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Natural Ear Infection Remedies | Dr. Josh Axe

August 20, 2019

Hey guys, Dr. Axe here, Doctor of Functional
Medicine and Nutritionist. Today, I’m going to share with you how to cure an ear infection
fast. I know ear infections, whether it be adults or more commonly in children, are something
that… We don’t want children living with that pain,
dealing with that issue, but we also want to be all natural in that treatment and really
help support their body in healing in the correct way. There are four things you can
do to help heal an ear infection fast, and there are four terrific home remedies that
you want to consider. The first thing you want to do, and you want
to do internally in the ear, is doing garlic oil. You can buy garlic oil at almost any
health food store. Garlic actually has natural antiviral properties, and the majority of
the time when a child has an ear infection, it is a virus, not usually a bacteria. This is why antibiotics are completely ineffective
against ear infections. In fact, if you go to your primary care physician and they recommend
an antibiotic for an ear infection, I would consider if you should use that doctor or
not. Because they really probably don’t know what
they’re doing, unfortunately, because most ear infections are viral. Again, garlic oil,
a few drops in the ear is an effective treatment. The second thing you want to be doing is taking
something called tea tree oil, also known as melaleuca, not putting that in the ear
but rubbing it all around the outside of the ear. Tea tree oil has powerful antiseptic
properties. It’s been used for hundreds of years for the natural treatments of wounds
and infections. Again, I would do tea tree oil a few drops.
You can mix it with a little coconut oil as well. Rub it all over the ear and all around
the ear area. Tea tree oil, also known as melaleuca, is a very, very effective natural
treatment. The third treatment is actually chiropractic
care. Chiropractic has been shown to be very, very effective in the treatment of ear infections.
What can happen is the spine can misalign in the upper neck, and that can actually affect
the way the body heals and those nerve signals getting from the brain to that area and just
affect the overall healing. We’ve actually seen… Bring your child to
a wellness or a pediatric chiropractor. They can do a very light manual adjustment to the
child. Often sometimes they even just do some light tapping or use an instrument. That can
actually heal an ear infection quickly as well. Last but not least, you’ve got to get to the
root cause of what is causing the ear infection in the first place. One of the most common
things is food sensitivities. If your child is allergic to gluten, to certain things like
lactose or casein in dairy, to nuts, to citrus, to a load of things, that is actually one
of the biggest causes of ear infection today. What I would consider doing is getting your
child what’s called an I.G.G. food sensitivity test and actually getting them tested for
food allergies, food sensitivities, or food intolerances. That’s one of the big things
to look for. You can get those tests done. They’re fairly
inexpensive. Or, if you don’t want to do that, then just really watch and listen to their
body. Notice if they’re consuming certain types of conventional cow’s milk or gluten
that can cause the ear infections. But just in general for almost everybody out
there, if your child is getting ear infections, you should get them off gluten and off conventional
cow’s milk. If they want to do a little bit of goat’s milk yogurt, or something like that,
or goat’s cheese, most kids do fine with that form of dairy. Again, the conventional cow’s milk, the gluten
in grain products, those are probably the two biggest culprits when it comes to causing
ear infections. Again, remember those four things if you want
to help remedy your child’s ear infections. Number one, garlic oil, number two, tea tree
oil, number three, chiropractic care and number four, address those food allergies. If you
do that, I think you’re going to find that those ear infections don’t come back in the
first place and that they will heal very quickly. Hey, if you want to learn more about these
natural tips on how to heal your body, you can subscribe to our YouTube page here. Again,
we encourage you to subscribe. Also, I’ve got some great articles on,
my website. If you check our natural remedies tab, we have natural remedies to over 100
common health conditions. So, if you’re trying to look up anything from ear infections, to
how to overcome gout, or kick a cold fast, or heal plantar fasciitis, or you name it,
we have those there on I want to say thanks for watching. I hope
you’ve enjoyed these tips on home remedies for ear infections.


  • Reply TheShellex November 23, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    Air pollution is also a large contributing factor in outer ear infection, never mind dairy and gluten products.

  • Reply spccancer. November 25, 2018 at 6:07 am

    Just got Over a Nasty Cold and now Got a Terrible Ear infection that's lasted for DAYS! I Cant even hear out of it anymore!

