinus infection for a month now. I have had 3 rounds of antibiotics and it doesn't really help. I developed ear pain and ear pressure. Hurt so bad I would have tried anything. so I found this post tried and wow!!! Ear pain is almost gone and soon as I dropped the mixture in I heard a loud pop inside my ear. Thank You!

Steaming Washcloth in Mug
Posted by Jennifer (Duluth, Ga) on 09/12/2016
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I tried this on my daughter. It worked! Her ear hurt so much she couldn't sleep. After I did this the pain subsided enough for her to finally fall asleep. Thank you so much!

Apple Cider Vinegar, Sea Salt
Posted by Jennifer (Australia) on 03/24/2016

I would always start with ACV for anything and be patient Thank God for Earth Clinic because these remedies would be lost to so many of us who run to doctors who always prescribe drugs.

Posted by Zark (Emerald City) on 02/15/2016

Hi John, it is very likely that the ear infection caused the tinnitus.

Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Thenomad (Usa) on 01/21/2016

He mentions his ear drum was ruptured, I think the obvious conclusion is that he ruptured it with the q-tip and then the sudden pain from the hydrogen peroxide hitting his ruptured ear caused the problem. You must be sure it's not ruptured before you put anything in your ear (alcohol, peroxide, ois)

Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Beverly (Tucson) on 09/19/2015

She's not lying. A nurse told me to make sure to not put anything (she was referring to water--but it's still the same principle) cold in your ear because it could make you pass out and/or vomit. Always make sure that whatever you put in is warm.

Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Ken (St. Paul, Mn) on 07/01/2015

I think you work for the AMA and you made this story up to try and discredit a valid natural treatment.

Posted by Mike (Oxfordshire, Uk) on 06/27/2015

I think what he meant was that the liquid from the neti pot, on its travel from one nostril to the other, would (or could, depending on how it's done) pass by the entrance to the Eustachian tube, and some would go down that way. It would feel as though it's "in the ear", but it's in the middle ear. It then passes back out via the Eustachian tube into the throat. That's my approximate understanding of what's going on here.

I don't think it's all that easy to get fluid into the Eustachian tube using this method, but I believe it's possible.

Colloidal Silver
Posted by Hoppimike (Kent, England) on 06/06/2015 22 posts
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Putting homemade Colloidal Silver in my ear once or twice a day got rid of my ear infection I believe. I just made it sloppily at home in mineral water. Not much else to say, but chalk up a success! :)

Garlic Oil Recipe
Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 03/20/2015

Dear Tim,

Thanks for sharing your success story! I am so glad you are feeling better!

~Mama to Many~

Garlic Oil Recipe
Posted by Tim (Alabama, US) on 03/20/2015

Thank you for sharing this oil recipe. It was a life saver over this past winter. I have started another batch to keep over the summer for that one in a million just in case moment. Managed to be bed ridden for almost a month. Between this and Apple Cider Vinegar add to Black Tea over Ice, I am ninety five percent better. Love this Earth Clinic and all that share. Thanks again Mama to Many.

Vitamin E
Posted by Juliana (Edmonton, Canada) on 03/17/2015
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I used garlic and HP for ear ache and never helped. In fact these 2 caused more pain than earache itself.

I use now, when my ear hurts, vitamin E in gel form and squeeze in my ear hole and pain stops right away. My family dr used to prescribe me antibiotics every time for earache, but I realized I start to have ear ache every time due to acidity in my body (candida). Thanks.

Olive Oil, Tea Tree Oil and Lavender Oil
Posted by Jessica (Oklahoma, US) on 12/04/2014
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I have been having ear pain for a few days, and the doctor said it was allergies/sinus. In the meantime, I looked online and found a remedy that really works for me, but the pain does come back after a while, so I just reapply the ointment. 1/4 c. olive oil, 10 drops each of tree tea oil and lavender oil. Rub around ear, NOT inside. So I mixed all these ingredients into a jar and just keep using it. In the meantime I will look here to see how to get rid of these seasonal allergies.

