Many earache remedies are made up of common household items, stemming from the fact that people with earaches were in such terrible pain, they were willing to put anything to or in their ear in hopes of finding a remedy. Nevertheless, through countless years of trial and error, the earache remedy cream has risen to the top (not literally), and I’ve compiled a few of my favorite, most successful earache remedies below. If you happen to try one of these, please share your results with me in the comments, whether positive or negative.
Garlic & Olive Oil
Requires: 2 Fresh Garlic Cloves, ¼ Cup Olive Oil, Small Dish, Ear Dropper
Of all the natural earache remedies, this one is probably the most popular, so we’ll lead-off with it.
Peel two fresh garlic cloves and then crush them using a garlic press, the bottom of a glass, the side of a chef’s knife, etc.
Put the garlic into your small dish and pour the olive oil over the top. Place the dish in the microwave and heat for 15 seconds.
Test the temperature of the garlic oil with your finger, or drop some on your forearm (like you are testing the temperature of milk in a baby’s bottle). If the mixture is too hot to the touch, it will definitely be too hot for your ear and you’ll want to let it cool down until it’s reached a temperature that’s comfortable for you. If the garlic oil is still cool, heat it for another 10-15 seconds, rinse and repeat. Everyone is different, so find a temperature that is comfortable for you.
Once the mixture is ready, take a small amount into the ear dropper. Place one-to-two drops of the garlic oil into your ear and lie down on your opposite side for 15 minutes, letting the oil absorb into the aching ear.
Repeat the process after 15 minutes, reheating the garlic oil beforehand.
Warm Salt Compress
Requires: Salt, Cloth, Pan, Stove
For this earache remedy, take a moderate amount of salt (approximately 2 tablespoons, or an amount that would make a decent sized “mound” when poured in the palm of your hand) and pour it into a pan.
Warm the salt on your stove until it is a light brown color, stirring occasionally. You do not need to add water, salt only for this remedy.
Once the salt has reached a light-brown color (15-20 minutes), pour it onto a cloth (wash cloth sized). **Warning: The salt gets VERY HOT! BE CAREFUL!**
Wrap up the cloth and hold it on your ear. The salt will stay warm for a good thirty minutes. During this time, the heat should help to soothe any ear pain you are experiencing, while the salt will work to extract any excess moisture from your ear.
Requires: Tube Sock, Rice, Microwave
When searching for earache remedies, most people don’t think to look in their sock drawer, but that’s exactly what I’m telling you to do.
Find yourself a clean, cotton tube sock and fill it with uncooked rice. Don’t pack it in too tightly, as you want it to remain malleable.
Tie off the open end of your sock to keep the rice from falling out and place the rice-filled sock in the microwave, heating it for approximately one minute.
Take the sock out and shake it around to evenly distribute the heat, and then lie on your side with the rice sock on top of your ear.
As with the salt compress remedy above, this earache remedy works to soothe the throbbing ear with heat, while at the same time extracting excess fluids from the ear. You’ll notice that the sock is able to maintain its warmth for a surprising length of time, allowing you to relax. If you do feel the sock cooling down, simply place it back in the microwave for another minute. Even if this doesn’t cure your earache, you’ll find that a rice sock is an awesome thing to have around for other aches and pains as well.
Please remember that these earache remedies will not work for everyone. If your earache persists for more than a day, or the pain is becoming unbearable, make an appointment to go see your doctor. Natural remedies, while great when they work, aren’t the answer for every earache.