6 Effective Home Remedies for an Earache|Get Earache Relief Naturally

How to Get Rid of Earache

If you are suffering from a miserable earache and looking for ways to get rid of it, you are on the right page. An earache can be very annoying as the irritating pain distracts you and accounts for sleepless nights. Also in some cases, earache is present along with decreased hearing or buzzing noise, and thus, it becomes a significant matter of concern.

How to Get Rid of Earache

How to Get Rid of Earache

An earache is more common in children, but there are many reasons because of which even adults may suffer from it. It may be caused due to an assortment of diseases or may be referred pain of sinusitis or mastoiditis. Let us have a look at the common causes of an earache.

Common causes of an earache are earwax blockage, ear infection, barotrauma, sore throat, sinusitis, mastoiditis, tonsillitis, clogged water or any foreign body in the ear, ear injury and other neurological disorders.

If an earache is mild, then do not worry. There are several herbal ingredients available on your kitchen shelf that are very effective in soothing an earache. Below in this article, we have compiled top 7 home remedies for a earache that is effective, easily available and totally safe.

Six Effective Home Remedies for an Earache


Earache many times are very intense and heart-wrenching. To provide instant relief garlic is considered the foremost home remedy. Alliin and allinase are two compounds present in garlic that acts as a natural painkiller. Also, garlic is anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial thus it very effectively fights infection.



Take one or two pods of garlic and peel it. Take mustard oil in a small pan. Now add the pods of garlic to it. Heat it till the pods get brown. Put the pan on the flame. Strain the oil and discard the garlic cloves. Let the oil cool down up to the temperature that is bearable. With the help of a sterilized dropper, pour a few drops of the oil in the affected ear.With the help of a cotton ball plug your ear so that oil will not come out.

2.Hot compress-

In most of the cases of pain, hot compress works like wonder. Same is the case with an earache. Hot compress promotes the circulation of the blood and thus eases the pain.

Hot compress

Hot compress

Take a clean cotton pouch. Fill it with heated rice grains. Check whether the temperature is bearable or not. Press the pouch over the ear for 10 minutes.

3.Cold compress-

Cold compress reduces inflammation and thus is found helpful in reducing earache. You may use an ice pack or a pack of frozen peas for this purpose. But remember, do not directly apply a cold compress to the skin or it may cause chilblains. Wrap the ice pack in cheesecloth before using it.


Onion is easily available in everyone’s kitchen. Since ages, onion has been used as a traditional home remedy for ear ache. The red fumes of the onion that make us cry have magical medicinal properties. Onion alleviates pain, reduces inflammation and eliminates the infection.



Just extract onion juice and pour a few drops of it in your ears. You can also try hot compress with onion to ease the discomfort and pain.
Take an onion and cut into slices. Put onion slices in the microwave. Wrap the warm onion in a cotton cloth. Check if the temperature is bearable. Place the cloth against the affected ear for 10 minutes. Repeat this several times in a day.

5.Basil leaves-

This superb herb is considered very sacred because of its property to make the environment free from harmful micro-organisms. Basil leaves are also very effective in reducing pain and inflammation. To treat ear infection crush basil leaves to extract its juice. Pour a few drops of the juice in the infected ear. Repeat this for 5 to 7 days, and you will witness the relief.

Basil leaves

Basil leaves

6.Tea tree oil-

Tea tree oil or melaleuca oil is an excellent antiviral, antibacterial and antiseptic. But like other essential oil, it should be diluted before being used. To ease an earache better dilute it with olive oil or almond oil. Below, is a DIY home remedy for ear ache using tea tree oil.

Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil

Take three drops of tea tree oil, one teaspoon vinegar and two tablespoons of olive oil. Mix the ingredients. Slightly warm the mixture. With the help of a dropper pour a few drops of the moisture in your ear. Repeat this three times in a day for 2 days.

We hope you find this article helpful. In most of the cases, home remedies for an earache are enough to provide quick relief.

If you have an ear infection, natural remedies will ease the pain. This will make your condition bearable until the time your immune system fights off the infection.

But the effectiveness of the home remedies also depends on the cause of an earache. In the case of referred pain due to a blocked nose, steam inhalation proves to be effective. If you have a cavity, then you need to consult a dentist. If you are traveling through air plain, do keep a cotton ball in your ear or chew something to prevent the discomfort caused due to the pressure changes.
If in the case your earache is severe or is accompanied by fever, fluid oozing from ear or decreased hearing do consult your doctor immediately.

Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta
Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta:  Professionally a homeopathic doctor and a dietician Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta is passionate about writing health and parenting blogs. She believes in holistic approach towards health and well being.

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