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 natural ear infection remedies that really work 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 a bunch of natural ear infection remedies, I got a real shocker–A natural remedy for ear infections 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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But nothing worked…
Before we get to the natural ear infection remedies, here are some cautionary notes. 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 :).)
The following 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.
Natural Ear Infection Remedies We Tried (and Some We Didn't):
Ear Infection Remedies We Tried:
1. Vitamin C (personally I like sodium ascorbate)
– and my DIY saline wash.
3. Helichrysum Oil around the ear (diluted with a carrier oil)
4. Essential Oil Antibacterial oil blend around the ear (again, diluted with a carrier oil)
5. Ear Pulling
Some blogger friends told me to try pulling my earlobe gently in a number of different directions, and then firmly downward.
I got a sore eardrum but nothing more.
6. Basil Oil
A little bit diluted on a cotton ball, placed gently in the ear. Didn't work.
Side Note About Where to Buy Essential Oils?
Read my Best Essential Oils Series to find out which company I buy from and why. It got VERY interesting along the way, so I recommend reading the whole thing, but of course you can skip to the end here.
7. Onion Juice
Another “interesting” remedy.
From the instructions on the internet, you are supposed to either press an onion or scrape at it to remove some of the “juice” from it. Then you either drop a bit of it into the ear or mix it with oil and do the same.
Well, let me tell you–getting juice out of an onion isn't easy. I tried several times. Perhaps a tiny bit of relief, but nothing to write home (or anywhere else) about.
8. Saline Wash
Saline washes are great for getting junk out of your sinuses to relieve pressure around the ears. I love using them and make my own homemade saline nasal spray, but it didn't do anything this time to help his ears.
9. NEW REMEDY
I've just added in a NEW Natural Ear Infection Remedy….see below for the important update!
Natural Ear Infection Remedies We Didn't Try:
1. I thought about using homemade 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. Plus garlic apparently spoils quickly.
I wasn't in the mood for botulism in my ear, plus we were out of fresh garlic.
Maybe another time I will try this garlic oil, but we didn't have any.
2. Breastmilk was always my standby for ear pain in the past, 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 natural ear infection remedies, 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?
Ummm- That's right. Good old fashioned, everyone's.got.some.in.their.home pee.
Out of all of the natural ear infection remedies, THIS is the one that worked.
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 medical tape or sports tape to keep it from falling out. Bandaids just didn't work.)
The next morning, he felt a ton better.
And each night he asked for the same remedy until he was completely healed.
Natural Ear Infection Remedies that Worked.
Simple and cheap.
More and more the human body amazes me.
(Note about the Basil Oil. You can purchase thesame Essential Oil on Amazon, BUT – you get FREE shipping direct through the company AND you get a FREE bottle of oil [for my readers only!] with purchase. See this post of healthy living deals for details!
One More Natural Ear Infection Remedy
Years after first writing this post, I came across a VERY interesting discovery. I ended up having an ear infection that was pretty stubborn. I tried many of the remedies here and was getting nervous. I can't say why I didn't try the “one that worked”. I did try the basil oil, but not the pee.
Not sure why.
I have been dabbling in a bunch of superfoods and one of them is kamut grass. So on a hunch, while my ear infection was getting pretty painful, I decided to look up “wheatgrass ear infection” since kamut is an ancient form of wheat.
Lo and behold, I found that there was some talk about it (including some other amazing uses for wheatgrass).
So–I decided to try it.
I made up a kamut grass shot from my Kamut Grass Powder and put a few drops in my ear, and went to bed.
In the morning, the pain was substantially relieved (and I have a small green stain on my pillow case :).
I can't say enough about this Kamut Grass Powder. It's resolving our son's acid reflux and indigestion, and is a powerful detoxifier, and –it helps with ear infections too!
I'm actually doing coconut oil pulling with some Kamut Powder too due to reading how good greens are for oral health.
If you'd like to try this Kamut Grass Powder for yourself, you can get the greater of $50 or 25% off your purchase of $75 or more with code wholenewmom. The company, Purium, has so many amazing products that have benefitted us greatly, including CBD oil.
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. It sure helped more than all of the other natural ear infection remedies that I tried.
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– Did Vaccines Cause My Son's Autism?
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– Natural Autism Healing–Monster Included
– Natural Sleep Help for Kids–And Adults
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.
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 :).
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 natural ear infection remedies have you used?