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

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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!

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18 comments

  1. jenna d says:

    Hello, when you say left to steep for 30 minutes you mean just to let it sit and absorb with no heat. Sorry for the most likely stupid question, but the only reference I know to steep is when I make tea and thats after ive heated the water and added tea….just wanting to clarify. My daughter has had 2 ear infections back to back and seems to be getting it again, and after 2 rounds of antibiotics im not doing a third.

      • jenna d says:

        Thank you, I very much appreciate your help. I made the oil and put some in her ears, and she started crying. It wouldnt be hurting her would it? Im thinking just because it felt weird…

        • Jo says:

          It may have been too cold? Would depend on the temp in your home. You could put the container in warm water (similar to how you’d warm up breast milk if you’re familiar with that) first and try it that way.

    • Jo says:

      Oh, and it could have also been the new sensation of having something put into her ear, of course. I am not sure if it would benefit ear infections internally. =/

  2. Kayla says:

    Hey there! I’ve got it steeping right now!
    Thank you so much. We live out of town and I would have had to order this online and wait- I have all of these ingredients at home and would much rather make it myself. I hope this works :-)

    My Mother in Law heard I was trying this and said:
    “It is what my Mom called sweet oil. She would heat a little in a teaspoon put it in our ear then put a cotton ball in the ear. She would have us lay on a heating pad with the bad ear on the pad. Next moring remove cotton ball and all the yucky stuff would be in the cotton ball.”

  3. Anne says:

    Thanks for clear, easy directions! I have a few drops in my ear as I type. When my baby wakes, I will put some in his ears. Darn travel & cold weather made us all sick:(

  4. Kayla says:

    I’m coming back to tell you that this REALLY WORKED. My son had been having lots of ear infections, some rupturing. I tried this and it took a couple days of applying it hourly throughout the day, but his EI went away and ear ache went away! THANKS!

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