Ear infections are a common medical condition, affecting at least one out of every ten people. Ear infections in children are most commonly caused by bacteria entering the ear canal through an untreated ear infection in an infant. It is a serious health concern, but the good news is that there are herbal remedies for ear infections in children and adults.
Ear infections are common, especially in adults. According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, about 20 percent of adults get ear infections at some point during their lives. The CDC reports that ear infections are more common in adults than children, although the reasons for this are unclear.
Ear wax can cause an infection if it gets trapped between the eardrum and the inner ear. This condition is called cerumen impaction, and it occurs most often when someone has had a long period without cleaning his or her ears.
Ear infections in adults are fairly common and, if left untreated, can be quite serious. Ear infections can cause pain, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), dizziness and earache. An ear infection may also result in hearing loss if not treated properly.
They are caused by bacteria, viruses and fungi that get trapped in the middle ear. The infection can cause pain, dizziness and hearing loss if left untreated. They can be acute (sudden onset) or chronic (long-term).
Acute ear infections usually occur when bacteria enter the middle ear through an opening in the eardrum, called a tympanic membrane.
Chronic ear infections are often caused by yeast or fungus that grows on dead tissue in the middle ear. These organisms produce toxins that damage the nerves of your inner ear and cause pain, hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing).
Common Ear Infections In Adults
In adults, the most common causes of ear infections are:
Swimmer’s Ear: This is a water-born infection of the outer ear canal. It occurs when bacteria in the pool or spa settle on the outer parts of your ears and irritate them.
Middle-Ear Infection: This is an infection within the middle ear, which is located inside your outer ear canal. It usually happens when there is excessive buildup of wax in your ears due to allergies or other health problems.
Pseudomonas Aeruginosa: This is a type of bacteria that can cause serious lung infections (pneumonia) when it enters your bloodstream through an open wound or a weakened area in your body like your urinary tract or skin.
Ear infections are usually treated by using antibiotic drops or ointments twice a day for 10 to 14 days. If your child has an ear drain (a tube that drains fluid from his or her ear canal) he or she may need antibiotics through that tube.
If your child doesn’t respond well to medications, you may try other herbal remedies for ear infections in children and adults; however, always consult with a doctor before giving them to your child because herbal remedies can have side effects and interactions with other medications
Herbal remedies for ear infections in children and adults
There are many herbal remedies for ear infections in children and adults available to treat the condition naturally. These herbal remedies have been used in traditional medicine for centuries, and they can be effective at treating both acute and chronic cases of ear infections. Some herbs work better than others, but all of them have their own unique benefits.
Here are some herbal remedies for ear infections to try:
1. Olive oil
You can use olive oil as a compress or as part of a bath that includes Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate). Massage olive oil into your ears several times a day after bathing. You can also pour 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a hot bath and soak for 10 minutes — this should help loosen wax that’s blocking your ears. Don’t put too much olive oil in your ears because it can become so sticky that it clogs up your Eustachian tubes, which drain fluid from the middle ear into the throat. If this occurs, try using an ear syringe to force out excess fluid from
To prepare olive oil in curing ear infections:
1 cup of olive oil
2 drops of oregano essential oil (optional)
- Pour 2 cups of olive oil into a glass jar and add two drops of oregano essential oil if you wish. Cover the top with a lid and shake it well to mix thoroughly.
- Place an old cotton ball in the center of your child’s ear and apply some olive oil to it using your finger tips or cotton swab until it covers all the cotton ball completely.
- Gently press down on your child’s ear for about 5 minutes, then remove it and allow your child to go to sleep with this compress on his/her ear for about 20 minutes before going to bed yourself for the night
Another way you can use olive to cure ear infections is:
- Take a clean cotton ball and dip it into the olive oil. Now gently massage your child’s ear three times a day until the infection goes away. You can also apply this oil on the infected area twice a day.
- If you have an infant, you should use less amount of olive oil as they may drool while applying them on their ears during treatment process.
- For adults, you can use as much amount as needed to get rid of the infection in your ears without any side effects
2. Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea)
Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea) is another common herb that is used to treat ear infections. It has been used by Native Americans for centuries as a natural remedy for many ailments including sore throats, colds and coughs as well as ear infections. The extract from this plant has been shown to stop bacteria from entering the body and destroying healthy cells within your body which could lead to an infection developing in your ears.
How to prepare Echinacea in curing ear infections:
Step 1: Collect the fresh leaves of Echinacea plants. The leaves should be at least 2 inches long and clean. If possible, collect them on a sunny day. Remember to wash them before using them because some plants have toxic substances inside their leaves that can harm your body if they are not washed properly before use.
Step 2: Make sure that you have collected enough leaves for your treatment because this herb can be used both internally and externally depending on the condition being treated.
Step 3: Place the collected leaves in a blender with water until it becomes a smooth mixture without lumps or pieces of leaves sticking together in the blender container. Add more water if necessary so that there are no lumps left at all when mixing these herbs with other liquids such as milk or juice for drinking purposes
3. Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Rosemary is an aromatic herb with a strong, woodsy fragrance and flavor. It’s often used in cooking and as a seasoning and flavoring agent in many different types of food.
