Caution: Earache may be a symptom of a serious middle-ear infection, particularly if it occurs in children. Seek medical assistance for earache.
Fill a hot water bottle with warm water, cover it with a cloth, and apply it to the ear.
Make a decoction of 1/4 tsp Goldenseal powder and 1/2 cup water. Bring to a hard boil and then remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Strain through a coffee filter. Let it cool down to body temperature, (the ear is very sensitive to heat and cold). Fill a dropper with the decoction and drop a few drops on the inside of your arm to check the temperature. With the head tilted sideways, put the dropperful of Goldenseal in the ear and hold it there for about a minute. Repeat as needed.