Dealing with an earache can be very painful, especially when it affects a baby or small child. An earache typically begins when the tube which runs from the back of the throat to the eardrum becomes congested. Therefore, the eardrum cannot regulate pressure or fluids to the ear. Mucus or pus builds up behind the eardrum, which in turn causes an earache. The more fluid that builds up, the worse the pain becomes. Because it is not always possible to get immediate medical attention, you may have to tolerate the pain or find an alternative way of treating it yourself. Fortunately, there are several home remedies that you can try that just may help alleviate your earache:
- Place several drops of garlic juice directly into the ear using an eyedropper. This will help ease the pain. Also, because garlic contains a natural antibiotic it is extremely effective for earaches caused by infection.
- Peel 2 cloves of garlic and mix them with two teaspoons of mustard oil. Heat the mixture until the garlic turns black and then turn the heat off. Strain and cool until lukewarm. Apply 2 to 4 drops into the ear using a cotton swab. This is said to help alleviate ear pain.
- Take a few whole basil leaves and grind them to make a juice. Place two drops inside the ear.
- Mix some garlic oil with 3 drops of grape seed extract and place inside the affected ear.
- Grind some mango leaves and boil them. After cooling down a little bit, place 2 to 3 drops of the mango leaf extract into the affected ear.
- In boiling water, steep 1 to 2 teaspoons of chamomile flowers for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain the water and place the hot flowers in a cloth and place on the ear. This is a great home remedy for earache.
- Place a few drops of warm olive oil, mineral oil, or tea tree oil into the ear that hurts.
- Wrap a hot water bottle inside a towel to make a pillow. Lie down with your ear on the hot water bottle pillow for pain relief. You could also try using a warm gel pack wrapped in a towel. Applying warmth is said to be a great remedy for an earache.
- Take a teaspoon of sesame oil along with a clove of garlic and heat it on a flame until it becomes warm. Place four drops of the oil in the affected ear and lie on your side for 10 minutes.
- Take a radish and chop it into small pieces. Place the pieces of radish into some mustard oil and warm it gently. Place a couple of drops into the affected ear.
Managing earaches can be as easy as going to the kitchen cabinet or refrigerator. A visit to the doctor is an option but even then you may be told to just let it run its course without the aid of any medication. If so, then a home remedy is exactly what you need.