Every once in a while, we tend to suffer from some form of earache. Earaches mostly occur due to infections of the ear, and are more commonly observed in kids, but are also found to occur in adults.
Left untreated for a long period of time, there may be formation of pus, inflammation, build-up of fluid, itchiness and many other symptoms. Your doctor may suggest a dose of antibiotic medications to deal with the ear infection, and may also prescribed painkillers to curb the pain; however using herbs as a remedy is much more effective since they curb the pain naturally and also prevent bacterial growth.
Let’s take a look at some of the best herbs that can tackle earache and ear infections.
Garlic, which is usually added to impart flavor to dishes and food preparations, is thought to possess valuable antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, which are not just useful in dealing with ear infections, but also many other forms of infections. The oil extracted from garlic, when dropped into the ear, can act as a local anesthetic agent and relieve earache and other symptoms associated with the infection of the ear.
Tea tree is yet another herb that is known for its valuable antibacterial and antifungal properties. The oil extracted from this herb is popularly used in aromatherapy practices and is thought to reduce the growth of bacteria that infect the skin.
A few drops of tea tree oil (in its diluted form) added to the infected ear can help reduce bacterial growth and can act as a wonderful remedy for ear infections.
St John’s Wort
Though St John’s Wort is known for its effectiveness in dealing with disorders of the mental origin, when combined with garlic, it is thought to work wonderfully in reducing the growth of bacteria and other microbes that cause the infection, and also relive many symptoms associated with the ear infection.
It is best to consult your doctor before using this herb and rule out the possibility of any allergic reactions.
A perennial herb native to North America, Echinacea is packed with antibacterial properties that reduce bacterial infections, and with immune boosting properties that guard the immune system against various types of infections. It is believed that the extracts of this herb could tackle more than 400 infections. Several studies have also confirmed the efficiency of this herb in dealing with ear infections.
Olive Leaf Extract
Olive leaf extract has been in use as a herbal remedy against a wide range of skin conditions, and is thought to be extremely effective in dealing with ear infections too. Olive leaf extracts are thought to work by stimulating phagocytosis and improving the production of white blood cells in the body that fight against various bacteria and microbes.
The extracts can be taken either in the tablet or capsule form.
Ear infections, when left untreated for longer period of time, could cause certain long term complications such as tinnitus, loss of hearing and even dizziness. Several studies have found how the extracts of this herb can be effective in dealing with all of these symptoms, and also improve circulation to the ear.
The increased circulation brings in more oxygen and nutrients, which in turn, promotes cell health and reduces bacterial growth in the ear.
Astragalus is popularly used in Chinese medicine to deal with a wide variety of conditions, including ear infections. It is believed that the extracts of this herb can deal with even the most chronic forms of ear infections by strengthening the immune system.
It is also believed to fortify the immune system and improve stamina and energy levels making it the best choice for frequent infections.
Many other herbs are thought to be wonderful natural remedies for earache and ear infections.
Fenugreek, garlic, goldenseal and horseradish are herbs that are thought to be effective in reducing mucous and congestion in the ears. Sage and thyme are also thought to be quite effective in reducing congestion of the ears, which is thought to cause bacterial infection.
Coriander and cleavers is thought to reduce fever associated with bacterial infections of the ears.