Posted by Evash (Uk) on 11/30/2014
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I feel emotional - after trying everything to no avail in resolving uncomfortable itchy ear, I tried the olive oil and garlic ---- what can I say - it stopped immediately. And I want to give this a thumbs up. Thanks for sharing, now I feel better too.

Posted by Savannah (Florida, US) on 11/04/2014

Wish I was there... very descriptive though...but 7cloves...you're asking for trouble... I bet you have more respect for garlic now... I had a fit of giggles...made my day.. btw... sorry you had to go through that.. but thanks for posting.. cheers..

Garlic Oil Recipe
Posted by Mama to Many (Tennessee, US) on 09/06/2014
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My son had a terrible earache. I gave him some OTC pain medicine because he had to go to work. Then I began a batch of garlic oil. When he came in later, I put a few drops of the garlic oil into each ear. He has been fine ever since. I have used this oil in the past for ear pain. Usually I use it at least once or twice a day. Used with a warm rice sock, pain will usually be resolved quite quickly. I believe if you have a ruptured ear drum, it is not recommended to use anything in the ear. In that case, the oil could be rubbed under and around the ear.

Recipe for Garlic Oil

1/2 cup freshly minced garlic cloves

1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil

Mix together and let sit on the counter for ten days. Shake three times a day. After ten days, strain out the garlic with a coffee filter. Label and date and STORE IN REFRIGERATOR! This way it will last all fall and winter. I will leave it out for days at a time when treating someone with an acute condition. Perhaps adding some vitamin E oil would help it to last even longer.

I usually store it in a glass bottle with an eyedropper. I put the glass bottle into a mug of hot water for 5 minutes before using it, so the oil will be warm in the oil. That feels better than cold oil, especially for children.

I didn't have ten days to wait to treat my son. So, I strained out a little bit of the oil after a few hours. It will get stronger and stronger over the course of ten days.

I also use this oil on the chest and/or back for a cough. It will make the person being treated smell terribly of garlic, but it works. For a small child, I rub it into the bottoms of the feet. It works VERY well for a stubborn cough and I love that I can treat a child without even waking him up at night.

Lalitha Thomas, author of, "Ten Essential Herbs, " from whom I got the original recipe, will use it internally for a cough or as a natural antibiotic. (1 teaspoon per adult dose, equivalent of 1 garlic clove.) She does not use the coconut oil, but I like to use it as it also has anti-viral properties.

Where I live, cold and flu season are around the corner. It is a good time to be sure to have Garlic Oil made up ahead of time!

~Mama to Many~

Pau d'Arco
Posted by Natalie (Washington, DC) on 08/21/2014
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Caught an ear infection while I was on vacation in Mexico. Had to do something with swimming and the water I'm assuming. Well I had a flight to catch back home in a few hours the evening that I came down with the most excruciating ear pain of my life. Had originally brought several anti fungal herbs with me because I was combating a candida infection in my gut. There was no way for me to see a doctor and get prescription without missing my flight. So out of desperation I was ready to take the plunge on putting drops of the Pau d'Arco tincture I had with me, I also knew that Pau d'Arco is anti fungal and anti bacterial, a VERY potent one.

To my surprise it worked like a charm, the pain subsidized by half and was able to sleep through the night and catch my 4 am flight. I kept putting in about 10 drops every two hours until the pain completely disappeared in about 4 days. Once I got home I got on the net and read that Pau d'Arco is in fact a very strong bacteria and fungal inhibitor and the best way to actually use it when combating a ear infection is by warming up a little bit of olive oil and adding some Pau d'Arco (tincture form, they have water and alcohol) drops in the warm oil in order to separate the water and alcohol content from the herb. That way you get the Pau d'Arco drops without water and alcohol which may aggravate the infection.

I was so angry that this had happened the last evening I was on vacation but was very grateful to not have been seen by a doctor after the Pau d'Arco had worked. It was in a matter of days that I was able to gain my hearing back and no more pain. I know the harmful effects of antibiotics, I went through hell with C.diff, a resistant bug I came down after I took a course of antibiotics. I am blessed to know that we have many other options besides the pharmaceutical drugs that cause much harm.

