Naturally Fighting Ear Infections
Claire is finally getting better, but still not “well.” On Tuesday night she woke up with an ear ache. I took her to the Dr. Wed. morning and her said her inner ear was pink, but there was no fluid and no fever. Since Claire does not react well to antibiotics, I asked if there was anything else we can do. He suggested garlic oil ear drops. They definitely helped and she did not have pain until the middle of Wed. night. We gave her a little Motrin for the pain and she fell back to sleep. As many of you know I do not like using pain relievers and fever reducers unless absolutely necessary because I fell like I can not tell what is happening in the body. But sometimes it is necessary and in this case she needed it to sleep. She got a great night’s sleep and felt and looked much better in the morning. Last night she did not need any Mortin at all and sleep all through the night for the first time in two weeks. We are continuing the garlic oil ear drops until her congestion is all gone, just as a precaution. She does not cough very often now, but when she does it is still very wet, so we have reduced the chocolate elderberry syrup to every three hours. And we are still applying vapor rub to help with congestion at night. She is slowly but surely getting better and hopefully will be ready to go back to school next week!
Out of shear laziness I bought the garlic oil ear drops on the way home from the Dr., but I have made it in the past. You may find many, many, many different recipes on the internet, but here is what I do…
- Mince one clove garlic.
- Mix the garlic with 2 TBSP olive oil in a small microwave safe bowl.
- Heat on 1/2 power for about 30 second at a time. Adjust the temp and time as necessary. You want to heat the garlic, but not cook it. Take out and mash with a pestle.
- Repeat as necessary for about 2-3 minute total.
- Strain the garlic from the oil and put in jar that can be sealed.
- Put 3 drops of oil into the ears every 3 hours, or less if necessary.
I have heard that tea tree oil is also used to treat ear infections, but I find it better to use as preventative than for treatment. While tea tree does kill bacteria, but it does not help with the pain as much as garlic. When using tea tree oil, I mix three drops tea tree oil in 1 TBSP almond oil (can use olive oil) and give 3 drops in the ears before sleeping. I always like to put drops in both ears because I don’t want the infection to spread from one ear to another.
So this has been a long and very nasty virus, but we have successfully fought off both respiratory and ear infections without artificial antibiotics, decongestants, and cough suppressants. And while it is hard to have a tired and unhealthy child for two weeks, I prefer knowing what is happening with her body and watch her immune system working rather than masking it with over the counter or prescription medicines.
I can’t wait until Spring!