The benefits of garlic have a long history of use by natural medicine practitioners. This flavorful culinary herb is often utilized to improve general well-being as well as to treat certain conditions like sore throats, sinus infections, yeast infections, and earaches. It’s a straightforward matter to create garlic oil for ear infections, and it’s simple to maintain a reserve of fresh garlic in the fridge.
Fresh garlic is full of antioxidants and comprises fungicide, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties. Because the most potent compounds are supplied by fresh garlic, always use fresh garlic to create an earache treatment. Dehydrated or bottled garlic has already been heated during the production procedure, which could ruin or decrease the potency of the active compounds.
Sweet oil is pharmaceutical grade olive oil, and it is available at most common drug stores. It is the base for external, oil based treatments for herbalists, and it provides the purest base for creating an ear infection treatment. You can substitute light olive oil if you’re not able to obtain sweet oil.
Making Garlic Oil
With this recipe, you’ll require a little glass container with a lid. You may also make use of a little plastic container if it’s all that is available to you.
1/4 cup olive oil
1 clove garlic, finely diced
Warm the oil in a pan (not so its hot, only enough that it’s warm to the touch.) Then place the garlic and oil within the glass/plastic container together and place the lid on it. You may the oil in 2 – 3 hours if you’re needing a fast treatment, but its best to leave it overnight to ensure its potency is at its highest.
How to Use It
To utilize the infusion for an ear infection, request that the person lies down with their infected ear facing upwards. Then, place a few drops of the garlic oil into their ear while rubbing the base of the ear. You can also place a cotton ball over their ear to ensure that the oil doesn’t leak out. For best results have them remain in this position for at least 15 minutes. This therapy should be repeated as needed. In the event that the eardrum is broken don’t make use of this remedy.
Another Option: Using Fresh Garlic Clove
Another home remedy includes putting an entire clove of garlic within the outer ear canal. To do so, peel a clove of garlic, cut the tip of the garlic off, and then wrap the peeled clove in a piece of cheesecloth. Then, place it in the infected ear with the piece that had the end cut off facing inside the ear. Make sure not to let the garlic go deep into the ear, and leave a bit of twisted cloth sticking out to ensure that it can be easily pulled out of their ear.
A Word of Warning
If ear discomfort continues or a discharge develops, get in touch with your primary health care provider. Generally, garlic used topically is quite safe and helps a great deal. Nevertheless, cease using it should you develop a rash, and then contact your doctor.