Action Hero Moms Use Ear Infection Natural Remedies

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist Natural RemediesComments: 60

By Joette Calabrese, Classical Homeopath, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na)

ear infection natural remediesFry up the bacon. Nurse the baby. Set the yogurt.

Wait…wait – heal an ear infection, too?


Just another day in the life of an Action Hero!

The next time your little one is faced with a painful ear infection, step up and become the family hero. Follow the guidelines below and have the following homeopathic remedies on hand.

Then, take action!

For over 200 years, homeopathic remedies have been shown to alleviate pain and bring healing gently and resolutely….without harsh drugs.

This is the arsenal of champions.

When choosing a remedy for an ear infection, base your ear infection natural remedy choice as closely as you can on the symptoms your child is experiencing. Do this by matching the totality of the symptoms to one of the following remedies. Once you’ve selected the best match, stick with it for up to four doses. As soon as you see improvement (this can often mean the child simply falls asleep or is content again), then stop the remedy. Resume if pain or other symptoms return. This could happen within hours or even a few days.

Ear infection natural remedies may be repeated every 2-3 hours. The determining factor is the intensity of the symptoms. That is, the more painful the symptoms, the more frequently the administration of the remedy. And don’t worry: these remedies are not only effective, but safe even when used frequently.

Ear Infection Natural Remedies

1) Belladonna 30 …Think of Belladonna for the early stages of an earache when the symptoms come on quickly, with fury, and the child is overwhelmed by the pain. Another good clue is the distinct color associated with Belladonna: red. The exterior of the ear as well as the eardrum may be red.

You may want to purchase your own otoscope if you have enough children and painful ears to justify the expense. I had planned to purchase one with my first child, but because I used homeopathy instead of antibiotics for the first infection he had, I never had to remedy an infection again. That’s how effective these remedies can be.

Homeopathy doesn’t just resolve the infection at hand, but encourages the body to protect from subsequent ones.

2) Pulsatilla 30 … The choice in using this remedy is often based on the child’s demeanor, not only during the infection, but also in times of health. This is the pitiful little child who wants……no…demands, Mom’s attention. If that attention can be obtained, then the pain and overall illness is somewhat
comforted. But oh, if the child can’t get the love she requires, she suffers greatly! I say “she” because more often than not this remedy is suited to girls.

Another fascinating feature of this remedy is that the child who needs it adores ice cream and eating it often causes problems. An ice cream at a birthday party on Saturday can sometimes result in an otitis media on Sunday. Many a parent is impressed with my questions regarding ice cream and exclaims, “How did you know that?”

You just need to know your ear infection remedies and suddenly all the pieces fit together.

3) Chamomilla 30 …Your child’s mood is a huge factor in choosing this remedy, more so than the particular physical symptoms. The child will be extremely irritable, very demanding, and overly sensitive. Sensitivity to pain is extreme and resented.

Most super heroes are uber observant, and that’s what you need to be in order to use homeopathy successfully. So, watch for symptoms of teething.

Chamomilla is the remedy of choice when there’s an ear infection that accompanies teething. The ear pain comes on slowly, but it’s severe and often, warmth is much appreciated. That is, a warm drink, a warm wrap around the ear, even warm olive oil dripped in the ear. The nose is sometimes watery, but your choice of this remedy will be confirmed more with the mood of the child than his runny nose.

4) Silica 30 … This is a good remedy for ear infections that occur during the later stages of a cold. The child whimpers mildly and is physically weak with fatigue. This may be a matter of course for this child, or only during the illness. When the child needs Silica, the ear pain is intense, but not as extreme as with a Chamomilla child. The pain usually begins at night and starts behind the ear. Noise is particularly irritating even though there’s a stuffed up sensation. Pus may form in the ear and you might see drainage. You might also notice that the nose drains, too.

I wish I had more space in which to give you all the ear infection natural remedies that can be considered. But, with these four, I hope I have launched you forward to become the conqueror of family illness.

Get yourself armed for any bad guys that lurk in your world. Then step up and protect your family along with the millions of other supermoms.

Protect the family? You bet! And you did it yourself with your knowledge of ear infection natural remedies.


Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) is a certified classical homeopath who teaches mothers and others worldwide via phone and SKYPE.
This is an excerpt from Joette’s latest book, “How to Raise a Drug Free Family”, which she’ll be using to teach her first webinar course for mothers. Sign up for her free, bi-monthly newsletter for the latest details and registration information by going to

While you’re there, take advantage of her free tips and homeopathy secrets for moms and grandmoms.

