Action Hero Moms Treat Ear Infections Naturally

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist March 6, 2012

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

Fry up the bacon. Nurse the baby. Set the yogurt.

Wait…wait – heal an ear infection, too?

Yes!

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 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.

The remedy 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.

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 remedies that can be considered for ear infections. 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.

 

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 www.HomeopathyWorks.net.

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.

 

 

Picture Credit

 

Comments (57)

  1. Laura Reiner Brady via Facebook March 7, 2012 at 9:12 am

    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)

    Reply
  2. MarthaLynn Albritton Manterfield via Facebook March 7, 2012 at 9:19 am

    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.

    Reply
  3. 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 :)

    Reply
  4. 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.

    Reply
  5. 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).

    Reply
  6. Teri Maria via Facebook March 7, 2012 at 9:56 am

    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!

    Reply
  7. Tabby Markley Deitrick via Facebook March 7, 2012 at 11:17 am

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

    Reply
  8. 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.

    Reply
  9. 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.

    Reply
  10. Melissa Smart via Facebook March 7, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    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!

    Reply
    • 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.

      Reply
  11. 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 –
    http://www.fiascofarm.com/herbs/mollysherbals.php/products/garlicmullein-oil-aka-ear-oil
    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

    Reply
  12. 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.

    Reply
  13. 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.

    Reply
  14. 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.

    Reply
  15. Sarah Sylvia Winham via Facebook February 13, 2013 at 6:23 pm

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

    Reply
  16. Kimberly Benedict Kuist via Facebook February 13, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    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!

    Reply
  17. Crystal A. Hannah via Facebook February 13, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    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.

    Reply
  18. Stacey Williamson via Facebook February 13, 2013 at 6:48 pm

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

    Reply
  19. 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.”

    Reply
  20. 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. :)

    Reply
  21. Paula A. Miller via Facebook February 13, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    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.

    Reply
  22. Shana Mc via Facebook February 13, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    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,

    Reply
  23. Tonya Scarborough via Facebook February 13, 2013 at 8:28 pm

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

    Reply
  24. Lori Burner Rogers via Facebook February 14, 2013 at 12:29 am

    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.

    Reply
  25. 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.

    Reply
  26. 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…

    Reply
  27. Pingback: 100+ DIY Remedies for Colds, Flu & Everything Else! : Real Food RN

  28. 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!

    Reply
    • 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.

      Reply
  29. 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

    Reply

Leave a Comment

CommentLuv badge

Login to your account

Can't remember your Password ?

Register for this site!