Ear infections can be torturous for pretty much anybody: babies, adults, and even pets. They are no fun and can get serious if not treated properly. Having the best natural ear infection remedies around can really make a difference in clearing up ear infections.
The ear infection remedies in this post are homeopathic and natural. They will be mentioned later on in the post.
These infections result from a buildup of fluid in the middle of the ear which presses against the eardrum, resulting in pain. They generally come on during colds, so it is best to know what exactly the potential symptoms are in order to treat it naturally.
General Ear Infection Symptoms
These are the general symptoms of a typical ear infections, some of which are obviously more prominent in infants:
- pain in the ear, especially when lying down.
- pulling at the ear.
- not sleeping or sleeping more.
- clingy or the opposite.
- regressive behavior (examples: thumb sucking again, wetting bed).
- pus or fluid draining from the ear.
- swollen lymph nodes in the neck.
Common ear infections are normally caused by a buildup of fluid in the ear. They can also be caused by bacterial infections.
With infants, they can bring ear infections upon themselves if they put certain items in their ear that shouldn’t be there.
Homeopathic Remedies For Ear Infections
Homeopathic remedies are absolutely wonderful for ear infections. They can work wonderfully, safely, and gently. There is also very promising research out there showing the effectiveness of homeopathy for ear infections.
There is another great study that came out recently that also involved medical doctors. It is high quality research!
According to Dr. Morrison, homeopathic remedies for ear infections should be given either in 2-3 30C doses or in a single 200C dose depending on the person.
It is also recommended to wait 3 days before giving a remedy in case the infection goes away on its own.
Here are the homeopathic remedies for ear infections:
Pulsatilla is a great children’s remedy especially for ear infections and ear pain in general.
It’s great for left sided (sometimes right side too) ear infections that look inflames and may have pus coming out of the eat. The infection will be caused by a cold and will develop and improve slowly.
An ear infection needing Pulsatilla may begin soon after bed, even if the person was feeling well during the day. It may also be accompanied by a cough, and the person may have green mucus.
Babies needing this remedy feel better when they are picked up, carried, or rocked, and from warmth and open air. They feel worse at time.
Chamomilla is a top ear infection remedy, especially for kids. It’s a must have to keep on you at all times with your kids, and I have used it before for others.
Kids needing Chamomilla will tend to have a red eardrum with no pus coming out. More notably, they will be crying A LOT and will be very cranky, irritable, and angry. They can also be very capricious.
This remedy is also indicated for those that are very sensitive to pain. They will be warm, want constant consolation, and may have a cough as well.
They will also be better from being rocked or shaken and open air, but worse from wind.
Mercurius is good for ear infections that come on at the end of the cold. This will be accompanied by sinuses, drool, and a foul odor coming out of the ear.
They may also have a dirty white or yellow tongue and their ear infection may be worse at night.
Children needing this remedy will be fussy and difficult to settle down.
Hepar sulphuricum works great left sided ear infection remedy.
Like Chamomilla, the person needing this remedy may have extreme pain and may literally scream from it. If it’s a child, they may even yell at their parents to “fix it” so their pain will go away.
The person needing this remedy will usually be worse at night, really chilly, and have smelly yellow discharges that smell cheesy.
This remedy is great for those ear infections that can come on in the middle of the night fast and rapture quickly.
Another interesting indication of this remedy is that when feeling freezing, the person will sticks finger out of the covers.
Belladonna is a useful remedy for dry, painful right sided ear infections, especially when it comes along with a high fever and red face.
The infection is worse around 3PM. For kids, this can be after an afternoon nap.
The person will not have much mucus. Kids can be lethargic or cranky, but not as intense as Chamomilla or Hepar sulphuricum.
Belladonna ear infections are worse from the person being jarred and from bright light.
Ferrum phosphoricum is another great right sided remedy for ear infections. This is used
when there are circumscribed redness on the cheeks. The ear infection can come on quick with clear or yellow mucus, and it may be accompanied by high fever and coughing.
Emotionally, the person needing this remedy may be sad and better from consolation.
When you’re dealing with a left sided ear infection that’s violently painful, and worse from the night and sleep, then consider Lachesis.
Also think of Lachesis when the person is warm and has yellow mucus. Their ear infection pain may be so intense that they may even wake up shrieking from pain.
For people needing Aconite, their dry ear infections will come on fast. They also will be very fearful; they can have a fear of death and may even predict the time of their death.
Dulcamara is known to work for left sided ear infections that are worse during the end of the summer. It helps for ear infections that may be worse at night and have yellow gunk coming out.
Consider Manganum when the person’s ear infection is better from lying down and worse from laughing.
Kali muriaticum is manages ear infections by drying up fluid in the eardrum.
You can give a dose of Kali Muriaticum 200C per day for 4-5 days for this specific type of ear infection.
Non-Homeopathic Approach: Garlic Oil
Garlic oil is a wonderful herbal medicine that works to alleviate ear infections. Garlic contains anti-bacterial properties that work to quickly reduce the pain and infection in the ear.
To apply on ear infections, you can put 2-3 drops of the oil on the ear. Then, insert the ball into the ear to hold the liquid in place.
According to Dr. Morrison, the drops should not be used on children who have tympanostomy tubes or ruptured tympanic membranes.
Don’t use both garlic oil and homeopathy together as the strong herbal odor of the oil can cancel out the effect of the remedy used.
My Experience With These Remedies
I have dealt with acute ear infections since I was a student studying homeopathy.
Here’s one example:
A client in my supervision practice called me to help alleviate her baby’s red ear infection. She already received antibiotics from her doctor, which led to temporary, unpleasant side effects but did not help. She also applied garlic oil beforehand, which alleviated the ear a bit.
Her baby was not sleeping, had loose stools, and was screaming from her ear pain.
After asking a few questions, I told her to give her baby Chamomilla 30C. After 1 dose, her baby already saw improvement within an hour. In her own words:
“I gave her the remedy and she already seems better. Wow, it’s crazy.”
Best Natural Ear Infection Remedies Wrap Up
The homeopathic remedies listed above and garlic oil are one of the best natural ear infection remedies that you can use.
They are safe, efficient, and inexpensive. They work great with babies, pets, and adults alike. It’s good to keep these remedies on you at your home or office to stay safe.
Hope your ears stay safe!