Grandma’s Cottage Witch Ear Medicine

Some of my favorite witchy tips and tricks come from old world grandparents, who seemed to live more magickal lives filled with garden tending and home cooking. This is my grandma’s super simple recipe for ear medicine. I have no idea where she got it from, for all I know it was a 1950s homemaker’s book, but we’ve used it our whole lives, and you know what? I’ve never had an ear infection. Not one, ever, in my whole life. Plus, this recipe makes years and year’s worth of ear medicine for about $5.

As kids we would use this formula when we got out of the pool to prevent swimmer’s ear. To this day, if I start getting a twinge in one of my ears, I use a few drops (once or twice a day, depending on the severity of the earache) and within a few days it’s all better. I think I have to say that this old school formula isn’t a substitute for medical advice, so this is not a substitute for medical advice.


– Brown glass bottle with dropper
– Rubbing alcohol
– White vinegar


Fill the glass bottle with 50/50 mixture of rubbing alcohol and white vinegar. Cap securely and shake to mix completely. Store in medicine cabinet and use as-needed, no more than twice a day. Solution keeps for a very long time, but if you pick up the bottle and there are ‘floaters’ in it, mix a new batch. Always check the freshness of the ingredients before mixing a new batch.

How to Use:

Have toilet paper or a hand towel at the ready. Tilt your head with one ear facing up so the medicine won’t run out. Add 5-10 drops of the solution to ear until there’s that underwater ‘full’ feeling. Wait 5-10 seconds and place toilet paper over ear. Return head to normal position and allow solution to run out. If ear continues to feel full, tilt head with the ear facing down and shake gently, or lay down until formula runs out. Use once to twice a day (no more) until symptoms resolve (no more than a week).


I hope that you find this simple little cottage witch recipe helpful to your and yours. You can change the bottle under a Full Moon (Water sign preferred) for an extra magickal boost, and/or assemble it with love. Happy swimming and blessed be, friends.


Stock image by Sebastian Voortman via Pexels

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