Home Remedies For Earache And Neuralgia
Earache can be caused by a variety of things, from colds and catarrh to enlarged adenoids or an infection of the inner ear. Most home remedies are based on warmth and oil, but you should never poke the ear, no matter how bad the pain.
Any inflammation of the trigeminal nerve, which carries sensations into the skull near the ear, produces an excruciating spasmodic pain in one side of the face known as neuralgia. At one time, grated horseradish would have been applied to the cheek until the pain subsided, but nowadays there are less harsh ways of curing the condition.
Home remedies for Earache
Many earaches result from colds, flu or other types of congestion. If this is the case you can reduce the mucus and phlegm with a tea made from elderflowers or a cold elderberry drink.
One of the best remedies for earache is a hot water bottle covered in a warm jumper and held close to the ear. Put a few drops of warm olive oil in the ear and lie on the opposite side for about five minutes while the oil flows down into the inner ear.
Crush a clove of garlic and let it rest in some warm olive oil for fifteen minutes, then strain the liquid. Soak a cotton wool ball in the liquid and place it just inside the outer earlobe. The garlic combats any possible infection. In the old days, a boiled onion placed on the affected ear was supposed to be a great cure. Some people used the juice of the onion in a warm oil. Heat up a teaspoon of almond oil and pour gently into the ear, then plug with a piece of cotton wool.
As a compress, try a lump of salt rolled in a cloth, steeped in hot water and wrung out, or a baked potato wrapped in wool - use both remedies as hot as you can stand it for the best effect.
Drink plantain tea to tone up the delicate membranes of the inner ear and prevent dizziness from ear inflammations.
Home remedies for Neuralgia
Massage the gums right at the back of the mouth with a clove. Sleeping with a hop pillow has been known to cure this most painful of conditions, or try holding a hot poultice of porridge oats wrapped in muslin against the area. Eating oats can also act as a stress reducer and excellent pain reliever.
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