No pain is good but an earache is one of the bad pains. It can be very uncomfortable. Pain is probably due to some infection or swelling in any part of the ear. Other causes may be the common cold, wax blockage, physical damage to the eardrum or other structure, or increase in the air pressure. An earache can be a complaint of both the adults as well as the children, but it affects the children more. Let’s try these 8 simple home remedies for ear ache and be sure, you’ll have one or more of these things readily available in your kitchen.
Olive Oil – A Lubricating Agent
Olive oil acts as a lubricating agent and helps to eradicate the infection in the ear. It also reduces the buzzing sensation when 3-4 drops of olive oil are put into the ear. The tip is to put 3-4 olive oil drops into the ear canal regularly for 2-3 days. You can also soak a cotton bud in the olive oil and plug into the ear canal for slow release. Mustard oil can alternatively be used if olive oil is not accessible.
Garlic With Analgesic Properties
Garlic has excellent analgesic (pain killing) and antibiotic properties so can be used to reduce an earache if caused by infection. You can heat one teaspoon of minced garlic with the 2-3 teaspoon of sesame oil and then cool and filter that oil. Put 2-3 drops of prepared garlic oil in the affected ear. Simply extracted the juice of garlic cloves also works to reduce pain when we put it in the affected ear.
Onion – Antiseptic And Antibacterial
Onion is the thing readily available in your kitchen and it has marvelous antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It helps to reduce the ear pain caused by the infection. The tip is to extract the juice from freshly grated onions and heat it at a lower temperature. Then put the 2-3 drops of mildly heated onion juice in the ear. For children, you can also wrap a piece of fresh onion in a clean cloth tightly, and hold it over the ear for some minutes, say 15-20 minutes. Repeat this three times a day.
Ginger – Anti-Inflammatory
Ginger possess the ability to kill the pain by reducing the swelling in the affected ear. It acts as a natural painkiller due to its unique components. The same way, extract juice from the fresh ginger and put in the affected ear. You can mix olive oil with ginger extract to boost its effect.
Peppermint – A Soothing Agent
Peppermint is a great natural soothing agent and acts to relieve ear pain when fresh peppermint extract is put in the affected ear. Alternatively, you can soak the cotton in peppermint oil and then plug it into the external ear for slow release. Remember, do not use this method in the children as cotton bud may do deeper into the ear causing the blockage. Olive oil can be mixed with peppermint oil to increase its efficacy.
Moist heat can reduce pain sensation when applied to the inflamed area. In the case of an earache, fill the bottle with warm water and wrap it in a towel cloth. Then press this bottle against the ear and surrounding area to provide heat. This simple method provides a great relief to pain.