Check our homepage for new, visually rich, fast and immersive experiences!

Tea Tree Oil for Ear Infection

The usage of tea tree oil for the benefit of human health has been practiced since ancient times. This article tells you how you can avail the benefits of tea tree oil to cure an ear infection.
HolisticZine Staff
"It (tea tree oil) will help relieve the itch from the genital wart virus, from Candida, and from non-specific bacterial or fungal infection. It will relieve the symptoms as well as overcoming the infections." -- Dr. S. Cabot, The Use of Tea Tree Oil in Clinical Practice
... very rightly quoted by Dr. S. Cabot, "it will relieve the symptoms as well as overcoming the infections"... including an ear infection! Tea tree oil is known for its antiviral, anti fungal and antibacterial properties for treating various health issues like warts, shingles, insect bites, cold sores, flu, burns, cuts, wounds, to name a few. Tea tree oil is extracted from a tree called Melaleuca Alterniflora which is found in Australia and is known to be used by the aboriginals since the ancient times. In fact, sources state that tea tree oil was introduced to the rest of the world during the 1700s when Captain Cook visited Australia for the first time. Among all the natural and blessed healing properties that this oil possesses, this article will be focusing on how tea tree oil can help cure an ear infection.
Using Tea Tree Oil for an Ear Infection
When it comes to treating an ear infection, be it among children or adults, the most common option which is considered is the consumptions of antibiotics. Though there is nothing wrong with that... but if you are someone who gets these infections again and again within a gap of several weeks, then intake of antibiotics every time to treat the condition is not that good an idea. Especially, when you are dealing with ear infections in children which keep on coming again and again. Therefore, going for an alternate remedy that can actually be used without any health concern is something that we all should look for. Among the various natural remedies for curing an ear infection, tea tree oil is one solution that can effectively prove to be beneficial in this condition. Mentioned below are the various ways as to how you can apply tea tree oil in the ear canal to reduce the infection.
Application Technique #1
Mixing 1 tablespoon of olive oil with 5-10 drops of tea tree oil and then applying a small quantity into the ear is one way to treat the infection. It would be better to warm up the tea tree oil and then mix. You can use a dropper to put this solution (2-3 drops) inside the ear. Doing this during bedtime proves to be more effective in curing the infection. You can also use a cotton ball to prevent the oil from leaking out from your ear. Doing this twice daily can actually be of help.
Application Technique #2
Take a small bottle with a tight lid and pour approximately quarter cup of warm water in it. Mix about 3 drops of tea tree oil in it and shake well after closing the container tightly. Use a dropper to apply this solution into your ear and tilt your head slightly so that the solution reaches inside where the infection is. After a minute, tilt your head in the opposite direction to tilt the remaining solution. You can do this 3-4 times a day and you will find the infection heal visibly.
Application Technique #3
Some people are very skeptical about the internal usage of any product. Speaking of your ears, they are extremely important and sensitive, and using any product without caution can prove to be harmful. Applying tea tree oil at the back of the ear and rubbing it constantly also proves to be beneficial in curing the pain due to the infection. This is an option for you if you tend to fear using tea tree oil internally, as there are some concerns involved with the same which are discussed in the following paragraph.

Before you think of considering tea tree oil as an option for curing your ear infection, it is advisable to consult an expert, or perhaps your healthcare specialist to check if you are not sensitive to tea tree oil. Tea tree oil can prove to be toxic for some people, especially when it comes to internal application. Speaking of ear canal, some experts state that tea tree oil can actually lead to some internal damage. On the other hand, some experts allow using tea tree oil in the diluted form. So make sure that you use tea tree oil in very minute amount (total concentration being less than 2 percent). You can also consult your doctor about the same.
Though there are risks involved for people who are sensitive to tea tree oil, it is still considered to be one of the best natural remedy for treating various infections... including an ear infection! Though the benefits of tea tree oil are recognized worldwide, make sure you consult an expert before going ahead with it, as its usage also involves a certain degree of controversy. Take caution, take care.