An Unbelievable Natural Ear Infection Remedy

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Loads of Natural Ear Infection Remedies including the one that really worked! 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 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.

Wrong.

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 Ear Infection Remedies We Tried (and Some We Didn't):

Ear Infection Remedies We Tried:

1.  Vitamin C

2.   some Chinese herbal preparations recommended by our past practitioner (she always recommended Yin Chao Jin 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)

Didn't work.

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.

No dice.

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.

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.

Natural Ear Infection Remedies We Didn't Try:

1.  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.  Plus garlic apparently spoils quickly.

I wasn't in the mood for botulism in my ear, plus we were out of fresh garlic.

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

Sigh.

What 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?

Loads of Natural Ear Infection Remedies including the one that really worked! Would you try this ear infection treatment on your child?

Urine.

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 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 he asked for the same remedy until he was completely healed.

Natural Ear Infection Remedies that Worked.

Urine.

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. It sure helped more than all of the other natural ear infection remedies that I tried.

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?

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.

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 natural ear infection remedies have you used?

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  1. This is so weird, I came across this site searching for a natural remedy and I find out something my mom used to do when we had ear infections was to put pee in our ears. I always thought she was crazy but as a child I remember it worked. I am 62 yrs old and now I see she wasn’t crazy after all.

  2. John Novicky says:

    Well I’m not a child I’m 31 years old and I believe I have the same problem. I thought yeah that sounds like a big BS to me but I gave I tried anyway. You wrer right. Massive relief not even five minutes after! Thank you

  3. This has been very interesting. My husband has been suffering from ear infection for about 2 weeks. No pain, but blockage, he can’t hear well as a result. The antibiotics got him physically I’ll. So he had to stop taking them. Since his ears aren’t clear sound is distorted especially if we are in a noisy restaurant, it’s hard for him to try to hear me talk because of the distortions. But even though he went to his GP, and he was diagnosed w/outer ear infection, he never had pain or fever, just uncomfortable blockage. Im going to try this. Why are MD’s rendered useless if they can’t prescribe a drug?

  4. In my family my mom and aunt use urine too….but they used one of the little boy and have them per on a snoop, I’ve never had bad earach but my sister did and she would feel better. I’m having a really bad earach now but I’m using the salt sock with tree tea oil and lavender and I also put Vicks on my ear. Idk its wiring I guess I’m just waiting both side are hurting

  5. I have done this quite a few time with my four kids and it would cure it in less than an hour and it works MIRACLES no lie…
    I was just telling my sis about it because she was telling me her baby has an ear infeccion and meds are working so so . But since i knew she wouldnt believe me i searched it up and found this article so i forward it to her… I was told by an elder to try this remedy and i did it was a long time agago because i tried it ever since i had my 20 yr old and my youngest son is 13. I had also tried it them being a lil older not only when they were babies even though they rarely got ear infeccions.

  6. So I’m trying this remedy. I’ve been up all night with a screaming 3 year old. I’m exhausted needless to say. all I want is sleep

  7. Im going to try this as I’ve been dealing with double ear infections for 6 months. They leak clear fluid and itch all day long. They drive me mad. Right now they are both pouring i can hear the fluid squeaking. There is a constant ache and my hearing is affected as well. The doctors have gave me every antibiotic around and none help. Im desperate at this point.

  8. I started searching for natural remedies for ear infections as I am experiencing my first one (that I am aware of) at the age of 34 and am in excruciating pain. I came across this post and will definitely add it to the high dosages of vitamin C (which has already helped significantly and the tea tree oil I have rubbed around my ear.

    The reason I am so open to trying this is because years ago I was at work and told a coworker to try something of mine that I was drinking, he declined and said he had a cold sore but I saw nothing on his lip so I inquired. He had me get really close to his lip to see it and sure enough there was the tiniest little thing. He said that he used his own urine to keep it that small and it would be gone in a couple of days. Now he didn’t know that I too get the odd cold sore from time to time and am completely embarrassed by them so the next time one came, I tried it and it works like a charm!!!! The minute you feel one coming on get a little of your own urine and place it on your lip. I do it every time I pee until the sore is completely gone, it never gets big, never gets pussy, it’s easy to hid with some lip color if need be and is gone in 3-4 days but if you catch it early enough it won’t come up at all.

    I get people’s reaction to the thought because I thought the same thing when my coworker told me, in my head I was like, “eww, gross” but like others have said, desperate times call for desperate measures. Anyone who suffers from sold sores knows how embarrassing they are and guess what, not one single person in my life knows I put my own urine on my lips when it happens because I do it in the privacy of the bathroom. Again, works like a charm AND since using that for the first time maybe 8 years ago, I’ve only had to do it 2 and I haven’t had one in YEARS now.

    • Thanks for a very interesting comment! Hope to see you around here again.

    • Wow nice sound i heared about your story im glad to hear this things. Cause im really sufferd my ears problem right now so i hope that worked for me.thanks for share this.

  9. Diana I Dana says:

    Urine.
    Gosh, I had 2 major experiences with urine in my life.

    Once was when I had an acute gastric pain. I was on bed, couldn’t do anything and was in so much pain. It was not a very pretty situation I was willing to accept any idea, including drinking my own urine, my first urine in the morning.

