This morning Julia awoke complaining that her ear hurt. She's had a cold, so I immediately figured an ear infection might be developing (seems to be fairly normal--with my kids, anyway). I quickly headed to the kitchen to make some garlic oil. This is my favorite natural remedy for earaches and ear infections, which I learned about on WellTellMe. I like to avoid antibiotics whenever possible, and this treatment works like a charm most of the time! Garlic is one of those amazing foods that has wonderful healing properties. It is a natural antibiotic, and I love being able to use what I have on hand to treat an ear problem rather than having to make a trip to the doctor. (Although I do still recommend going to the dr. for a persistent earache or infection! :))
Here is how I make it:
Warm 2-3 T. of olive oil. Mince or press a clove of garlic into the oil and let stand for 5-10 minutes. Strain out the garlic. Use a medicine dropper to put a few drops into the affected ear. (Have the child tip their head for a little bit so the oil doesn't run back out.) I also find it helpful to have a tissue handy to soak up any oil that does escape. :)
I hope this remedy might be helpful for some of you, too! Do you have a favorite natural remedy (for anything) you'd like to share?
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