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Onion Poultice

The onion poultice is a folk remedy that has been used for hundreds of years. It helps to bring blood to the affected area. It is typically used for ear pain. It is said that it helps to decrease the pressure on the ear drum by stimulating the eustachian tube to drain.

Now, while I would recommend seeing your doctor for ear pain, sometimes that is not an option. NEVER put anything IN YOUR EAR without a doctor telling you to do so, after they have looked in your ear, as you could have a hole in your ear drum that would allow agents to access deep into your ear and could cause permanent damage.

That being said, this is an external topical application that may help while you are waiting to get to the doctor's office.


  • Cut onion in half, add a few drops of water to the surface

  • Microwave 20-30 seconds or heat onion in oven

  • Test on your wrist skin first, before putting on child to make sure it doesn't burn

  • Turn their head with affected ear up

  • Place onion on the affected ear and cover with a towel

  • Rehear the onion when it cools down

  • Repeat 3 times in a row

  • Continue applications with new halves of onions throughout the day until ear feels better

You can email Dr. Sparks at to make an appointment to have your ear checked and a personal plan set up for you.

*This information is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional.

*You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

*Always speak with your physician or other healthcare professional before taking any medication or nutritional, herbal or homeopathic supplement, or using any treatment for a health problem.

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