Treat an Ear Infection Using Home Remedies
Having an ear infection is painful and irritating. An infection can happen after a cold or other respiratory ailment. When you get an ear infection, you will often get a fever with it, but not always. Once you determine you have an ear infection, go to the doctor and then use home remedies along with whatever medication the doctor recommends to get rid of the infection. Home remedies are cheap, and most of us already have them in our homes. When you find the right home remedies, they can ease the pain from the ear infection and help get rid of the infection altogether.
1. Take a washcloth full of hot water and wring it out. Hold the hot washcloth onto the infected ear until it cools. The moist heat increases the circulation and reduces the swelling and the pain. This will not reduce the infection but will likely provide comfort.
2. Take 1 tbsp. of pure almond carrier oil, add 2 drops of lavender essential oil, 2 drops of chamomile essential oil and 3 drops of tea tree essential oil. Mix the oils and heat them up. Put 2 drops of this warm oil mixture inside the infected ear twice a day for comfort.
3. Chewing gum–or food for that matter–will open and close the mouth, causing the Eustachian tube (where an ear infection typically resides) to ventilate and may allow for drainage. This may help to relieve some pressure from the infection and provide comfort.