Cigarette Smoke
Posted by Charlee (Baltimore, Md) on 08/20/2014
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My husband told me to light a cigarette and put it in my ear because I had really bad pressure in it. I looked at him like he was crazy but I also looked up the ear candle that day and I said I'm NOT doing that so I lit a cigarette and put it in my ear and I couldn't believe, it was still smoking itself ( being fire safe)!!! Anyways I could actually feel the smoke in my ear and it popped and I did it again a few hours later and I have no pain! It does work!

Oregano Oil
Posted by Sunny (Ca) on 02/04/2014
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I did multiple things but I believe what cured me was the oregano oil soft gels. So, I have tried the garlic oil in cotton and it has worked perfectly in the past. Not this time, my pain/ cloggedness kept persisting( I think I had a very strong infection). I had been having it for like 6 days very slight, but not gone! And the plugged/ congested feeling. So I tried olive oil in ear, garlic oil in ear, Apple Cider Vinegar with alcohol drops. Apple Cider Vinegar alone drops , garlic water in nasal irrigation ( slice garlic let sit in drinking water for 1 min )in the neti pot, and lastly half hydrogen peroxide half warm water in ear wash with syringe ouch!!! The last one made me have so much pain, that I was reconsidering visiting my doctor. Even though I know that all they were going to do is give me antibiotics and like steroid drops for ear.

What has worked in CURING my infections before was oil of oregano soft gels. So I figured it would help with my ear pain/ I think it was an ear infection. So I bought it yup its expensive but it does the job! It cost me $40 dollars! For 60 softgels. It is the "Oreganol wild oregano" by North American Herb and Spice ( highly rated on Amazon, check it out) you can get it in like health food stores, or like Whole Foods Market, or online. But since I wanted this gone I went to my health food store. You can also try the regular one, if you cant afford the super strength is stronger( just take more). So when I got it I took 3, then 3 for luch and 2 for dinner.

I know that there is lose oil by them( in a little jar) but I do not like this, I only like the softgels!! That is my advice. I feel since its ingested it get more in you body/ blood stream/ tissues.

I also made myself a tomato tea from this site look for it on this site it has a name like Jeans tomato tea or something like that. But mine has some other ingredients. I add to it sea salt, oregano and garlic, onion. Put as much lemon and chili as you can handle( I use cayenne pepper( this drink will help you to drain the ear fluid, amongst other things it will do) So yea the next day I felt so much better! My ear felt good! , but I will continue to keep taking softgels for some like 3 more days, as I want to kill what ever, it is dead! But I feel very good!

My recommendations would be to attach what ever it is in many ways, garlic water nose rinse, via neti pot, these softgels for inner battle, eat good and add oils in ear.

I think I had an inner ear infection! Yup its a hard place to get to as is very inside, but thru can get to it thru digestive means, and also thru throat/ nose means.

Other advice: if you can afford to go to a chiropractor I would advice to go. The do ear work too.

Why it should work

It should work because oregano oil is antiviral, antibacterial, anti fungal .. I think its also anti inflammatory etc. so what ever it is you have it will kill it.

It will be ingested, and can get to hard to reach areas such as the inner ear part. I think its called the middle ear??

I wanted to share my story as a way to thank my lord for allowing me to finding the solution to heal my body, without harming it further with useless antibiotics. And because I was in a desperate place where I was not getting a full healing( ear pain/ cloggedness sucks).

I would say for fast results attack it all ways, by ear, by ingestion, by massage out side of ear, to get it good and fast. Also eat healthy.

I know its long, but I needed to show that I had a sever inner infection and I needed to do much prior to getting full healing. So... DONT GIVE UP!! WHEN THEY TELL YOU ITS NOT CURABLE, TELL THEM , YES IT IS!! I JUST HAVEN'T FOUND THE WAY YET ;)

What I learned for the future....

Any time I have any type of infection I will reach without a second thought to my Oreganol Oil of Oregano Softgels. Im ready for you FLU :p lol

Comment if you ever use this method and it works for you.

Namaste my loves :)

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