Listening is hard work as it is, but with an earache? You might as well just give up and lie down. But, sometimes you have to push through the pain and follow through with your commitments and responsibilities, so what do you do then? Follow these easy home remedies for earaches is what you do.
Home Remedies for Earaches
Is there anything honey can’t do? Not if you’re trying out home remedies. And yes, it can be used to get rid of earaches as well. Simply, swab some honey around your ear canal’s perimeter to relieve some of the pain.
Onions have often been used and recommended for ear infections and earaches, and there are various methods to use it:
- Take half an onion and place it over the ear that is causing discomfort.
- Take a small piece of onion and heat it until is warm but not soft. Place this piece of onion in your ear. You can also place it inside a warm, moist cloth before tucking it in your ear.
- Squeeze out some onion juice, heat it slightly and put a few drops of it in your ear.
A simple and quick way to relieve some of the earache is to provide heat to the affected ear. You can do this in several ways:
- Heat up some water and place it in a hot water bottle, then rest your head on it with your affected ear on the bottle. You can wrap it in a cloth to avoid burning yourself if it’s too hot.
- Place some rice or popcorn or rice in a small pouch, or an old sock. Close the end and heat this in short bursts in the microwave until warm. Use this as a hotpack.
- Garlic Oil
You can make your own garlic oil by mixing it with some eucalyptus for their antiviral and antibacterial properties:
- Take 5 finely chopped garlic cloves and add them to half cup of olive oil.
- Place this in a small saucepan over low heat and let it cook overnight, or for approximately 8 hours.
- Strain and squeeze to get as much oil as possible. Add 20 drops of eucalyptus oil and mix well.
- Store this in a tinted bottle in a cool, dark place or the refrigerator. It has to be used within two weeks.
- To use it, take a glass eyedropper and place it under hot water stream for about 1 minutes. Dry it quickly and suck up some of the garlic oil. Place 2 drops in each ear after every half hour (or as needed) for 2-7 days.
Note: Do not place any liquid in your ear if the ear is perforated. Also, heat or steam are the safer choices for children.