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!