An Unbelievable Natural Ear Infection Remedy

I can't believe this Natural Ear Infection Remedy worked. And I can't believe I tried it! Would you try this ear infection treatment on your child?

When it comes to sicknesses in our home, I am always one to avoid antibiotic use whenever possible.

We try to use saline washes, essential oils, probiotics, and other natural methods of strengthening our systems and healing before turning to OTC and prescriptions medications, but finding a natural ear infection remedy that really works has been tough.

When I was young, my mother took me to the doctor for antibiotics way too often and as such, my gut had a lot of damage done to it.  My weaknesses were passed on to my kids, and so I try to do the best I can to keep them from further insult.  Since the gut is the source of most of your immune system, it’s crucial to keep it as healthy as possible.

Anyway, the past month has been a pretty tough one for us as far as health issues.

Concussion, injuries, the flu and now some new illness, including one ear infection.

When we tried to treat the ear infection with home remedies, I got a shocker.  A natural remedy for ear infection that was unbelievable. And really worked!  I just had to write and tell you all about it.

It all started when we went roller skating with our church and I decided to take a good run at it even though I’d only roller skated once in my life.

—In elementary school.

I should have practiced more between the first time and this last time, because I ended up with a concussion and a badly injured tailbone and elbow.  My arm still isn’t acting quite normal.

Then, the boys and I ended up with the flu.

A bad one.

One of those “I don’t know if I am going to live through this” illnesses.

When we were all starting to be on the mend, we had a meeting at church and our kids hung out with other sick kiddos while we met with the adults.

I figured, “Well, we’ve all got the same thing that’s going around, right?” and didn’t worry about it ’cause I figured we couldn’t get sick from the same thing again.


Oldest son later came down with an ear infection.  I don’t know if he caught another bug from those kids, or what happened, but my guess is he did.

Anyway, it’s been a looong time since we’ve had one of these in our home.  You can read how I dealt with our last bout with the dreaded ear infection in “How We Avoided the Pink Stuff”.

He was in a lot of pain.

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I tried some things I knew about, like Helichrysum and Immune Strength (Rocky Mountain Oils‘ anti-bacterial blend that’s like Thieves), and Basil Oil around the ear.

But nothing worked…

Natural Remedies We Tried —

and Some We Didn’t:

We Tried:

1.  Vitamin C

2.   some Chinese herbal preparations recommended by our past practitioner (she always recommended Yin Chiao Jin [this link is to the child’s version] whenever we are sick, and Coptis Purge for infections.)

– and my DIY saline wash.

3.  Helichrysum Oil around the ear (diluted with a carrier oil)

4.  Immune Strength (an antibacterial oil blend) around the ear (again, diluted with a carrier oil)

We Thought About Trying:

5.  I thought about using garlic oil, but a good natural resource told me that sometimes putting garlic oil in the ear can lead to heavy-duty detoxing that can cause more problems.

I wasn’t in the mood for more problems, plus we were out of fresh garlic.

6.  Breastmilk was always my standby for ear pain, but since I wasn’t breastfeeding anymore that wasn’t going to happen.


The Natural Ear Infection Remedy that Finally Worked

So I searched the internet for more ideas, and then asked my great Facebook fans for their advice.

One of the ideas from my readers (you guys are great!) really piqued my interest……so after the pain still wasn’t budging, I checked it out on the internet.

I mean, I really checked it out.  I’m all into natural stuff, but well, you’ll understand.  When it’s something like this you don’t just do it — you make sure that it’s really something that is likely to help and is not going to harm.

It was a crazy thought, or so I thought, but as I researched, it looked more and more like a valid option.

What was it?

I can't believe this Natural Ear Infection Remedy worked. And I can't believe I tried it! Would you try this ear infection treatment on your child?


Ummm- That’s right.  Good old fashioned, everyone’ pee.

Any other time I might not have been open to this, but when your child is in pain, and you’re not wanting to put meds in his body unless really necessary, you do whatever you can to help.

Plus, while I was contemplating this, I remembered a conversation that I had with my college housemate when visiting her home for Spring Break.  I don’t remember how the topic came up, but she had a nurse in her family and told me that the nurse said that urine was sterile.  It’s the “other end” stuff that isn’t.

So……I figured it was worth a shot.

And, as it turns out we’re trying urine for another ailment in our home and it really appears to be working.

I’ll be sharing that with you all soon, I hope.

Anyway, I talked my son into it (it wasn’t that hard since he was feeling so bad.  But you know–the idea of putting urine in your ear isn’t that easy to deal with at first).

