Homesteading Tips: Naturally Treating Ear Aches

Pain is not necessary when you have the right cure. And when it comes to an earache you might be surprise what you can implement!

Home Remedies for Earaches #1 – Onions
Onions are a preferred remedy in the book Be Your Own Doctor and with some of the folks on Earth Clinic.    Some people simply cut an onion in half and place it over the affected ear.  Others gently heat a small portion of the onion until warm but not soft, and tuck the heated onion into the ear.  Some people wrap the onion in a warm, moist cloth, others use it directly on the ear.  Another option is to squeeze out some onion juice, heat gently, and put a few drops into the ear.  Recommended compress time seems to be around 10-15 minutes, or until the onion cools.  Rest quietly while treating.

Home Remedies for Earaches #2 – Apple Cider Vinegar
As I researched home remedies, I’ve found that people use apple cider vinegar (ACV) to cure just about everything.  Earaches/ear infections are no exception.

Home Remedies for Earaches #3 – Honey
Honey, either local and raw or manuka, is another treatment suggested by Earth Clinic users.  The honey is swabbed gently around the perimeter of the ear canal.

Home Remedies for Earaches #4 – Hot Herbal Tea
While you’re applying warmth from the outside, you can also apply warmth from the inside.  Echinacea, German chamomile, and holy basil are herbs that promote healing and relaxation.

Home Remedies for Earaches #5 – Steam
Plug in the humidifier or still your head in a hot shower.  As mentioned above, dry winter air does a number on our airways, which are connected to our ears.  Opening and relaxing with moist air can relieve pressure and sometimes pain.

And we don’t need to stop there!

Go to Common Sense Homesteading to get more ideas, tips and tricks to stop or, at least, lessen the pain of an annoying earache. Life is too short to be in pain! get relief the easy and natural way!