Home Remedies For Plugged Ears: How To Prevent Ears From Clogging?

Plugged ear is common in those who have recurrent sinusitis or rhinitis or common cold. Cold typically produces nasal congestion, throat congestion, sneezing, blocked sinuses and Eustachian tube blockage. This blockage of Eustachian tube results in blockage of middle ear causing plugged sensation of ears as the tube connecting the middle ear to throat is blocked. This is very common during night.

This is usually common in rainy and winter season. Swimming in unhygienic water during summer can also cause plugged ears. Wax is also one of the entities for plugged ears.

How Can You Prevent Ears From Clogging?

  • Regular exercises, outdoor walking in fresh air is important. Patient should take sun-bath for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • One should avoid pickles, condiments, rich and oily food and all sugar based food items. Well-balanced diet with fruits and whole grains in very important.
  • Steam inhalation is a must as this liquefies the discharge which has blocked the Eustachian tube and thus helps in relieving the congestion. Eucalyptus oil can be added to the water before steam inhalation as this prolongs the effect of it. Keep away from those infected with cold.
  • Take plenty of fluids as this helps in liquefying secretion.

Natural Home Remedies For Plugged Ears

  • Margosa oil has been found to be effective in infection and inflammation of the middle ear and Eustachian tube. One or two drops of it can be put in the ear two to three times in a day to give relief.
  • Onion is very beneficial in this condition. Juice extracted from onion should be slightly warmed and put into ear 2 to 3 times daily.
  • Datura leaves boiled with sesame oil are beneficial in relieving plugged ear and earache if any.
  • Clove should be boiled with sesame oil and this can be used as ear drops. 2 to 3 drops can be put two to three times in a day. This will relieve congestion and relieve pain if any.
  • If wax is the cause, then it should be cleaned by ENT doctor as ear drum is a very delicate membrane.


  1. Kelli said:

    Help, I have had a severe ear infection for a few days now. My left ear is completely better but my right ear is still clogged up and my hearing is being effected. Is there anything that will actually work to unclog it?

    July 24, 2009
  2. RSJ said:

    I am suffering earache/congestion since last May 2010. I consulted the ENT Doctor in June 01 and he advised me to take steam and some medicine. I take full dose of medicine and 15 days steam. Incidentally I feel some relief but was not fully cured. What is the real problem and what I can do for full relief from ear congestion.

    August 30, 2010

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