An earache occurs when the tissues in the ear become inflamed from an irritation or damage to the tissues. This can cause redness, swelling, heat, and pain, and may lead to an infection. Next time you or a member of your family feels ear pain, try the natural remedies for earaches explained below…
Garlic is a natural antibiotic and is one of the most effective natural remedies for ear aches. According to organicauthority.com, garlic contains powerful aromatic compounds that have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory actions. The antiseptic is absorbed through the skin and the eardrum into the inner ear and surrounding tissues. This fights infection and reduces inflammation. There are a variety of ways to use garlic to treat ear aches. You can use warm garlic oil (garlic infused with olive oil) as ear drops. You can also rub it around the ear itself and along the side of the neck. The
same method can be used with a combination of garlic and mullein flowers and/or St. John’s wort flowers.
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Like garlic, there are several ways to use onions to relieve earache pain. Mommypotamus.com recommends baking a brown or yellow onion, chopped in half, face down on the oven rack at 350 degrees until you can start to smell the onion. The onion should be warm, but not too hot that it will burn the ears. Place the onions over the outside of the ears and hold them there for 5-15 minutes. You can also wrap a natural cloth (not acrylic fabric!) loosely around the head to keep the onions in place.
Another way to use onions as a home remedy for earaches is by steaming or baking an onion with a skin on it until it is soft. Crush some of the onion in a bowl to extract the juice from the onion (you may have to add a small amount of water). Use an eyedropper to place some of the warm juice in the ear. You can use raw onion juice; however Steven Horne from organicauthority.com suggests diluting raw onion juice with olive oil or glycerin before putting it in the ear.
See more on natural remedies for earaches here: How to Rapidly Relieve and Earache
Hopefully this article will be of help next time you suffer from ear pain. However, always use caution when using these natural remedies for earaches. When placing something inside your ear, make sure that it is not too hot or too cold. Coldness increases the sensation of pain, and if it is too hot, you could obviously burn your ear.
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