Lavender Salt Sock (Natural Ear Infection Remedy)

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Ear infections are rough, especially for kids who are suffering through one. We recently took a family trip to the beach and all of my children practically lived in the water for a week. I typically bring 3% hydrogen peroxide to use in their ears after swimming in the ocean but forgot it this time in the hustle of getting ready. Using hydrogen peroxide has helped us avoid any ear infections in the past and I foolishly thought we would be ok without it.

A couple of days after we got home, two of our younger children started displaying the classic symptoms of ear infection. I checked to make sure the eardrum had not ruptured and started using garlic oil and my other remedies.

Our daughter was hit with symptoms at 2 AM so I needed to find a quick way to relieve her pain so that we could all get some sleep… and this lavender salt pack did the trick!

Lavender Salt Ear Infection Remedy

This simple remedy combines mineral-rich sea salt (or salt crystals) with lavender flowers for an external hot pack that helps ease the pain of an ear infection. We’ve used basic rice heat packs in the past for body aches and illnesses, but those were in the room with the last of our sleeping children and I wasn’t willing to risk waking them to get one.

Gazing into our salt lamp while I held my crying four-year-old, I wondered if Himalayan salt would work like the rice in a hot pack but with the added benefit of negative ions. I made a quick impromptu hot pack with a cloth muslin bag and some salt crystals and tried it on her ear.

It provided almost instant relief! It also gave the garlic ear oil some time to work without her trying to dump it out.

Here’s Why It Works…

The heat of the salt pack offers relief from the pain. In addition, the salt itself is naturally drying and helps pull fluid out of the ear.

An additional benefit of Himalayan salt is the negative ions it produces when heated. Through a process of attraction and evaporation with water molecules in the air, negative ions have been shown to promote healing and can bind to pollutants and even bacteria.

Finally, lavender has many health benefits and is naturally antibacterial and helps soothe and reduce inflammation. The scent is also calming and helps induce restful sleep.

How to Make a Lavender Salt Ear Infection Remedy

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Lavender Salt Ear Infection Remedy Recipe

A fast-acting and simple remedy for ear infection pain using common ingredients.
Prep Time5 minutes
Yield: 1
Author: Katie Wells



  • Place the salt and lavender flowers in a muslin bag or sock and seal tightly.
  • Carefully, heat the bag in a pan over low heat until warmed or microwave for about 30 seconds.
  • Make sure the pack is warm to the touch but not hot enough to burn and place over the painful ear.
  • Warm and repeat as needed for relief of ear infection pain.


Caution: While this remedy will help draw moisture out of the ear and provide relief through heat, it is not a complete remedy for an ear infection. Consider using other remedies and check with a doctor if you suspect the infection is serious. Signs of infection and/or rupture include a very high fever and/or fluid coming from the ear.
Equipment Note: These are the muslin bags that I like. Also, while regular coarse ground salt will work fine, the Himalayan salt crystals seem to hold heat better and don’t contain as much salt dust.

This article was medically reviewed by Dr. Ann Shippy, who is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and a certified Functional Medicine physician with a thriving practice in Austin, Texas. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.

What do you use for ear infections?

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


32 responses to “Lavender Salt Sock (Natural Ear Infection Remedy)”

  1. Kat Avatar

    Can this lavender salt pack be reused or will repeated heating lessen the efficacy of the lavender?

  2. Denni Avatar

    Can this salt pack be used for other remedies like sore muscles? or is it just for ears?

  3. Jamie Avatar

    Is there a safe way to heat the sock without a microwave? We don’t have one, and I would love to try this.


  4. Marjorie Avatar

    An old Chinese lady told me her mother would use a clean fresh shallot for earaches, just cut off the roots and insert in the ear. She demonstrated it to our amusement, the green part protruding. Use a miror to show the child, it will make them laugh and that also helps ease pain. I have no one to try it on. But it could help some one.

  5. Michelle Avatar

    Thanks for advice re. Ear problems. Son had perforated eardrum, now healed, but am wanting to guard against any reoccurrence, especially as he’s swimming again. Will make the bag, and also take it on holiday, as he will be in and out of the sea all day. I love your ideas and will be making heat bags for my nearest and dearest!

  6. Wilma Avatar

    We’ve done every remedy in the book (Garlic oil, onion juice, collodial silver, vinegar, saline up the nose…) – will try this…. doctor said firmly to us (with a disgusted tone) that putting anything INSIDE the ear will NOT help as it’s a middle ear infection — it’s been 2 weeks of pain and discomfort for our 10 year old and can’t find anything that will help. Don’t want to try antibiotics. Is the doctor right? Is there no point in filling his ear with natural remedies??

