Earache Home Remedies
Earache home remedies can be used for treating pain caused by any of these below mentioned problems but first lets know what are causes for the earache.
One of the organ which makes us aware of our special world, are The ears.They are our organs of hearing and balance.The hearing apparatus consists of three major parts-external ear, middle ear and inner ear.Neglect of minor ear problems can lead to disastrous results.
An earache can be excrutiatingly painful. As the ear, nose and throat are all inter-connected, the pain can also spread to these areas and cause much distress.
Causes and Symptoms
Earache is usually caused by a cold getting out of hand. The ear, nose and throat are intimately connected. Any infection in one area tends to affect the other two to a lesser or greater degree. This is especially so in children. Pain can also occur if one has used a pin or matchstick to clean the ears. An erupting wisdom tooth or a toothache can also cause pain in the ear.
o Steam inhalations clear all the respiratory passages (ear/ nose/ throat). An infusion of eucalyptus leaves is particularly beneficial.
o Another earache home remedy is to take a tablespoon of mustard or sesame-seed oil, heated with a clove of garlic or a pinch of omum, then filtered and cooled to a bearable temperature, can be instilled (1-2 drops) in the ear. Tilt the head so that the oil goes into the ear, and hold the head in that position for a minute or so. Do this twice a day for 2-3 days.
o One or two drops of holy basil-leaf juice in the ear in beneficial for an earache.
o One or two drops of garlic oil, put twice a day in the ear, is also efficacious. However,this may cause irritation in some people, so add a drop of milk to it.
o Use as a ear drop a decoction of neem leaves -1-2 drops -just warm, not hot.
o A few drops of fresh lime juice, diluted with an equal quantity of water - two drops twice a day - is also very effective earache home remedy.
o Ear drops can be made with the warmed fresh juice of either tender mango leaves, fresh ginger, neem leaves, or onion. Put in the ear one or two drops at a time. Do not mix these. Each remedy is individually used.
o Pound fenugreek seeds and put in hot oil. Filter and cool it to a bearable temperature. This oil should be used as eardrops.
Wax in the Ears
Nature has its way of looking after our ears. There are small glands in the ear canal that produce wax. This wax entraps dust and foreign bodies, so as to leave a clear passage for the sound waves. The movements of the jaw while eating extrude the wax without our even being aware of it. Normally, cleaning the ears while bathing suffices to maintain a normal amount of wax.
Causes and Symptoms
However, sometimes there is an excessive secretion, and the wax blocks the opening of the external ear canal, causing either pain or a ringing sensation in the ear, or even the sensation of not being able to hear well.
o To remove impacted wax, put warm olive (or any other edible oil) into the ear, which will not solidify on cooling. Do this for 2-3 nights. The wax will soften and be easily removed with a ear bud.This is one of the oldest earache home remedy.
Discharge from the Ear
Discharge from the ear is the result of an infection and can be most troublesome. It must never be neglected.
Causes and Symptoms
Any infection of the middle ear will first cause pain in the ear, and if untreated, lead to discharge from the ear. This is called otitis media. The discharge is usually pus-like but may even be bloodstained and foul-smelling. Once the discharge occurs, the pain decreases.
As a rule, once an ear starts discharging pus nothing should be put into it. Medicine should be given orally to heal from within, e.g., antibiotics. However, in the absence of medical facilities, in case the discharge persists and becomes chronic, folk-medicine practitioners use the following remedies:
o Breast milk: A few drops of the breast milk of a healthy lactating woman can be put in an infant's infected ear. Breast milk has natural immunity-enhancing and healing properties.
o Two or three drops of warm onion juice, put in the ear 2-3 times a day, is efficacious.
o Heat a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in a tablespoon of hot oil. Cool to a bearable temperature. Strain. A drop of this oil with a drop of fresh milk should be put in the ear to relieve a earache.
o Wash the ear with water in which neem leaves or neem bark has been boiled. This is very effective earache home remedy.
Foreign body in the Ear
Sometimes an insect gets into the ear and it is difficult to remove it. A few drops of onion juice or warm mustard oil should be instilled in the ear, and a second later the head should be tilted to the affected side. The insect and the oil will come out.