We don’t deal with ear infections too often. In fact, each of our oldest two have had one, both at age 4. Our oldest had one miserable night because of it (no pain until 10 PM and not much to do until the next day — plus we didn’t know much then). Our second woke with the beginnings of an ear infection at nap time a couple weeks ago, and we were able to immediately nip that one in the bud.
First things first, a trip to the chiropractor to get the ear to drain. Within nearly seconds of being adjusted, he quit complaining about the ear and ran off to play. The chiropractor pulled at his ear gently and tugged it to help it open. He’s done it to me, too, when I had an ear infection beginning, and the fluid actually runs down your throat after this. Since that’s what’s causing the pain — the fluid that can’t drain — it basically clears up the infection.
But, there’s often still some residual redness, irritation, etc. To clear that up quickly, we use this oil.
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- 1/2 c. coconut oil
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 2 tbsp. mullein leaves (buy it here)
Combine all ingredients in a small sauce pan.
Allow this to steep for 10 – 15 min. on very low heat — you don’t want anything getting cooked. You can even turn it off once it’s warm and leave it sit on the stove. The garlic’s properties will be destroyed by too much heat.
Strain it out very carefully, using cloth. You don’t want any piece of garlic or mullein at all in the finished product.
That’s it! Store the oil somewhere cool. It will solidify since it is coconut oil, but that doesn’t matter. To use, just scoop a tiny bit with your finger and put it in your ear. It will melt quickly and fill the ear canal, where it will help the infection. You may need to tug gently at the ear once it’s melted to allow it to get down in there.
Treat ears as needed, once or twice a day (or every few hours if the infection’s bad) until it’s gone. Do not use if the ear drum has burst.