Garlic oil for ear infections is very simple to make. The best recipe to use is simply 2-3 cloves of garlic crushed and mixed with 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. This mixture will be left to steep for 30 minutes, then strained. Once strained, put a drop or two in each ear every hour for a few days. Most people who have used this remedy have had great results, often the pain lets up immediately. It is best to make a new mixture every 24 hours, to preserve the benefits of the garlic and olive oil and ensure the mixture doesn’t get contaminated by bad bacteria. There are several concoctions available ready-made at the store, some with additional herbs like mullein.
So… Why Should You Make Your Own?
When you make your own garlic oil, you can ensure that it is never heated. You can also use quality ingredients of your choosing and opt for organic garlic and a reputable brand of extra virgin olive oil. In case you didn’t know, there have been reports that some olive oils are tainted with fake fats that may be rancid and definitely not good for health!
The Benefits of Raw Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Olive oil contains fragile polyphenols, which are antioxidants that protect us from cell damage and help control inflammation. When the oil is heated, these polyphenols are greatly reduced, or even eliminated. Olive oil has antibacterial and antiviral properties when raw that directly helps to attack an ear infection, which can help avoid antibiotic use and the gut damage that follows. In addition to these benefits, olive oil lowers the risk of cancer, arthritis, diabetes, depression and other diseases. It also helps to lower blood pressure.
The Benefits of Raw Garlic
Garlic shares many of the benefits that olive oil offers, including being full of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, and protecting against cancer. This member of the allium family is high in sulfur compounds which aid the body in detoxification. It even helps our bodies to avoid forming carcinogens from overcooked meat. It helps with iron absorption and is a good source of Vitamin C, manganese, selenium, and other important vitamins and minerals. These are only some of the wonderful benefits that garlic has to offer, and unfortunately many of them are quickly destroyed by heat. For this reason it is often recommended to add garlic when the dish is done, or very close to being done, if you want to take advantage of all the health benefits it has to offer.
Raw, Garlic-Infused Olive Oil Works Miracles
When combined together and kept in their raw state, garlic and extra virgin olive oil offer the best of both worlds. Additional herbs can be steeped with the mixture. I have many friends who have had success with this remedy, including my neighbor who was a skeptic. Making a new solution daily is advised because after a period of time, garlic submerged in olive oil may encourage botulism to grow. Administering frequently ensures that the properties of the oil are available to continue healing the infection at all times. Many people get away with dosing every 4-6 hours, though.
A Note On Ear Infections
Recurring ear infections should not be a normal part of childhood! It often signifies that something is wrong. Dietary intervention may be necessary, often just eliminating dairy makes a huge difference.
Have you ever used garlic oil for an ear infection? If you have, I’d love to know the results and whether or not you made your own/used heat!