Garlic Oil For Ear Infections: Why You Should Make Your Own

Garlic oil ear drops are simple to make and a great natural ear infection remedy.

Here is a simple recipe for how to make garlic oil for ear infections: crush 2-3 cloves of garlic and mix with 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Leave the mixture to steep for 30 minutes, and then strain out the garlic. Voila! You’ve made your own garlic ear drops! Click here to print the recipe.

Once strained, put a drop or two in each ear every hour for a few days. Results are typically seen within the first few doses!

Most people who have used this remedy have had great results, often the pain lets up immediately.

Is it dangerous to put garlic oil in your ear? What about botulism?

The short answer is no. Studies show that herbal remedies for ear infections produce better results for earache management than the use of the antibiotic amoxicillin, and should be a go-to (source, PDF file).

It is widely known that garlic is a potent antimicrobial agent. More recent studies confirm that the substances in garlic are potent antifungals and can inhibit the growth of aflatoxins and cure infections when diluted and applied topically (source).

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 Clostridium botulinum. This bacteria grows best in anaerobic conditions, and typically takes hold after 3 days of storage in the fridge. This is one of the reasons I prefer to make a new batch each day.

What about just putting a whole clove of garlic in my ear?

Many people have benefited from putting a whole clove of garlic in the ear. Some will wrap with wet gauze and warm gently. It can and does work. However, I prefer to use garlic and olive oil for ear infections and earaches. For one, the clove of garlic cannot enter the ear canal (even if it is small enough to fit, do not put it inside your ear canal!!!). Secondly, using garlic oil for ear infections and earaches works much more quickly, is kid-friendly, and allows you to go about your day as you normally would.

So… Why Should You Make Your Own Garlic Oil?

There are several concoctions of garlic oil available ready-made at the store, some with additional herbs like mullein, lobelia, calendula or St. John’s Wort. These are often heated and may contain additives/preservatives (check labels carefully!).

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 haven’t heard, there have been reports that some olive oils are tainted with fake fats that may be rancid and definitely not good for your health!

You can also add additional herbs to your garlic oil mixture if you choose to do so, but it is not necessary. In short, making your own allows you to reap all the homemade garlic oil benefits–a pure product that is potent and most importantly, works quickly.

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 help attack ear infections.This is why it can be used to avoid using antibiotics 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. It is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, and helps protect 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! Garlic 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. This way you can 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.

Can I substitute another type of oil?

I highly recommend using extra virgin olive oil because of the properties it has inherently. However, you can also make garlic oil for ear infections with a good quality sesame oil or coconut oil.

I would not use vegetable oils such as canola, corn, rapeseed, etc. These vegetable oils can cause or worsen inflammation. I would personally choose the coconut oil for ear infection relief if I could not access olive oil.

Garlic Ear Drops Recipe
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Homemade Garlic Oil Ear Drops Recipe

A simple DIY garlic oil ear drop recipe useful for treating ear infections quickly.
Prep Time5 mins
Steep Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Natural Remedy
Author: nourishingtime.com

Ingredients

  • 2-3 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  • Mix ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Allow to steep for 30 minutes.
  • Strain and begin using infused oil right away. Discard garlic (or use to cook if you wish).
  • Store your garlic oil in the fridge and make a fresh batch every 24 hours.

Notes

IMPORTANT NOTE: It is important to move the mixture to the refrigerator and replace at most every 2 days to avoid bacterial growth in the garlic oil. I prefer to make a new mixture each day as it will also be more potent.

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, and sometimes just eliminating dairy makes a huge difference.

Adding fermented foods such as sauerkraut and fermented daikon can also be very helpful. Including more garlic in the diet can lead to a stronger immune system and therefore less infections as well.

Have you tried making your own homemade ear drops? What do YOU use for ear infections?

Popular Habits That Ruin Health: Eating Unsoaked Potatoes

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It is often said that potatoes do not carry much nutrition and are full of sugar and starch. However, they are also a good source of potassium, manganese, and resistant starch. They have a good variety of phytonutrients that are beneficial in our fight against free radicals, which can lead to cancer. Of course the colorful potatoes are higher in these beneficial substances, but that doesn’t mean the lowly white potato is useless!

Studies show that the antioxidants in potatoes can help to lower blood pressure, similar to goji berries. The fiber and resistant starch in potatoes help keep things moving which can have a protective effect on the gut and aid in mineral absorption. Resistant starch forms butyric acid, a form of short-chain fatty acid that feeds beneficial flora and fights inflammation. They help to protect against respiratory issues, cancer and cardiovascular disease. The B6 in potatoes help our bodies produce hormones that help with depression, sleep, and stress reduction. And we wonder why they are a comfort food to so many! They also help reduce homocysteine levels which in turn reduce our risk for heart attacks, strokes and even Alzheimer’s.

The best thing about potatoes is that people love to pair them with fats, and this is no doubt the best way to eat them! It is important to avoid “fat-free” products when you are loading your potatoes up, instead opt for pure butter, cheese, cream or sour cream, and bacon. Don’t be shy–pile them on!

The problem with potatoes is that we do not prepare them properly. This is important if we want to avoid negative effects of potatoes and maximize the nutrients we get from them. Proper preparation increases our ability to digest them, which makes them more nourishing.