The information provided in this article is for educational purposes only and may not be construed as medical advice. The reader is encouraged to make independent inquires and to seek the advice of a licensed healthcare provider.


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Comments (60)

  • Bethany

    I’ve heard of moms using breastmillk like the olive oil in your example.

    March 7th, 2012 12:28 am Reply

    Onion juice for pain and garlic oil or a garlic poultice for infection are also effective remedies that we have used personally. Mullein Herb is effective as well.


    March 7th, 2012 1:00 am Reply
  • Laura Reiner Brady via Facebook

    I have also used lemongrass oil for both my boys. One of them had a persistent ear infection the lemongrass oil worked!! (diluted down with olive oil)

    March 7th, 2012 9:12 am Reply
  • MarthaLynn Albritton Manterfield via Facebook

    What about a child that has a bilious lesion on their eardrum? My nephew has has this twice and my sister is looking for something to a) soothe, and b) heal.

    March 7th, 2012 9:19 am Reply
  • emily duff

    we use good ole onion juice in our house. 5 drops in the ear usually does the trick!

    March 7th, 2012 9:23 am Reply
    • Amanda

      Forgive my ignorance but by onion juice do you mean just cut an onion and squeeze the juice?

      March 7th, 2012 11:23 am Reply
  • Rachel

    Great post. I recently started using Homeopathic remedies too. I also use organic Garlic Oil and that works like a charm!! Usually one application and the pain is gone and it never even turns into an infection with fever and all that. I am happy to report that I’ve never given any of my 4 children antibiotics for an ear infection. If you do it naturally they are THAT easy to treat. Hope lots of people read this post and try it – they will be amazed :)

    March 7th, 2012 9:35 am Reply
  • Jennifer

    We have used homeopathy since my daughter was about 1 yr old. In fact, just a few weeks ago we made it through an intestinal bug, my 4yr daughter had a fever for 4 days and diarrhea, one night being 104…but she was content, just sleepy. With traditional food to help too…I rely on my homeopath, sometimes even late night calls, to find the right remedy. Worth a try for every parent, in my opinion.

    March 7th, 2012 9:40 am Reply
  • Aimee Villella McBride via Facebook

    Warmed garlic mullien oil in ears works wonders. You can buy it easily at any health food store (Gaia’s makes a great brand) or just warm raw garlic in olive oil and strain extremely well with cheese cloth or sieve. Best to do at night, before bedtime. Fill entire ear canal with warmed oil and let sit deep in ear for a few seconds (or as long as baby/toddler will let it!) Use cotton puff to clean up excess. It provides almost immediate relief and the garlic has natural antiviral, antibacterial properties to get rid of infection and reduce inflammation in the ear. In the morning, use hydrogen peroxide (can dilute slightly with warm water) and do the same fill both ear canals and use puff to absorb excess. I do all the time when I think my boys may be getting an ear infection or when our ND tells me their ears are red. Works like a charm. That and regular chiro appts! A properly aligned neck and back will allow the ears to drain properly. Also no dairy and other mucus forming foods when you suspect an ear infection (no bananas and citrus fruit).

    March 7th, 2012 9:55 am Reply
  • Teri Maria via Facebook

    Great tips, I wish I knew these things when my son was small and had chronic ear problems. It would have saved us a lot of misery!

    March 7th, 2012 9:56 am Reply
  • Tabby Markley Deitrick via Facebook

    I healed my son’s ear infection (a double, in fact) with Aloe Vera Juice. Works GREAT!!!

    March 7th, 2012 11:17 am Reply
  • Marilyn Rose via Facebook

    I use garlic and mullein oil drops on my daughter’s ear infections. Two to three drops in the affected ear, two or three times a day. This clears them up in about 3 days, with no other treatment.

    March 7th, 2012 11:30 am Reply
  • Shelly C

    so we are on our second ear infection in 3 weeks. Problem is the only “symptom” I have with him is mild irritability, on the whole he still plays, rarely touches his ear and doesn’t seem in any pain. I can touch his ears and even tug on them. I have a high tolerance for pain so I’m thinking he does too… how do I know what remedy to use? None of the symptom lists seem to fit… his ear infections do seem to come hand in hand with a virus (RSV the first time and now probably just a cold). A reply email would be appreciated if at all possible, I would like to be able to use homeopathic remedies along with his antibiotic this time and as a preventative next time he gets a virus. Thanks for your time.

