Earache is a common problem, especially among children. It is not a fatal problem, but it is very painful and hampers our normal life when it happens.
If you have a constant ache in your ear, you will not be able to concentrate on any work. Since using this remedy in my ears, I’ve noticed fewer colds and infections, improved sinus draining, less sinus pressure, easier breathing, no ear pain, and clearer, glowing skin (seriously!).
Garlic has antimicrobial, antifungal, and antibiotic properties that can help fight infection. It has been used for both food and medicine for thousands of years. Several historical figures, including Hippocrates, mention the use of garlic for a variety of ailments, everything from parasites to poor digestion.
Main Symptoms of An Ear Infection
- Cold symptoms – keep in mind that ear infections are almost always preceded by a cold. Often a clear runny nose will turn yellow or green before an ear infection sets in.
- Fussiness during the day or night
- Complaining of ear pain or hearing loss
- Night-waking more frequently
- Unwillingness to lie flat
- Fever – usually low grade (101º – 102º); may not have a fever.
- Sudden increase in fussiness during a cold
- Ear drainage – if you see blood or pus draining out of the ear, then it is probably an infection with a ruptured eardrum. DON’T WORRY! These almost always heal just fine, and once the eardrum ruptures the pain subsides.
Look for any of these signs if your child isn’t able to communicate how he or she is feeling and try this old time remedy that really works!
How to Make Garlic Oil
- 2 cloves of fresh garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup olive oil (or sesame oil, coconut oil)
- a small glass container with a lid
Warm the oil slightly in a pan on the stove (not hot, just enough that it’s warm to the touch.)
Put the oil and garlic in the container together and put on the lid. For best results, let the oil and garlic infuse overnight for use the next day. If you need a quick remedy, you can use some of the oil in 2-3 hours.
After the oil is warmed, use a dropper or the smallest spoon you can find and place 5-10 drops (1/4 tsp) into the infected ear. Put a cotton ball or a small wad of tissue in ear.
Then use a damp wash cloth and place next to the ear. Then add some warm heat (like rice bag) and cover with a towel.” (Work with your child on how much heat they can handle and use a hand towel around the bag if it’s too hot.)
This remedy only worked well with damp heat. I don’t know the science behind this, but….IT WORKED!! I mean, every time! I would do this treatment (usually both ears) at least twice a day for about two days. After that, they were back to their usual self.
Rice Bag Heat Compress: How to:
Rice bags are amazing to use for a heat compresses. They retain so much heat unlike wash cloths. Once heated, they should stay warm for about 20 -25 minutes, depending on how hot you make them.
- Spice Bags or clean sock
- Brown Rice or rice of choice
Using a clean sock or reusable spice bags, fill your bag about 2/3 full with rice and heat in either a microwave or wrapped in foil (for the oven). Put on a movie or read a book, and lay the child down. Place over the ear for pain relief.
The Garlic Ear Oil needs to be used two to three times a day with a little heat until there is no more pain. Store in refrigerator for maximum four or five days and then discard.
Of course, if a high fever accompanies the ear ache, go and see the doctor, and always use your “Mommy or Daddy intuition.” You know your child best!