I know what you’re thinking! How can some oil and garlic cure a very painful ear infection? I was a little skeptical myself, I must say. But, when you have a child that has been up for hours in the middle of the night crying and no way to get to a doctor, you will try anything! That is exactly what happened…
The past two weeks have been completely exhausting for me (hence, no blog post last week!)! First, my son Rocco got sick, had to take him to urgent care for a cold that was just NOT getting better! Low and behold, he had an inflamed ear and throat. After trying everything “natural” (that I could think of at this point) and his health regressing, he was given antibiotics to kick this nasty nasty virus. Medicine for me is ALWAYS last resort for us. Of course, two days later, Rocco began feeling a bit better, and then Maximus started coming down with it! Thursday night we were up from 2am to 5am with one sick kid. Not sure what was totally wrong or how to treat him, I finally asked, “Does anything hurt?” His ear! Ugh!
At 4 AM, and a last resort, I made ear oil to his relief. Seriously, God’s medicine never ceases to amaze me! It worked like a charm! The following few days, I kept asking him about his ear and no pain! A miracle if I don’t say so myself! I only wish I had tried this with Rocco!
Why does this little remedy work so well? Garlic has amazing antibiotic properties! According to Kim Evens, from Natural News, “Garlic is a powerful, natural antibiotic – and it doesn’t kill off our healthy bacteria like drug antibiotics do. Unlike chemical antibiotics, garlic is also an effective antiviral and anti fungal – and taking just a few cloves of garlic each day can really speed infections away.” Garlic must be raw, uncooked, crushed and oxygenated to receive the antibiotic benefits and germ-killing compound.
Your child may have 2 or more of these symptoms, according to Dr. Sears:
- 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!
Garlic Ear Oil Remedy
- four fresh cloves of garlic
- 1/4 cup cold pressed olive oil
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.
Rice Bag Heat Compress
- Spice Bags
- Brown Rice or rice of choice
Put on a movie or read a book, and lay the child down. Place over ear for pain relief. My usually very busy two-year-old laid there and was comforted by the relief. We ended up falling asleep together on the couch (finally!) from 5am to 8am. It was sweet… and I have my rambunctious boy back!
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 the ear ache is accompanied by a high fever, go and see the doctor, and always use your “Mommy or Daddy intuition.” You know your child best!
Keep it clean, Keep it natural! From my Natural Health Blog to you!