5 Homemade ear infection treatments that actually work

Ear is perhaps the most delicate of all sensory organs. If not cared for correctly, it may cause numerous complications which include ear infection. It is a very common problem nowadays; it is detected both in infants and children. Even it is becoming prevalent in adults also.


The medical term used for ear infection is “Otitis Media” or chronic ear infection. The indicators, causes, and treatment of an ear infection are not well known to many people. Mostly if we suffer with an ear pain, the first thing we do is to find a quick remedy to get rid of the pain and irritation.

Here we have 5 most effective ear infection treatments that you can try at your home. But before that we see how ear infection is caused and factors helping it.


1 What causes Ear infections?

Ear infection is something that mostly happens in the middle part of the ear. It causes the ear drum to get weak in the middle part of the ear.

It is caused when the ear gets congested by the mucus or fluid buildup behind the ear drum. This disturbs the hearing sense of an individual. Ear infections are also triggered by food allergies, respiratory problems, ecological allergies, genetics, internal injuries, and dietary deficiencies.

What causes Ear infections?

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2 Heating Pad/ Warm Water Bottle

To get instant respite from the pain the first and chief thing one should do is to press a heating pad or warm water bottle against the ear.


Another way to do it is by using a clean cloth and dipping it in lukewarm water and applying the cloth to the infected area. Do keep in mind not to exceed the heating procedure for a long time and don’t keep the temperature too high.

You can repeat the procedure if required.

Heating Pad/ Warm Water Bottle

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3 Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is recognised for its antibacterial and curative properties. To get instant relief form ear pain, use a mixture of Tea Tree Oil, Olive oil, Apple cider vinegar and silver in the following amounts.


Prepare a mixture of one tsp of apple cider vinegar, 2 tbsp of olive oil, 3 drops of tea tree oil, and a tsp of colloidal silver. Warm this mixture a bit. Now keep the infected ear upright and using a dropper, drip the mixture in the ear drop by drop. Leave the mixture in for about 5 minutes or so. Now tilt the ear in order to drain the mixture. Repeat the process 3 times a day for positive results.

Tea Tree Oil

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4 Olive Oil

Ear infection is largely caused due to wax getting deposited in the ear resulting in incubation and development of bacteria and fungus which eventually blocks the ear.

The best solution to this is Olive oil. To use, warm some olive oil and put some drops of this warm oil into the infected ear. The heat will melt the wax and Olive oil will help in removing the wax and the fungus etc. from inside of the ear. The wax can be removed safely by using a cotton bud and the ear can also be cleaned using this.
You can also use mustard oil in place of olive oil to treat the ear infection.

Olive Oil

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5 Apple Cider Vinegar

Another surprising ingredient that helps with ear infection is Apple cider vinegar.

It proves an excellent solution for removing fungus from the ear. Just mix apple cider vinegar and water or alcohol in equal quantity. Soak a cotton ball in the solution and keep the cotton ball in the infected for 5 minutes at least.


Remove the cotton ball and switch to opposite sides in order to flush the solution and dry the ear using a hair dryer.

Apple Cider Vinegar

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6 Salt

Salt is considered to be the best cure readily obtainable at home.


In order to use, heat one cup of salt in a microwave for at least 5-6 minutes. Take the salt out and pour it in a sock. Tie the open end of the sock using a rubber band.

Now lie down and place the sock underneath the infected ear for atleast ten minutes. The heat emitting from the hot salt will filter through the sock and cause the fluid to drain out from the ear easily.

In order to get complete relief from the inflammation and pain, repeat the process multiple times in a day taking suitable breaks in between the process.


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