Home Remedies for Earaches...
Otitis Media or Otitis Externa
EARACHES from external ear infections
Swimmer's ear (otitis externa) is a painful condition of the outer portion of the ear and the most proximal portion the ear canal.
The purpose of the ear canal is to protect the ear from infection and prevent entry of foreign objects.
This is accomplished in 4 ways: 1) length of the canal makes it difficult for objects to enter, 2) ear wax (cerumen) traps debris before entering the ear, 3) the ear has an acidic environment which can be harmful to bacteria, 4) hair in the ear canal presents a barrier against debris.
Otitis externa (swimmer's ear) is often caused by trapped moisture which encases the bacteria in a warm, moist enviroment causing the infection and earaches. It can also be caused by minor injury to the ear canal. The break in the skin can let the bacteria enter causing the infection, also causing earaches.
EARACHES from middle ear infections
Otitis media is an infection of the middle ear and eardrum. It is most common in infants and toddlers. It may also affect older children and adults.
Otitis media is caused by viral or bacterial infections of the middle ear.
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It tends to follow an upper respiratory tract infection which causes inflammation of the Eustachian tube. This inhibits normal fluid drainage from the middle ear.
Otitis media predisposing factors:
•allergies •exposure to second-hand smoke •bottle feeding in flat position •family history of ear infections •abnormal anatomy of the head and neck.
Here are a few very successful home remedies for middle ear and swimmer's ear infections:
• Place 2-3 drops of hydrogen peroxide in each ear for 10 minutes. This is for cleansing.
• Place 2-3 drops of breast milk in the affected ear of infant every three to four hours
***Studies show breast-fed infants tend to experience less ear infections than bottle-fed babies***
• A warm and (NEVER HOT), compress applied to the affected ear for 10 minutes. Helps with swelling and pain.
• Two or three drops of warm onion juice placed in each ear (helps fight infection). Let sit 3-5 minutes and drain naturally. Cover ear with cotton. Perform morning and night.
• One or two drops of mixed olive oil and minced garlic in each ear. Garlic and olive oil should be warm but not cooked. This helps with pain and infection. Let sit 3-5 minutes, and drain naturally. Cover ear with cotton. Perform morning and night. In between, cleanse ear by placing 2-3 drops of peroxide into ear. Let sit several minutes and drain.
• Elevate the toddler’s mattress to help with drainage. Place something under the mattress to elevate but do not use pillows under the child’s head
• Sip and swallow. This can help open the eustachian tubes
Here are a few herbal home remedies for middle ear infections
A) Mullein - A tall biennial of the snapdragon family. It is found in Europe, Asia, and the United States.
Uses - Treats otitis media, inflammed mucosa. It is also used as an expectorant and anti-tussive to treat cough, influenza, the common cold and other upper respiratory tract infections. Topically, it is used for burns, hemorrhoids, swollen mucosal areas.
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Available Forms - Dried leaf, capsules, flower oil, liquid extract.
Adult Dosages and Route -
* Capsules - two 290mg with two meals daily or as needed.
* As flower oil - Five to ten drops taken orally; 2-3x/day
* As leaves - Mix one cup of boiling water and 1-2 teaspoons of dried mullein leaf. Steep for 15 minutes. Drink 3x/day.
How it helps earaches - It contains anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-viral and anti-tumor properties
Precautionary Information - Do not give to children, do not use while pregnant or while lactating. May cause drowsiness, and contact dermatitis
B) Pulsatilla - A perennial
flowering plant found in Europe. Pulsatilla has been used medicinally for centuries by the Native Americans and Romans for headaches, neuralgia, respiratory problems, eye problems and more.
Uses - Otitis media, headaches, eye problems, sedative and diuretic
Available Forms - dried herb, tincture, and homeopathic remedies
Adult Dosages and Route -
* Dried Herb - 0.1 to 0.3 grams in oral infusion 3x/day. Or half teaspoon to one cup boiling water. Steep for 15 minutes. Drink 3x/day.
* Liquid extract - 0.1 to 0.3 milliliters taken orally 3x/day; (1:1 in 25% alcohol)
* Tincture - 0.5 to 3.0 milliliters taken orally 3x/day; (1:1 in 25% alcohol)
How it helps earaches - It contains anti-pyretic (fever reducer) properties
Precautionary Information - Can be an abortifacient, therefore do not use if wishing to become pregnant or are pregnant. If you chew the dried form, it can cause a burning sensation to throat and tongue. Do not give to children, do not use while lactating. Do not handle fresh plant as it can be toxic. Can cause stomach upset.
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