VAGUE SYMPTOMS AND DISCOMFORT
itching in the ear
discomfort in earlobe
pressure behind the earlobe
Apart from draughts or a blockage, the cause of earache is generally an infection of the Eustachian tube, which links the throat and the ear. It is, however, important to ensure that the inside of the ear is not clogged.
The most effective way to clean the ears is with a 2 per cent solution of hydrogen peroxide. Insert 2 drops into the ear, let it bubble and clean out with a soft swab. Then plug the ear with 1 drop of sesame oil, at or around room temperature. The sesame oil should be unrefined, pure, unheated oil.
Try an anticatarrhal diet, such as chives, garlic, red (not white) onions, mustard cress, horseradish, ordinary mustard and endives. Although endives are very rich and bitter, they are also anticatarrhal.
For older people with earache, I recommend the following. Heat a stone or half a brick in the oven. Then wrap it in a towel and hold it against the ear. Remove it if the heat is intolerable and replace against the ear when it has cooled slightly. This dry heat treatment, unlike a hot water bottle, will help to reduce the earache.