4 Ways to Use Home Remedies for Ear Infections

1. Fight Swimmer’s Ear With Vinegar

You can use vinegar to treat fungal ear infections, such as swimmer’s ear. However, before doing so, you should get a medical professional to confirm that the cause of the problem is in fact fungus, since vinegar won’t do you any good otherwise. Once you’re sure that fungus is to blame, you can create a 50/50 mixture of white vinegar and purified water. Apply it to the affected ear in drops, ensuring that it penetrates the Eustachian tube, and expect relief to come in a few minutes. This natural home remedy will be most effective if applied early.

2. Dry Out Your Ear Canals

Another way to manage the pain and discomfort of otitis is to reduce the amount of moisture in the ear canal. Some people accomplish this by directing the warm airflow from a blow dryer into the ear canal, but this is an unproven way to reduce moisture. You’d be better off to try the following home remedy to remove trapped moisture from inside the infected ear: Heat up 1 cup of salt in your microwave oven. Transfer the warm salt into a thick sock made from a natural fiber, and hold it to your ear. The salt will trap moisture and provide relief from pain and swelling.

3. Use Hydrogen Peroxide to Get Results

You can sometimes cure mild otitis using a 3-percent hydrogen peroxide solution. Simply add a few drops to the infected ear and let it work for 10 minutes. Then, drain the ear. This should provide relief from the infection, but a word of caution: Don’t use this technique if you have an injury to your eardrum, or the hydrogen peroxide may cause tissue damage.

4. Create a Therapeutic Herbal Mixture

Using a warm mixture of natural herbs and compounds can also cure your ear infection. You can create these compounds using a simple recipe. Take 1 tbs. of almond oil, mix it with 2 drops of chamomile oil, 2 drops of lavender oil and 3 drops of tea tree oil. Combine the ingredients thoroughly, and warm in your microwave oven before application. As an alternative, you can substitute 2 drops of thyme oil for the chamomile.

About this Author

Jay Tonin has been active in the Canadian Cancer Society for over 10 years, assisting with fundraising and awareness campaigns. As a freelance writer for eHow.com, he has published a variety of health and wellness related articles on such topics as infection prevention, holistic wellness and abnormal psychology.