Ear pain can be sharp and piercing. There are many possible causes of ear pain. Cavities, sinus infections, earwax, and tonsillitis are some common ones. Ear infection by cold is very common because of the emergence of bacteria and viruses. Infections in the ear resulting in inflammation and swelling of the eustachian tube. In most cases, ear infections can be conveniently treated at home. You can find most of the things that can give you relief in your kitchen pantry. Here are some home remedies for ear pain that are safe to try.
Apply heat: Applying heat on the ears can help in easing down the pain. You can mildly heat a piece of cloth and put it on your child’s ears in short intervals.
Chew gum: If you’re on an airplane or driving at high altitudes and your ear pain is from the change in air pressure, chew some gum. It can help lower that pressure and ease your symptoms.
Garlic: Crush two cloves of garlic and mix it with 2 teaspoons of mustard oil. Heat this mixture till the garlic turns slightly black. Allow it to cool down and then apply few drops inside the infected ear. This tends to give instant relief.
Onions: Chop a small onion and extract its juice. Put a few drops into the ear. Its anti-bacterial quality will help fight the infection and reduce the pain.
Basil: Crush four to five fresh basil leaves gently to extract the juice. Apply the basil juice on or around the infected ear by the help of cotton ball. Avoid getting the juice in the ear canal. Repeat process twice daily.
Coconut oil: Put a couple of drops of liquid coconut oil in the ear. Open and close your jaw a few times so that the oil reaches all corners of the ear canal. Place the cotton ball in your ear so that the oil doesn’t leak out. The liposomal lauric acids present in coconut oil have antimicrobial properties.
Sleep upright: Prop yourself up in bed with a stack of pillows, or sleep in an armchair that’s a bit reclined. This could ease pressure and pain in your middle ear.
Article by: Dr. Himani