Ear aches can arise from a variety of sources. All the sufferer knows is that it is painful and uncomfortable. Before you head to the store, however, check your home – you may have the ingredients for relief right there.

Alternative remedies can help to ease the pain of ear aches and other conditions. If the condition worsens, it is advisable to see a doctor for further treatment. Your remedy may be helping but may not be enough to totally stop the condition.

Natural Remedies for Ear Ache

Mineral Oil

Mineral oil is light, tasteless and odorless. Placing a few drops of warm oil on the inside of the ear in the canal can help ease the pain.


It is not just for making your food taste good. The helpful little item has antifungal and antibiotic properties. Ear aches can result from swimmer’s ear, a bacterial infection of the outer ear. Using garlic can stop the infection and thus, the pain in the ear. Use a few drops of garlic oil in the ear canal and then seal the ear with a cotton ball. You can use fresh garlic pieces wrapped in gauze in the ear canal also.

Tea Tree Oil

This oil is both antibiotic and antibacterial in nature. You can use it alone or with carrier oil.

Lavender Oil

Lavender is known to soothe headaches, a symptom of ear aches. Mix a few drops of the two together with carrier oil and massage around the ear to ease the pain.

Olive Oil

Like mineral oil, it can be used in the ear canal. Place the olive oil on a wool cotton ball and place it in the ear. Try a combination of olive oil and grated onion.  Heat it over the stove; drain it, after it cools put two drops in each ear for pain.


Onions are a popular vegetable to treat many medical problems the homeopathic way.  This one is especially for earache pain. Fry a large amount of onions until the onions are brown.  After cooling, drain them through cheesecloth or other cloth and allow the liquid to cool.  Place a drop of the cooled liquid in each ear to reduce pain.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Placing a few drops in the ear canal can help ease the pain of an earache and let you know if there is an infection present. The peroxide will bubble up in the presence of dirt and infection. Removing some of this can help with the pain.

Vinegar and Alcohol

Creating a mixture of the two can act as a rinse for the ear. Drop it into the ear and then lean to the side so that it washes out. Repeat to help rid the ear of an infection that could be causing the ear pain.

Echinacea and Vitamin C

Boosting your immune system can also help with ear aches. Your body will be stronger when it comes to fighting off infections. Both can reduce the duration of these infections. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and herbal remedies infused with extra vitamin C and Echinacea.

Essential Oils for Ear Aches and Infections

Antiseptic essential oils such as lavender and tea tree can be diluted in olive oil and rubbed around the outside of-never in-the ear and over the lymph nodes on the side of the neck.

If the ear problem is caused by a throat infection, be sure to also use an antiseptic gargle. Hot compresses soothe pain in the ears.

Always treat both ears, even if only one hurts, and continue treatment for several days after the pain is gone to make sure the condition does not return.

Aromatherapy Ear Rub

Essential Oil Blend for Ear Aches

Warm 1/4 cup Olive Oil with 4-5 drops of Tea Tree Oil; drop small amount gently into ear with a dropper, tilting head to one side for a minute, then repeat other ear if necessary. Put small piece of cotton gently in ear to absorb oil. Repeat remedy until improved.

Note: Always dilute Tea Tree Oil before using in ear canal. Be careful not to use any sharp instruments, which could do damage to the ear canal.

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Rub around the ear and down the side of the neck. Apply one drop to a piece of cotton and place in the ear after application of the Herbal Ear Oil (below). For children use half this dilution (6 drops total of essential oil in 1 ounce carrier).

Garlic is antibacterial, eases the pain and inflammation of a simple ear infection, and is the remedy of choice for the fungal infection called “swimmer's ear,” a condition that typically creates lots of itching.

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