    March 7th, 2012 11:49 am Reply
  • Linda Ramos

    When my daughter was about 2 (she’s 10 now) she had her first real ear infection. I was so afraid the doctor would put her on antibiotics so I decided to treat it myself. I had so much negative feedback from others, felt awful about my decision at times and even broke down and cried. It seemed to take awhile to go away. However, when it did finally go away, it never came back. She has had a few ear pains since but we pull out the Belladonna and Chamomilla and it never stays long. I myself grew up on ear infections. I lived on antibiotics and have a 60% hearing loss now due to it all. I am so glad for my hubby who stuck by me as I was treating my daughter. I know I did the right thing.

    March 7th, 2012 11:51 am Reply
    • Viktoria

      Good for you dear Linda! Many cases I encounter the kids develop allergies after antibiotics. You did the right thing :)

      January 7th, 2014 3:15 pm Reply
  • Melissa Smart via Facebook

    I wish I had the healthy home economist articles ten years ago when my first child was born. Wait, make that eleven years ago before I got pregnant!

    March 7th, 2012 12:09 pm Reply
  • teresa

    What are these 4 items? Can someone explain? I am lost.

    March 7th, 2012 1:51 pm Reply
    • Magda

      You mean the 4 mentioned in the article? They’re homeopathic remedies: belladonna, chamomilla, pulsatilla and silica. They can be purchased online or at a health food store.

      March 7th, 2012 2:18 pm Reply
      • teresa

        Thank You! This is one subject I apparently know nothing about. I will check out my local heathfood store.

        March 7th, 2012 2:27 pm Reply
  • Danyell

    Are you able to use these with a child who has tubes in his ears from so many infections?

    March 7th, 2012 2:07 pm Reply
  • Jeanette

    Since this at the bottom I don’t know if anybody will see it but most if not all ear infections are due to a dairy allergy. By that I mean commercially produced dairy milk, etc. Raw milk and goat’s milk do Not some seem to cause the same problems. Taking your child off of milk for awhile may show a decrease in ear problems. It is certainly worth a try.
    A good place to get a wonderful garlic/mullein ear oil is here –
    Many of her products are geared toward animals but they are all safe for people too. The nice thing about the ear oil is not only can you use it with your child, it would benefits any pets you have too! LOL

    March 7th, 2012 3:00 pm Reply
  • Elizabeth

    Thanks! I am going to be prepared next time! :)

    March 7th, 2012 6:03 pm Reply
  • Expert Health and Rehabilitation via Facebook

    Most ear infections are of the outer ear canal. Children dont make the ear wax as much as adults and have a hard time holding their head up so the ear canals are not always in a draining position. Add feeding synthetic formulas processed milk, you get more ear infections. One of the best things to do to minimize outer ear infections is to keep the ear dry. A hair dryer on low can be an effective tool to gently dry the area. Ear infections should not prompt you to go see a doctor as historically an antibiotic was prescribed. Funny thing is that antibiotics are generally ototoxic to the inner ear. Outer ear infections cannot be cured by antibiotics and tend to be the most painful. An inner ear infection generally is accompanied by a fever. Outer ear infections may or may not have a concurrent infection.

    March 7th, 2012 6:54 pm Reply
  • Brianne Markley via Facebook

    Wow. She is such a great resource. Thanks for the info. Going to buy her book and follow her site. Thanks!

    March 7th, 2012 10:10 pm Reply
  • Joelie Hicks

    My dad always used olive oil and I did w/my kids too. I had one child w/sensitive ears.

    March 8th, 2012 10:07 am Reply
  • Faith

    This may sound weird but i want to know if these remedies work for adults? I am having ear itch, ear ringing/whooshing every day. I use q-tips to clean out the ear. It seems to help for few hrs and feel the need to do it again. I am a 27 yr old female and wondering if any of the above homeopathic remedies will work for me? Can you please recommend something for my situation.

    March 16th, 2012 12:44 pm Reply
  • Dani

    I was PLAGUED with ear infections as a kid. I remember being in so much pain. And the antibiotics always made it worse before they made it better. Luckily I haven’t suffered any hearing loss, but my ears are extremely sensitive now. I wish my mom knew about these. I use them on my kids and she criticized at first, but when she saw how fast it worked she was aamazed. People need to realize, humans got and successfully treated infections long before doctors and antibiotics.

