With impending colder autumn winds coming over us, many of us will suffer from sniffles and head colds, earaches and respiratory illnesses. They sure can be annoying, and taking medicines is never cheap or fun. Here’s a bit about your ears and how you can look after them naturally.
How do we get ear infection?
Upper respiratory infection or allergies cause swelling that block our eustachian tubes. These tubes connect the middle ears and throat. The blockage prevents air from getting in the middle ear which vacuums and suctions the fluid and germs from nose and throat into the ear.
Once our tubes are swollen, the fluid are stuck on our ears which is a perfect breeding ground for the bacteria or viruses which causes middle ear infection. Everyone can have an infected ear but they are more common with children because they have weaker immune system and their ears are not yet used to draining fluids.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has not recommended prescription of antibiotic for ear infection because it is useless in treating viruses. Antibiotic can only be prescribed if the doctor has concluded that bacteria is the cause of the infection. Pain reliever can also be given if the infection causes earache.
In a published issue of Phytotherapy Research, a study conducted by researchers at the University of Ottawa confirmed that garlic has an infection-fighting capability. Olive oil is soothing to infection and garlic can fight infections on its own. Together, they can help ease the pain of infection and reduce healing time.
How do you do it?
You can do this remedy in 2 ways, depending if you want to heat the olive oil or not. And you only need 2 items: 2 cloves of fresh garlic and ¼ cup of high quality olive oil.
If you don’t want to heat the garlic:
· Mince the garlic and combine in olive oil for 2 to 3 hours before use.
If you want to heat the olive oil and garlic:
· Heat the olive oil in a double broiler (preferred) or a small pan and then add the minced garlic. To let the garlic components, infuse with the oil, keep oil and garlic mixture on low heat for 20 minutes. Strain and let cool the garlic oil mixture.
· Using a dropper or a teaspoon, place 2 drops of garlic oil in ear.
*Before applying garlic oil, please consult your doctor and make sure you do not have wounds or ruptured ear drum to avoid complications.
Not sure about dropping some oil on your ear? You can also try placing a fresh garlic on your ear to kill off infection.
· Cut a small tube of garlic (or use a small piece of garlic bulb). Place the garlic on your ear like an ear plug. Do not push it hard or force it into your ear canal.
This natural remedy aims to ease pain and help you recover faster. If symptoms persist, please consult your doctor.