Ear infections are usually caused by both; bacteria and viruses present in the middle ear. As statistics show that ear infections are more common in children than adults, the causes clearly justify and support this fact. One of the biggest cause of ear infection is “wax buildup”. As adults we learn to take care of our personal hygiene, but at a younger age, we are dependent on our parents to do so. Parents might remember to clean up their ears even 2nd day, but might forget about their children, considering that the child might be sleeping, playing or may be at school while they clean theirs.
As much as one wants a speedy recovery, he must think through the possibilities of having to face the side effects as far as allopathic medication is concerned. Then considering this renowned fact, he turns to home remedies that are purely natural and in most cases have a zero percent chance of side effects. Below are a few home remedies which are very easy and anyone can try them at home!
- Salt: it is available at everyone’s home and this remedy is one of the most used remedies. Heat a cup of salt in your microwave, pan or a double boiler (whichever is available) for almost 3-5 minutes. Put this heated salt into a cloth, cloth pocket or even a sock and seal the end with a rubber band or anything that keeps it closed tightly. Keep checking when the salt becomes bearably hot, when it does, lay the cloth pocket on the effected ear for 5-10 minutes and keep changing positions so that no side is left untreated. Repeat this remedy thrice or four times a day.Basically the salt helps in absorbing the fluid in the ear and the heat that it provides draws out fluid; this relieves the swelling and pain.Use this same remedy with rice as well. It works both ways.
- Garlic: produce garlic oil by cooking two of garlic cloves in two table spoons of sesame oil, or mustard oil (whichever is available) until the cloves turn blackish. Strain out the solution when it is considerably hot. Pour almost 2-4 drops of this oil in the infected ear.Alternatively, you may boil 2-3 fresh cloves of garlic in water for 5 minutes. Crush them and then salt them (cover them in salt) and put tis paste in a cloth. Place this cloth against the infected ear.
- Basil: crush 4-5 holy basil leaves in a very gentle manner for you want to get the juice out of them apply this juice only ON and around the ear. Don’t let the juice run inside the ear canal.Moreover, you may mix the holy basil juice with oil like coconut oil. Soak a cotton ball or a cloth piece in the mixture of oil and wipe the inner ear and the edges of the ear. Also rub the mixture behind the ear. Repeat this as many times a day as you can.
- Onions: heat half of an onion to an extent that it is bearably warm and cover it in a thin cloth or a sock. Now get out your old or new ear muffs. Place the onion on your infected ear and use the ear muff to hole it in place. The chemicals present in the onion help in the healing processes. Also, remember to perform it on one ear at a time. It helps in getting rid of bacteria.