Does Salt In Sock Help With Ear Infections?

Everyone should know a few home remedies to help with injuries and illness. You don’t know when you need them, and, lately, most Americans rated natural remedies as being effective as many other medicines. But the good news is that natural remedies have no side effects and are real handy!

For example, what do you when your child suffers from an earache? Most of the time, earaches happen due to an infection, but did you know that you can actually get rid of that nasty infection without antibiotics? Because, most doctors, prescribe antibiotics even for common cold and is absolutely outrageous!

Is it safe to use warm salt for earaches?

For decades, our ancestors used warm salt to treat ear infections successfully and some doctors recommend this natural therapy as a first aid measure. But don’t apply warm salt directly on the affected ear – you have to follow some instructions.

When should I see a doctor?

Even if natural remedies are useful in treating all sort of injuries and affections, when dealing with infections is better to hear a doctor opinion.
Warm salt is great in getting rid of ear infections, better said in reducing pain, but if the symptoms persist and the pain is growing in intensity, you should run to the doctor.

However, warm salt applied on the ear seems to be the best remedy when dealing with an infection!


  • 1 white sock (don’t use colored socks, as the dyes can cause a fire when heating the sock)
  • 1 Medium sized skillet
  • Coarse Sea Salt (it must be coarse ground salt or it will seep through the sock too easily)
  • 10 drops basil essential oil
  • 8 drops lavender essential oil

How To Prepare And Use:

  • Fill the sock up to about ¾ full with the coarse ground sea salt. You will need enough room at the top to tie a good knot, so go as high as you can, and try to knot it. If you need to, just pour a little out until you get it right. Tie a good, tight knot in the sock to close it up.
  • In a skillet, over medium heat, heat up the sock for about 6-8 minutes. You will need to flip it a couple of times, so it doesn’t over heat on one side. I use tongs and it works perfectly.
  • Once the sock is heated throughout, nice and warm, you can remove it from the heat, and place the essential oil drops on to it. Just be careful as you pour them not to over-do it. The basil and the lavender are both thinner, runny oils. Don’t put all the drops in one place, spread them out, but concentrate them towards the center, as your ear is not likely to be right on the edge of the sock when you use it.

  • Now you can use the sock. Just flatten it out well and place under the ear and lay on it until it’s no longer warm.
  • The next time you use it, you can warm in the skillet if needed, but just do about 30 seconds or so. I do it for about 15-20, flip it over and then another 15.
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