7 Natural Remedies for Earaches

Steaming Washcloth in Mug

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Posted by Fanciullag (Buffalo, Ny, Usa) on 05/16/2011
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A friend taught me this trick and it helps. Take two washcloths, wetting them both with warm to hot water. Then stick them in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Place a washcloth in the bottom of a coffee mug, then put a mug over each ear. The steam in the ear seems to help alot!

Replied by Kirsty
(Preston, Uk)
10/08/2011
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thank u so much! Just woke up with excrutiating earache and came online looking for something to help, did not fancy sticking ciggies or garlic in my ear an your suggestion seemed most sensible as when I was little and had earache my mum would always do me a hot water bottle to alleviate the pain. Within seconds of putting my ear over the mug I felt bubbles coming out of my ear and the pain subside. I am now happily going back to bed to finish my nights sleep before my 3 young children wake me up, I just wanted to say a huge thank you! And thank god for the internet! Lol.

Replied by Krissy06
(Detroit, Canada)
11/03/2011
5 out of 5 stars

The mug thing did work with me as well :) thanks!

Replied by Jennifer
(Duluth, Ga)
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!


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.


Supplements

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Posted by Hippocrates (Odin, Missouri, USA) on 04/29/2012 9 posts
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Hello all, I have suffered from sinus problem my whole life. This often leads to ear infections (several times a year, certain times almost constantly). This causes some discomfort and dizziness, which can lead to falls and makes it difficult to drive sometimes.

Well, my child recently had an ear infection, then a high fever, which lead to Roseola and Hand/Foot/Mouth disease. Needless to say, I am a bit overly cautious in protecting myself from communicable diseases. During this time I had been suffering from an ear infection as well, which at this point I have kind of learned to live with, since doctor antibiotics have not worked (makes worse usually), and most natural treatments have gave minimal results at best. My ears have been popping, discomfort, dizzy, and if you wiggle your scalp using your facial muscles, you head a clicking in your ears.

So, to help protect myself from the baby, I started taking "something-C" (available in most pharmacies, can't say the exact brand name). It is basically 1000 mg of Calcium Ascorbate. I have been taking two a day, one every 12 hours.

Also, I've been taking a Zinc/Copper/Iodine gel cap (zinc and copper are as "amino acid chelates", and iodine "as kelp"). Zinc content is 50 mg, Copper is 2 mg, and Iodine is 53 mcg. I have been taking two a day, one every 12 hours.

I am on no other drugs prescription or otherwise, and not taking any other vitamins or supplements at this time.

Like I said, I was taking these to up my immune system from "Typhoid Mary". But 24 hours in, I started noticing that my ears were not popping, dizziness and discomfort was minimal. Day 2 it was even better. Day 3 I forgot to take, feeling better, and by day 4 symptoms were back to a great degree. I started taking again day 5 and by day 6 they were back subsided. Day 7 and 8 have been like normal.

I believe, like anti-biotics, that this should be taken for a period of time to totally clear up, and that my lapse in memory on the one day caused my flair-up. I am thinking of continuing for a month, just to make sure.

I am unsure of this form of vitamin-c's role in the equation, since I have taken it and regular C before and did not notice an improvement. I postulate that it is either the Zinc or Copper, as both are anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal. Copper metal destroys these on contact by a currently unknown mechanism. The F. D. A. even approved its use in hospitals for these reasons.

If you have an allergy to Zinc or Copper, or disease where you can not take them, I am unaware if this would be safe for you in your particular circumstance.

But if you suffer from ear infections, I wanted to tell you what seems to be working for me that I have accidentally stumbled upon.

P.S. I have not been doing this currently, due to my experimentation, but usually, to help clean out my sinuses, I use a Neti pot, use the standard salt/baking soda solution, but I add less than 1 teaspoon of Xylitol and a few drops of hydrogen peroxide to it, sometimes a few drops of 500 ppm Colloidial Silver to it, when I have it on hand.

But, the trick I do is, using your jaw muscles, make your ears pop repeatedly as you are pouring the solution in each side. You will feel a cool sensation in each ear, this is the solution going in each Eustachian tube. This will help clean them out and coat them with the solution which helps kill off the bad things hiding in there. Just a trick I have learned I thought I would share.

Replied by Erin
(Los Angeles, Ca)
07/21/2012

Unfortuntely you can't get to the Eustachian tube through your ear. There is an eardrum blocking it. Only way is through your throat.

Replied by Mike
(Oxfordshire, Uk)
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.


