Few things are more painful than an acute ear infection – that dull ache that throbs to the beat of your heart, interrupted now and again by what feels like an ice pick stabbed through your eardrum.
All too often, we rush to treat an earache or an ear infection with antibiotics. First of all, all earaches are not infections, and all ear infections are not caused by bacteria; they may be caused by a virus or fungus instead. Antibiotics are indiscriminate killers. They kill the good bacteria in the gut along with the bad, disrupting that balance and allowing an overgrowth of Candida.
External Ear Infections
An external ear infection, also called swimmer’s ear, is an infection of the outer ear canal. Water in the ear from a pool or a bathtub or any other source, can precipitate this kind of infection. The ear drum becomes inflamed; the ear canal becomes inflamed and swollen. Often there is pain behind and around the ear and tugging on the earlobe hurts.
Internal Ear Infections
An internal ear infection is an infection of the Eustachian tube. The Eustachian tube can become blocked by swelling and inflammation of the tube itself or it can be blocked by swollen adenoids. If it does not drain, it becomes a breeding ground for bacteria, viruses, or fungi.
An earache can be caused by a buildup of ear wax or pressure on the eardrum from fluid in the Eustachian tube.
Natural Treatments for an Ear Infection Or Earache
There are natural alternatives to ease the pain of an earache or ear infection.
Earaches are often resolved with a combination of heat, warm oil in the ear, and gargling. Warm moist heat aids in increased blood circulation in the area. Alternating hot and cold will increase circulation, even more. Warm oil in the ear (coconut oil or olive oil) loosens and melts ear wax. (Take care to be sure the oil is not too hot. Touch drops to the inner wrist after stirring completely). Gargling with apple cider vinegar helps to open the Eustachian tube, allowing it to drain.
Internal ear infections are greatly helped by gargling with apple cider vinegar. If caught early enough, this may be the only treatment needed.
If this does not resolve all symptoms, a systemic approach is required.
- Oil of oregano- antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal – and it does not kill good bacteria in the gut.
- Coptis chinensis – antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory
- Echinacea – to help strengthen the immune system
- Total Tonic (See link below to purchase)
If you would like to make your own, here is the recipe for Doc Shillington’s Total Tonic Formula in his own words:
1 Handful of Garlic Cloves
1 Handful of chopped Onions
1 Handful of chopped Ginger
1 Handful of chopped Horseradish
1/2 handful of chopped Habanero Peppers
Throw in a blender and cover with an inch or two of organic apple cider vinegar.
All ingredients should be organic, but don’t let that stop you from making this great formula. You can use the mash right away or wait two weeks and tincture.
At the very first sign of an external ear infection, use ear drops.
- Apple cider vinegar or
- Apple cider vinegar and alcohol or
- Ear Ache Formula (See link below to purchase)
Doc Shillington’s Ear Formula Recipe (Or Purchase Here)
1 cup of organic cold pressed olive oil
2 tablespoons of powdered mullein
3 medium sized cloves of garlic
Put ingredients in a blender and puree. Pour into a jar that is kept in a dark place for two weeks. Shake the mixture daily. Strain and press. Bottle.
Doc says that this is a recipe that can be adjusted for severity. For a bad infection, increase the garlic. For children, he only uses 2 garlic cloves.
This can be used immediately if you do not have a batch made up ahead of time.
If you or your child struggles with ear infections, look at your diet. Eliminating dairy from the diet often makes a tremendous difference in the frequency of ear infections, sinus infections, and respiratory infections. If you suspect any other allergens, remember that swelling and inflammation from an allergic response may be the precursor to an infection rather than a symptom of an infection. Also, avoid sugar. It depresses the immune system.
If you find that you tend to get an earache or ear infection every time you indulge in sweets, your problem is probably Candida. See the link below to learn how to get Candida under control.
For any chronic or recurrent condition, a change in diet is the foundation for health. For information on a truly healthy diet that will help build your immune system see the link below.
- Shillington’s Ear Formula
- Mother Earth Organic Root Cider – Barrier Island Organics
- Gaia Herbs – Oil of Oregano
- Coptis Chinensis – Wise Woman Herbals
- Shillington’s Echinacea Plus
- Shillington’s Total Tonic