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 an ear infection home remedy that really works has been tough.

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 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?”


Oldest son came down with an ear infection.

Turns out one of the kids they were playing with had an ear infection so I guess we had different bugs.

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, but nothing worked.  like helichrysum and Immune Strength (Native American Nutritional‘s anti-bacterial blend that’s like Thieves), and basil oil around the ear.

Natural Remedies for Ear Infection that We Tried and Some We Didn’t:

We tried:

1.  Vitamin C

2.   some Chinese herbal preparations recommended by our practitioner  (She always recommends 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 and Immune Strength (an antibacterial oil blend) around the ear.

Thought about using:

4.  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.

5.  Breastmilk was always my standby for ear pain, but I am not breastfeeding anymore.  Sigh.

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 peaked my interest……so after the pain still wasn’t budging, I checked it out on the internet.

It looked like a valid option.

What was it?


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

Any other time I might not have been open to this, but 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).

In went 2 drops (yes, we used his pee).

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 essential oil on a cotton ball.  (And some duct tape to keep it from falling out.  Bandaids just didn’t work.)

Natural Treatment for Ear Infection

The next morning, he felt a ton better.

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

The Ear Infection Home Remedy that Worked

Urine. Basil oil. Cotton ball.

Simple and cheap.

More and more the human body amazes me.

Breastmilk and urine as natural health cures.

Really something.

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 :).

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Where Do I Buy Essential Oils?:

Interested in essential oils?

I recommend 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?

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


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  1. Hello, First off I just want to say urine really does work for healing ear pain. From age probably five years old to 12 years old I experience excruciating ear pain I was a very healthy child and I would stay out of school for two weeks at a time and I remember my mom always putting some sort of anabiotic in my ear and using different types of remedies to try to heal my ear pain I also remember I would get swimmers ear almost every single summer and I love to swim and we lived on the river so that was a really big problem. when I was about 12 years old I went to visit my aunt in maryland maryland and the week I was up there I was having excruciating ear pain she insisted that I go to the bathroom fill a cup up with urine and bring it so she could put some in my ear. when I was a child I was very headstrong and Of course a 12-year-old girl does not want any urine in her ear so argued with her. Finally after about a few minutes of arguing with her I went to the bathroom and fill the cup up with urine and she put some in my ear. I can honestly say that I thank her so much for doing that because now I am 22 and I have not had swimmers ear or any type of really bad ear ache or ear ache at all.
    Recently I had actually seen a show on I believe it was National Geographic or history channel of different civilizations that used urine for skin problems, ear problems and other different types of health problems, in Europe they even used it to whitein their teeth.

  2. So I thought I was open-minded. Family cloth, outhouse (and a bucket with toilet seat in the winter!), breastmilk for diaper rash, no ‘poo, home birth without midwife, humanure … really, I’ve had enough flak for being out there. I’m not exactly squeamish. I guess I’m drawing the line at urine therapy, though.

    I have an eye infection. A $20 bottle of eye/ear drops will last us the rest of the year, and … it’s not pee. While urine might be sterile while it’s in your kidneys, there’s a reason why doctors have you go through a whole procedure when giving a sample. (Wipe well with an antiseptic wipe, pee a little, stop, hold back any skin/hair …) Going from in to out, urine picks up bacteria.

    Anyway, if it works for you, more power. :) My grandmother-in-law used to swear by a teaspoon of kerosene once a day and lived to be 94.

    • Yeah, I hear you on the bacteria thing. I guess we could boil it or something :)? Or use an antiseptic wipe of some kind. Kerosene? What was that supposed to do? Was that kind of longevity unusual for your family?

      • Oh, I don’t really consider 94 to be super old. My great-grandfather was 97 and his father was 106. (Died the day before his 107th birthday, in fact.) I often say that I plan to celebrate my 100th birthday and I won’t be sitting in a wheelchair when I do it. But that was my grandmother-in-law, and her family actually was *not* that long-lived. She really did claim that it was the kerosene. She called it her “tonic”. BLECH!!!!!

        Honestly – if the urine thing works for your family, I’m not judging. I’ve dealt with looks of horror when people hear we drink raw milk, and I’ve had to deal with “don’t like child welfare find out”. Who knows, maybe you’re on to something and I’m missing out. :D

        Some of my best friends think I’m nuts. I’m adding you to my reading list because I think you’ve got a great blog, but I think urine therapy is nuts. :D Is that okay? (And if you come over my way, you can tell me when you think I’m nuts, too.)

        • Oh wow- that’s amazing. You have great genes!!!

          I don’t feel you are judging and I love the good interaction. My friends think I am crazy on a number of points :). And I haven’t used the urine since. Thankfully no more ear infections here :).

  3. Just when you think you’ve heard it all… ;) Urine therapy definitely sounds gross, but intriguing if it actually works… guess I’ll have to check out that book! I think it would for sure stay a last-ditch-effort, though.

