In Part 1 of my ear infection series I addressed antibiotics and whether they are necessary for your child. This article will help you with more diagnosis clues (See information about the otoscope below). I will also cover an effective remedy for many ear infections-garlic oil!
First, I wanted to give an important precaution about using garlic oil inside the ear. Before you can use garlic oil to kill an ear infection, you need to make sure that the eardrum does not have a hole in it. If the eardrum has a hole in it, it can be dangerous to put anything into the ear. A doctor can look into the ear and tell you if the eardrum has burst. Or, you can buy an otoscope online and look into the ear yourself.
There are otoscopes available online that come with pictures to help you to see what a healthy ear looks like, what an infected ear looks like,and what a perforated eardrum looks like. Otoscopes by Dr. Mom usually include this information.
When shopping for an otoscope, consider buying one with an LED light. An LED light is beneficial because it will use a lot less battery power and is a good bright light. I would also make sure that the otoscope gets really good reviews, because you want to be able to see into the ear well. You will need to make sure that the specula is the right size for your child’s ear. (A specula is the pointed plastic cone that goes on the end of the otoscope).
Garlic Oil-The Benefits and a Recipe
Garlic oil is a wonderful ear infection remedy. Garlic is a natural antibiotic. It also has antiviral properties-which is beneficial because some ear infections are viral. Garlic can also help with the pain of an ear infection. Garlic oil can be purchased online. (If you want to buy this from Pure Formulas (always free shipping!) and you have never ordered from Pure Formulas you can use my link to set up an account and receive $5 off of your $50 order. Click here to receive $5. (You will need to enter the code RWPNBF in the referral code space on your order.)
Garlic oil can also be made at home. If you decide to make it yourself, buy the whitest, freshest garlic that you can find. Extra virgin olive oil is the best oil to use because it has anti-inflammatory properties. I like California Olive Ranch Olive Oil . This brand is carried by some grocery stores. (Be careful-many store bought olive oils are not pure olive oil! The wrong oil can cause inflammation-which is not going to be helpful for an ear infection.)
To make garlic oil chop 2 -3 garlic cloves. Let sit for 10 minutes. Put the garlic in a small pot with 2 Tbsp olive oil. Get a large pot that the small pot can fit into. Put water into the large pot and heat the water until really hot. Take off the heat and put the small pot (with the garlic and oil) into the large pot of hot water. Take care not to get any water into your garlic oil.
After ten minutes strain the oil. You can use a clean thin towel (like an old dish towel) to pour the oil through. You don’t want any garlic particles in your oil.
If you decide to store the garlic oil, be warned that garlic oil can grow a dangerous toxin called botulism. To prevent this, I usually make fresh garlic oil each time. Or you can store the garlic oil in the refrigerator for a few days (some sources say up to seven), and warm it up before using it.
How to Use Garlic Oil
To use the oil, first make sure it is warm but not too hot.
Put it into a clean dry dropper and drop 2-3 drops in the affected ear. Have the child lie down for a few minutes to allow the oil to coat the ear. You may want something to distract the child. Use 4 to 6 times a day.
Garlic oil can also be rubbed on the bottom of the feet. Using the oil on the bottoms of the feet helps boost the immune system because anything rubbed on the skin enters the blood stream quickly. All that garlic is a great way to help the body fight off any infection. We do this often at our house for all kinds of sicknesses especially if the child’s stomach is upset, because I can get the garlic into them without them having to eat it.
Nighttime is a good time to put garlic oil on the feet-Rub the oil all over the feet and cover with socks. (You can apply the garlic oil at anytime, but care must be taken because the oil will stain your carpet).
I have used garlic oil for an ear infection that my daughter had and the infection did clear up. I love being able to use safe and effective remedies for my children!
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