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.

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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 remember seeing this article linked in a Facebook post a couple months ago. I also remember thinking, “Ew! No way!” I’m all for natural remedies but this one was a bit “out there” for me. Flash forward to tonight (2/19/17) and I am sitting here recovering from some sort of infection or virus, but my right ear is killing me, along with the right side of my neck and jaw. I Googled and got several remedy options, none of which I was up for at this late hour. Then I came across this – again! – and thought, “Why not?” I have to go anyway! LOL! I got a cotton ball and in went about 3-4 drops. I left it in for about a minute or so and have to say I’m quite surprised at the positive results! While I’m not 100% pain free, I would say it’s about 85-90% better, seriously! I can actually touch my ear without pain, and my neck and jaw are pain free. I am literally typing this 5 minutes after I did it! I’m quite impressed…and happy!

  2. Hi Adrienne, I have a 14 month old son, he had an ear infection 3 weeks ago, and down, its back again. I would really like to try this remedy, but my question is how do I get his Urine??? We are not potty training yet.
    Suggestions please.

    • Hi there. I am so sorry you are going through this. Of course, figuring out the underlying reason for the recurrent issue is important. I can’t medically advise but I have seen some documentation online of urine therapy using another person’s urine. You might wish to look that up. Again, this isn’t medical advice. Take care.

  3. Maximillian says:

    Having had ear infections on off since the age of twelve (I am now forty two) I never thought I would ever find a long term solution. I read that nasal sprays are better at reaching the type of ear infection i have and used a nasal spray with cinnamon, ginger and tea tree amongst a whole lot of other ingredients. Well I was gobsmacked because not only did it cure my current ear infection at the time but I have not had another since (and that was five or so months ago). This is a record for me and I am keeping my fingers and everything else crossed.

  4. I am trying the urine thing on my it seems to be mom did this to me as a child,haven’t had a earache in over 40years.I no it is gross but it works.

    • María Medina says:

      I’ve used olive oil, a sprig from the rue plant with a sterile cotton ball. I rub my clean hands first to make them warm. Then I put about half a teaspoon of the olive oil and the rue in my hands. Lastly, I put the hand warmed rue infused oil on the cotton ball and gently place it in the outer ear.
      My mom did this for us as kids at the first sign of an earache and it prevented many an ear infection. I hadn’t had an earache since I was a kid, but when I had the start of one this winter, I remembered this remedy and it worked in just one day!
      I have four children and it works on them too. The hard part is finding a rue plant. Once you plant one in your herb garden; it’s almost impossible to kill it and easy to maintain.
      A word to the wise; it’s quite pungent so cuddle up before inserting the rue oil infused cotton ball.

    • How is the irine in the ear thing work do i just pour drops of urine in my eR and let it go on or ??

  5. I read one man’s story online. I believe it was a portion from a book perhaps from his own diary, I can’t remember. He was in a concentration camp or a work camp during WWII. He had injured himself and the likely hood of him surviving the infection was 0 because no medical attention was given to anyone. They worked the dog snot out of you and it was up to you make deals for extra food and anything else to survive. He decided he was going to survive and used his own urine on his wound to clear the infection and it of course worked. People weren’t crazy, they knew what worked and what didn’t. I mentioned this story to my mom and she agreed that yes, that would’ve worked. She was born in the 30’s – not too long ago, but still a time when things were looked at differently. It’s funny how people freak out when you mention putting urine in the ear to help heal an extremely painful infection, but these same people have no problem taking vaccines, antibiotics, prescription drugs, etc. knowing the risks… or maybe… they don’t 🙂 If my child would’ve been suffering, and I knew about this remedy, I would’ve tried it too.

  6. Maria Tello says:

    You are right. It is also a great healing as it stop bleeding immediately. Good to know it for home accidents.. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I had a earache so bad I couldn’t do anything so I tried this home remedy of putting my urine in my ear. That was 20, years ago and I haven’t had a earache since….

  8. Florence Martigny says:

    Contrary to what a lot of people think, urine is not sterile, it is your bodies refuse…and one can always have urinary tract infection undetected. In my book, not a good idea

    • From what I read it is sterile until it leaves your body. You can use a sterile wipe if you like — but you can inquire to the author of the cited book if you like as well. Thank you for reading!

  9. Wow! It makes you wonder how someone even came up with the idea that maybe putting urine in the ear would help clear up an infection. The mind boggles, but I can imagine some possibilities. This is one I’d never heard of, and I’m not sure that I would try it. However, if the pain were bad enough, I break down and try it.

    I have used lavender EO on a cotton ball and put that in my ear with decent results. If my ear is starting to hurt or itch like something’s coming on, I’ll put the lavender on a Q-tip and dab it in the ear canal a bit.

  10. I personally wouldn’t try it but I know for a fact it’s a real remedy considering my mother also grew up watching her own grandmother (and mother) do the same thing. I woke up with an ear infection a few days ago, (it’s still going strong, unfortunately.), and I was looking for some natural remedies when I came across this. I couldn’t believe someone other than my mother would actually recommend this. It’s definitely not a bad thing, I was just shocked. I suppose I’ll be telling my mother her natural remedies from the good ole days aren’t so crazy after all 😉

  11. I used garlic oil and colliodal silver. Works!

  12. I work in the medical field. I don’t know where people are getting their information from but urine is not sterile. It is waste from your body. If it were sterile people with kidney failure would not have to go through dialysis to have their system cleaned.

    • Hi there. I thought dialysis did the job that your kidneys are unable to do?