    Also, I tend to use garlic for everything, but hadn’t heard that it can be bad for ear-aches, so I’ll need to do some more research on that, too. I’ve never tried using it for that before, but it’s always nice to know what to do before disaster strikes. :)

    Thanks for an interesting read!

    • You are so welcome. I have heard you need to be careful about making your own garlic oil b/c of botulism. However, I have heard that many use it. You’re welcome!

  4. Applying urine on cold sores did seem to help dry them up quicker. Luckily as my health has improved so have my cold sores. This last time I treated with tea tree oil and it never really broke out.

    My daughter has a hole in her eardrum. It’s been there for 2 years now and though it not infected it has;t closed.
    Because it’s open to the inside of the ear everything I’ve read warns not to put liquid in the ear.

    Onions has been really helpful. When it was initially perforated I cut an onion in half, warm in the oven, allow to cool a little and then put the cut side against the ear and bandage to hold in place. It really helps with pain but also in healing infection.
    I have also taken to cutting an onion into pieces and leaving it in a bowl close to the head as you sleep, I do it whenever the children complain of sore throats or feeling unwell. And it seems to have helped.
    I’m glad to have found your website.

    • How interesting. Welcome and hope to see you around again. I tried onion – but it didn’t help at all. I am glad it helped in your situation. Thank you!

  5. I cannot believe that no one has mentioned the possibility that the ear infection may have healed up on it’s own (as 80% do) and may not have been due to any remedies. Please remember to have a healthy dose of scepticism for BOTH natural and allopathic treatments.

  6. This is pretty awesome! We did onion juice last year, but as you can imagine.. juicing an onion can be quite the task (I used either my juicer or a garlic press), but you will see results fast! drop it in your affected ear, lay on your side for a bit and it will be gone in a few hours. Worked with both myself and my daughter last year… and a little cleaner than pee.. but much stinkier ;)

    • Thanks. I tried that and it didn’t work. Not sure why but I am glad it worked for you! I’m wondering if boiling the urine would help too. Of course, not medical advice. I know that the garlic has problems relating to botulism concerns so I’m not that thrilled about that option.

  7. rebeccaj says:

    Yuck. We just use good old fashioned Vicks VapoRub on a cotton ball. The heat created by the rub heals the inflammation. I’m in my 50’s and I’ve been doing this since I was a small child.

  8. I am in need of the information for that garlic oil in the ear for detoxing I did a search and didn’t find anything for detox, just ear infections. If there is an online site detailing it, would you please let me know? A long story short, my current detox methods are either too hard for me to keep up or are not working.

  9. Thank you, thank-you, thank-you!!! I just had the worst night ever with my almost 4 yr old. He has had a nasty cold and cough for over a week now. Obviously the drainage has gone to his ear. He was in the worst pain I’ve ever seen-and of course it was at midnight and then again at 2 AM. I was desperate for home remedies! I already had an onion all over his bed-read I should’ve heated it up…I did not have time for that!
    My husband was mad bc my son wouldn’t stop screaming (inconsiderate of him I know) I was crying bc my son was in so much pain and I felt helpless. Tylenol was not doing enough. So I prayed. Then I found your article. Then I contemplated. I asked my son if he had to go pee. He didnt. Then god gave me a sudden urge to go pee. So I did and put 3 drops in his ear. He slept the rest of the night and seems so much better. Truly amazing!!! I will never forget this and I thank you again:)

    • I am so glad! I couldn’t believe how well it helped either. Really odd but much better than an antibiotic in my opinion. Thanks and hope to hear from you again! (I know how the parenting thing goes too. It’s horrible when your child is screaming. You don’t know if they’re overdoing their response or not but mom is typically really afraid that they aren’t and it’s all real.)

  10. I know that you think that urine therapy is weird or even gross but they has been around for ”hundreds of years even before the USA was discovered. I am a nurse and as part of my studies in 1980 I had to find, read and report both in written and oral forms (shades of elementary and high school horrors.). I found a book in the local public library about old world Appalachian (backwoods) traditional medicine and urine therapy was a remedy that was practiced by every household in that area with no harmful effects and as you have pointed out the use of one’s’ own fresh urine is the only urine used. There is one treatment for any wounds that were not healing right that is also now used as part of mainstream modern medicine for wound care is the use of fly maggots. I know these are currently used now as I was part of their use in the 1980’s in treatment of a patients sore on the foot that was not responding to any traditional treatment. at the time. So there is a lot more of strange, unusual, and unorthodox treatments that require no medicinal training to use but should have some medicinal advice from a practitioner of holistic or natural therapies. I could tell you about many other treatments that follow the same line of therapy but I can tell you that there are numerous books in print about treatments that are not even close to mainstream treatment. So I hope you continue with your informative blog on your road to dealing illnesses using natural treatments but I can only pray that you will know that with all of the “mega” bugs out there that are so powerful that you will seek medical advice and even their treatment to bring a super-bug in check. Thank you again.

    • Thank you! Maggots….well, ick but when something won’t get better we’re even open to putting poison in ourselves, right :)? (chemotherapy) If you have some book recommendations I would love that.