Rosemary is a very effective herb for treating ear infections. It can be taken as an infusion, tincture or capsule. Take 1 teaspoon of the crushed leaves three times daily with a little honey if you drink it.
How to prepare Rosemary in curing ear infections:
- To make a natural ear oil mix equal parts of rosemary, olive oil and castor oil together in a glass jar with a tight lid. Now add some drops of lavender essential oil to give your homemade ear oil extra fragrance. Close the lid tightly then place this mixture inside your freezer for about 2 hours until it solidifies completely
- Once you remove this mixture from freezer add 1 tablespoon of honey into it then use this mixture as a direct application on your infected ears before going to bed at night
4. Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
Myrrh is another herb that works wonders when it comes to treating ear infections. It has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, which make it very effective in treating fungal infections of the ears. It can be taken as a decoction with honey or olive oil or used in a salve form.
How to prepare myrrh for ear infection treatment
To prepare myrrh essential oil, you will need:
1 teaspoon of myrrh powder (this can be purchased at most health food stores or some grocery stores)
2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil (I like lavender)
Put the myrrh powder into a small glass bowl or jar and add your favorite essential oil. Mix well until no clumps remain.
Apply in the affected ear.
This can be stored in an airtight container for up to 6 months if kept away from light and heat sources.
Here is another great way you can prepare myrrh for ear infection treatment
You’ll need: 1 teaspoon of myrrh oil or 2 teaspoons of dried myrrh berries (not powdered)
Procedure: Mix 1 teaspoon of myrrh oil with 1/2 cup of warm water until well blended. Add more water if necessary until the mixture reaches a consistency you are comfortable with (it should not be too runny). Let the mixture sit for at least 15 minutes so that it can steep in the warm water before applying it on your child’s ears.
Apply this mixture directly onto both ears twice daily during cold season (October through March).
Mullein is a medicinal herb that has been used to treat ear infections for centuries. It contains terpenes, which can help relieve inflammation and pain in the ears. Mullein has a distinctive smell that is reminiscent of licorice and anise. Because of its strong aroma, you may want to wear gloves when handling this plant.
How to prepare Mullein in curing ear infections
- Prepare the herb by washing thoroughly in cold water. You can use a soap or shampoo that does not contain fragrances or dyes. If your hands are dirty, wash them before working with the herb.
- Place 1 teaspoon of fresh mullein leaves in 1 cup of boiling water for 5 minutes (for optimal effectiveness, boil for 10 minutes). Strain out the leaves and drink this tea on an empty stomach every 2 hours for 3 days. You may also add additional mullein roots or leaves to increase potency if desired.
- After 3 days of treatment with mullein tea, apply 1 tablespoon of mullein leaf gel directly into each ear twice per day until symptoms improve (do not swallow this gel!). Make sure to cover both ears with cotton
6. Oregano oil
Oregano oil is one among the most commonly used herbs for treating ear infections in adults and children. It has effective antibacterial properties which help in killing the bacteria that cause the infection. The oregano oil also helps in reducing fever and relieving pain associated with the infection.
To prepare oregano oil in curing ear infections:
- Place 1 teaspoon of oregano oil in a hot mixture of water and honey. Stir until the mixture becomes thick and syrupy. You may have to add more honey or water if your mixture becomes too thick for you to stir easily.
- Pour this mixture into a small bowl or cup and allow it to cool completely before applying it to your ears or your child’s ears or chest (depending on his age). You can warm it slightly before applying if desired, but do not heat it over 200 degrees Fahrenheit (93 degrees Celsius).
7. Ginger root
Ginger root has been used for centuries for treating various ailments. They are used as herbal remedies for ear infections in children and adults alike. It provides relief from pain, swelling, and itching due to an ear infection as well as reduces fever too.
How to prepare ginger roots in curing ear infections:
- Cut the ginger root into small pieces.
- Place the chopped ginger root in a bowl, add 2 tablespoons of water and mix well until all the pieces are submerged in water.
- Cover it with plastic wrap and place it in a refrigerator for about 2 to 3 days until it is completely dry, then you can use it for cooking purposes like in tonic drinks or for your tea or coffee as well. You can even grind it into powder if you want to use it in other recipes such as salad dressing or soup broth.
Symptoms of Ear Infections
The symptoms of an ear infection can sometimes resemble other conditions, such as sinusitis or bronchitis, so it’s important to see your doctor if you have any concerns about your ears.
The symptoms of ear infections include:
- An itchy or painful ear.
- A draining or plugged ear.
- Fever and chills.
- Ear ache that doesn’t get better with over-the-counter painkillers (such as ibuprofen).
- Sensitivity to noise
- Sore or itchy throat
- Foul smelling drainage from the ear
You should first try to determine whether the infection has occurred because of an allergy or due to some other cause. If you think that the infection is caused by an allergy, you can avoid the food that causes the allergy and try to treat the infections with herbs as soon as you can to avoid serious complications. If the ear infection is serious or you don’t know the cause, try and consult your doctor about the medication needed for treatment.
Originally posted 2022-07-22 01:49:46.