Posted by Yohannes Zewde September 07, 2012
For mothers of young children, there are natural methods for relief of earaches. It has been estimated that as many as 95 percent of all children have at least one ear infection by the age of six. Believe me, there is nothing worse than walking the floor with a child suffering from an earache. This is what my family has always used for an earache that is a result of an ear infection.
1)To alleviate pain, place a few drops of warm olive oil in the ear. The bottle can be placed in a small glass of warm water for a few minutes to get it warm.
2)Plug the ear loosely with a cotton ball.
3)Make a paste using onion powder and apply it to the outside of the ear to relieve pain.
4)Apply a warm compress over the painful ear. Heat can bring quick pain relief.
5)Use garlic oil and mullein flower oil can as an alternative to olive oil, either in combination or on their own. They will help to fight disease-causing microbes and reduce inflammation. Place a few drops of oil in the ear twice a day.
6)If the outer ear appears irritated, lavender oil rubbed in gently can be very soothing. Apply as needed throughout the day.
7)Prepare a steam inhalation by adding several drops of Eucalyptus essential oil or a teaspoon of Vicks to nearly boiling water in a bowl. Place a towel over your head and inhale the steam through the nose 3 times a day until pain subsides. This will help to open the Eustachian tubes, easing pressure and help to drain the fluids from the ear.
8)Add supplements such as Vitamin A, C, and echinacea. These can help boost the immune system.
9)Move your jaw up and down rapidly every other day until you stop having ear aches.
10)Use a massager.
Avoid the most common allergenic foods: wheat, dairy products, corn, oranges, peanut butter, and all simple carbohydrates, including sugar, fruits, and fruit juices
Do not blow nose if you have an ear infection. Keep the ear canal dry
Put cotton in the ear canal when showering or bathing.
Never insert a cotton swab into the ear as this can puncture the eardrum.
When using a steam inhalation, put the bowl into the sink to prevent accidentally tipping the bowl over and burning yourself.
Don't pour fluid into an ear if you know or suspect you have eardrum perforations.
Putting anything in your ear can have serious side effects such as a worsening of the infection or loss of hearing (temporary or even permanent).