When we cook potatoes in certain ways, they are high in acrylamides which can lead to cancer. These methods include the most popular ones like frying, grilling and baking in any way other than whole. Potatoes also contain anti-nutrients like phytic acid, which can actually block mineral absorption. Potatoes often have mold that we cannot see, and while many say it is OK to just cut off mold and carry on, I do NOT agree. Yeast, fungi, mold, whatever you want to call it, creates toxins. These toxins are not necessarily destroyed by cooking. However, lactic acid bacteria CAN reduce toxins! The process of soaking and fermenting encourages lactic acid bacteria growth to begin working on making the potato a healthy addition to our diets. These bacteria can reduce toxins like Aflatoxin and even heavy metals!

The good news is that you can you can lower or eliminate these deterrents to health by soaking your potatoes! For example, you can reduce acrylamide by 48% with only 2 hours of soaking!1 Soaking and fermenting potatoes also reduces the starch content and makes them less of a shock to a diabetic’s system. Serve with plenty of healthy fats to help balance blood sugar.

In a pinch, I’ll soak my potatoes for at least 3 hours, but usually I’ll plan in advance to ferment them for 24 hours or more. After soaking, you will want to rinse the potatoes. You may then choose to dry them thoroughly depending on how you plan to prepare them.

Have you begun soaking your potatoes yet? If you do, let me know how you like the difference!

References

1Society of Chemical Industry (2008, March 9). Soaking Potatoes In Water Before Frying Reduces Acrylamide. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 3, 2013, from http://www.sciencedaily.comĀ­ /releases/2008/03/080306075222.htm

Can You Heal Cavities? Why Yes, You CAN!!!

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If you landed on this page because you are searching for a way to heal cavities for yourself or a loved one, I want to let you know that there is hope!

My son was one of the unfortunate toddlers to have decaying teeth. It started as a little spot that his then Pediatrician assured me was fine, and a result of the breathing treatments he had to have so often because of his reactive airways. Being an asthmatic, it meant that he was put on several prescriptions including inhalers, liquid steroids and preventative pills. The doctor advised me to clean his mouth well after every breathing treatment, so that’s what I did.

The little spot started to grow, and some of his teeth had vertical translucent lines. My heart sank! His teeth came out so beautiful, perfect and white! His teeth were one of the first things people would notice about him–they were literally like a movie star’s!

But now there was this brown spot that was spreading and getting darker. At the same time, I could see two black cavities in my mouth and my teeth were slowly disintegrating. Small pieces of my teeth would chip off even when I was just sitting there doing nothing. One of my cavities covered a good portion of a molar. I also had a molar on the opposite side that didn’t seem to have a cavity, but was “loose.” I could move it back and forth with my tongue and often did…it became a habit. I knew I should see a dentist as soon as possible, but just let it be. But when it came to my son’s teeth, I just couldn’t give up without a fight!

I started researching what things I could try to heal cavities and came upon the Weston A. Price Foundation way of eating and several other methods, mainly from moms who posted over on the mothering forums. They have extensive posts on many topics!

I decided to try Dr. Ellie’s mouth care regimen since it seemed the easiest to use. The results were pretty good…at first. Eventually my son’s teeth started to get really yellow. And if I stopped the protocol (minus the xylitol), within a few days his teeth would start becoming see-through again. He also had loose stools filled with undigested foods, which were worse than usual. I’m guessing the chemicals in the protocol were hard on his body.

I read more about Weston A. Price and eventually came upon an article about the GAPS diet. I had a big Aha! moment, because my son has asthma and multiple food allergies. He had eczema in the past. His growth slowed way down after introducing solids, and his first solid foods were either an allergen or made him constipated. Something just clicked, and I decided to dive in. These were all things the GAPS diet would be able to fix, and all with natural foods that would support his body with the potential to heal cavities too!

I got a bottle of FCLO for my son and embraced the bone broths and the fats. We put tallow, coconut oil and olive oil on everything. We barely had any fruit, nuts, beans/seeds. When we did have these things, they were either paired with a fat or soaked and/or sprouted–and usually both. Majority of our diet was chicken and veggies, with some beef or fish here and there. We got good mineral-rich salt. We filtered our water (well, we were already doing that because to me, tap water tastes nasty).

Something amazing started to happen. My son’s decay lightened and the brown area started feeling much stronger. It did not disappear completely, but it completely halted and his teeth are strong. They also aren’t see-through anymore. When we ventured off of GAPS, his teeth started becoming see-through again. We learned that oxalates were probably a big deal and decided to try the Vitamin K Protocol, and it was amazing for his teeth.

My teeth also got much better even though I very rarely ever took any FCLO (small budget so I rationed it all for my son). I can’t move any of my teeth with my tongue or hand. I can’t see any black cavities. The big one in the molar was reversed as well, but the damage that was already there caused my tooth to break once when I bit something hard. However, what’s left of it has no sign of disease, no black whatsoever! It’s amazing!

Find actionable tips to heal tooth decay here.

Leave a comment if you have any questions.

Note: This was written late 2013 and confirmed by regular dentist a year later–no cavities or soft spots for either of us!