Garlic as an Antibiotic
Nearly every mother I know has had to deal with earaches in their babies and young children, myself included. During the time I was raising my family, the common solution for a child’s earache was to have tubes put in their ears. I was aware that this could cause loss of hearing as the child got older, so it was not an option I would consider.
Luckily, my mother was into natural healing methods, and I had paid attention while growing up. Since garlic is a natural antibiotic, she would use garlic oil as ear drops to get rid of the infection. It only took about 20 minutes for the earache to subside. This was a godsend for me while raising my 7 children and saved me from many sleepless nights!
There are a few different ways you can obtain garlic oil. You can buy it in liquid form or capsules or you can make it yourself (instructions below). With capsules, I would just poke a hole in the end with a sewing needle or pin and then squeeze a drop or two in the affected ear, while my child was laying on their side, so the oil would go down into the ear. After a few minutes, I would put a small piece of cotton in the ear and leave it overnight.
Homemade Garlic Oil
- Mince a few garlic cloves and place in clean glass container.
- Cover with olive oil and let it sit for 30 – 60 minutes so that the healing allicin is released.
- Strain the garlic pieces from the oil and pour into a glass dropper bottle.
- Warm up by placing dropper bottle in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes before putting drops in ear.
Here’s why garlic helps:
• It contains allicin, an anti-microbial property that works against the infection and pain in the inner ear.
• It contains powerful aromatic compounds, which have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that are easily absorbed through the skin and the eardrum into inner ear surrounding tissues.
• Don’t place any liquids into the ear if you suspect there may be a broken eardrum.
• Treatment may need to be repeated several times depending on the severity of the problem.
• Garlic is a natural blood thinner; therefore its consumption should be very limited or avoided if you are taking blood thinning medication.
Inner Ear Infections & Colloidal Silver
I’d like to tell you about something else that works really well for bad inner ear infections. You know, the kind that causes dizziness so bad, you can’t hardly move your head without the room spinning!
When this happens to me, I reach straight for the Colloidal Silver! If I catch it soon enough, just one or two treatments gets rid of the spinning and the infection. Although it’s always good to do a few more to make sure you kill all of the infection.
I like to call Colloidal Silver the triple-threat because it is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral. So whether the infection is from a virus, fungus, or bacteria, colloidal silver can make a difference.
All you do is lay your head to the side so the affected ear is facing up and fill the ear canal with the silver using an eye dropper. Wait for 20 minutes, then put a wad of tissue over the ear and tilt your head the other way to let the silver drain out. Voila! You can do this a few times a day if needed.
Due to it’s triple-threat abilities, colloidal silver is used for a lot of health problems. You can get it at health food stores but it is pretty pricey and you need to know the right potency and particle size to look for.
But never fear, we also have an article on colloidal silver that gives you these details, along with some of it’s uses and even a way to get your own “Colloidal Silver Generator”. Making your own is not difficult with the generator and it’s a lot less expensive! Go here for the article.
Ear Candles to the Rescue
If your earache is caused by ear wax that is impacted inside the ear canal or eustachian tube, you might want to consider trying ear candles. I had an uncle that had wax buildup so bad, he looked like he had the mumps under both ears and was in terrible pain! My mother used 4 candles on each of his ears and pulled out 1/2 cup of wax from each! The lumps subsided and so did the pain.
The best way to use an ear candle is to take a paper plate and cut an X in the middle for the candle to fit through, leaving just enough room under the plate to hold the candle in the ear canal. This way the plate protects your hand and ear from the heat.
It’s amazing how it can vaporize the wax and pull it up into the candle! I usually cut the tip of the candle back a little so there is a larger hole at the bottom. I worry about it getting plugged up.
Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.