Mommy my ear hurts! A simple home remedy for ear infections

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.  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.

There are many natural 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.

The focus of this post is the onion poultice for ear infections.  It is convenient because you don’t need anything other than an onion, olive oil and a frying pan!



Instructions for the onion ear poultice:

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 it is extremely effective at soothing ear pain and resolving the ear infection!

I have received raving reviews from parents with this simple home remedy.  Try it out and let us know how it goes by sharing your experience in the comments section!

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Dr. Ellen Simone welcomes you to work with her under a holistic view of health which encompasses the understanding that the mind and body are connected to sustaining long-term health and wellness. As a naturopathic doctor, Dr. Simone focuses on family wellness and has special interests in women and children’s health. She loves working with women through different phases in their lives; to regulate the menstrual cycle, ease PMS symptoms, optimize fertility, provide support during and after pregnancy, maintain breast health and welcome menopause. Children are also a primary focus in her practice and she believes that setting healthy habits at a young age is important for long-term health and wellness.

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  1. Katina Michelis says:

    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

  2. Donna George says:

    I wish I had known about this when my son was small. He has infections until we got tubes.

  3. Jessica Snow says:

    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.

  4. Dr. Ellen Simone, Naturopath says:

    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 🙂

  5. kathy downey says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this,I love natural

  6. kathy downey says:

    My Mom always put Saint Anne oil in ours ears

  7. Saima says:

    Very interesting! I love tips and tricks like these. Thank you for sharing.

  8. kathy downey says:

    I had to drop and tell you this really worked for my friends daughter

  9. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I used to warm a little olive oil and dribble that into their ears, it usually helped. 🙂 And that was over 30 yrs ago.

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