Ear infections are common during childhood because in children the Eustachian tube that connects the ear to the throat is in a horizontal position, decreasing drainage of fluid and creating an environment for bacteria to grow leading to infection. This home remedy for ear infections consists of an onion poultice.
Children often grow out of ear infections when they get older because the Eustachian tube takes on a more vertical position, allowing inner ear fluid to drain more effectively.
What are some home remedies for ear infections
There are many home treatments for ear infections including identifying and eliminating food sensitivities, nutritional supplements to support immune system health, garlic and mullein antimicrobial ear oil drops, and homeopathic remedies.
This home remedy for ear infections is convenient because you don’t need anything other than an onion, olive oil, and a frying pan!
How to make an onion poultice for an ear infection
1. Slice an onion in half.
2. Place sliced side down in a thin layer of olive oil in a frying pan.
3. Heat the pan until the onion in warm and slightly mushy with olive oil.
4. Let the onion cool and place the sliced side of the onion on your child’s ear for 10-15 minutes. You can wrap a scarf around it to keep in place or have your child sit in your lap and cuddle.
I know it sounds silly, but an onion poultice is extremely effective at soothing ear pain and treating ear infection!
I have received raving reviews from parents with this home remedy for ear infection. Try this best home remedy for ear infections out and let us know how it goes by sharing your experience in the comments section!
Dr. Ellen Simone, Naturopath
Greek mamas always use olive oil for earaches. Heat up the oil slightly and using your pinky or a qtip, soak in oil and let it drip into the ear. Always works
I wish I had known about this when my son was small. He has infections until we got tubes.
Wow! This is such a great tip. It’s funny as a child I never once had an ear infection and as an adult I get them often. It’s so weird how that happened. I’m going to try this the next time it happens, I’m hoping it won’t though.
Yes, olive oil works well! You can also infuse some crushed garlic into the oil for added antimicrobial properties. One note of caution is to have someone look in your child’s ear prior to inserting drops to make sure the eardrum has not burst.
Tubes are definitely a solution to ear infections! However there are natural alternatives to try as well 🙂
Thanks so much for sharing this,I love natural
My Mom always put Saint Anne oil in ours ears
Very interesting! I love tips and tricks like these. Thank you for sharing.
I had to drop and tell you this really worked for my friends daughter
I used to warm a little olive oil and dribble that into their ears, it usually helped. 🙂 And that was over 30 yrs ago.