First of all, do not put essential oils in your ears neat. They are much too strong. I will tell you what you can put IN your ears and what you can put ON your ears and body to help.
First, two things you can put in your ears that will help are Carbamide Peroxide drops, and Garlic Oil drops made especially for ears. Both of these kill germs and are soothing. Carbamide Peroxide ear drops are a stronger concentration than the regular peroxide you find in the grocery store. You can usually find them in the pharmacy.
Garlic Oil ear drops are composed of a carrier oil (such as olive oil) infused with garlic and often some herbs. The kind I use are infused with garlic and Mullein, and I bought them at my local health food store. Did you know that scientists are able to measure gasses from garlic on the breath of someone who has rubbed their feet with garlic oil? This is why garlic is especially good for upper respiratory and lung complaints.
Lie down on a couch or bed. Put 5 drops of Carbamide peroxide or garlic oil in the affected ear. Cover with a small tuft of cotton and lie still for twenty minutes, 2-3 times a day. If you do not have time to lie still for so long, you may place the small cotton tuft in your ear canal and go about your business, removing the tuft later. A small child might enjoy lying on a warm heating pad or rice sock.
You may want to warm these ear drops up before applying, because it feels really weird if the drops are cold. The garlic oil with Mullein will actually get warm in the ear and feel good all by it's self. You can also put the garlic oil on the bottoms of your feet! Yes! Then cover them with socks (right before bed is best.)
The Second Thing you want to do for an ear ache is to apply some essential oils support your immune system, to help with drainage, and to relieve pain. Apply essential oils to the skin around your ears - in front of your ears below the temples, and to the bony area behind your ears. Dilute the oils with a little olive oil before applying to the skin of small children.
You can put the oils on a cotton ball and rest it on the shelf of your ear in front of the ear canal. It's all right if the cotton ball is sort of resting on the opening of the ear canal, put dont shove it down inside the canal - like I said essential oils are too strong for your delicate ear linings.
Rosemary, Thyme, Melrose (tea tree) and Purification are all great oils for the immune system.
Lavender supports the immune system and helps with pain.
Eucalypts, Peppermint, PanAway and Wintergreen all fight pain and will help the ears to drain and open up.
Thieves oil is a good all around oil for pain, immune system support and drainage.
Layer the oils on, one at a time, and massage in, and, while you are at it, rub some of these oils on your chest and on your feet to help combat the upper respiratory problems that are probably causing the ear ache in the first place.
A Third Thing you can do if you have swollen glands in your throat, which can cause pain int the ears, is apply essential oils that promote drainage of the lymph system. Often I have Pain in my ears, but it is really caused by something that is happening in my throat. Swollen glands up high in the throat below the ears can put pressure on nerves and cause shooting pains in your ears. Oils that will cause these glands to drain and shrink are lemongrass, grapefruit oil, cypress, and helichrysum. Recently I had a persistent pain in one ear that was not clearing up with just steps one and two, that responded beautifully when I added oils to drain the lymph system.
As I said, pain in the ears is usually accompanied by upper respiratory problems. In this post you will find my recipe for homemade throat spray, and in this post you will find my recipe for homemade chest rub. Go to this post for an explanation of how to preform a lymphatic massage to drain the head, sinuses and ears.
To get started buying essential oils at wholesale prices, please click on the small lavender picture at the top right of the page, or go to youngliving.com. Open an account with Young Living and use this number (1401517) for your enroller and sponsor. A Preferred Customer buys at retail prices and a Distributor buys at wholesale prices. To become a distributor and get your oils at wholesale prices, with no selling required and no monthly quotas, simply purchase one of the starter kits. The Premium Starter Kit is the best value and includes 11 bottles of essential oils, essential oil samples, an ultrasonic diffuser for aromatherapy (worth $100!), literature that explains all about the programs at Young Living, and more.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, just a mom who loves taking care of my family. This information is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Please consult a qualified holistic health care practitioner for any medical needs you may have.