The ear is one of the most important parts of the human body, divided into three different parts (outer, middle, and inner). The human ear has two main functions, hearing and balance. The most sensitive part of the ear is the ear drum.
It is rather easy to know which part of the ear is unstable. Itching, pain, swelling, thick discharge, and loss of hearing are signs that the outer (otitis externa) part of the ear is being affected while a mild pain in the ear is a sure sign that the middle (otitis media) is unstable. Other symptoms may also include fever and in infants one might see symptoms like diarrhea, poor feeding, irritability, and pulling of the ear.
When the ear begins to ache it can be caused by many factors. Most of the times the eustachian tube becomes inflamed and swells, just like any other tissue in the body. The swelling of the tubes causes them to close, which prevents normalization of pressure on both sides of the eardrum. The inner ear might also swell and close thus causing more pressure and pain. Like any other inflammation the key to rapidly resolving the problem is to get the lymphatic system to drain the excess fluid away from the tissues so the swelling will diminish and the cells can stop sending pain signals to the brain.
Garlic Juice and Cloves
Garlic has wonderful antibiotic properties, simply put a couple of drops of garlic juice in the ear and lay with the infected ear up for 5-10 minutes.
A remedy that may be socially unacceptable is to take a clove of fresh garlic and cut a piece to the size that can fit comfortably in the ear. Be careful not to put the garlic in the ear canal, you will want it to rest on the outer part of the ear, comparative to the size of an old fashioned hearing aid. If the garlic causes a burning sensation you can coat it in olive oil. Put a band-aid over it and let it sit for a couple of hours or overnight.
Why garlic? It contains powerful aromatic compounds that are both antiseptic and anti-inflammatory and is sometimes faster and more efficient that pharmaceutical antibiotics. The antiseptic compounds will be released into the skin and to the infected area in a matter of minutes, but the longer the better.
Onions are similar to garlic in their antiseptic and anti-inflammatory and many of the things you do with garlic you can do with onions.
To extract the juice from onions we suggest steaming or baking an onion in the skin, to contain the juice. Once cooked you will need to crush the onion in a bowl to press out the juice and if you do not get a lot you can add some water to absorb the juice. Use an eyedropper to absorb some of the warm juice and drop into the ear.
You can also cut the cooked onion in half and place the cut surface against the ear and hold it for 5-25 minutes, but make sure the onion is not hot enough to burn the skin. This remedy has been proven highly effective.
If you do not have onions or garlic handy you can use cinnamon. Sprinkle some cinnamon into some olive oil, heat the oil over the stove at a low temperature then let cool to body temperature. Strain it through a fine cloth and use the oil as ear drops.
The most common cause of an ear ache is an infection. Take vitamin C to boost the immune system thus helping to eliminate the infection.
Zinc is proven to reduce an ear infection.
*Reduce the consumption of dairy products like milk, cheese, and butter as these foods tend to aggravate ear infections