We’ve had relatively little experience with ear infections in our house (compared to many of our friends). Our second child started getting them when she was around six-months-old and was always given a prescription for antibiotics.
By that time, I had been researching natural remedies a little bit and knew that antibiotics were often prescribed, but in most cases, were not necessary.
Thankfully, I came upon the resource, The Handbook of Vintage Remedies, and tried the methods she recommended to treat an ear infection. The infection went away within a day, much to my relief.
Since then, we’ve had a few ear aches that we’ve quickly been able to alleviate with natural remedies.
- Nourishing foods
- Low-sugar diet
- Fermented cod liver oil (find FCLO here)
- Garlic (used plentifully in cooking)
- Plenty of rest
- Our essential oil routine
A strong immune system is the best defense against ear infections and can be done simply (even if you’re on a budget). However, if you need a treatment yesterday, here are some natural ear infection remedies for you:
This infused oil is very helpful in treating ear infections (the people I’ve recommended it to swear by it).
Have your kiddo lie on their back. Apply a few drops warmed oil (make very certain that it is not hot!) in the ear canal and plug with a cotton swab.
With your fingers, stroke the face with slight pressure from the ears down the jaw bone to promote drainage.
- 10 oz. carrier oil of your choice that’s liquid at room temperature (I use olive oil)
- 1⁄2 ounce crushed garlic cloves
- 1⁄2 ounce calendula petals
Heat your oven to 200 degrees. Place garlic and calendula in an oven-safe dish and cover them with oil. Place them in the oven and turn it off.
Leave it in the oven for 8 hours. Strain the plant material from the oil and store the oil in a labeled jar. Keep the oil in the refrigerator to prevent rancidity or add 10 drops vitamin e oil.
Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Essential Oil
My oldest son had a very bad ear ache a few months ago. He kept tugging at his ear and crying because it hurt so badly. Thankfully, it was close to bed time so I had him lie down in bed so I could massage his face to promote drainage.
Because I had no garlic oil on hand (it had been a long time since we’d had an ear infection), I used another remedy that I had recently read about.
Behind the painful ear, I applied a drop of melaleuca essential oil. (When using this oil on smaller children, dilute a drop in 1 tbsp coconut oil. Also, make sure they do not ingest this oil.) I put some lavender essential oil on his forehead to help him sleep and said goodnight.
He was still whimpering when I left the room. The next morning, however, he was SO happy because he had no pain whatsoever. And it didn’t come back.
I love seeing natural remedies at work.