  • Reply ʙᴀʀʙᴀʀɪᴀɴ ʏᴛ November 27, 2018 at 8:04 am


  • Reply Cherry Blossom November 28, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    My ear is starting to get an infection!!!! 🙁 I remember 2 months ago I got a very bad infection and it was like a big red ball under my right ear , DEPRESSION

  • Reply TiredDoggo December 1, 2018 at 12:17 am

    Anyone else watching this while mildly annoyed with the feeling of being Half Deaf from one ear infection?

  • Reply Mo Books December 7, 2018 at 5:31 pm

    A lot of people will go to the doctor for an ear infection and will be prescribed antibiotics but if they don’t test you to find out if it’s bacterial or viral and it turns out to be viral the antibiotics won’t cure the infection. Also for all the people who say that food doesn’t make you sick should do some research on what’s actually in the food you eat. Just because it’s fda approved doesn’t mean it’s good for you.

  • Reply Mary Coy December 8, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    Are these treatments ok when pregnant?

  • Reply Roberto Alguera December 9, 2018 at 5:16 am

    my wife was in very bad ear infection blood and puss was coming out of the ear I took her to the doctor and they gave me medicine I spend like $300 and the ear was completed close and the medicine didn't worked well I went to store buy garlic oil in one day the ear was open and not more blood it really work and I used salt very hot and put it in the towel and help her for the pain and I pay for garlic oil like $13 so guys this is real information and save money

  • Reply Jean-michel Loza December 10, 2018 at 2:10 am

    Actually ate a piece of raw garlic and helped with the pain super fast?

  • Reply ProximityKing23 - December 12, 2018 at 8:43 am

    ?I’m in fucking pain

  • Reply Bobbi Slaughtered December 13, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    My doctor gave me antibiotics ?

  • Reply avaritia0 December 13, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    Does anyone else have ringing in the ears from an ear infection? Hoping the garlic oil will help stop it if it's caused by inflammation

  • Reply QUICK SOLUTION December 16, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    Sir i got ear pain..on my ear i made hole and wearing ear ring .. and just near to tonsil i can fell sumthing sollown inside what to do sir need help

  • Reply luc deveraux December 16, 2018 at 11:46 pm

    wow I didn't know sometimes your neck plays a part in ear infection until I watched your video.i always have my wife rub the back of my neck and it took a lot of the pain away ,it makes sense now as to why .thanks for the video !

  • Reply Phuong Ngo December 17, 2018 at 4:17 am


  • Reply fenderchick1977 December 18, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    I don’t know about all this gluten stuff, but I will say I was in so much pain I would have done anything. We didn’t have garlic oil in the house, but I used some of the juice from the minced garlic in the fridge, got it on a spoon and gently dropped some in my ear. Wow!!! Not kidding, within 20 minutes, finally found some relief after days of pain!

  • Reply edward dobrianski December 22, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    Polysporin drops!

  • Reply Chante Jax December 23, 2018 at 4:31 am

    I don’t know ?‍♀️ what to believe I’ve been ear ? infections since I was a baby ? I’m 28 now I have tried everything!!! So lost right now.

  • Reply Isabella Badowski December 27, 2018 at 5:32 am

    I can hear my heart beating through my ear drum and this man voice made it so much worse

  • Reply Ethan Rice January 1, 2019 at 2:16 am

    my fucking ear hurt

  • Reply Pansty Hamster January 3, 2019 at 7:27 am

    Can an ear infection cause you not to hear well??? Plz i need to know because im losing my hearing ever since yesterday considering i am sick ( i have a cold or the flu considering i was sick for around 3-4 weeks…probably since im always in the fan tho :/ )
    Or bc of my sickness do i only have wax in my ear and need to go to a doctor to check my ears and my cold…
    Hopefully is on of those bc i actually wear hearing aids and im scared im losing my hearing ??????

  • Reply Trevor Kroemer January 3, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    What about organic unrefined virgin coconut oil, for interior use, instead of garlic oil? I know it is normally solid at room temp, but you can just take a tiny amount and place it just outside of the ear canal, while laying down. It will quickly melt and run into the ear canal. More importantly, unless I am mistaken, just like garlic, it also has strong antiviral, antifungal, and antibiotic properties.

  • Reply Kia Jo January 6, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    I haven’t been able to sleep for days and finally went in today…. not only is one ear infected, but both of my ears are infected! Yay me??