    March 19th, 2012 11:45 pm Reply
  • Deb Garnett via Facebook

    mom of 6 kids here. garlic and mullein ear oil…. that’s all I am saying <3

    February 13th, 2013 6:19 pm Reply
  • Julie Denyer via Facebook

    Ear candles work wonders to …

    February 13th, 2013 6:21 pm Reply
  • thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook

    Get your child well today so you can enjoy Valentine’s dinner with your sweetie tomorrow night!!! Don’t want to spend Valentine’s evening dealing with an ear infection. Homeopathy will bring fast results in my experience.

    February 13th, 2013 6:22 pm Reply
  • Rachel Perry Hanses via Facebook

    Chiropractic. My 3 year old has never had one!

    February 13th, 2013 6:22 pm Reply
  • Sarah Sylvia Winham via Facebook

    Shana Rogers–I haven’t tried these before, but thought you should see them! I agree Deb, garlic oil has always helped ours!

    February 13th, 2013 6:23 pm Reply
  • Kimberly Benedict Kuist via Facebook

    I always use peroxide drops first til it quits bubbling(helps with the pain) & then ear oil. If I catch it quick enough I only have to do one round!

    February 13th, 2013 6:30 pm Reply
  • ryan harrison via Facebook

    Do you have any recommendations for dosage and administration? It’s not mentioned in the article.

    February 13th, 2013 6:31 pm Reply
  • Crystal A. Hannah via Facebook

    Just remember that “crazy weather” doesn’t cause illness. Allergens in the air and lack of sun exposure (which creates vitamin D in the body) can be influenced by weather, but that’s all.

    February 13th, 2013 6:39 pm Reply
  • Primo Health Coach via Facebook

    Did you know that bottle feeding a baby while flat on their back (in the crib for example) will often lead to milk back-flowing into the ear canal and causing ear infections?

    February 13th, 2013 6:40 pm Reply
  • Nancy Liberty Jacques via Facebook

    I don’t think crazy weather causes ear infections!

    February 13th, 2013 6:44 pm Reply
  • Stacey Williamson via Facebook

    I’ve yet to dive into the world of homeopathy because my essential oils work so well! Good info to have though.

    February 13th, 2013 6:48 pm Reply
  • Lindsey Atkinson Lillywhite via Facebook

    The garlic mullein oil I got has been amazing for us.

    February 13th, 2013 6:50 pm Reply
  • dave

    Neem oil has worked well for us. My brother in law’s youngest kid (3 at the time) had scheduled an appointment to put tubes in his ears and after a couple of days of a few drops of Neem oil a day, the doctor said he didn’t need it anymore. His response was “whatever you are doing just keep doing it.”

    February 13th, 2013 6:51 pm Reply
  • Heather

    Pure essential oils work, too! I just put 2 drops lavendar oil and 2 drops melalucea in the palm of my hand, rub in front and in back of affected ear. Goes away in a few hours. :)

    February 13th, 2013 6:54 pm Reply
  • Marilyn Rose via Facebook

    Garlic and mullein oil, baby! Cures ear infections in 3-4 days! LOVE that satuff!

    February 13th, 2013 7:05 pm Reply
  • Paula A. Miller via Facebook

    All my mom and I have ever done is use a few drops of olive oil and heat for 20 minutes or as long as the child tolerates, twice a day. Usually only takes a day or two and there is immediate improvement with the first treatment.

    February 13th, 2013 7:11 pm Reply
  • Pietro Spina via Facebook

    What a great article.

    February 13th, 2013 7:12 pm Reply
  • Brenda Markham via Facebook

    My mom always did the peroxide, then followed with alcohol. Works like a charm.

    February 13th, 2013 7:15 pm Reply
  • Laura Adams via Facebook

    Tea Tree and olive oil work best for us!

    February 13th, 2013 7:21 pm Reply
  • Rachel May Flesher via Facebook

    Interesting! We have had great success with Hyland’s Earache drops. Do any of you know which of these ingredients it uses?

    February 13th, 2013 7:34 pm Reply
  • Shana Mc via Facebook

    Colloidal silver too in the ear canal if you can catch it when it just starts to ache. We usually put it in overnight and by morning its all gone,

    February 13th, 2013 7:45 pm Reply
  • Melissa Jane Arana Carey via Facebook

    @Rachel. It has a mix of these. Another homeopathic remedy and ear oil combo that works instantly is D-89 Ear drops. Got from the Chiro. I always have on hand just in case. Also only needed to use once. I use the homeopathic drops and the ear drops and has a variety of these remedies and a few others.

