Home Remedies for Ear Ache

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Earache can be persistent, so much so, it’d not let you rest unless you do something about it. If you’ve suffered from its debilitating pain you’d know. Most earaches can be easily cured by over the counter earache medicines. However, some excellent home remedies for earache are also available that can give a lasting relief without the side effects.


Causes of earache

Earache is often the result of a cold, the flu or some another infection. It occurs when the infection-causing microbes invade the eustachian tube that connects the back of the throat with the middle ear, and plugs it. Of course, the external causes for this ache can be hair and other objects getting stuck inside the ear. Most commonly, earache occurs in the outer ear and is the easiest to cure because it can be reached from the outside. It’s this condition that’s effectively cured by home remedies.

Earache remedies

To prevent earaches, it’s best to take some dietary precautions, like cutting back on sweets, fats and dairy products, and using ginger and cloves as spices. Let’s see what these earache natural remedies are:


a. Garlic:

A blend of mullein and garlic oil, used as eardrops, can help relieve the pain of an earache. This is because garlic has antiviral and antibacterial properties. However, since concentrated garlic can be irritating to the ear canal, it has to be diluted with other oils, like mullein. You can also add St. John’s wort and calendula to it. According to Julian Whitaker, M.D., of the Whitaker Wellness Center, California, eating one or two cloves of raw garlic each day helps end chronic earache, because its natural antiviral and antibiotic action kill the germs that cause earache.

b. Gotu kola:

This Ayurvedic herb not only reduces the likelihood of ear infections, but improves hearing too. It’s available both in capsule and powder forms. The herb is usually mixed with honey and taken orally.

c. Aromatherapy:

An effective aromatherapy ear rub can be made with the essential oils of lavender, tea tree oil and chamomile mixed in olive oil. This mixture can be rubbed on the outside of the ear or soaked in cotton and put inside the ear and left till the infection is gone.

d. Homeopathy:

Certain homeopathic remedies can be used at home to relieve the pain of occasional earaches. These drugs include Belladonna, Chamomilla, Pulsatilla Mercurius, and the like. Drugs like Aconite and Hepar sulphuris are effective in the event of sudden onset of earache after a chill. Recurring earaches also respond well to homeopathic treatment.

e. Hydrotherapy:

This therapy involves both hot and cold water. You can use hot compresses on the ears combined with a hot foot bath. A 10 to 30-minute immersion of feet in hot water and a 5-minute hot compress from ear to ear, covering the throat will provide instant earache relief. If the pain persists, increase the duration of the treatment.

f. Reflexology:

There are certain points on the body that can be worked to cure earache symptoms. The effective sites are the ear, throat and neck reflexes on your feet. You can also work all of the points on the sides and bottoms of the toes on both feet, using whichever technique you find most comfortable.

Earaches are one of the easiest ailments to cure and don’t always require prescription earache medicine. Home remedies prove quite effective in this case. But, as with prescription medicines, home remedies too require the nod of your physician before use.


  • chuck ditzler

    a home remedy for earaches are glycerin
    you can buy this at any cvs store or any pharmacy

  • Debbie Boyd

    This is for swimmers ear. Forget those ear drops at the stores and try this remedy.
    Mix 1 teaspoon rubbing alcohol with 1 teaspoon white vinegar. Put a few drops in each ear. The alcohol helps dry out the ear, and the vinegar kills the bacteria.

  • Barb Mayson

    Other web sites said: Important – do not place alcohol into an already sore or infected ear. This will be very painful for a child. If your child has swimmer’s ear, and gets water in it, just use white vinegar.

  • Lauren Kohler

    i have a pain in my ear that is stabbing what do i have it is persistent every 3 mins….. and i need to be better by tomoroww FIX ME NOW!!!!!!!

  • Britta

    cut onions in small pieces and put them on a little piece of fine cloth and make a little bag out of it. crush the onions a little bit with the palm of your hand so that the juices come out.
    put this onto the ear and wrap a warm scarf around the head to cover the ear and onion bag.

  • christy

    My daughter just got back from a trip to the mountain and is complaining of an ear ache, feels like she had air in her ear. Any suggestions?

    • nicky

      try sweet oil you can get it from any drug store, put alittle in her ear and a cotton ball.she will sleep just fine

  • ron

    if your ear is just a little sore… add baking soda in the hurting ear then add a little vinegar and this will release the pain right away….

  • john l

    when i feel pressure on my ears i use a few drops of peroxide, and it seems to help so far.

  • Jackie

    This wierd but it helps when you have air in your ear. You light a cigarett and place it in your ear. as if your ear is smoking. Make sure you move your hair out of the way. And you are able to carefully monitor the lit cig in you ear.

  • bickles kid

    If your ear is blocked, use olive oil, just enough oil to fill your ear and plug it with cotton wool or small piece of tissue. Leave plugged for at least 10 mins. Best time to do this is just before bed. Remember to take it out by morning though! My doctor advised olive oil so thats why I did this. Always consult a professional before putting something new in your ear. And please web master please delete the above comment about a cig in your ear… Really!

  • Paige

    I just cut up a onion and put one small piece in each ear, my ear has been hurting all day and in the matter of 15 to 30 minutes. my ear stop hurting and I am starting to feel a little better.

  • jayee

    Ever since I can remember everytime I had an ear ache my grandma would heat up a teaspoon on olive oil put cotton in it and place it in my ear or she’d. Twist up a newspaper put 1 side in my hurt ear and light the other side on fire then blow it out and slowly blow the smoke in and both made my ear feel better but I would say use the olive oil unless ur an experianced mexican grandma and won’t catch your hair on fire

  • felicia

    Heat up baby oil as hot as you can stand it. Put it in your ear with a cotton ball and leave it in until you can feel the baby oil cool down. Let it drain out and repeat if the pain comes back.

  • felicia

    When heating up baby oil,be careful that its not too hot or you will damage your eardrum. Place a cotton ball in your ear and leave in until you feel the baby oil cool down.