    Second was when I finally got tired spending too much on facial treatments regime to treat my acne problem. So, I soak cotton balls in and dab my first urine in the morning on my face. Every single morning (for at least a month, I think). That was like 17 years ago and I haven’t got any single acne ever since, not even blackheads. Yes yes, small pimple, around mestruation time, now and then, but it’ll go away.

    The first one, kind of, grosses me out.
    I did that because I was such in horrible condition. Couldn’t eat, drink, constantly vomiting, and I got better as soon as around lunch time, and It was miracle that I could eat a bit meal without vomiting on the next day.

    The second one, though, helps me a lot to keep my skin looks good.
    I still do this once in a while.

    These are my personal experiences. I didn’t do research or anything. I did these because someone told my mom about it. I don’t know wheter it’s harmful or not. It worked for me.

    And now…
    I would like to try urine on ear infection next time we have one. Hopefully it’ll work…
    Thanks for sharing this with us.

  10. That’s kinda funny… I’m not going to list my degrees like that makes me right, I’m just going to state a few facts. First, urine isn’t sterile, this a myth. https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/gory-details/urine-not-sterile-and-neither-rest-you

    So, I think that’s kind of gross that you pee’d on your kid believing that.

    Nevertheless, Urine varies in acidity from 4.5-8 and if your urine was acidic it might have helped… acidity does disrupt and denature proteins associated with some bacteria… though some vinegar would have been a much a more sanitary and consistent means. Vinegar is used to treat ear infections sometimes and a lot of swimmers rinse their ears with it when the exit the pool to prevent and treat.

    I like the basil oil and could see how that would help since essential plant oils frequently are antimicrobial, inclusive basil.

    I don’t see the mechanism for urine to work other than acidity. I’m not saying it did or didn’t for you, but if you don’t know “how” you can’t be sure it did, and incorrectly stating “it’s sterile” kinda blows your credibility and the claim – clearly if you had success because your urine was acidic that one time, and since urine acidity varies, if you tried it again when your urine was more basic, you could do harm by fostering infection… so I don’t think this is a good or reliable idea.

    • Hi Chris. I don’t know where you got your information on the pH of urine but 4.5 would be a very unhealthy level. Typical pH for urine is 6.5 – 8. Vinegar is 2.4. I would not recommend ever putting vinegar in your ear. You could do some very bad damage. Otherwise I suggest you take up your concerns with the author of the book that I posted and talk to the others who commented on the post. Thanks. I’m not making any medical recommendations for anyone to do this. I do not recommend vinegar in your ear, however.

    • According to an Ayurvedic Doctor and friend of mine, urine is our very own personal pharmacy: it contains all of the extra supplies that our body wasn’t able to use at the moment and had to get rid of (as we can’t stock up those essential elements), already processed by and for ourselves, making it 100% readily available. The man and his wife are the healthiest looking people I know, with a young glowing skin despite their evident maturity.
      There’s many countries around the world where urine therapy is practiced and praised. I saw a documentary, years ago, about a clinic, in Russia I think, where they used urine, leech and other medicines from the past that were much more effective than modern cures, for serious cases…

  11. When I was a little girl, I was plagued with ear infections a lot. My mother use this same treatment on me without the basil oil. It truly works.

  12. James T Meredith says:

    As an MD I have to say that there’s utterly no scientific proof that what you’re doing is in anyway helpful. My educated opinion is that it’s harmful and even absurd.

    Yes, antibiotics are often overprescribed; however, when they are needed, they are needed. I would never allow one of my children to suffer because I didn’t want to use an antibiotic.

    • Well, then, perhaps you should contact my physician who gave me the recommendation to do as I wished. Just b/c you are an MD doesn’t mean you are right. My physician is quite possibly the most respected one in our city. I’m sure you are aware that 80 percent of children with ear infections get better on their own within a week. At what point do you recommend antibiotics in your practice? http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2013/02/25/172588359/pediatricians-urged-to-treat-ear-infections-more-cautiously

      • Good for you Adrienne on that last response. There is so much that western MD’s can’t explain and simply do not know about natural healing wisdom that is ages old. Urine therapy is called Ameroli in India where it very well may have originated.
        I had first hand experience of using Ameroli while in India. I was staying in an Ashram in a part of india w great political unrest. At one point the ashram was on lockdown- we could not leave the compound as there was intense partisan violence in town and foreigners had become targets. I had become very ill with an infection in my throat like no other that I had ever experienced. I was so sick and didn’t know what to do. A British doctor who was also at the ashram came to see me in my dorm. She was on holiday and spiritual retreat and as such she had no medical equipment or meds with her. Based on my symptoms she surmised I probably had a serious strep infection and that under normal circumstances she would prescribe antiboitics. Because we didn’t have police assurances that we were safe to leave the ashram I didn’t know when I could get medical help. The doctor highly suggested Ameroli. She said “I know, it sounds totally gross but I have experienced and witnessed great treatment with it”. She was advocating drinking my urine but if I couldn’t handle that I should at least gargle w my urine a few times a day. Gross right?! I was so sick and in so much pain at the time I had to try. It was disgusting and I gagged at first but It started working after a day or two. I’ve never done it again but desperate times called for desperate measures.

    • What would you suggest doing if you are already on antibiotics and the pain is still awful what can I do to elevate the pain a bit? Any advice

    • What about children who are allergic to antibiotics? As an MD I am sure you know at least a few kids yourself that don’t have the luxury of taking antibiotics even for such horrible pain.