  • Reply Brent Lee January 11, 2019 at 2:21 am

    Coconut oil with prayer worked within a night for me. Praise JESUS CHRIST. ?❤?❤?☝

  • Reply Dan January 11, 2019 at 2:41 am

    Apple cider?

  • Reply Fred Talk January 11, 2019 at 4:43 am

    My ears started ringing 8 days ago. It hasn’t gone away. Doctor said my ears looked clear of infection. Have no idea what’s going on. It sucks. Not sure if it’s viral or if I’m just losing my hearing or what. Anxious I am!

  • Reply FEAR Erupt January 12, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    Whenever I tense my jaw my right ear hurts

  • Reply manoj Indian January 14, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    Hey doc what about apple cider vinegar?

  • Reply Elle Syncronicious January 14, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    Earth clinic's site has changed mine and my family's life I tell everyone about it its free just check it out it has remedies and people's honest comments about them!! I'm curing my ear infection right now by oil pulling organic/raw coconut oil and crushed garlic! Ever since I was little if anything goes directly in my ear its pain city but this is working!! I'm so happy ?

  • Reply Tonantzin Tonali January 15, 2019 at 4:22 am

    1. Garlic oil
    2. Tee tree oil
    3. Chiropractic
    4. Food sensitivities

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    These comments concern me

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  • Reply Gage Mock January 23, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    Me I dont lick it or really hurts bad ?

  • Reply Back Gambit January 25, 2019 at 3:55 am

    What about swollen Inner ear

  • Reply Kenny Ith January 26, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    Why you keep talking about children? It’s my ear that hurts ?

  • Reply kristina Labra January 29, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    Breastmilk is just as powerful as MJ

  • Reply ZODIAC January 31, 2019 at 11:18 am

    i took ear drops for an ear infection and it helped get rid of it a few times the doctor prescribed it for me

  • Reply MrFundamentalOne January 31, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Although there is a lot of validity to the above statements he is saying, I think it pertains to more mild cases. I've had an ear infection for a while, and the deep swelling, pain, etc., was cause by bacteria in my ear after they had been clogged from ear wax for a long time. Antibiotics very much helped and were absolutely necessary due to the stage of the bacterial infection my ears had reached.

    Holistic medicine and Western medicine must work together, and I think it's so important we never discredit one or the other in order to help each other.

  • Reply Vermont Mom February 7, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    My Dr. just prescribed me amoxicillin for my ear infection.

  • Reply Clarebear1973 Cooper February 9, 2019 at 9:02 am

    I've had a ear infection 10 times since January last year , now I have another ear infection
    . The doc just keeps giving me antibiotics and does not help at all, it's driving me crazy ?

  • Reply Alan Hernandez February 9, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Put a medium/hot towel under your hear while laying down and the steam of the heat will take the pain away immediately.

  • Reply Kynthia Rowland February 12, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    I've missed half of the video because I'm scrolling through the comments

  • Reply Andrew Jackson February 15, 2019 at 4:18 am

    Dr. Thank you very much this i have been suffering for years with ear itching i got to try them out.

  • Reply norma smith February 21, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    Thank You so much Dr Ax

  • Reply *HATE COMMENT* February 21, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    My left ear is paining and my left side of my face hurts too. I cried alot

  • Reply Anisa Robbson February 22, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    I can't hear out of my left ear. So all of a sudden EVERYONE wants to talk to me on one side of my face… my left.When i don't hear them or understand them they get mad at me. UgHHH!!!

  • Reply Wendy Sweat February 22, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    I have an ear ache from a cold.

  • Reply idovoicecovers February 28, 2019 at 11:26 am

    My ear is swollen, blocked and lost hearing but theres no yellow liquid and its not in pain…. what is this? And how do u treat it?

  • Reply 899026 566609 March 2, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    I'm going to the ER because I'm literally crying of how much pain there is

  • Reply Delilah Rettig March 3, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    I just want to clear this pain it hurts so bad. I'm using a heat pad on my ear.

  • Reply Dandelion Ducks March 6, 2019 at 5:10 am

    Can you die from an ear infection?

  • Reply Kay Tee March 7, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    Serrapeptase will clear catarrh in the eustacian tubes which may prevent the catarrh becoming infected.

