Pain in the ears may signal an inner ear infection. Found mostly in infants to children six years of age, ear infections can affect older children as well as adults. Prominent signs of ear infections include pain, crying, pulling at the ears, dizziness, and discharges when the eardrum bursts, loss of hearing, and sometimes glands under the jaw are painful and swollen.
Common causes of ear infections include allergic reactions to dairy or baked goods, feeding a child solid food before they are 12 months, reactions to mother’s milk from the food she has been eating, and allergens in the air or even second hand smoke. Look for blocked Eustachian tubes also.
Modern medicine usually treats ear infections with antibiotics; then the infection usually returns about every few weeks as the antibiotic only treated symptoms. If chronic, then tubes are put in the ears; sometimes this doesn’t work. Then there are the side effects and toxicity of the medications involved.
The natural perspective includes recognizing and earache before it gets going. An easy method is to press on the bone behind both ears firmly without causing pain, and moving down to press on the Eustachian tube to the bottom of the neck. If the child, or adult, winces or is in pain on either side, then it’s most likely an earache or infection. Bear in mind that this method will catch most earaches, but check with your doctor. I suspect that children with vaccinations have more earaches; many other natural health practitioners believe the same way.
I used the following methods for my children when they were young and found positive results within 24 to 48 hours; you can also do this while the person is on medication.
Nutritionally help the child: Breast feed babies to 12 months old and have a diet free of dairy, baker’s goods and simple sugars. Use lots of Vitamin C (1000 mg a day unless diarrhea). The following remedies can clear Eustachian tube blockages:
Herbs for Ear Infections
Herbs are plants valued for their specific strengthening/ tonifying properties.
Externally, despite medical objections, warm olive oil put into the ears can reduce pain. Garlic and mullein oil may also be effective.
Herbal extracts taken internally in mild teas or glycerin extracts, you can us a combination for best effects:
Echinacea – immune boosting effects to help the body to beat infections, colds and flu.
Oregon grape root – to support the liver and immune system.
Yarrow – to help the lymphatic system as well as the kidneys; also reduces fevers.
Ginger – to warm the digestion and increase circulation.
Cell Salts to Help with Ear Infecitions
To make a cell salt solution, put up to 10 tablets of each cell salt in a 16- to 24-ounce bottle; fill with water and swirl to dissolve tablets. Sip throughout the day.
This is also a great formula for fevers of all kinds.
#4 Ferrum phos 6X – to reduce inflammation and fever, at the onset
#5 Kali mur 6X – to break up mucus and reduce Eustachian tube blockages, fevers
#7 Kali sulph 6X – yellow discharges, high fever
Ear Infection Homeopathic Remedies
Homeopathic remedies are non-toxic natural medicines safe for everyone including infants and pregnant or nursing women. You may use 6X, 30X, 6C or 30C potencies.
Aconite – 9 pm to midnight; sudden violent onset; brought on by cold dry winds or going hot to cold; restlessness, fearfulness, sensitive to noises; thirsty; fever only to 103 degrees; symptoms worse warmth, better with coolness.
Belladonna – sudden onset; fever 105 degrees; no thirst; delirium, convulsions; extremities cold; migraine; dilated pupils; acuteness of senses - oversensitive; blood rushes to spot of inflammation, heat, redness, and throbbing; scarlet fever;.
Chamomilla – screaming, highly emotional, oversensitive to pain, drives you crazy; demanding, can’t be pleased; teething pains; colic; better from being held, worse at night.
Ferrum phos – slow onset, similar to belladonna; fever 100-103 degrees; first remedy to use at onset.
Hepar sulph – can’t stand you touching them; croup, feet uncovered starts coughing; sensitive to wind feels like wind is blowing on some part; hyper sensitive, may commit an act of violence; splinter pains in throat to ear; better damp weather, worse from single parts getting cold.
Mercurius solubis – pattern of earaches and several antibiotics, recurring earaches; night aggravation; extreme restlessness; sweating, heat changing to chills and back; sensitive to temperature changes; bad breath; face pale; wets pillow with extra saliva; chronic sore throats.
Pulsatilla – adult women’s remedy; thirstless, paleness; aftermath of thick nasal discharges; person is soft, gentle, whiny, clingy; changes in symptoms and mood; better in open air and sitting up, worse in stuffy rooms, eating rich fatty foods, and at twilight.
Source: Dave's Healing Notes