How to Soothe an Earache Naturally

These tips for how to soothe an ear ache naturally with items already in your pantry may be your saving grace with a screaming baby at 3am.


How to Soothe an Ear Ache Naturally

How to Soothe an Earache Naturally and Quickly

Using Items Already in Your Pantry!

Disclaimer: I am NOT a medical expert, please consult your own physician before trying the described method on how to soothe an earache naturally.  DO NOT use this method if you suspect the eardrum has been ruptured….this is meant to be used to soothe an earache not cure an ear infection…always consult your physician before trying any techniques described.

So this time of year Little Man seems to catch EVERYTHING that’s out there!  Colds, flus, ear infections, RSV, you name it- he gets it!  We’ve been working with our pediatrician on improving his immune system with vitamins and probiotics…which has significantly helped compared to last year….this year he just catches every other thing out there. 😉  Anyway….I do highly suggest getting your little one on a good vitamin regime to help ward off illness.  But this post is about ear aches so let’s get on with the point that brought you here….

How to soothe an ear ache naturally


Anytime Little Man gets sick he starts pulling on his ears complaining that they hurt too…which makes sense…the pressure builds up from any sinus congestion resulting in an ear ache and the pediatrician told me that he’s more likely to develop an ear infection when his immune system is compromised and fighting off other illnesses.  So I always keep some of this ear soothing oil on hand to help soothe his earaches.  You’re going to be shocked at how simple this is…..and it works EVERY time!  Little Man even asks for it now!

Ear Soothing Oil Recipe:

1/4 Cup Olive Oil

3 Garlic Cloves

Place the olive oil in a small dish. Slice up garlic cloves and let them soak in the olive oil.  For the first dosage you can let them soak for just 20 minutes but then I leave them to continue soaking overnight- covered, of course- and in the fridge.  Once the oil is nice and garlicky, remove the garlic cloves and pour the oil into an ear dropper or small medicine container you can keep in the fridge….I use a little travel shampoo container I got at the Dollar Store.

To administer the soothing oil:

Use a small dropper and drop a single drop into each ear.  I also gently rub the ear because Little Man finds this soothing and it helps the oil travel a little further into the canal.  All you need is a single drop…so this stuff will last a LONG time….I would toss it at the end of cold/flu/ear infection season and start fresh each year.  I also take it straight from the fridge….the cold oil seems to be extra soothing….it fills my heart with joy when I see Little Man smile as the oil goes in after he’s been crying in pain….I feel like a Super Mom with that look of instant relief!

I also use it as a preventative measure (as instructed by my pediatrician- make sure you talk to yours too).  Garlic is actually great at warding off bacteria and preventing an ear infection.  Whenever Little Man gets sick I go ahead and put a drop in each ear at bedtime… far we haven’t had a single ear infection this year (we had 6 last year and if we had one more we were going to have to put tubes in his ears).

Now your child is going to smell like the daily special at the Italian Restaurant….but it’s so worth it to keep the pain away!

What are your tips for how to soothe an earache naturally?

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  1. says

    Going to try this soon!! I’ve had a strange problem with my own ears this year. Actually went to the DR and she said it was a bad case of swimmer’s ear and the fluid in my ear drum looked clear. It went away, but seamed to come back a month latter. This time I used equal parts rubbing alcohol and white vinegar. It got it cleared up in less than a week. That was only for drying the water and clearing up swimmer’s ear. I’m going to try this next time anyone has inner ear trouble. THANKS!!

  2. Nalani says

    I used this remedy for my 5 children all the time when they were growing up and it always worked great. Now my children are using it on their children.

    • says

      Oh no…hopefully it works well for you! It really helps Little Man…there are times when he’ll go to the fridge and ask for it at night…so I definitely know it’s soothing. If you use it please give me some feedback– it’s hard to know how it feels/works when the only person using it can’t really talk. 🙂

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