Let’s face it… ear infections are common problems with kids. When it comes to treating these things naturally, you’ve got to know what the real issue behind an ear infection is. Once you know what’s going on, you’ll be more confident in knowing how to treat the root of the problem with these natural ear infection remedies.
Natural Ear Infection Remedies
Today, I have a few resources for you that will help when it comes to actually treating an ear infection naturally. I’m going to share my recipe for making a power-packed ear infection oil, as well as a few other tried and true home remedies that are worth a shot as well! Natural ear infection remedies are great to have on hand for those unexpected issues.
How To Make An Herbal Ear Infection Oil
This oil is formulated to do two things.
- kill bacteria (garlic and chamomile)
- decrease inflammation (mullein and chamomile)
The great thing about it is that it’s simple to use and easy to make. Let’s get started. You’ll need:
- 2-3 oz olive oil
- 1 sm. clove of fresh garlic, crushed
- 1 tsp. dried mullein leaf
- 1 tsp. chamomile flowers
Put your herbs for this natural ear infection remedies in a saucepan and cover them with your oil. Simmer on
Simmer on the stove using low heat for 1-2 hours. Your oil should smell like garlic and herbs and it may even turn a slight green color.
Strain your herbs from the oil using an old t-shirt or strainer and coffee filter.
Lastly, place the final oil in a dropper bottle and label with what it is, the herbs used, and how often to use it.
How to use: Before you do anything else… test your oil first. You can test on the back of your wrist or test in your ear. The reason is because you don’t want to have used too much garlic and have the oil burn. Keep your oil at room temperature so that when you put it in your child’s ear it doesn’t hurt from being too hot or cold. Place 3-4 drops in both ears 3-4 times a day. It doesn’t matter if you think your child has an ear infection in only one ear. It’s best to treat both simultaneously. You can put cotton balls in ears to keep oil from running out, but you shouldn’t have much problem with that since you aren’t using much oil. Use this oil for up to 2 days after pain resides to make sure infection is truly gone.
Other Natural Ear Infection Remedies:
Infection-Fighting Massage Oil
Another great natural remedy you can use when your child has an ear infection is to make an infection-fighting massage oil using essential oils. CLICK HERE to see how to make and use it over at Growing Up Herbal.
Colloidal Silver Ear Drops
Colloidal silver is a great natural medicine cabinet product to have on hand. Not only is it anti-bacterial, but it helps to boost the immune system. CLICK HERE to see how it’s used for ear infections from Jill’s Home Remedies.
Onions are a cousin to garlic and they too have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. The great thing about onions is that they can be used to help ear infections. CLICK HERE to see 2 ways to use onions for ear infections from Gwen’s Nest.
Do you have any tips or stories to share with us when it comes to treating ear infections naturally? Don’t be shy… share them in the comments below! We’d love to hear from you! We hope these natural ear infection remedies are a great help to you in the future.
Meagan Visser is a Registered Nurse turned SAHM to 3 small boys. She’s currently a family herbalist that is passionate about herbs. With her background, Meagan has delved into both worlds, the modern medical world and the traditional natural world, to find the best ways to work with a child’s body so that it can do what it was made to do. She teaches parents how to take charge of their children’s health naturally on her site GrowingUpHerbal.com and in her Letters To Natural Mamas.
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