Garlic oil . . . yum:)
While this actually does taste great on garlic bread, I keep it on hand for medicinal purposes.
I don’t remember ever getting an ear infection until I was 22 years old. I got a cold, ignored it, then it turned into a bad sinus infection that ended with me on antibiotics while in Thailand on a missions trip. My ears hurt so bad! I remember sitting in the plane coming back to the US, bent over in my seat, holding my ears. The pressure from the changing altitude made the pain just excruciating. Ever since then before I even get sick I can feel my ears start to hurt a tiny bit, then it turns into a full-fledged cold.
It’s never fun to be in pain, but the little warning sign in my ears has actually helped me avoid sickness quite a few times. Garlic oil has become my go-to remedy any time I feel that twinge in my ears that signals a cold coming on. For anyone prone to ear infections garlic oil can be a wonderful thing!
Why Use Garlic Oil?
Actually, garlic oil is a good thing for anyone to use in fighting an illness, since putting a few drops in each ear deposits the healing properties of garlic close to many parts of the body’s immune system. Connected to the nose, throat and the major lymph nodes directly under the ears, garlic oil in the ears is a highly efficient place to focus herbal efforts.
What About Kids?
For adults it’s no problem to relax on our sides for 10 minutes with oil in our ears. For a small child this can seem like pure torture! I like to bribe Jonathan (almost 3 years old) to lay still with a little treat. I just place one chocolate cereal (we buy the Cascadian Farms chocolate cheerio cereal. We use it for potty training, too. Yes, it’s still junk food, but potty training is desperate business!) on the edge of the coffee table. If he lays still until the timer goes off (5-10 minutes, depending on how squirmy he is when we start) he gets his chocolate cereal. I just use what I know will encourage him to hold still.
Small glass jar with lid
1. Peel and chop garlic. Place in jar, then pour olive oil into jar so that it covers the garlic by just a bit. You want the garlic completely covered with oil.
2. Screw lid on snugly and let sit for two or three days (or you can just forget about it for a few weeks). I place mine in a cabinet so that it doesn’t get too warm and stays out of the light.
3. Strain out garlic chunks and discard. Pour garlic oil into a clean jar, label and store away from heat and light (again, a cabinet is a good spot).
Use as needed. I place 5-10 drops in an ear and then rest for 5-10 minutes. Drain and repeat in other ear. I do this several times a day until my ears don’t hurt anymore.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. I cannot give you medical advice and you should always consult with your health care provider. I share what has worked for me and hope that you find it informative and are encouraged to take charge of your own health and make healthy choices.