How to Use Sea Salt for Cartilage Piercing

Piercings have increased in popularity and moved beyond the ear lobe. Cartilage piercing is performed on the ear cartilage that is higher and closer to the head than a traditional ear lobe piercing. As with any piercing, problems such as infection, redness and bumps can arise. To combat the issues that may occur after a cartilage piercing, try soaking the piercing and surrounding area in sea salt.

Combine 1/8 tsp of sea salt with 236ml. of warm water.

Saturate cotton balls in the mixture.

Swab the cartilage piercing and surrounding area with the saturated cotton ball once a day until the bumps dissipate.

Rinse the area with clean, cool water to remove salt residue. Pat the area dry.

Create a mixture of 1/8 tsp of sea salt with 236ml. of warm water in a mug or small bowl.

Soak a cotton ball in the mixture to create a warm compress.

Apply the saturated cotton ball to the pus-filled bump. Gently apply pressure and hold for 10 to 15 minutes once a day.

Rinse the area with cool water to remove any salt residue and pat dry.

Crush an uncoated aspirin and add enough lemon juice to form a paste. Apply to the bumps using a cotton swab. Allow the paste to dry for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and allow to dry.

Dampen a chamomile tea bag with warm water. Apply it to your piercing like a compress for 10 to 15 minutes, and then rinse the area with water. Repeat this process once a day until the bumps dissipate.

Apply tea tree oil to the piercing once a day for up to five days. Soak a cotton ball or cotton swab in the tea tree oil, and swab onto the piercing.


The sea salt solution should not be any saltier than tears. Always wash your hands with antibacterial soap before touching the piercing or the area around it.


Do not pick at the healing piercing. If you experience contentious pain in the ear, redness at the piercing site that lasts for more then a few days, and pus, visit your primary care physician.

Things You'll Need

  • Warm water
  • Mug or small bowl
  • Cotton balls
  • Wash cloth
  • Towel
  • Uncoated aspirin
  • Lemon juice
  • Cotton swab
  • Chamomile tea bag
  • Tea tree oil
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Amanda Flanigan began writing professionally in 2007. Flanigan has written for various publications, including WV Living and American Craft Council, and has published several eBooks on craft and garden-related subjects. Flanigan completed two writing courses at Pierpont Community and Technical College.