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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  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.

        • Holly says:

          I just made this with fractionated coconut oil I bought to use as a carrier oil for administering essential oils on my my kids. It was the only oil we had on hand. Will get the EVOO when I can get to the store but both my littles have been sick sick Saturday and my 3 yr old finally kicked the fever but woke up complaining about her ear and I had heard of this method but never tried it before since out of three kids (oldest is 7) we have only had one ear infection if you can believe that. As soon as anyone gets sick cut out milk and most other dairy besides yogurt since I try to keep up the probiotics that way. Anyhow, I just put two drops in her ear and will do it again when she wakes back up. I has already given her some Motrin for the pain so I’m not sure if it was that or this but she says it doesn’t hurt anymore. I’ll give an update after a day or two of administering. Praying my baby doesn’t get it, I can’t bribe her with a gummy, LOL! One quick prep tip, what do you use to strain the oil? I really only have colanders and one mesh strainer but didn’t want any garlic chunks to get through so I used a coffee filter??

    • 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!

  5. Ashley says:

    I’m trying this now as I type. For inner ear inflammation? I read garlic oil was good for it………. I put two cloves in an 1/4 cup of oil and heated it and let it sit……. You think it will help?

  6. Denise says:

    How often do you apply it at night, still hourly?!? If not hourly, how often? And do you have to use the cotton ball for it to work? Not sure my 2.5 year old and 9 month old will keep it there. They both have ear infections. :( I’m very tempted to use the antibiotic bc my little one is in pain and can’t sleep. But I know the benefits of going natural!

    • Jo says:

      Sorry for the late response. If you or baby wakes in the night you can reapply but otherwise I’d just start it up again once awake. Many people report relief from the pain from the 1st or 2nd dose. Hope your babies are better by now!

  7. Brenda Peters says:

    My grandson is one year old and has a ear infection is he too young for this ? TIA
    My hearing has been muffled for the last 9 months and the ENT specialist says nothing’s wrong , if I am lying down my hearing is much better , I am wondering if this might help as I have tried acupuncture. Chiropractic adjustments, lymphatic drainage and ear candling to no avail . I have to see the ENT again in 10 days as this is frustrating me . Could this garlic oil , or garlic/ coconut oil help my ears ?? TIA

    • Jo says:

      Your grandson is not too young. I’m not sure what’s going on with your ears but it wouldn’t hurt to try the garlic oil–if it is an infection causing it, it will help. Hope you’re both better!

  8. Crista says:

    What if all you have is regularl canola oil? Is it still beneficial for the pain? My son suffers from ear problems, he has had tubes put in twice, I’m trying to find something to ease the pain for him.

  9. Linda says:

    Should it be kept refrigerated because of the danger of botulism? Thank you for the wonderful recipe. It’s so much healthier than the heated version! I plan to use on problem skin areas.

  10. Danielle says:

    Using this now, thanks for the article. Something I noticed–it really itches/tickles the inside of my ear. Is this normal? I have not had this feeling with Colloidal Silver drops, so I just wondered. Thanks! :)

    • Jo says:

      I haven’t had anyone complain about that. Does it itch if you apply elsewhere? I’d probably try with coconut oil if it keeps itching.

  11. Katie says:

    Does the garlic oil need to be refrigerated throughout the day until you make a new mixture the next day? Or can it sit at room temp for the day?

  12. pavankumar says:

    my ear has closed from last night..its very irretating to hear the sounds witn low pich with one ear..other one is normal…will u please sugst a way to recvr

  13. Yvette Verhoeven says:

    Thank you for this recipe.i have just made a batch to try on my 15month old.poor thing has been troubled with so much this winter.4 ear infections and I think another is brewing as she has the distinctive disruptive cough when lying down.when warming the oil slightly (as described above) can you warm just a little or can the whole 2 tablespoons be warmed and then rewarmed at the next administration?

    • Jo says:

      You can warm like you would warm breastmilk, by placing the small container you have it in into another larger container with warm water. It is a very slight warming, re-warming won’t hurt. Preferable to make a fresh batch daily.

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