Earache is one of the common health problems inside your homes. There are cases that are difficult to resolve especially if involves young children who do not know how to explain exactly how it happened and what has caused it. These remedies are safe and proven effective and the ingredients being used in the mixture are just available in your kitchen and in your nearest markets.
By applying these natural methods, you have the freedom to continue or discontinue its use depending on the effects and the reactions of your body.
Here are the following 8 easy earache remedies.
Ear problems such as buzzing sensations inside your ears, ear obstruction and ear infection can be given immediate relief by applying a few drops of olive oil. Its lubricating effect will help slip away out the obstructing object like insect and seed from your ear.
How to use: Place a little amount of olive oil in a tablespoon and warm it on the stove for a few seconds. Apply 3 to 4 drops directly into your ear canal using a dropper or cotton buds or dip a small piece of cotton into the oil and insert it to the ear. (Mustard oil can be used with the same process.)
Garlic has analgesic and antibiotic properties that relieves pain and kills bacteria that might have caused the infection and pain.
How to use: In a small pan, heat 1 teaspoon of minced garlic with 2 tablespoons of sesame oil. Let it cool and filter the oil and then place it in an empty small glass bottle for future use. Apply 2 to 3 drops of oil into the aching ear or crush a few pieces of garlic and extract the juice and apply the same procedure.
Onion has antiseptic and anti-bacterial properties to disinfect and to kill the bacteria inside your ear. Applying its juice into the earache really helps.
How to use: Grate a piece of onion and extract the juice and then slowly heat it with low heat. Let it cool and filter it and then apply 2 to 3 drops of onion juice into the ear.
Another option is to crush or finely chop a piece of onion and place it in a clean cloth and then wrap it tightly. Place the wrapped onion into your ear and hold it for 5 to 10 minutes. Do it many times until the pain is relieved.
How to use: Applying heat to earache is an effective way to ease the pain. Get a bottle of hot water and wrap it with a towel. Hold it against your ear until the pain is gone. Repeat as needed.
Ginger [Video – Health Benefits of Ginger] is known to be an effective pain killer and anti-inflammatory. The juice extracted from fresh ginger has the natural and effective properties to reduce inflammation and relieve the pain.
How to use: Apply a few drops of pure ginger juice directly into the ear.
Another option is to soak 1 teaspoon of grated ginger root with 2 tablespoons of olive oil for 5 to 10 minutes. Apply a few drops of oil into the affected ear.
Peppermint is a kind of herb with an aromatic smell with leaves which are soft and easy to squeeze. The leaves, juice and oil can be useful to relieve pain in the ears.
How to use: Apply a few drops of juice from the fresh leaves of peppermint. You may use a dropper or a cotton bud and apply directly to the ear.
Another option is to apply pepper oil externally by putting a few drops into your finger and the gently massage it outside your ear canal. Do not let the oil to be poured inside the ear or you can dilute olive oil with peppermint oil for external use only.
Basil is another herb with analgesic to relieve pain, anti-bacterial to relieve pain and anti-inflammatory to reduce swelling.
How to use: Wash basil leaves properly and squeeze the juice. Apply 3 to 4 drops with a dropper
into affected ear once or twice daily.
Neem or Indian Lilac is also an amazing herb. It has the properties needed to heal earache like, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and analgesic.
How to use: Apply a few drops of juice extracted from the crushed leaves of neem or wet a cotton ball with neem oil (squeeze out excess) and place it on the ear canal and let it stay for a few minutes then discard.
Young children should be treated differently. Once a child started to complain about his ear by just pointing his fingers into it, do an immediate visual check up to see if there are tiny objects or insects inside the ear. Relieve the child by keeping him calm so that it will be easy for you to check. If you do not see any obstruction apply cold or hot compress to temporarily relieve the pain.
If the child doesn’t stop crying after your initial remedy, the best thing to do is to call 911. This is also applicable to adults. For example, accidentally there is a small insect which suddenly flew into your ear and the pain severe after you apply the oil remedy, better call 911 for help to prevent the insect to create further damage to your eardrum.
Human eardrum is very delicate and fragile. Applying these recommended home remedies should be discouraged if the patient experiences severe pain especially if there is an object inside your ear.
If there is a way to manually and carefully remove the object inside the ear, do it properly with a small instrument to be inserted inside the ear canal but initially, if this is happening, an oil lubricant like olive oil would be the best first move. After a few minutes, there is a possibility that the object will just slips its way out by tilting the affected ear facing down while the patient is lying down.
It is important to know the appropriate action in handling and applying these recommended remedies. There are two ways to determine earache. One is caused by infection and swelling while the other is obstruction of a small object or insect. Both need immediate attention to prevent further problems.