When I went to the doctor after Hannah was born, she reminded me again about garlic/olive oil for earaches. I had heard of this around the internet before, and it sounded like a good idea.

I already know that antibiotics are too often prescribed for ear infections, and have started hearing or more and more doctors advocating the use of a pain reliever and then just letting the child’s immune system fight the infection (which may be viral, and then antibiotics wouldn’t work anyway)

Anyway, both olive oil and garlic have antimicrobial properties, and by dropping them in the ear they work right where the issue is, unlike antibiotics that work systemically, upsetting the whole body system in the process.

Thankfully, before Hannah ever had an ear ache I got one, so I was able to try this myself. I heated some olive oil and whole garlic in a small clean pan on the stove until it was hot but not smoking. Then I let it cool until it was warm but not hot on my forearm. Then I dropped it in my ear, and it did provide relief immediately. I didn’t use antibiotics (I was pregnant with Sam at the time as well) and the pain was gone in 48 hours. I just kept the garlic oil in a glass dropper bottle in our fridge, where it solidifies, and then if I need it I heat it up over the double broiler on the stove. We don’t have a microwave, but I’m not sure I’d use one for this anyway.

Please, though, research for yourself! Don’t just drop something in your child’s ear because some chick on the internet said to ~grin~

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