Painful ear infections and earaches drive millions of Americans to doctor’s office every year. Eradicate earaches with “garlic oil.” The medicinal powers of garlic have been used by herbalists for centuries. Because it is easy to keep a supply of fresh garlic in the refrigerator and extra virgin olive oil on the counter top, it is simple to make a home remedy to treat ear infections and earaches. How do you make the remedy? To whip up your own garlic oil, simmer 3-4 cloves of crushed garlic in ½ cup of extra virgin olive oil for 3 minutes. Strain and then refrigerate for up to 10 days. To use the infusion for an ear infection, lie with the painful ear facing upwards and drop a few drops of the warm oil infusion into the ear and gently place a piece of cotton in the ear to keep the oil from running out. Keep the oil in the infected ear for at least 10 minutes. The treatment can be repeated as needed for several days, if necessary. Do *NOT* place liquids in an ear if you suspect there may be a broken eardrum.
This simple treatment can clear up ear infections faster than prescription drugs, say experts at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Scientists say garlic’s active ingredients (germanium, selenium, and sulfur compounds) are naturally toxic to dozens of different pain-causing bacteria. Garlic also contains vitamin A which helps to repair damaged cell tissue in the ear and to strengthen the auditory nerve. For an optimal experience, warm this mix slightly before using so the liquid will feel soothing in the ear canal.