Sunday, July 14, 2013

Sunday Funday = Homemade Garlic Ear Drops!

My poor daughter is prone to ear infections, particularly in the summer months with all the swimming she does.  I've found that over the last year or so even antibiotics, which are extremely expensive, are not helping her.  I'm beginning to worry that she may have built up a resistance to the generally prescribed Amoxicillin, which is rather scary should she come in contact with a more serious infection or illness!  So, last week when she began to complain about her ears, I decided it was time to try something more natural, and see if we could fight the infection on our own.

I've long known of this remedy, but had never put it to use!  One of the most effective natural remedies for the ear pain associated with an ear infection is warm homemade garlic oil!  Both olive oil and garlic have antimicrobial properties, and garlic has exceptional medicinal properties including: antiseptic, antiviral, and antibacterial agents.  The antiseptic compounds will be absorbed through the skin and the eardrum into the inner ear and surrounding tissues, fighting infection and reducing inflammation at the same time - Super AMAZEing!

Garlic Oil Ear Drops
1-2 clove of garlic, minced
2-3 Tablespoons of olive or coconut oil
In a small pot using low heat warm oil slightly.  Remove oil from heat and add minced garlic. Cover and allow oil and garlic to steep for at least 30 minutes. Strain the garlic from the oil, and keep in a glass jar or bottle. I only made a small portion, as it will only keep in the fridge for about a week max.  I submerged the jar in warm water before administering the drops, you could also run it under hot water straight from the tap.
Administer 2-3 drops of oil into the ear, 2-3 times a day.  I recommend having the person lay on their side, to allow the oil to settle in, and then switch ears/sides, if necessary.  For additional pain relief, use a warm compress (homemade "magic bags") applied over the ear.

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