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Gramma Mary's Ear Ache Remedy

For ear aches, ear infections, even an infection of the inner ear that is un-responsive to antibiotics. I'm the youngest of eleven children and I had ear aches as a child and this always worked for me.

My mom would bake a medium sized onion(with outer peeling removed) in the oven @ 350 for about an hour or until it would prick easily with a fork.(I cannot vouch for microwave). Remove the onion, place it at the bottom of a canning jar, wrap the jar in a towel so as not to burn your hand, prick the onion to release the steam. Place the affected ear over the opening to allow the steam of the onion to sooth and penetrate the ear. You can use a smaller onion and a smaller jar for a small child, the opening will be better for their little ears) Leave it in that position until the steam is no longer being released, the heat alone feels wonderful. It almost immediately eases the pain.

I know of a child scheduled for tubes to be surgically placed in her inner ear for drainage due to repeated infections that were un-responsive to antibiotics, who responded to this treatment the night before the planned surgery. When the doctor checked her ear the infection was completely resolved and the surgery was cancelled. The childs mother wanted to know if she could pay my mom,just knowing a child was no longer suffering was more than enough payment. We know now that onions have a natural antibiotic property and the heat may also help to improve circulation. It won't hurt to try, and it just may help. So what have you got to lose, onions are cheap!
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Thank you so much for posting this rememdy. It worked like a charm. For those who are curious I used a white onion, baked as directed, and did have to cut it to get it in the jar. I did it last night, and the relief was immediate. And this morning I feel fantastic.

I've had on and off ear infections for about 5 years now, and never had a treatment work this fast and/or well. Thank you again!


Dear Darlene
thank you and thank God for smart Mom's
like yours


oh my worked i have had this pain in my ear for 3 days and havent been able to get in to the doctors....well anyways it worked great almost instantly...tell your grandmother thank you from the bottom of my heart.


So, I really wanted to try this remedy. I went to the doctor today and learned I have an infection in two of my ears. I was given antibiotics but haven't started them because I am anti medicine ( for the most part) I wanted to try something holistic, however, after calling the doctor she said that had I came two days soon she would be ok with it but that my ear drum could possibly pop due to this ear infection. o_O I would love to know what your thoughts are. Was the little girl needing tubes infections endangering her eardrums?


I just tried this wonderful remedy on my 17 month old son, who has been suffering from an ear infection the last one and a half days, and it worked wonders! He went from super cranky to back to normal within a few minutes!!! Thank you so much, Darlene. I will post this on my blog (
I think the onion should really be baked in the oven, not microwave though, which makes it hard in the middle of the night.
I'm so glad I found this!


My 4 year old started complaining about her ear and has had a cough, cold, etc. Yesterday was a Saturday and I knew that if I couldn't get her in to the pediatricians today that I would have to wait until Monday or ER it. I searched for a home remedy and felt this was the safest to try. I used a half onion, baked as directed and stuffed it into a jelly jar. I wrapped the jar and the rim of the jar with a tea towel and held it to her ear for about 15 minutes. Well, it worked. No more ear pain. Unreal. Thanks for the information! I am usually someone who uses doctors, but I tried something new to give her some relief and it worked! I am a mom of 4 and she is my youngest. I wish I had learned this sooner! Thanks sooo much!

See you in 2 hours.....

okey dokey.
One small yellow onion with skin removed, placed in a toaster oven set to 350. It's 10:30 pm
I have had 3 ear infections in the same ear over the last 3 months- initially caused by a bug in the ear, the first infection ruptured my ear drum and had me in so much pain that i was on the floor screaming nasty things at the world (while on a max dose of codeine ).3 types of antibiotics, ear drops and lodes of pain killers eventually got rid if the first infection and allowed my ear drum to heal.... but I've had 2 milder infections since. Now facing a blizzard (due tomorrow) and being uninsured, unemployed and isolated in rural Michigan i turn to the all mighty internet ! I will comment again at 11:30 with my results.
As a side note my husband never gets sick.. like ever. He eats raw onion (one per sandwich), cheese and hot sauce sandwiches each week and swallows whole cloves of garlic, amounting to an entire head over the course of a month. He also stinks like a lumberjack hobo skunk every Tuesday and Wednesday (his garlic/onion days).. but He can wade through hordes of snot nosed, sneezy preschoolers- and work in the frozen tundra all day -never getting sick.

I'll check back in the morning

I'm back at 12:10 the onion remedy seems to be as effective as any hot compress- so far. I am taking my nightly nuproxin and heading to bed.I will repeat the remedy in the morning and re-post. I'm bummed i was hoping my ear would be glowing with vibrant light and i would be typing praise and thanks.. but for now I'm still feeling quite sore and...well-smelling like a Salisbury steak.


My 9 year old son has been up for two hours in pain, and crying off and on because of it. I tried this and with in minutes he was asleep (snoring). He fell asleep while I help the jam to his ear. He has had tubes at a younger age. As well as many ear infections. This worked for him! I used a jam jar and a small whole onion. I cooked the onion in the microwave for about 3 mins.


9 year old son - I wrapped the jar in a towel as well and placed it on the ear for 10-15 mins. Thanks!

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