The scientific name for an onion is Allium cepa Liliaceae. Known throughout history for its medicinal, antibiotic and other benefits, onions were often used by villagers wanting to prevent the Bubonic Plague that ravaged Europe during the 1340s. The bulb of the onion acts as a diuretic, antibiotic, expectorant, anti-inflammatory and analgesic agent. Whether it is chopped, minced, ground into a powder or pinched for its oils, onions can relieve pain and inflammation associated with an ear ache as well as an ear infection.
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Onions are made up of several components including flavonoids and phenolic acids. These components give the onion its high medicinal value and allowing it to function as an antibiotic. Like an antibiotic that would be prescribed by a physician, an onion that is sliced and then placed in a plastic bag (or other porous container) can attack the fungi, infection or inflammation that has gathered in the ear canal. Because the plastic bag is porous, the onion is still effective. If the ear ache or infection is severe, oils secreted from the onion may be warmed and then placed in the ear canal for added relief. Alternately, a bag containing the sliced onion can be made to rest just above the ailing ear as well.
If you experience swelling, redness, pain or discomfort in one or both of your ears, you may have some ear tissue damage. This damage is known as an ear infection and is the result of inflammation in the Eustachian tube. As a patient or parent of a child suffering from ear pain and chronic inflammation, it is important to understand your options. Previously, doctors ordered children to have tubes placed in their ears. Now, websites and non-profits groups are sharing information about the natural healing power of the onion. By relying on the natural medical juiced produced by an onion, you can effectively alleviate pain, reduce swelling and kill bacteria trapped within the Eustachian tube. In most cases, pain and inflammation will subside within minutes after the onion is placed on the ear. Extreme cases may require additional time.