  • Reply Bored00m March 12, 2019 at 1:51 pm

    care to explain? "garlic, placed in the ear, can help fight off an ear infection? Nope, it can’t. It’s a simple matter of anatomy. An “ear infection” – more properly called an “otitis media” – is an infection in the middle ear cavity, behind your eardrum. Unless you poke a garlic clove in far enough to pop the drum and push on through (do NOT do that), garlic placed in the ear cannot get to the site of the infection. Putting garlic in your ear to combat an ear infection is like putting oil next to your car engine for lubrication, or putting food near your mouth to eat it. To fight an infection, an antibiotic needs to be where the bacteria are. And an ear infection is internal, on the other side of your eardrum, where garlic or garlic oil pushed into the ear cannot reach."

  • Reply Lena Altamimi March 12, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    Oil dripping from inside or outside Fat I am from Jordan Please respond because I have inflammation of the seventh nerve

  • Reply AJ Maynard March 20, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    Dr. Axe, I really like your channel and am subscribed…however, you're talking like only kids get ear infections…but what about all of us ADULTS who get ear infections….?? Same treatment, I'm assuming??

  • Reply Nazanin Naz March 21, 2019 at 2:41 am

    What about sleeping1week in a dirty guys house with mold as a cause? I did a blind house change

  • Reply Gary Mehmet March 24, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    I just wanted to say a big thank you because your advice cured the fluid build up problem I have been suffering on and off for about 5 weeks now, within the space of 10-12 hours. One of your sessions before bed then one or two after waking and the problem was gone I had gone to see a doctor, who insisted I had an ear Infection and quickly prescribed me antibiotics and various sprays to clear nasal congestion. She did not ask or listen when I explained I have post nasal drip and allergic asthma and so take a spray, mostly at night before sleeping and I sleep mostly on one side. My left side. And the fluid build up was also on left side. I decided after returning from my appointment to not take the anti biotics but to look into natural remedies. Then i found your video.. I just wanted to say a heart felt thank you.

  • Reply Its Kaylen March 26, 2019 at 12:42 pm


  • Reply confession488 March 29, 2019 at 5:57 am

    Mine is a sharp stabbing pain that's over before i can react but it comes so randomly that the anticipation hurts more than the actual pain. I'm too scared to go to sleep. It actually seems to hurt more when I lay down. I've found a sitting position that seems to be working for now and managed to get an hour of real rest sleeping at my desk. It's been four days when will this be over!

  • Reply Kyla Johnston March 30, 2019 at 2:40 am

    just punk some chunks of ginger in the ears helps with the pain and actually absorbs the infection

  • Reply Jan April 2, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    as the garlic oil, is it okay to use just normal garlic?

  • Reply truereality84 April 3, 2019 at 5:28 am

    I did the method you suggested, Teatree oil on the outside, and garlic oil mixed with warm olive oil on the inside. It actually made a difference, I ended up going to the emergency just in case, by the time I was there the pain was virtually gone, they did some tests and it ended up being viral not bacterial, and so I didn’t need an antibiotic fortunately.

  • Reply S. B. April 3, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    Please be very careful with garlic oil it burn my ear terribly.

  • Reply Noobie747 April 8, 2019 at 6:24 am

    Do the culprits are because of the increased acidity then? Do i need to increase alkalinity?

  • Reply Alex H April 11, 2019 at 2:57 am

    100% of comments here are about people's ears are hurting.

  • Reply Farnsworth April 15, 2019 at 4:57 am

    half hydrogen peroxide half water 3 times a day into the ear. leave in for 5 min at a time, gone usually in 24 hours. most of the time immediately feels better. warm rag on ear helps too. for throat and nose, gargle salt water 3x daily. sniff salt water 3x daily then blow it out.

  • Reply Carriage Qtr April 15, 2019 at 6:14 am

    sir my ear to much problem wear lication

  • Reply thirtyaughsix April 15, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    spine can misalign hahahahah

  • Reply Nomad Wizard April 17, 2019 at 12:32 am

    DOC…is there a difference between an inner ear inflammation and an ear infection

  • Reply Kelly Thomas April 19, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    Garlic oil was a temporary fix for my middle ear infection.
    It took away the pain for two hours.
    Unfortunately I had to have surgery and a tube installed.

