Ear infections and ear pain can be extremely uncomfortable, especially for little ones. At home, we have used this remedy for many years along with organic mullein and garlic oil in the affected ear. Before moving forward I must state that it is very important that you discuss your concerns with your family practitioner or doctor before trying any natural remedy especially if frequent infections are occurring. If frequent infections are occurring it can be a sign of a more serious issue. It can also be due to a hidden infection or toxic mold exposure so pay attention.
A great way to relieve pain in the ear is to apply an onion over the ear. You can also use dried herbs like chamomile, yarrow, echinacea, and thyme. Just mix equal parts of each herb with some water. Heat on the stove for one minute, once cooled place inside a cotton muslin bag, squeeze out any liquid and apply to the affected area.
To use onion for ear ailments, all you have to do is cut an onion in half, then heat a little organic olive oil in a pan and place the onion (cut side down) on the olive oil. Cover with a lid and heat over medium heat for 2 minutes or until the onion is heated through and becomes softer. Place the onion in a clean dishcloth or t-shirt, and cool for just a minute so that it will not burn the skin. Lay down and place the onion over the ear firmly for 10 minutes. Some of the oil will seep through which is not a problem. Doing this will allow the onion fumes to enter the ear and soothe the affected eardrum.
At home, I also make organic garlic and mullein oil and place in the ear when I feel an infection or irritation coming on. I can’t tell you how many times this has prevented ear infections in our family.
If you are not feeling up to making your own oil you can purchase one made by Herb Pharm . These drops are available on Vitacost, and if you order through this link you will receive $5 off your first order.
Another homeopathic product we have tried in previous years is Hyland’s earache drops also available on Vitacost.
Lastly, a lymphatic massage can be very helpful during an ear infection, sinus congestion, headache, and sore throat.
Watch step by step how to do a lymphatic massage of the face, neck, and ears in this video.
**Please note that I have a little more experience in this area than the average person. Studying herbs and learning about plant medicine from my grandmother and father definitely helps me feel confident about preparing and using remedies like the one mentioned above. If you have a concern you should always check with your practitioner or family doctor and get their approval before using herbal remedies at home.