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Earache is the worst. Anyone who has ever experienced it will agree that the pain is annoying and often debilitating. My wife gets it frequently and we are always looking for innovative ways to treat and prevent the pain. Many of the over-the-counter treatments we have tried are not as effective as we would like. So, we decided to open ourselves up to some common home remedies for earache. In this article, I will introduce some of these home remedies for earache. But first, what is an earache and how does it start?

Symptoms of an Earache

  • Redness around the ear
  • Swelling in or around the ear canal
  • Fever
  • Pain and soreness
  • Many earaches that are due to infection can also be accompanied by cold or flu like symptoms

What Causes an Earache?

There are many possible causes for earache. Sometimes, it is caused by minor irritation of the ear’s parts while other times it can be caused by serious infection or injury. Ultimately, the cause of your earache will depend on what part of the ear is being affected, if it is due to irritation, infection, or trauma, and what symptoms you are experiencing. As a general rule of thumb, the deeper your earache, the more likely it is that you will need medical attention. However, if your earache involves only the outer and middle ear then you might consider some of these home remedies for earache. 

Home Remedies for Earache

Please keep in mind that these remedies are not meant to treat or cure serious ear issues. If you suspect that you have a serious ear infection or injury then consult your doctor. Nonetheless, the ear is a very sensitive part of the body. It is interwoven with a complex set of nerves that send warning signals when there is a problem. Some of these home remedies for earache aim to treat the cause of the earache while others just aim to relieve the pain.  

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Photo by team voyas on Unsplash

Garlic Oil Treatment Home Remedy for Earache

This home remedy for earache involves garlic and olive oil. Simply chop up some garlic and place it in a bowl of heated olive oil. Let this mixture sit for about 30 minutes until the garlic is lightly infused with the oil. Once your mixture is ready, take an ear dropper and slowly drip the mixture in to the ear that has discomfort. Since garlic has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, it reduces the inflammation that may be causing your ear pain while killing germs as well. See the video below for further details. 

Acupressure Home Remedy for Earache

Acupressure uses nerve channels in the body to manipulate and relieve pain. This is one of the easiest home remedies for earache and you can even do it in the office. The pressure point that helps with earache is located on the fourth finger of either hand (the finger next to the pinky). This point is a part of what acupuncturists call the triple burner channel. To find this point on your fourth finger, open your hand with palm facing down. The  first point for earache is located on the outside corner of the fingernail closest to your hand. Applying pressure to this point will relieve ear pain. There are two other points on the same finger that have the same affect. Refer to the video below to find out where they are.

Hot Compress

Heat can be an effective home remedy for earache. Heat encourages movement in a problem laiden area. Further, movement is the enemy of inflammation because inflammation often happens when fluids get trapped in one place. Since inflammation can be one of the causes of earache, you can help relieve your earache by placing a hot compress over your ear. 

Basil Juice Home Remedy for Earache

Similar to garlic juice, fresh pressed basil juice has anti inflammatory and antibacterial properties. This makes it a useful ingredient in one of our home remedies for earache. Take advantage of these properties by placing a few drops of basil juice in your ear the next time you are suffering from ear pain. 

Home remedies for earache Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash
Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash

Ginger Juice Home Remedy for Earache

Ginger has been used for thousands of years for pain relief. You can use it as a home remedy the next time you have an earache by placing a few drops of ginger juice in your ear. Often, earache is accompanied by cold and flu symptoms such as sore throat. You can also gargle ginger juice to treat discomfort caused by head cold symptoms in addition to ear pain. 

Hair Dryer

Earache is often caused by moisture in the ear. Therefore, if you suffer from frequent earaches, it is important to keep your ears dry. You can do this by setting your hair dryer to the lowest temperature and intensity setting. Then, turn it on and point it in to your ear canal from a distance. Hair dryers may vary in intensity so be careful not do damage your ear by putting it too close. 


Earache is a painful and annoying problem. Unfortunately, since our ears are so sensitive, it is also a common problem. If you frequently experience non-severe earaches, then I hope you gave one of these home remedies a try. If you did then please leave a comment below with your experience.