New Delhi: Ear pain can be sharp and piercing. It may be accompanied by other symptoms like fever, slight hearing loss, or flu. There are many possible causes of ear pain. Cavities, sinus infections, earwax and tonsillitis are some common ones. Here are some remedies you can try to get rid of ear pain.
A simple concoction to deal with ear pain. Crush two cloves of garlic and mix it with 2 teaspoons of mustard oil. Heat this mixture till the garlic turns slightly black. Allow it to cool down and then apply few drops inside the infected ear. The analgesic properties of garlic help relieve pain. You can also make garlic oil at home by crushing and boiling the cloves into sesame oil. This tends to give instant relief.
Juice of Basil Leaves
Crush few basil leaves and use the juice to treat the infected ear. Strain the juice before using. You can add coconut oil in the juice to make it more effective. Make sure you use it regularly under supervision. Basil has long been used in medicines in Ayurveda and has been touted as one of the best medicines for minor ear infections and pain.
Apple Cider Vinegar
It has been found that apple cider vinegar changes the pH of the ear canal and creates an environment where bacteria and viruses cannot survive. Warm some vinegar and apply on the infected ear with a cotton bud. Let the vinegar penetrate into the ear. It’s best to use organic apple cider vinegar to avoid chemicals or adulterants. You can also dilute it a bit with water and then soak the cotton bud in this liquid. Plug the bud inside the ear and let it remain for about 5 minutes. Apple cider vinegar is known for its antibacterial and antifungal characteristics.
Believe it or not, salt can do wonders. Heat some on low flame and then dip a cotton bud to coat it with warm salt. Place this in your ear for about 10 minutes. Salt tend to draw out the fluid from the ear and reduces swelling. Sea salt also helps reduce inflammation and pain within your ear canal. Never pour salt water into your ears. You can spray it into your nose too. Make sure you follow this process under supervision as it may cause a severe problem.