Natural remedy for ear infections

Natural remedy for swimmer's ear

Natural remedy for swimmer's ear


Natural remedy for swimmer’s ear

that works better than doctor’s medication!

I have this great homemade recipe that I use fairly often to cure outer ear infections (also known as swimmer’s ear). I have always been prone to such infections, and as far as I can remember I spent a few weeks every summer as a child having to put drops in either ears and keeping clear of the pool for an even longer period of time.

So one time when I was a teenager, my aunt told my mom about a great natural homemade remedy for that condition.  She mentioned a few ingredients, one of which was pine tree gum.  I didn’t have easy access to pine tree gum, so the next time I got an earache I used other ingredients.  And this is how I came up with this homemade cure for ear infection.

It really works wonders, and you can find the ingredients almost anywhere you are on the planet.  This came in pretty handy when I was learning to scuba dive on a small island in the Philippines and developed an ear infection.

My scuba instructor at the time, an American Veteran who retired on the islands,  thought I was weird, saying I had a witch’s remedy and that it made no sense, but he obviously changed his mind when only a few days after the infection began it was cured!

Anyone familiar with homemade natural cleaner will understand how this remedy gets rid of the bacteria.  If it works on kitchen sinks and toilet bowl, why not use it on our own body? Here goes the recipe and the process:


Homemade natural remedy for ear infections:

– 1 teaspoon of juice from a lemon (lime can be used as well) Use the real fruit, not the juice they sell in the grocery stores.

– 1 fresh garlic clove, chopped

– 1 rind of fresh onion, chopped

– 1 pinch of salt



Mix all ingredients in a small bowl (or shooter glass).  Let macerate for a while. Dip the end of a cotton swab (Q-Tip) in the mixture and put inside the affected ear (be careful not to push too hard).  You can also use cotton balls if you prefer.  Make sure that you gently brush all the ear canal area as to reach the site of the infection, like when you normally clean your ear.  Leave the swab inside your ear for a few minutes. Repeat every few hours until the pain is gone (and a few more times after too). It’s better to keep the mixture at room temperature.

It might be a good idea to stay clear of swimming for a while.  When I had that ear infection in the Philippines I couldn’t stay out of the water as I was learning to scuba dive and spent at least 3 hours/day in the ocean, so I kept going at it for a few days longer than usual.  There, I would keep the mixture for about a day, then make a new one each morning.  If it takes longer than a week to heal I suggest you seek medical advice as it may be something else.  

The key here is to be very gentle as you can irritate the ear canal if you push the cotton swab around too hard or too often.  The sooner you begin the treatment the shorter it’ll take to treat it, so it’s best to start as the first symptoms appear. The good thing about this remedy is that it is readily available, so treating it early is easy.

As a scuba diver I often used ear drops to prevent this from happening, but I found out that my ears burned form using them too much, probably because the isopropyl alcohol in these burn my skin with repetitive use. 

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