  7. Marni shymkus Avatar
    Marni shymkus

    If you are breastfeeding then you have all you need for ear infections (eyes, burns, all sorts of stuff). Just put some fresh Breastmilk in the ear and let it sit for a minute…drain and repeat in the other ear….longer would probably fine too. Otherwise garlic oil is great.

  8. Gowri Muthur Avatar
    Gowri Muthur

    Wellness Mama, i think it would be helpful for all mommies if you could include any salt would be better to draw water from the ear. Not everyone have pink Himalayan salt around in the kitchen. This remedy always worked and don’t want others reading the post to think that only pink salt can be used. Using Pink salt would be great but everyone have salt in the kitchen in case of midnight emergencies.
    Btw… loving your recommendation of the Salt lamp. We have been using it for a month in the bedroom and i am sleeping much better and waking up very refreshed.

  9. Tanya Avatar

    What is the ear drum ruptures? Is there a way to help that with natural remedy?

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar

      I’d definitely see a doc to make sure the eardrum is healing ok and make sure there are no other problems and ask before using this, but I’d personally feel ok using this after making sure the ear was ok since it would help draw out moisture.

  10. Sue Avatar

    I’m really enjoying your blog, and am trying different items that you mentioned. It seems though that your search engine isn’t working, so it’s difficult to find certain things. Thanks!

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar

      The search function no longer requires you to hit “enter” after putting in your search term. It should just populate results as a drop-down menu in the search field.

  11. Vicky Avatar

    This sounds great! One question though… how can you tell whether or not the ear drum has ruptured?

      1. Sarah B Avatar

        Hi Katie, I have been wanting to get one of these – do you like the one you use? Could you recommend the brand?

  12. Zainab Yisrael Avatar
    Zainab Yisrael

    Wonderful information. I just had an ear infection. I will remember this if it ever happens again. Wellness Mama, you mentioned that the salt draws out moisture. I have been suffering from puffy eyes every morning. I sleep with my head elevated because if not, it will be even more severe. The problem is the swelling really doesn’t go down that much as the day goes on. I believe it started due to straining my eyes and I have been dealing with this for ever since, for years. Is there anything that I can do to alleviate puffy eyes? Thanks to anyone who can help me with this problem as it is causing my eyes to really become droopy.

    1. Gowri Muthur Avatar
      Gowri Muthur

      For puffy eyes, i haven’t tried it personally. But have seen this as a remedy. Take one piece of ice then rub it around the eyes for a few min, then immediately run warm water in the sink and splash water on the eyes . It is mainly alternating cold and hot temperature to the nerves and muscles around the eyes. you can also alternate with cold and hot compress. Hope this helps.

      For tired eyes after working on computer all day, I use a hot wash cloth and leave with over my eyes for 10 minutes. This really provides great relief.

    2. Lola George Avatar
      Lola George

      Preparation H cream helps with puffy eyes. Takes away swelling and tightens the skin

    3. Lacey Miller Avatar
      Lacey Miller

      I have not personally used this remedy, but I have heard that cold tea bags over the eyes can really help.

    4. Traudl Wöhlke Avatar
      Traudl Wöhlke

      Homeopathy really works well and fast. Kalium carbonicum is the remedy for puffy eyes, and Hepar sulfuris 30C often helps with ear infections.

  13. elizabeth Avatar

    I used raw onion juice for years.natural antibiotic and apparent pain killer…grate and squeeze sm onion in muslin bag or small sieve to get juice only. Soak cotton ball and apply droplets to ear and have patient stay still so it will get where it needs to go..or .use a dropper for easier application/delivery…kills pain within 15 min..reapply as needed.

  14. Catherine Lamb Avatar
    Catherine Lamb

    Interesting! Thankfully we’ve only dealt with one minor ear infection in 4 years and the garlic oil did the trick!

  15. Fiona Avatar

    Wow….wish I had been that good a mom when mine were little. Amazing that you know so much.

    1. Debbie Jones Avatar
      Debbie Jones

      Just a note: my sister worked for an Ear Nose & Throat Dr, and he recommended a solution of 50% distilled white vineagar & 50% rubbing alcohol to rinse out ears after swimming. Alcohol evaporates out the water & vinegar restores PH to the ears, to counteract the acidity of the chlorine. Use a clean eye dropper & while child lies on their side, put one or two drops in each ear. Then let it run out on a clean towel.

      1. Beth Avatar

        Eons ago, my pediatrician recommended a similar solution (different proportions), after he treated me for a bout of swimmer’s ear. I have used this every time after swimming or a “vigorous” shower and have NEVER had problems since then. I heartily recommend this approach. Interestingly, my DH’s ENT doctor completely dismissed the idea (DH had a different problem), which DH completely dismissed. We use this solution with our DC and feel it effective.

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