Monday, November 9, 2015

Organic Garlic Oil (for ear aches/infections)


My ear was killing me last week for days. I was *this close* to going to the doctor...it even had me in tears, yelling about how badly it was hurting. Night and day, it would come and go at random...but when it hit, it was fierce.

But then I began hearing wonderful things about garlic. Ya'll know how much I love my medicinal garlic, yo. I actually spent a couple of days (not the entire day, just stretches of time) with a clove of garlic stuck in my ear! I probably looked and smelled like Shrek. hahaha

But then I started hearing how garlic oil works so great. I went onto Amazon to order myself a bottle. But they wanted over $10 for a 1-ounce bottle...and it wasn't even organic! I heard that garlic oil loses it's potency at around 2 weeks...I'm pretty sure that bottle on Amazon was much older than that! 

So I did what I do best: decided to make it myself. (recipe is below)

I used it for 2 days. I put massaged a couple of warmed drops into the opening of my ear and then dropped a drop or two into my ear canal and let it sit. I tried putting ear plugs in to keep it in there, but my ears started itching so bad that I had to take them out! I put the oil in once in the morning and then again at bedtime for 2 days. And by the end of the 2 days, my ear ache was GONE!

Here's the recipe for you to try for yourself!
(Important note: I am not a doctor or a medical professional. Use my home remedies at your own risk. You may want to check with your doctor before doing them...but we all know how doctors feel about losing patients....ha)

GARLIC OIL

1/4 cup organic olive oil
2 cloves organic garlic, minced

Place the garlic in a clean, dry mason jar (or any storage jar). Heat the olive oil up on the stove until it's really super warm but not quite boiling.

Remove from heat and pour the oil into the jar over top of the garlic.

Ideally you would let the oil and garlic steep overnight at room temperature, but in an emergency you can use it in about 2 hours.

When you're done letting it soak, strain out the garlic pieces and...voila!! Your garlic oil is ready to use!!

Other sites that I found say to warm the garlic oil up ever so slightly before putting it into your ear...but I didn't. I just used it at room temperature and it seemed to work just fine for me.

I just massaged a couple of drops into the outer opening of my ear canal and let a little bit drizzle down into my ear canal. Another site recommended using an eye dropper and just dripping in a drop of oil (that was almost a tongue twister...lol), but I didn't have an eye dropper. I tried to "seal it in" by putting an ear plug in my ear after using the oil...but it ended up making my ear super itchy when I plugged it up. Maybe a cotton ball would have been better?

** UPDATE: After reading Brooke Hampton's post about how she uses the garlic oil, I want to adjust my dosage recommendation: after checking to be sure that the ear drum is not ruptured, put a drop or two of the garlic oil in the ear canal every few hours. Even during the night, if possible. Do this for 10 days, the same as with a round of antibiotics.**

You'll want to discard your oil after 2 weeks by keeping it in a dry cool space. But another site (perhaps Wellness Mama??) said that she discards hers after 24 hours.

The call is yours to make! I used mine over about 48 hours and then dumped mine.

Why it works: Garlic is a super powerful all-natural antibiotic!!

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