Natural Earache Remedies
Earaches come from infection or inflammation of the inner parts of the ear. They may also be caused by Eustachian tubes that are blocked or inflamed. They can be acute or become chronic over time. Often ear problems, as the Chinese describe, are linked to kidney problems. One can put a hot pack over the kidneys or use other remedies to strengthen the kidneys.
Symptoms are various types of pains felt on the inside or outside of the ear; heat, pressure, stabbing pains, etc.
Modern medicine treats earaches with antibiotics. While helping in some cases, this does not address the cause. To treat the cause, support the ear and kidney areas of the body and let it heal itself.
Press on the tragus (outer ear button). If sensitive, it may be a sign of inner ear inflammation.
Pull back ears and put pressure on the mastoid bone. If tender or sensitive, it may be an ear inflammation or infection.
Further, slide your finger down the bone behind the ear into the canal and push firmly down to the bottom of the neck. Any tenderness along this Eustachian tube (the equalization tube between the ears and the throat) may indicate a blockage and contribute to an earache or infection.
Natural solutions reduce inner ear and Eustachian tube congestion and assist the kidneys in reducing fluid pressure within the ears. Diet suggestion – avoid dairy products that may cause excess mucus in the body.
See also Natural Remedies for Vertigo
Natural Healing Protocol: Combining supplements will do more to support your body's ability to function properly than using just one. Use the following remedies for best results -- your ability to heal will depend on the severity and length of time your symptoms have been present.
Herbs for Earache Pain
Herbs are plants valued for their specific strengthening/ tonifying properties. Learn more about herbs >
The following herbs help to prevent or treat the pain of earaches.
Use one of the following oils, warmed, for pain in the ear:
Mullein/Garlic compound – stops pain and soothes the mucus membranes
Garlic oil – natural anti-bacterial/anti-viral
Olive oil – soothes the mucus membranes of the ears
Herbs that support the ears (or kidneys[fluid problems]):
Dandelion leaf – influences kidneys, helps reduce fluid pressure on the ears.
Echinacea – Use this herb along with the previous herbs as it stimulates the immune system.
Parsley – influences kidneys, helps to reduce fluid pressure on the ears.
Cell Salts to Help Earache Pain
To make a cell salt solution, put up to 10 tablets of each cell salt in a 16- to 24-ounce bottle; fill with water and swirl to dissolve tablets. Sip throughout the day. Learn more about cell salts >
#4 Ferr phos 6X – inflammation, first stage
#5 Kali mur 6X – Eustachian tube blockage
#8 Mag phos 6X – sharp pains, nerve pains
Earache Homeopathic Remedies
Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic natural medicines safe for everyone including infants and pregnant or nursing women. You may use 6X, 30X, 6C or 30C potencies. Learn more about homeopathy >
Top 3 Homeopathic Remedies for Earaches:
Kali muriaticum (#1) – Eustachian tube blockage; glands around ear swollen. Swelling bulging ear drums, pressure, fluid buildup, inflammation or infection of the middle ear; itching. Sinusitis; stuffy nose with white discharges. Symptoms better from rubbing; worse with open air, drafts, and rich fatty foods.
Pulsatilla (#2) – Earaches worse at night. Hearing difficult, as if ear were stuffed or stopped up. Mild mannered person, changeable moods, weeps easily, craves sympathy. Symptoms better in open air; worse in warm stuffy rooms, at twilight, and from eating rich fatty foods.
Belladonna (#3) – Sudden onset (comes on fast). Throbbing and beating pain deep in ear, synchronous with heart beat; inflammation of middle ear; eardrum bulges; pain causes delirium. Child cries out in sleep. Hear own voice in your ears. Pupils dilated. Desire to escape or hide; anger. Symptoms worse at 3pm, 11 pm, after midnight, head becoming cold; better bending backward, leaning head against something, light covering.Other helpful remedies:
Chamomilla – Earache with soreness, swelling and heat; pain is intolerable; stitching pain; ears feel stopped up; roaring. Crying in sleep, without waking up. Excessive irritability, oversensitive to pain, cross and nothing satisfies; aversion to being spoken to. Better being carried (children); worse from anger, coffee, and at night.
Calendula – Ruptured ear drum. Deafness, worse in damp surroundings. Disposition to take cold, especially in cold damp weather. Worse damp, heavy, cloudy weather; better walking or lying perfectly still.
Causticum – Chronic middle ear swelling with accumulated ear wax. Nerve damage. Burning in ears, becoming red. Ringing, roaring, pulsating in ears with deafness. Better cold drinks, damp wet weather, gentle motion. Worse in clear weather, dry cold air, wind, from exertion. Over-sympathetic people.
Ferrum phos – First stage of ear infection. Fevers, low temperature. Use when Belladonna fails. Ears are red. Mucous membrane irritation and sore throat. Better with cold applications, lying down; worse at night and 4am to 6 am, with motion, noise. Takes cold easily.
Hepar sulph – Ears sensitive to touch; splinter-like pains. Discharge of stinky yellow pus from ears. Loss of hearing due to swelling inner ear. Use if Chamomilla doesn’t work. Chamomilla person is more sensitive, irritable. Better in damp weather; worse in cold dry air, wind, open air.
Merc solubis or Merc vivus – Chronic ear infection, especially by intervention with antibiotics; pains worse from warmth of bed; thick yellow discharge from ear; boil inside ear canal; excessive saliva; perspiration; creeping chilliness. Worse at night, from sweating, lying on right side, when heated, cloudy weather, drafts; better from moderate temperature, rest. Human thermometer (sensitive to temperature changes, body tremors, glands swollen, bad breath. Changes mind constantly, irresolute, poor self confidence.
Silicea – Chronic ear infections by suppressing sweat of feet, or from vaccinations; (otitis media primary rubric) 80% cure in 24 hours. Roaring in ears; abscesses; boils; itching; crusty formations in the ears; perforated ear drum. Child bores into ears when asleep. Ears better when yawning or swallowing. Better from warmth, wrapping up head; worse from cold, air, drafts. Sensitive to noise, faint-hearted, anxious, lacking body heat, want of grit.