And then in went 2 drops (yes, we used his pee).

Seriously, about 5 minutes later, I heard faint snoring on the sofa.

He’d fallen asleep.

To be fair, the pain did come back somewhat after awhile so we put him to bed with more urine and 2-3 drops of Basil Oil (diluted with a carrier oil) on a cotton ball.  (And some duct tape to keep it from falling out.  Bandaids just didn’t work.)

NOTE:  Please use Duck Brand Duct Tape as I have read it’s not supposed to be toxic. (source)

Natural Treatment for Ear Infection

The next morning, he felt a ton better.

And each night since he has asked for the same remedy.

What Worked For Us.


Basil oil.

Cotton ball.

Simple and cheap.

More and more the human body amazes me.

I’m all about avoiding antibiotics and pharmaceuticals whenever possible.  I wrote about how antibiotics and other drugs affect gut health in my Candida and How I Went Sugar-Free series.

When my kid is in pain, I’m for trying almost anything.  Almost :).

I’m not saying that the urine and basil oil, or that breastmilk, cured the ear infection, but somehow I assume that it supports the body in dealing with this.

Here are More Natural Health Topics:

Eczema and Food Allergies – From Despair to Healing
Did Vaccines Cause My Son’s Autism?
How a Mercury Filling Almost Took My Son’s Life
Natural Autism Healing–Monster Included
Natural Sleep Help for Kids–And Adults

Where Do I Buy Essential Oils?:

Interested in essential oils?

I recommend Rocky Mountain Oils (formerly Native American Nutritionals).

Read my Best Essential Oils Series to find out why.  It got VERY interesting along the way. And I do have some oils left on my store page on clearance.

Remember, as always, the information in this post is for entertainment purposes and is not to be construed as medical advice.  Consult your medical practitioner for advice before doing anything outlined here–K :)?

One more disclaimer.  There are some interesting resources on the web talking about urine cures.  I by no means say you should do any of these, but if you read through the comments on my post there are some pretty interesting ones.

Wives Tales and Folks Remedies for Ear Infections

This site has some very interesting facts about the composition of urine and the World Conference on Urine Therapy.

And here is book on Amazon entitled, what else—Urine Therapy.  It’s written by a Ph.D. who manages a naturopathic healing center in Hamburg, Germany.

It’s got some GREAT reviews so if you aren’t that squeemish, it looks like a good book to have around as prices for medical care skyrocket :).


Urine Therapy

Who knew?

Important Cautions:

Of course, take caution before putting anything into yours or your child’s ear.  If there is pus coming out or you otherwise suspect a burst eardrum, nothing should be put in the ear.  Please seek medical advice before putting anything into your child’s ear (except the proverbial elbow, of course :).)

And this is not a medical recommendation.  Simply telling you about what worked for us.

Seek Medical Attention Regarding Your Child If:

  • Symptoms last for more than a day
  • Ear pain is severe
  • Your infant or toddler is sleepless or irritable after a cold or other upper respiratory infection
  • You observe a discharge of fluid, pus or bloody discharge from the ear

Additionally, an adult with ear pain or discharge should see a doctor as soon as possible. (Source)

If you are concerned about the sterility of urine, consider using the mid-stream urine. There are loads of fascinating quotes from physicians on the sterility of urine here.

Also note, use an antibacterial wipe (like those in doctor’s offices for urinalysis) prior to using the urine to insure sterility as much as possible.

What do you think?   Would you / Could you try this :)?

These comments do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Whole New Mom, LLC.


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  1. I did use urine in my son’s ear when he was 3, he is now 11 and has not had a ear infection since then! I just got tired of him being on antibiotics that I finally tried it and it worked. I already knew about it but thought that don’t sounds very appealing and wasn’t sure how much to put in or for how long so I did 2 drops I’m each ear morning and night for 2 days. At the time I was glad I tried it and now I tell everyone who’s kids are sick. I sometimes think they don’t believe me or that it’s gross would want to do it.

  2. Thank you for sharing. Sure wish I had known about this when my kids were, well …kids! I just wanted to share our own experiences with a natural way to conquer the pesky bugs like flu and such. Elderberry! You can find in tablets for adults and older kids and in syrup for smaller children. I know you will research it yourself, so I will stop trying to convince, but at my house, this is my go to and it hasn’t let us down yet in the seven years we’ve been using it! We start taking it when we know we have been exposed and continue a daily dose to enhance our immune system.

