Six home remedies for ear infections

Six home remedies for ear infections

Ear infections are a result of cold, throat infection or an allergy attack that causes fluid to get trapped in the middle ear. Mostly affecting children, symptoms may include earaches and thick, yellow fluid coming from the ears.

What Causes Ear Infections?
Wax buildup
Food allergies
Environmental allergies
Fetal alcohol
Upper respiratory infections
Nutritional deficiencies
Internal injuries

Symptoms Of Ear Infections
Throbbing headache
Fluid draining from the ear
Difficulty in hearing
Tugging feeling in the ear
Sleeping problems

Here is a list of home remedies for ear infections which can prove helpful in curing the infection and aiding to minimize the pain:

Heat one cup salt in a microwave or on low flame. Place the salt in a sufficiently big pig piece of cloth to accommodate it all. Tie up the the cloth, completely sealing the salt. apply the bundled salt on the affected area. Make sure the salt is only bearably warm, otherwise you might hurt yourself.

Juice of four of five crushed basil leaves when applied in and around the infected ear can be useful. Mix a spoon of basil juice with coconut oil (equal amount) and dab it with cotton around the ear.

A eardrop made of garlic and mustard or sesame oil can be very helpful. To make this eardrop, take a few cloves of garlic and boil it in two tablespoons of mustard or sesame oil. Cook until the garlic cloves turn black. Strain the solution and when it is bearably warm, gently pour a few drops in the infected ear. An alternative option”boil a few garlic cloves with water and salt, dip a cloth in the garlic-salt mixture and dab it on the infected ear.

Olive Oil
Put a few drops of warm olive oil in the infected ear, and then gently try to pull out the ear wax. Olive oil makes the ear wax soft. Mustard oil can be used as an alternative too.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Place a cotton ball soaked in a solution of apple cider vinegar in the ear like earplugs. Keep it for about five minutes. After removing the cotton ball from the ear lie down in a position the liquid can be drawn out of the infected ear. Dry out the ear completely.

You can use white vinegar if you don’t have apple cider vinegar.

Tea Tree Oil
Mix a few drops of tea tree oil with a tablespoon of olive oil. Use this solution as a eardrop and pour a few drops of it in the affected ear. Afterwards, lie down in a position so as to drain out the oil from the ear.

These home remedies are very helpful in treating ear infections. However, the first thing that should be done in the case of even a slight ear infection is to consult a doctor.