Tea Tree Oil, Coconut Oil

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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.


Tiger Balm

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Posted by Rob (Kentucky) on 02/08/2021
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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


Urine

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Posted by Holly (Greenville, Sc) on 02/26/2010
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Urine for Earaches

I saw this page, and wondered why I didn't see this rememdy. Yes, most people I mention it to look at me like I'm crazy, and I understand that. And all I can say is that I've done this three or four times and it worked like a charm. The last time I had an ear ache, I peed in a cup and poured some in my ear, just as you would do with hydrogen peroxide. I laid on my side and let it sit for a few minutes. Within minutes, my ear ache was gone, and never returned. Like I said, I've only done this maybe four times over many years, but I would definetely do it again. I would think, of course, that if you are what you eat, and you eat terribly, then your urine may be toxic! Besides that, I may be a little crazy to do what I did, but I heard it from somewhere, and now you're hearing it from me. It was like presto fix-o!


Urine
Posted by Teresa (Nacogdoches, USA) on 06/20/2008
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Although it may sound gross to some, here is a remedy that's been used by my family for generations.It has worked on me, my siblings and my children. It is now known that your own urine has natural antibiotic properties unique to the individual who contributes the sample. However, your child must be old enough to urinate into a cup (with your help of course). Catch the urine in mid stream in a cup. Take 1 teaspoon and pour into the ear canal followed by a cotton ball then lay the child down for a nap. You will never spend another dime on antibiotics for ear infections if this remedy is used.


Vapor Rub

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Posted by Rob (Kentucky) on 06/10/2022
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It is a common misconception that Vicks VapoRub (or its generic, which I use) is just for colds and coughs. In fact, Vicks as a topical application can be used as an effective remedy against various ailments like pain, sore throat, and for earache.

Its main ingredients menthol, camphor, thymol, turpentine and eucalyptus oil can relieve congestion in the body. It also acts as an effective topical analgesic that relieves pain.

How I use it for Earaches – In most cases, Vicks for earache relieves pain. All you need to do is rub a generous amount on a cotton ball and put it into either one or both ears overnight for relief from pain and discomfort. Also, rub it around the outside of the ear too.

If I want to put it on without wearing a cottonball in my ear during the day. I use one of those fuzzy Q-tips sold at Dollartree called a “Safty Swab”, roll it around in the Vapor Rub, wipe off any excess and swab it around inside my ear canal. Oh, it feels sooo good!


Vinegar

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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.


Vinegar
Posted by Thismodificationworkedforme (Trenton, Nj) on 12/05/2011
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For ear aches, skip the alcohol part. Just use 50% white vinegar and 50% warm water. The alcohol is too damaging to the skin, especially in a child's ear canal and is unnecessary. The vinegar creates an environment that is too acidic for fungus to grow in any event. That's why it works so well in dog's ears for cleaning. I used this 50 vinegar 50 water solution on my kids this summer and it worked like MAGIC. GONE in 10 minutes. I'm not sure of the actual mechanism or process but it works.


Vinegar
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!


Vitamin E

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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.


Vitamin E
Posted by Kerry (Port Alberni, British Columbia, Canada) on 11/22/2009
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Hmmm.... I don't know about sweet oil, but I've always used Vit. E oil when I have an ear ache. It's worked every time for me. I just open a 400 IU capsule of Vit. E, squeeze it into my ear and use an ear plug to keep the oil from leaking out.


Warmed Salt

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Posted by Clyde (Kenai, Alaska) on 03/15/2008
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An old trick for relieving earaches is warm salt in a cloth heated in the microwave as you have or will read in the comments here. PLEASE be very careful when microwaving socks & clothe they can and will catch fire. 30 seconds at a time is plenty if not warm enough heat 5-10 sec longer.


Warmed Salt
Posted by Amanda (Burlington, CO) on 03/07/2008
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My son had an ear ache last night. somtimes ear drops can be painfull. Now he was already on medication for a cold( first dose given today). I gave him a pain reliever, but knew that would take time. So, I contacted my local hospital. The nurse on call suggested I place salt ( any amount) in a sock and heat it in the microwave. once making sure it wasn't too hot. I then put the sock under my sons ear while he was lying down. I placed about half a cup for one minute on high. There is no exact amount that would be right. enough to cover the ear while lying down. also a thicker sock is better than a thin one. Place an elastic band at the end or tie. Some will leak out, but totally worth it. After that my son only woke once more. I know the pain reliever helped. But the warm salt really helped sooth him.



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