HowStuffWorks states that decongestant pills; nasal sprays; an herbal mixture of mullein, olive oil and garlic; and a mixture of witch hazel applied to the outer ear are effective home remedies for earaches. If an earache does not subside after time or is very severe, it is important to seek medical attention to avoid inner ear damage.
A decongestant or nasal spray shrinks nasal membranes, which helps keep the Eustachian tube open. This tactic is especially helpful if an earache is caused by altitude changes. The decongestant or nasal spray should be used at the beginning of the flight in this circumstance.
HowStuffWorks shares a recipe of 1 cup of fresh mullein flowers, 1 cup of olive oil and 4 cloves of chopped or crushed garlic for an herbal earache home remedy. Olive oil covers the mullein in a saucepan and is heated on low for several hours. The garlic cloves are added during the last hour. After the mixture is cooled and strained, it is placed in an ear dropper for an administration of two to 10 drops into the ear canal three times a day. A mixture of witch hazel, Oregon grape root, calendula and goldenseal applied to the outer ear treats pain caused by swimmer’s ear, and rue can also be added to reduce inflammation.