    • Thank you for saying this. I’ve always heard that urine being sterile was an old wives tale. Why would you think human waste in any form would be sterile? That’s crazy. Lucky she didn’t cause a worse infection!

    • Dialysis does not sterilize the urine, it removes potassium, and other products that the kidneys normally excrete.

    • I am not sure what area of medicine you work in but you should pull out your anatomy books and reread…you are way off base with your comment…

  13. Savannah-rose says:

    I’ve suffered alot with ear infections since I was 6 months old, I was supposed to go get tubes put in my ears but do to lack of money, and no insurance my parents were never able to get them. I’ve always had a problem with my hearing and recently got my hearing checked and now I have an answer to my problem, I am considered “legally deff” due to all the ear infections and my ear drums rupturing, I have so much scaring on both of my ear drums, it can’t be fixed with surgery and I need to wear hearing aids the rest of my life.. it sucks cuz it’s the day before my birthday and I’m sick with an upper respiratory infection and 2 ear infections 🙁

  14. Never in a million years.

  15. I used urine on my ear infection it cleared it up in hrs … or atleastit feels like it did …

  16. I can’t believe you try all this stuff on your son poor kid. I am sure he’s in a lot of pain because I get inner ear infection all the time and I am 51 years old and they are very very painful.. I can’t believe you are putting all this stuff in he’s ear making it worse.. I bet you never had an inner ear infection before. Cause if you had you be taking him to see the Doctor because how painful they are! He needs an antibiotic shot and some ear drops! I’m sorry this piss me off when this kids suffering and mom putting all the stuff in his ear making it worse and more painful.?

    • Hi Lorraine.

      Thanks for reading and writing. Yes, I know that they were in pain and yes, I did have ear infections. No, I don’t think that a child needs an antibiotic shot – possibly, but not in the majority of cases, kids need antibiotics. Here is information on how doctors are being urged not to use antibiotics, and for good reason:

      My kids’ ears got better very quickly and from the comments you can see that this is the case for many others. Thanks again.

    • Teresa Cline says:

      I’d just love to comment on people that fear natural remedies… Yet have no problem taking antibiotics. Let’s just say this. It’s poison for the good bacteria in our gut. And if our gut isn’t healthy… Our entire body starts breaking down! Sinus infections, strep throat… The list goes on. I’m happy to hear about any natural remedy over crap antibiotics. I’m here still, thanks to silver, probiotics and herbs! Thanks to the Lord for his wisdom?

  17. If you wish to put urine in your own ear, whatever. This whole idea disgusts me bc it was my mother’s family’s home remedy that she learned as a child born in KY in 1936. She forced it upon me and my 5 sisters as we grew up. I am in therapy today partly because of it & bc she felt it necessary to wash us with our urine soaked diapers bc “there is ammonia in pee & ammonia cleans things”. Don’t force this disgusting idiotic home remedy(?) on your crying child – they will grow up pissing on you for you having pissed on them. A well deserved response in my book. If it is a warm soothing sensation you are looking for, try warm drops of organic olive oil. If it is acids, try lemon juice or vinegar infused warm olive oil – I’m not a professional – but I do know that pee is NOT a good answer, medicinally or psychologically. Good luck.

    • Hi Judy.

      I appreciate your concern, but perhaps you should take this up with the multitude of people commenting in the post who talk about how much they appreciated this when they were younger, in addition to the author of the book that I cited. I can assure you that I never forced this on my kids and that no one has peed on me. And I didn’t pee on my kids . I’m sorry that wasn’t the case for you – did you end up peeing on your mother? I sure hope not. Thanks for reading.

    • Yea Judy! I had pee put in my ear as a child and I still put pee in my ear now as a grown up. It does sound disgusting but to get rid of infection fast and not suffer pain is better than any other medicine out there.

    • Judy,
      Your comment is horrible! Honor thy father and mother for it is the first commandment with promise (that you will have a long life in fact). I did not grow up in your home and I’m sorry it was not what you wanted, but try and think of your mother’s perspective. Yes, there are some inherently evil people in this world, but it sounds like she was doing the best she could for the time. I did not have an ideal childhood either, but we can’t let that keep us from having a great life! I find aversion therapy helps me. When my positivity glasses get replaced with negativity ones I must force myself to look on the good. It also helps to do something for someone else to get the focus off myself. I tried therapy too. Unless you are suicidal, you should stop. They aren’t called quacks for nothing.
      As for the above, I find it amazing. Yes, urine is gross, but if it works and keeps you off the meds, a little gross is worth not damaging your body with meds. I tried it after a round of amoxicillin. I have to say, my hearing did clear up a bit. Thanks for sharing.

      • Jacqueline Lopez says:

        I definetly agree with you. Our parents do have the best interest. And even if they didn’t thats up to the Lord to decide. My mother did the urine thing and im happy to see someone else is sharing how thoughtful. Also doesnt urine also help with jelly fish stings …..not so weird after all the Lords creation is awesome everything has a purpose

    • Hi Judy… yes rubbing urine all over your child could be a disgusting feeling. My mom had 18 children and yes we got the urine drops in our ears if anyone had an earache… when my son was about 3 he had earache so I got him to put of few drops of his urine in his ear… he was crying lol and saying ” no pee in my ear” anyway after I did the earache went away for a long time… when he was 17 years old he got an earache again but he took it upon himself to do the urine drops in the ear… well he’s 36 and hasn’t had another earache!! My the was urine is good for athletes feet also!!! Like I said my mom had 18 children and lived a long ways from town so home remedies do work !!

  18. I thought it was a crazy idea, but I get ear infections on a regular basis, so I tried it this morning. yup. it works.