Friday, June 04, 2010

Garlic Ear Drops

Whenever one of our kids complains about their ear(s) hurting, we pull out the garlic. This stuff is amazing! It's most notably known for its antibacterial and antiviral properties, but it is useful in so many more ways (antiseptic, antiparasitic, antifungal, immune-stimulating...). I hope to one day do an extensive write-up on this stuff because it can be used to heal and treat many different ailments.

Just this week, our son Benjamin came down with a fever and ear infection. I'm not a doctor, but it's pretty easy to tell when your child has one: can't sleep at night, says his ear hurts, fever, etc. So I whipped up a batch of garlic oil ear drops. Just 2-3 days of starting him on his garlic treatments and he's up and running.

Here's a tutorial so you can make your own drops at home.

Mince 2-3 cloves of fresh garlic. Place in a double boiler. (I don't have one so I use two the two-pot method as shown below.) Add enough olive oil to cover the minced garlic.

Bring your water to a gentle boil, then drop down to a simmer. Cook oil/garlic mixture on low for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. If garlic starts sticking to the bottom of the pan, lower your heat just a tad.

Strain. I use a cheesecloth because it doesn't absorb much oil.

Squish with a spoon to get that last bit of juice out.
Good till the last drop. :-)

Ta-da! Garlic oil ear drops.

Pour into a jar and store in refrigerator.

We use a regular dropper like this:

Make sure oil is around body temperature before placing in the ear. I pour a small amount out into a little bowl and microwave it for 10-12 seconds. Just make sure and test it so it's not too hot!

2-3 drops in infected ear 4x/daily

Continue with this treatment for 2-3 days after symptoms have been gone away to ensure the infection has completely been eliminated.
On top of these ear drops, I also use a bit of garlic oil on the outside of the ear. I swab any exposed part of the ear with it.

1 comment:

amberbarraclough said...

so excited about this! someone was telling me you could do this - so glad i found you on pinterest! love the blog :-)