Herbal Ear Wash Recipe for Your Pet

Keep your pet’s ears squeaky clean with this simple herbal grooming solution.

January/February 2019

  • Witch Hazel is great to keep on hand for both you and your pet. It wards off infection and reduces skin irritation.
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  • When treating your pet's ears, always be careful to avoid the ear canal.
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Make use of this simple solution during your regular grooming sessions to keep your pet’s ears clean and problem-free.


  • 1/2 cup strong chamomile tea
  • 1 teaspoon witch hazel
  • Cotton balls


  1. Combine chamomile tea and witch hazel in a small squirt bottle.

To use: Dampen a cotton ball or soft cloth with solution and wipe inside the ears, being careful to avoid the ear canal. Shake well before each use.

Note: For dogs, you can add two drops of garlic oil to this mixture, but do not use this with the added garlic oil on cats.

If your pet gets an ear infection (Otitis externa), rub a few drops of oil infused with mullein or St. John’s wort in its ears, as these are strong antimicrobial agents. You can purchase the oil or make your own by infusing chopped leaves and flowers in olive oil for 3 weeks in a jar. Then, strain it, bottle the reserved oil, and store in a dark, cool place.

Learn more natural care tips for your pet’s health:

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