    February 13th, 2013 8:24 pm Reply
  • Tonya Scarborough via Facebook

    garlic infused olive oil works. and it’s so easy because most people always have the ingredients on hand.

    February 13th, 2013 8:28 pm Reply
  • Lori Burner Rogers via Facebook

    Though this isn’t exactly homeopathic….a remedy my family uses and I’ve shared with dozens….Children’s nose drops. Lay the child on the bed on his/her back with their head slightly down on the side. Put a couple of drops in the nose and wait for just a couple of minutes and it’s done, and the infection will never return. This clears the ear from the other end which clogs from the child sniffing. This work 100% of the time and you never have to do it again.

    February 14th, 2013 12:29 am Reply
  • Mmom

    My baby (17 month old) had cleft of soft palate and for this reason she has water in her ears. We had tubes in both ears put in her ear drums when palate was fixed, but they fell out very quickly and water was still there. The other ear drained out in two months after doctor’s check up, I guess because we asked chiropractor to do her years to help to drain water out, but it did not work on the left side. Doc was happy to see one ear is good now and gave us another 2 months to see if the left side gets better or we have to do another surgery to put a tube in. I am trying hard to avoid it. I started her on Pulsatilla 30 2 times a day and Kali Mur. 6X 3 times a day yesterday. She slept well last night and seams started respond to quite sounds today and repeating sound after me (I hope it is not my imagination). She also had chiropractic adjustment last weekend and he said that he felt bones popped in place the first time. She eats mostly meat, fish, chicken, eggs, few fruits, soups and drinks broth. I still breast feed her. I removed raw dairy for couple of months, but as I said before she still had left ear full of water with no changes. She never had infection though. Her doctors can’t believe that we so far avoided it and they think it was my breast milk, but I think it’s Traditional diet I started after her birth.

    I would really appreciate any suggestions on what I could do to make sure that water is out of her left ear. She rubs her ear and sticks her finger into it. For a month she was up several times every night crying, but she did not have any signs of ear infection or cold. She would rub her ears and cry. I guess, her right ear was relieved by chiropractor and she started sleeping better, but she still complained about left side. Last night she slept till morning and I hope it’s because homeopathy works, but during the day and before bed she was playing with her ear again sticking her finger in it and rubbing behind it.

    February 15th, 2013 12:30 am Reply
  • Kim

    Man! I feel sad for kids that get earaches frequently I never had them growing up but I am 30 and have had the most painful earache for the past 3 days. Since day one I have been using garlic oil with mullein and st johns wort and it has not cleared it up for me. I am desperate to get better – it is incredibly painful. I will have to try more of these suggestions…

    February 15th, 2013 12:45 pm Reply
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  • Dava

    My Chiropractor just treated me for an ear infection. He told me that recent studies/research showed that treatment with antibiotics for an ear infection was no better in recovery time than using nothing at all. My infection was causing me major dizzy spells. He had me make a ratio of 10 to 2 – olive oil to tea tree essential oil. Heat slightly before putting in each ear follow with cotton before bed . Was cleared up in 4 days! To clarify: 40 drops of tea tree essential oil and 200 drops of olive oil. Put in small dropper jar. Place jar in hot water for 30 secs or so til warmed. It worked really wel!

    November 17th, 2013 1:18 pm Reply
    • Jen

      How much did you put in your ear? Or did you just fill up your entire ear canal? I’ve been having dizziness with ear pain too. I can tolerate the pain, but the dizziness is hard.

      December 3rd, 2013 7:07 pm Reply
  • noel

    I’m new to these treatments, do you apply to the ear through a dropper? Please advise, as I believe my child has an ear infection and need help for him quick. Thank you

    November 20th, 2013 12:30 pm Reply
  • Valeria

    I swear by two cloves of smashed garlic simmered on very very low in 1/4 cup coconut oil for half an hour. I keep in a small mason jar, warm it up, and use a glass pipette to put 3-4 drops in a sore ear. I use it mostly for me and my mom, my kids never had earaches until they got their first bad cold recently. It normally helps after one session. I swear it’s magic! :)

    December 29th, 2014 10:46 am Reply
  • Debbie

    Where do you buy things like Belladonna 30? The article makes it sound like it’s an everyday ingredient that everyone knows about. Never heard of these suggested items let alone know where to purchase them?
    Thank you!! :)

    December 29th, 2014 9:51 pm Reply
    • Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      The links are in the post as to where to find :)

      December 30th, 2014 11:47 am Reply

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