Treating Ear Infections: Natural Options

Chronic ear infections are painful and frustrating. They can also cause a great deal of damage to your hearing if left unchecked and untreated. While you may be concerned about the effect your ear infections are having on your hearing, you cannot undergo any hearing tests until your infection has cleared up. Lucky for you there are several treatment options available to you to treat and clear up your ear infection once and for all. In fact, there are several natural remedies you can try out at home. Know your options and get your ear infections cleared up sooner rather than later. 


Garlic is one of the most effective home remedies available for any number of ailments. It has strong antimicrobial qualities that help clear up infections quickly and effectively. Garlic also has analgesic (pain-killing) properties which can be very useful in treating ear infections. 

To treat your infection, you will need to use garlic oil. You can either purchase garlic oil in a store or you can make it yourself.

To make your own homemade garlic oil, just combine two cloves of garlic with two tablespoons of sesame oil. Heat the mixture on the stove until it starts to turn dark (nearly black). Let the oil cool until it is just warm. 

In order to apply the garlic oil to your infection, you can use three to four drops just like ear drops. Or you can soak a cotton ball in the garlic oil and place in your ears like an ear plug. Leave in the ear for five to ten minutes. 

Apple Cider Vinegar

Some ear infections are fungal rather than bacterial. If this may be the case with your ear infection, apple cider vinegar can help. It has natural anti-fungal properties. White vinegar can also be used in lieu of apple cider vinegar.

To treat your infection with apple cider vinegar, mix equal parts of the vinegar and water. Soak a cotton ball in the mixture and place inside your ears like ear plugs. Allow the mixture to soak into your ears for several minutes.

After you remove your makeshift ear plugs, lay on your side to allow the liquid to drain out of your ear. Moisture remaining in the ears can cause further problems and infection. 

Hot Water Bottle

Applying a hot (or warm) water bottle to your infected ears can provide you with immediate relief from the pain and discomfort that comes with your ear infection. Just make sure the water bottle is a comfortable temperature. 

If you do not have a hot water bottle, you can use a heating pad as well. Use only for short periods of time to relieve flare-ups of severe ear pain. Five to ten minutes per session is the most you should do.

Using these home remedies will help you get rid of your ear infection as quickly as possible, while also treating the pain the comes along with it. All you need to do is give these options a try, and contact a hearing tests professional if you have further questions.