Natural Cures For an Ear Infection - More Than Home Remedies
To stop the pain of ear infections, put a cup of salt in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes. Use coarse salt and
dump it into a thick sock. The sock is to prevent burns. Apply the sock to the painful ear
and it draws fluid out of the ear.
Get a washcloth full of hot water and wring it out. Hold this onto the ear until it
cools. The moist heat will increase the circulation in the ear, thereby reducing the
swelling and pain.
For the infection, put a few drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide
into each ear, one ear at a time. Keep the solution in for 10 minutes or until the bubbling
Note: Do not put liquids into your ears if you have ever had a ruptured ear drum.
Start with 1 tablespoon of Pure Almond Carrier Oil
and add 2 drops of Lavender Essential Oil,
2 drops of Chamomile Essential Oil,
and 3 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil. Mix
this well, then warm the mixture. OR, another good mixture would be to start with 1
tablespoon of Pure Almond Carrier Oil and add 2 drops of Lavender Essential Oil, 3 drops
of Tea Tree Essential Oil and 2 drops of Thyme Essential Oil.
Two drops of this warm mixture can be put inside an infected ear three times a day (if
the eardrum has never been punctured or perforated). A secondary method to further ease
the pain and pressure, rub some of this mixture onto the inside and outside of the ear
itself and on the affected side of the neck (the area of the lymph nodes). An even faster
secondary method to relieve the pain and pressure is to get the mixture hot, add a few
drops of this mixture to a little hot water, dip in a clean cloth, and use the cloth as a
compress. Be careful that it is not hot enough to burn.
To use these methods with babies, put one drop of the mixture into 1/4 cup of water
for diluted strength, and use the diluted mixture as ear drops or for massaging.
Note: 1) Red thyme pure essential oil is not suitable for children, epileptics or
those who are prone to high blood pressure. 2) Thyme essential oil can induce a miscarriage
or harm a fetus when taken internally and possibly when applied externally.
For a person who has had (ever) a perforated or punctured eardrum, follow the above
procedures without adding drops inside the ear canal to achieve much of the healing and
People that get a lot of ear infections might actually be allergic to dairy products,
egg whites, wheat, peanuts or soy. Or, their intake of fatty foods may be too high.
Chewing gum that contains Xylitol, like
Thera Breath Fresh Breath Xylitol Gum or Orbit Xylitol Gum,
helps fight bacteria, cavities, plaque and gum disease, and helps whiten teeth. (Xylitol is a sugar
that occurs naturally in foods, including berries, vegetables and oats.) Gum
chewing may help relieve pressure in the ear, and the pain from the pressure. Chewing
Xylitol gum regularly has been shown to prevent inner ear infections by keeping the
bacteria in the mouth from moving up into the nose and ears.
Recurring ear infections may be due to the overuse of antibiotics causing an overgrowth
of candida (yeast). That is because the antibiotics kill also kill some good things in
our body meant to keep out the bad things. The candida can cause a whole list of problems.
In children, it usually shows up as diaper rash (in women it is yeast infections), recurrent
ear infections, asthma, and a host of other problems. Cutting out sugars and refined
carbohydrates from the diet would help a lot, although this is not so easy with kids. So,
replace the intestinal flora (a good thing) that was killed by the antibiotics. You do
this with acidophilus, which comes in many forms: Probiotic Acidophilus,
Chewable Acidophilus, Liquid Acidophilus, and
See Natural Prevention for more on ear infections in babies.
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