Natural Remedies

7 Natural Remedies for Earaches

Tea Tree Oil, Coconut Oil
Posted by Natalie (Washington Dc) on 02/12/2017
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Cigarette Smoke
Posted by Cnitzken (Louisville, Ky) on 05/02/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Cig smoke in ear works. I have been dying in pain for 6 days with antibiotic drops with steroids. Went to class I teach and students told me of this. I let them do it - I am a smoker - and ALAS. Pain gone. Thank God

Posted by Obeybunny (Santa Ana, Ca, United States Of America) on 12/30/2011
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What do you do about Ear aches, ear infections?

This is what I always do when I have an ear infection and it works every time, no matter how mild or severe the infection is.

Step 1: Take some vinegar. Dilute it to 50% vinegar and 50% warm water (just a few degrees above your normal body temperature).

Step 2:Tilt your head and poor in the vinegar water until your ear canal is full. Keep the vinegar water in there for 5 seconds and then dump it out.

Step 3: repeat step 2 at least twice.

Step 4: clean out your ears with a Q-tip (which are ear-cleaning cotton swabs on sticks)

Do these steps every day until your ear infection hasn't returned for 2 days. You can "vinegar up" your ears as often or as little as you like. If you're home all day, go ahead and wash out your ears with vinegar water on an hourly basis- you'll recover to full health in your ears faster this way.

And I do mean it cures "severe ear infections. " You may be doubled over in pain, deaf in both ears, and have been suffering with the infection for more than a month (as my mom was before she discovered this cure)- but if you follow the above instructions, you'll return to normal within a week.

Rubbing Alcohol and White Vinegar
Posted by Courtney (Los Angeles, Ca) on 12/04/2011
0 out of 5 stars

I have an earache and I tried the alcohol and white vinegar remedy, but so far all it has done is ease the pain very lightly and it is making my ear canal feel as if it is burning almost. The "burning" does not hurt, but I can tell it is there. Maybe I did not mix the alcohol and white vingegar correctly. Please help me I am in pain and I have class tomorrow.

Rubbing Alcohol and White Vinegar
Posted by Mandy (Arkansas) on 10/27/2016
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Posted by Lizzy (Fargo, Nd) on 11/02/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I use this method for my ears as well. I usually wrap the garlic clove in gauze so it doesn't burn my skin. It really clears up my infections and I am in my 30's! I use to have to take antibiotics when I got ear infections, now I use garlic! (I have had tubes 3 times in my life, I have had my eardrum rupture... So I truly mean this works! )

Steaming Washcloth in Mug
Posted by Kim (Dallas, Tx, United States) on 12/22/2009
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I am not big on putting liquids in my ears (I've tried H2O2 with mixed results). However, I've found a simple way to unclog achey, stuffy ears...I STEAM THEM. Find a mug or cup that can withstand hot water and make sure that the mouth of the cup/mug fits around your ear without letting much air escape. Next, fold a small piece of paper towel until it can fit at the bottom of the cup/mug. Then pour steaming hot water into the cup/mug (just enough to cover and saturate the paper towel). Quickly pour the excess water out of the cup/mug and tilt your head to the side and place your ear in the cup. IF THE STEAM IS TOO HOT LIFT YOUR HEAD FROM THE CUP/MUG UNTIL IT FEELS COMFORTABLE, then lower your head back to the cup/mug. Stay that way for about a minute. You will instantly feel "popping" as the steam breaks up the gunk in your ear. Repeat with other ear by adding more hot water into the cup and pouring off excess. Repeat process throughout the day. After awhile you will be able to either irrigate our gentle scoop out yucky, waxy gunk that was causing the problem in the first place. I like to put a few drops of EUCALYPTUS oil in the cup, but experiment with Oregano oil, garlic, ACV, Tea tree oil to see what works best!

God Bless.

Posted by Mom2_3 (Balitmore, Maryland) on 06/05/2009
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my family friends son had an ear infection for nearly a year. They did everything imaginable to cure it and nothing worked. He had oozing green nasty stuff coming from his ear constantly. After many different painful and risky treatments, including thinking of taking out parts of his ear (10 hour surgery), they were referred to their last resort at John's Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore City. The doctor was stumped and gave them one last idea...he said this may or may not work but let's give it a try....use vinegar to irrigate the ear twice a day. After 2 months of that and then 1 month of once a day it was gone and has NEVER returned! VINEGAR!

Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Eva (Denham Springs, Louisiana, United States) on 05/26/2009
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Most of the children on my father's side have had to have tubes put in their ears. I suffered from many ear infections throughout childhood. Typically, it was from swimming, but I even got it from taking a shower or bath occasionally.

Ear drops from the doctor were warm, oily, expensive, and took about a week to cure the infection. My mother heard that you could get rid of it with hydrogen peroxide and I have never looked back. Any time my ear starts to hurt, I put a few drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide into my ear and let it sit until it stops bubbling. Then, I drain out the ear and put one drop of rubbing alcohol. The peroxide cleans and sanitizes the ear canal. The drop of alcohol mixes with any water or peroxide left in the ear and evaporates it quickly.

This method usually takes care of the infection overnight, and I haven't had an earache for more than two days since I started using it. I don't know how safe this is, because I'm not a doctor. I do know that I have been doing it for the past 14 years and still have good hearing and no known problems with my ears.

Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by emt_scheid911 (Detroit, MI) on 05/15/2009
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I came to the website in search of something to help with my ear pain which I associated with having impacted wax with a q-tip yesterday. I read about the peroxide and used it and was immediatly regretful! I became so dizzy that I passed out immediatly and when I woke up I didn't stop vomiting for the next 2 hours. It took the whole day for the dizziness to go away. And after all that-nothing changed in my ear whatsoever. I went to the doctor and he said to make sure you MIX the peroxide 50/50 with warm water, and to make sure the peroxide is WARM. If you put it in your ear cold-you will get the side effects that I did. So-I'm not saying it doesn't work because clearly for some it does. Just make sure you WARM THE PEROXIDE and make sure you DILUTE it, and make sure it really is ear wax because I ended up having an infection and a ruptured ear drum!

Take care guys!

Hand on Ear Method
Posted by Gean (Salina, KS) on 03/13/2009
5 out of 5 stars

At the very first sign of ear pain, put your hand over your ear for a few minutes, warming your ear. If your hair is long enough, pull some hair over your ear and cover with warm hand. Keep it there until pain goes away. If you have access to a hat or head band, cover ears to keep warm. If very bad you can cup both hands and make a "tunnel" from your mouth to your ear, blowing warm air. The key is not to wait at all, but do it at the first sign of pain. You can do this wherever you happen to be, and can save you lots of trouble. I've told my kids to do this, and no one in the family has had ear pain for many, many years. If time has gone by and you've had the ear pain for hours, then you may need a heated salt bag or some of the other treatments, although it wouldn't hurt to try the above. But, remember for the next time that a stitch in time saves nine.

Posted by Brigitte (Houston, Texas) on 01/11/2008
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Garlic works to alleviate ear aches. You simply must be sure to take the garlic clove and expose the tender inner flesh by scoring the outer flesh of the garlic; then wrap the garlic clove in a light cotton gauze to prohibit the ear from making direct contact with the garlic clove and place this into the ear canal. Be sure that the garlic clove is large enough to prevent its becoming lodged in the ear canal. leave it there and you will find that the pain will disipate. I have used this remedy repeatedly with great success. When my oldest daughter was about two years old she found it so soothing that if the garlic fell from her ear she would pick it up and place it back in her ear all by herself. Garlic works to alleviate ear aches

Tiger Balm
Posted by Rob (Kentucky) on 02/08/2021
5 out of 5 stars

Tiger Balm “Red”

I have chronic earaches.

I have learned that putting Tiger Balm on the outside of the ear canal with a Q-tip and on my neck just below the ear eases the pain and I don't need to take as much pain medication as I have in the past. I also put a warm, moist compress on the offending ear and go right back to sleep

Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Abhi (Tamil Nadu) on 10/25/2017
0 out of 5 stars

i am getting pain in my ear (bottom part) after using hydrogen peroxide. it is really pains baddly. please suggest anything.

Boric Acid and Vinegar
Posted by Sophia (Indiana) on 05/13/2017
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Pau d'Arco
Posted by Natalie (Washington, DC) on 08/21/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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.

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