  3. Francine says:

    I use garlic with mullin oil from a bottle with a dropper, and it works. Garlic has no side effects, unless you are diabetic or have high blood pressure. It healed my son’s ear infection 10 years ago.

  4. But urine is not sterile. That’s a myth. It could cause an infection.

  5. Bryarly McEachern says:

    Hello, thanks for sharing this great information! When you say the basil oil is in a carrier oil, how many drops of basil oil do you put in how much carrier oil? Thanks again.

  6. Aurora Clarke says:

    I had terrible ear infections as a child. Dr.s were advising surgery, my mother balked and suddenly as a pre-teen they stopped. Age 60 I started having acute sinusitis, antibiotics to stop the pain. Allergy testing showed I was VERY allergic to Dairy! I had started drinking kefir for health… Someone had mentioned milk allergy as causing chronic ear infections to my mother years ago, which the doctors had dismissed. As a preteen I stopped drinking milk until later in life when trouble started again with kefir. You can test for milk allergy yourself by eliminating ALL forms of dairy for at least 3 weeks, then reintroduce into the diet.

  7. Colloidal silver works immediately for the pain and kills it in a couple of days. It literally smothers bacteria and viruses. It reduces inflammation fast. Any place on your body it can TOUCH for 5 minutes or longer it works on. It is great for urinary tract infections as well.

    • Hi there. I’ve tried it on and off and never had much success. Glad you did, however.

      • I have going that colloidal silver to be very reliant on the brand. I just make my own.

        • I’ve heard that’s dangerous – you feel OK doing that?

          • You do drink it for urinary infections. But for sore throats we spit it out. I have heard there are dangers in buying a bad form but honestly, I’ve been making my own since 2000. I bought my dry up from Dr Hilda Clark because my son had a lot of ear infections. It has worked awesome for 16yes and I still have plenty of silver rod left. But yes,do be careful. I just researched and decided to trust her company. I have bought silver on vacation. It didn’t work so well. I don’t remember the brand. Caution is always good. I just try to do my homework.

          • Thanks. What is a dry up? Interesting you mention her. I am working on her kidney cleanse.

        • I make my own colloidal silver too. I followed the instructions from, made it from silver bullion bars and I can control the strength of it (by diluting with more distilled water). My kids have never gotten ear infections amazingly enough (they are 8 & 11, have a history of autoimmune issues, we avoid sugar for the most part, except fruit). But colloidal silver is GREAT for sore throats at the onset of colds; with silver around, they hardly get sick at all, maybe 1-2X a year and never longer than a week.

  8. Sorry, I have a new phone and it auto corrects like crazy. I meant I bought my colloidal silver set up from her. I haven’t done her kidney cleanse. I do use her bowl cleanse periodically. My mom always liked silver for mosquito bites. When my son had earlier infection it was the only thing that also helped with pain.

  9. Wow! Kinda wish I knew this before I lost my hearing! Maybe this could have stopped my eardrum from breaking and loosing my hearing! I will definitely remember for my future family

  10. we had great experience with lobelia extract , for ear ache, stomach pain, and tooth ache.but definitely will try it if needed. thank’s for sharing.

  11. Ah, colloidal silver is a must, our son is 8 now and has use it since he was a baby, every day twice a day,

  12. Dang, where do I begin…okay, urine is not sterile…ear infections clear up on their own 99% of the time with neither antibiotics or urine, Just because you got away with it doesn’t make it a good idea. Ear infections aren’t contagious, he didn’t get it from kids at church (church…I’ll let that one go) it’s a secondary condition brought on by the original virus because children’s Eustachian tubes are at an angle, some more than others, and all that mucus and sinus drainage builds up and can’t drain and dry out NOT because your poor mother who was doing what she had been taught was right to take the best care of you that she could at the time based on the science of the day just to later be accused by you of destroying her health and subsequently causing you to pass on the weakness to your children. You are an idiot AND a jerk.

    • Hi Libby. Thanks for commenting. I’ll address your comments point by point.

      Yes, I addressed the sterility issue in the post.

      Yes, I know that most ear infections clear up on their own — I am a firm believer that too many antibiotics are being doled out for such things.

      I didn’t say that my kid got it from the kids at church – I just suspected that they did since we hadn’t been out much (or at all) due to just getting over being sick.

      I love my mother, but she between her and the doctor who continued to hand out antibiotics like they were candy caused tons of issues for me and for my kids (including my son who has a form of autism now). We all make mistakes and I forgive her for it, but it is true that these things were passed on. I wrote more about it here.

