Ayurvedic Home Remedies for Earaches and Infections
The ear is a very sensitive organ; It is the home of one of the most important senses of the human body: the auditory sense. Due to its delicate nature, there are several problems that can occur with the human ear. One of the most common problems occurs when the ear becomes infected. In severe cases, pus may form. Such ear inflammations commonly occur in children.
All infections and earaches are collectively known as Putikarna in Ayurveda. They are usually due to the vice of the kapha dosha, which is the element of the body that coordinates the earth and water elements of the body. Therefore, a person with hearing problems should be careful not to further aggravate the kapha dosha.
The cold season is generally associated with hearing problems. In some people, earache infections are associated with common colds that occur in the early winter months. This is seen most often in children. But in children, common colds need to be treated early, or the inflammation could cause permanent damage to the sense of hearing.
The formation of pus is mainly associated with children. This is a serious case of ear infection that needs to be treated right away. When there is a pus infection, there will be a cough and the child will most likely have a fever as well. This is due to the vice of the kapha dosha.
Useful herbs for the treatment of infections and earaches
– Bael (Aegle marmelos) The root of the bael tree is uniquely used to treat ear problems. A stiff root of the tree is dipped in neem oil and ignited. The oil that drips from this root is allowed to fall into the ear. This produces tremendous relief from earaches and infections.
– Bishop’s wort (Trachyspermum ammi) Bishop’s wort is very effective in treating ear congestions. About one teaspoon is heated in 30 milliliters of milk. The juice of the herb is allowed to soak into the milk. This is then used as ear drops.
– Holy basil (Ocimum sanctum) Holy basil, or tulsi as it is called in Hindi, is beneficial for ear problems. The juice extracted from its leaves should be used as ear drops. It has additional benefits for children with hearing problems.
– Neem (Azadirachta indica) Neem has antiseptic properties so it can kill the organisms that cause ear infections. It is effective on its own. To enhance its effects, it can be taken with bael root as mentioned above.
Diet Treatments for Earaches and Infections
The diet that a patient with ear problems eats should be such that it does not vitiate the kapha dosha, which is responsible for them. The following dietary guidelines should be followed: –
– Acidic foods should be avoided as they vitiate kapha. These include curd and sour-tasting fruits.
– Bananas, watermelons, oranges, papayas and cucumbers should be avoided. These foods can increase your chances of getting a common cold. This would aggravate the ear problem. For the same reason, all refrigerated foods should also be avoided.
– Valuable foods during ear problems are onion, ginger and garlic. Turmeric is also very good and should be used to flavor foods.
Ayurvedic treatments for earaches and infections
Most hearing problems are treated with Lakshmi Vilas rasa. This is prescribed for both adults and children. In adults, the dose is one pill three times a day. It is a bitter pill, so to reduce its bitterness it is taken with honey. In children, the dose is reduced.
For external use, Nirgundi is prescribed. The nirgundi oil extract is boiled with mustard oil. The solution is used as external ear drops. The drops are generally prescribed to be used twice a day.
Home remedies for infections and earaches
– Make a fine mixture of turmeric and burnt alum (alum that has been allowed to swell). Slowly introduce this mixture into the ear.
– Mixing Indian barberry and honey in breast milk and putting it in infected ears provides benefits.
– Put some fenugreek in cow’s milk. This can be used to put drops in infected ears.
– Bilwa root paste is boiled with mustard oil. After filtering, this oil is used as ear drops.
– A single piece of cloves is sautéed in sesame oil. Three to four drops of this are put in the ear. This method provides immense relief from ear problems.
– A simple remedy is to use ginger extract as ear drops. Onion juice can also be used in a similar way, but it must be heated.
Ear infections can be itchy or painful. Hence there is a tendency for the child to scratch his ear or stick his fingers into the Eustachian tube. This should be strictly avoided as dirt on the fingers will further aggravate the infection. Also, by doing so, the person increases the chances of infection for other people.
People with hearing problems should be careful to stay out of the cold as much as possible. They should avoid taking baths until the ear problems are treated. They should wear warm clothes and avoid eating cold foods.