Ear aches and ear infections seem to plague some infants, kids, and even adults. This condition can become chronic, in which case, the use of antibiotics turns to overuse. Flooding the body with antibiotics too often can kill all of the good bacteria in the gut. This leads to poor digestion and a lowered immune system. Isn't it ironic that the very drug intended to heal the body of infection can set the stage for more infection or illness? It seems a bit like job security, doesn't it?
Fortunately, there is a natural remedy for aching ears. Nature has its own antibiotic agents that work against the bad bacteria without killing off the good. One of these miracle plants is garlic. Garlic is a wonderful natural antibiotic, and it is very gentle on the body. That makes it safe for infants, kids, adults, and seniors.
As the Boy Scouts will tell you, it is always best to be prepared. So don't wait until your little one is tugging at his ear to mix up your natural remedy. It's a very easy recipe, and it only takes minutes to set up. However, it does take some time to infuse.
All you need is some olive oil, fresh garlic (please refrain from using store-bought minced garlic), and a glass storage bottle (dark, colored glass is best). Fill your bottle half-full with olive oil, and peel a clove or two of garlic. A 4-ounce bottle should only need one clove. Use this ratio to make a larger batch.
Slice the peeled garlic clove into chunks just small enough to fit into the bottle. Don't cut the garlic pieces too small. You don't want garlic chunks getting into the ear dropper.
Now place the garlic pieces into the bottle, and fill the remainder of the bottle with more olive oil. Close the bottle tightly, and place it on a shelf in a dark, cool place. If your room temperature is warm (above 70 degrees), place the bottle in the refrigerator. The oil can become rancid if kept too warm.
Over the course of weeks and months, the garlic will infuse into the oil. The chunks will sink to the bottom, and the garlic oil will be at the top. Use a glass ear dropper to extract the oil as needed. Make sure the dropper does not reach the bottom of the bottle. Remember, you don't want the garlic chunks; only the garlic oil.
At the first sign of an ear ache, have the patient lie on their side, and place a few drops of garlic oil in the sore ear. Allow the oil to penetrate for as long as the patient is willing to lie there. Small children don't usually comply with this method, so you may need to dose them more frequently throughout the day.
Continue this procedure multiple times per day until the pain is gone. Besides smelling like an Italian restaurant, there are no side-effects to this treatment. Garlic and olive oil are both safe, non-toxic, and natural. Even pets can benefit from this simple, yet effective remedy.
If you cannot wait for your own garlic oil to infuse, commercial recipes can be purchased at many health food stores. Drugstore.com also carries garlic oil, if you have time to allow for shipping. "Ear's" to your health!