      If you have more comments, happy to respond, but please do refrain from calling me names. Thanks in advance.

      • The very fact that you repeated your reason for assuming your son contracted an ear infection from other kids just compounds the fact that you can’t get your head around the fact that it’s not contagious and the very cold he was just getting over caused the secondary condition. You STILL told people to put urine in their children’s ears.
        I too very much agree that antibiotics have been grossly overused and should only be used to save someone’s life but to repeatedly declare your mother responsible for your numerous psychosomatic as well as potentially legitimate ailments which cause you to be unable to do your housework not to mention implying that she also caused your sons autism is unconscionable EVEN IF IT IS TRUE. She didn’t do it for any selfish reasons, she did it because the world told her that the infection is dangerous and must not be allowed to run it’s course, it must be treated immediately with the magic penicillin. I can’t imagine how many time she’s heard you blame her for these things. We all have been pumped full of it but some of us do clean our houses take care of our kids and even go to work, you don’t KNOW what caused your son’s autism. It was probably all the fake food full of preservatives, sugar and modified wheat and corn we’ve had massed produced and shoved down our throats since the 50’s by greedy corporations with the assistance of the government and it’s pack of lies food pyramid.
        The reason I seem angry is because all the uninformed psycho-babble out there such as yours makes it that much harder to get the pill popping fake food eating population to take a more legitimately holistic approach because they find blogs like yours and think “this is such quackery” and move on.

        • Hi again, Libby. I didn’t state that my son caught an ear infection from the other children. Did you reread the post?

          I know that the cold / virus caused the secondary condition.

          If you have an issue w/ urine therapy, then contact the authors of the books and those that run the conference that I mentioned.

          I did not tell anyone to do this. I only stated what I did.

          I did not talk about any psychosomatic illnesses. I have lab tests (many) showing gut damage and it is well known that excessive antibiotic (and even non excessive) damages the gut microflora and leads to other conditions since the immune system is housed in the gut. Do you dispute that?

          I don’t know what you are talking about regarding housework.

          You are reading into my statements. Yes, I do believe that the overuse of antibiotics contributes to gut issues which leads to a greater likelihood of getting autism. If you disagree, perhaps you should read Martha Herbert’s work (asst prof at Harvard) and also Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride. Then feel free to come back and tell me what you disagree with.

          I never said that my mother gave me antibiotics for selfish reasons — you read into that. I only stated that she did it and it caused health issues for me.

          Just so you know, my mother did not treat infections with antibiotics, they were normal colds and viruses. Over and over again. I mainly fault our physician, but my mother kept asking for them every time I got sick. That kind of thing still continues today, which I am sure you know.

          My mother and I actually talked about this before she died and she regrets that she did it. It was her ignorance that led her to do it. It still caused these issues and I am upset about it, but again, you are reading things into this situation.

          Again, I have no idea what you are talking about regarding cleaning my house and going to work and taking care of my kids. I homeschool and work here at home and had full time jobs until after my oldest was born.

          Yes, the fake food contributed to poor gut health as well. It’s a perfect storm as I stated in that post I linked to for you earlier. Perhaps you missed that?

          What exactly do you think is psycho-babble in my post? I do advocate getting away from fake food and going holistic so I don’t understand what you are upset about. Thanks.

  13. By the way, the statement you are using to address the sterility is still wrong…urine is only sterile when it leaves the bladder, by the time it’s made it’s way out of the body it’s picked up bacteria which we are full of.

    • This quote from Dr. D.E. Evans at Univ of Manchester should prove to be helpful:,5753,-2473,00.html

      URINE formed by a healthy kidney does not contain any bacteria, though it could become contaminated with these on its way out through the urinary tract, especially when it reaches the tip of the penis or the vulva. This is why samples are usually taken of “mid-stream-urine” – the first flush washes out the potentially contaminated regions of the tract.
      (Dr) D E Evans, University of Manchester (

  14. I have ear infections often, but I can clear them up within a day just by using either H2O2, or tea tree oil.

  15. Thank u very much.even me too i have the ear infection pls i need ur help sometime is water come out in my ear. Also i feed pain pls show me the soluction and how i we use it thank u

    • Hi. I’m sorry you are having this problem. I’m sorry but I can’t give medical advice. If you have something coming out of your ear please do not put anything into it as you might have a burst eardrum. Please take caution and see if you need to go to the doctor. I hope you get better.

  16. Mercedes A says:

    I tried using peroxide and it works. I put peroxide in my ear every hour and the inflammation and pain went away after the first couple of times.

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