Natural Remedies for Fluid in Inner Ears

Updated April 17, 2017

Fluid in the inner can come from a few sources such as infection, an injury, a misshapen ear canal or a perforated ear drum. No matter what the cause of the fluid, this a painful condition can cause dizziness and nausea. When you have fluid in your ear, start treating the condition right away so as not to further damage the ear. A few home remedies can help alleviate inner ear fluid and relieve many of the symptoms.

Warm Compresses

Apply warm compresses to the ear. Heat has a lot of healing properties. It increases circulation to the affected area and encourages red blood cells to rush to the site to aid in repairing any damage.

Make a warm compress by dipping a cloth in warm water or tea and wringing it out. Use an herbal tea for added soothing affects. Apply the cloth over the ear for approximately 20 minutes or until the cloth cools off. Repeat the treatment as often as needed.

Herbal Treatments

Apply a solution of tea tree oil to your ear. This natural herb helps with many conditions, including fluid in the ear due to infection. Tea tree oil has antibacterial properties that will help prevent infection or clear up an existing infection. Put five to 10 drops of warmed tea tree oil into a tablespoon of olive oil and mix thoroughly. Twice a day, put two to three drops in the infected ear.

Grapefruit seed extract is another herbal remedy to help with fluid in the ear, especially if it is caused by infection. To use grapefruit seed extract, you will need to purchase it in liquid form. Thoroughly mix 3-5 drops of the extract with 29.6ml of glycerine. You may also use alcohol or both. Introduce 1-2 drops in the affected ear 1-2 times a day. Never use grapeseed extract in its full strength in the ears. You can also purchase a similar product that contains similar ingredients called Ear Drops by NutriBiotic.


Positioning plays a big role with fluid in the inner ear. Do not continually lay flat; instead, position your body so your ear can drain. Prop your body up at a 30 degree angle, which will also help alleviate pain. Start using this position as soon as you notice fluid in your ear, and continue to use it until a few days after the infection, or until you have cleared all of the fluid.

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Maria Richmond has been a North Carolina-based freelance writer since the late 1990s. She writes children's books, fiction, non-fiction and has begun work on her autobiography. She currently writes medical articles and has had over three hundred published between the different companies she writes for.