  • Reply Elkecita April 23, 2019 at 9:28 am

    My 97 year old neighbour has been suffering from an ear infection for several months now. He was given antibiotics and ear drops during a hospital stay but to no avail. He was sent home and still suffers.
    He says the issue is that his earbone is infected. I wonder whether it's safe to use a few drops of comfrey oil in his ear? Perhaps a combination of comfrey, garlic and mullein oil?

  • Reply ayla blossom May 4, 2019 at 1:49 am

    Clove oil is best! Antiviral, Anti fungal, Anti inflammatory, is also a natural pain killer/anesthetic. Works for tooth ace also.Or any wound.

  • Reply Don’t Judge Me May 6, 2019 at 7:37 am

    I’m sick rn and I randomly have a ear ache or something like that! It’s not a sharp pain but you know it’s there this sucks!

  • Reply danette2222 May 11, 2019 at 9:20 am

    The tea tree helped thank you!!!

  • Reply GOOSE BOT May 13, 2019 at 10:49 pm

    I had a fairly bad ear infection and the anti-biotics made it go away within the first 24 hours, medicine works people, but yeah not all need anti-biotics

  • Reply Millie McPherson May 19, 2019 at 2:48 am

    What about lemon

  • Reply Sonam Chokshi May 24, 2019 at 5:59 am

    Are these remedies okay for inner ear infections?

  • Reply 『AZX』 May 24, 2019 at 11:09 am

    Now im terrified if I have an ear infection or my ear just bleeds cuz of my nails

  • Reply Swati Tripathy May 25, 2019 at 4:58 am

    From last 3 weeks i wakeup at middle of night ,???due to extreme pain

  • Reply Mazzy Bibi UK May 30, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    Hes right bless

  • Reply juan molina June 2, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    Has anyone tried any of these remedies !?

  • Reply enderspy 1503978 June 3, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    I hope it works

  • Reply noemyxo June 5, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    Why i have this twice in a year?

  • Reply unknown June 11, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    I just had mine Checked by a doctor and they advised to not get your Infected ear wet because it'll encourage the growth of bacteria in the ear and make it worse

  • Reply Genna Tuelz June 20, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    An inner ear infection is usually viral. A middle ear infection is usually bacterial and is the most common. So I don't think this guy knows what he is talking about.
    Why no mention of filling up the ear canal with 3% hydrogen peroxide for 10 minutes and then draining? It's always worked for me.

    Also chewing gum helps to drain a middle ear infection

  • Reply Nigglet June 21, 2019 at 11:56 am

    I’m killing myself

  • Reply Granny's Home Remedies June 22, 2019 at 5:22 pm

    Thanks for the great info on eliminating ear infection.

  • Reply Rhonda Bailey June 24, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    What about oregano oil and coconut oil mixed~~Why specify children?…Dairy does it to me…I'm 55. Soar throat too

  • Reply philosophical monk July 6, 2019 at 4:00 am

    Thanks doc…root cause of my ear infection:QTIP trauma

  • Reply Sarah alscof July 10, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    I'm in remote place no hospital and my ear is so pain rightnow

  • Reply The Observant One July 14, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    Thank u for the hopefully helpful info ?

  • Reply hannah nauzeer July 15, 2019 at 8:28 am

    I'm in real pain I am having this for 4 days I have baby it is very hard to bear this.. I cried all night until I feel better and fall asleep. This is making me sick and it start aching my head, jaws, neck. It also giving me spinning head. I can't bear any sound

  • Reply Sandra Miller July 18, 2019 at 2:06 am

    Doctor what causes you to heart beats in your ears because I have now for about 4 days now.

  • Reply à ę s t h ę t į ç_ Q ú ę ę ñ July 26, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    I'm crying right now because of pain. My ears hurts so badly because I puted my head-ears too much in the water. I have so much pain in my right ear.

  • Reply bill97656 July 27, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    Colloidal silver

  • Reply Daniel Jester July 30, 2019 at 4:04 am

    hold your nose and mouth…blow very will pop your ears and clear your eustation tubes and cause the crap to self siphon out the junk in there…im serious…i had tubes in my ears many times and i have a birth defect that left mine inactive …so they are very prone to clogging and infections

  • Reply Failure Z August 4, 2019 at 9:57 am

    What should Ido I accidentally put my ear wax all the way into the ear, and now it hurts like hell

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  • Reply Aminah Siddiqui August 10, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    ? I'm having ear infection and this hurts like hell, I can't get tea tree oil ? garlic burn so much, god please help.

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