Home Remedies for Earache
Have you ever been awakened by a massive throbbing earache. Home remedies for earache, can be the help you need.
Earaches tend to accompany colds and sore throats.
This pain starts when mucus or pus builds up behind the eardrum. The more pressure that builds the more painful.
There are inexpensive treatments you can do at home and avoid a costly all day trip to your doctor’s office.
Here are some quick and easy tips to begin with:
Home Remedies for Earache:
Heat- Heat for ear pain is like a Hershey’s bar for a chocoholic! Each one is like soothing comfort to the other. Try warm moist heat around the ear by running a towel or wash cloth under hot water. Don’t get it to hot. Pressing the towel against the area will bring relief. Moisten towel again when it cools off. Heat is one of the best home remedies for earache.
Pull your hot water bottle out of the cabinet and dust it off. Wrap in a towel and place against affected area. This is very soothing and therapeutic. Never put a hot water bottle directly on ear!
You might also try a gel pack for hot or cold. Warm it under water or in microwave. Wrap in towel and place against area.
Mineral oil- Dropping warm mineral oil inside ear if very soothing. Put some mineral oil in a dropper and run under hot water. Test on wrist before using. Great for kids also. This is one of the easiest home remedies for earache we used as a kid.
Stay out of cold air- Cold air tends to make the pain worse. Avoid being out in the cold air and wind if possible. If not, place a piece of cotton ball in ear to keep air out. Place very carefully in the outside of ear. You don’t ever want a piece of cotton to small that could get trapped down inside.
Chewing gum- If you are having pain related to altitude changes such as flying in an airplane, chewing gum or sucking on a sucker may help. Also try swallowing hard and blowing nose. Great tips to know before getting on a plane!
Hydrogen Peroxide- This is a natural antiseptic. Many people have experienced great results by placing a few drops in the ear at the onset of colds and flu. Try using four drops of (3%) Hydrogen peroxide in each ear. This will bubble a little and you may notice slight stinging. After a few minutes the liquid will drain out. Avoid placing anything in the ear if you notice fluid coming from the ear first. This could mean a rupture of the eardrum and you need to see the doctor. *Use the hydrogen peroxide within the first 12-24 hours of illness. This is one of the cheapest home remedies for earache. There are many uses for hydrogen peroxide.
Herbal Remedies for Earache:
Ginger- This is a great remedy for an earache. Grate some fresh ginger, extract the juice and mix with few drops of olive oil. Place drops in ear.
Cinnamon Oil- Most everyone has a jar of cinnamon in the cabinet for cooking. Mix half teaspoon with olive oil. Warm over stove and then let cool to room temperature. Strain through a fine cloth. Place a few drops in painful ear. Lie down for 5-10 minutes to let it drain down.
Onions- Onions are great remedies for colds and coughs. The juice from an onion is also great for earaches. Extract the juice by steaming or baking the onion and them mashing it to get all the juice. Place the juice in a dropper and put 2-3 drops in the ear. Lie there for a few minutes. If this burns, place some of the juice in olive oil and use this way.
Garlic- Garlic has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Extract the juice from the garlic clove, by boiling or steaming and place in some olive oil. Using a dropper put 3-4 drops inside the ear.
*Remember; never put anything in the ear if you notice any drainage from the ear. This could be something more serious and require a doctor visit.
Keep one of these remedies on hand. You never know when you or one of the kids will wake up in the middle of the night with a pounding earache. A home remedy for earache could be the life saver you need. Click here to learn about related allergy home remedies for earache.