Everybody knows that earache is just plain nasty but what many people don’t realise is that antibiotics are rarely the answer and most of the time ears will clear up on their own. While antibiotics are useful for bacterial infections, ear pain can be caused by any number of other things, from fluid build-up in the Eustachian tube to wax accumulation and viral infections.
A few drops of oil in the ear canal can soften accumulated wax that might harbour bacteria. Garlic is a well-known folk remedy for ear infections that really works when combined with certain oils. Garlic is antiviral, antibacterial and antimicrobial, plus it has natural anaesthetic properties when crushed.
Garlic and Olive Oil Infusion
You can make garlic oil by crushing two cloves of garlic and infusing them in gently heated Olive or Sesame Oil. Allow to stand for about 20 minutes, strain and then place one to three drops in each ear. Make sure the oil is not too hot, just comfortably warm.
Coconut Oil Ear Drops
Coconut Oil is also antimicrobial and anti-viral. Warm the oil and put one or two drops into each ear canal.
If there is any discharge or pus coming out of the ear, then you don’t want to put anything in the ear. However, you can massage oil around the ear and at the back of the ear in a downward direction to help with drainage and relieve the fluid pressure on the back of the ear drum. Use a couple of drops of Basil Oil or Tea Tree Oil and Peppermint Oil diluted in Coconut Oil. You can massage the chest and the bottom of the feet too. This is a good preventative measure to use when colds, flu or sinus problems threaten to spread to the ears.