Ear infections (also known as otitis media) are a common problem for infants and children, but they can occur in adults as well. Nearly 90% of children will have at least one ear infection by age three. Infections can become quite painful because the buildup of fluids puts pressure on the eardrum. Many infections clear up on their own with home ear infection treatment, but more severe cases, or those that occur in younger children, may require prescription antibiotics to cure the ear infection completely.
Home remedies for Earaches
Honey, either local and raw or manuka, is another treatment suggested by Earth Clinic users. The honey is swabbed gently around the perimeter of the ear canal.
Both peppermint leaves and peppermint oil can be used to soothe earaches.
Lilac, also known as neem, has potent antibacterial and antifungal properties that help fight infection. Plus, it has anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects that help reduce earache.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
As I researched home remedies, I’ve found that people use apple cider vinegar (ACV) to cure just about everything. Earaches/ear infections are no exception. Dee from San Diego, California writes on Earth Clinic:
5. Bishop’s Weed
Bishop’s weed, also known as ajwain is another effective natural cure for earaches as it has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties.
6. Hair Dryer
Applying moist heat through a hair dryer can be a great way to reduce earache.
7. Hot Herbal Tea
While you’re applying warmth from the outside, you can also apply warmth from the inside. Echinacea, German chamomile, and holy basil are herbs that promote healing and relaxation.
8 Analgesics or Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests analgesics like ibuprofen and acetaminophen to control pain associated with AOM. They’re safe to use with or without antibiotics, just be sure to follow dosing instructions on the label. These medications can also help lower a fever.
9 Naturopathic Drops
Naturopathic ear drops can be found online and in some drug stores. One study found that drops containing herbal extracts in a base of olive oil could be just as, or even more, effective as traditional over-the-counter ear drops.
If you go to the chiropractor for adjustments, you could find that one such appointment can soothe your earache as much as your back pain. One study found that 93 percent of participants had improvement following chiropractic adjustments, and 43 percent of them after only one or two treatments.