By Heather Ledeboer | Category: Recipes & Kitchen Tips, The Journey of Motherhood
Earaches are awful. I am well acquainted with their pain having been the victim of many earaches growing up. Thankfully as an adult I have not had very many, but I can greatly sympathize with my children when their ears begin to hurt. During our family’s last bout of ear infections, I was left with a period of a few hours between when my ear began to hurt and when I would be able to see the doctor. I decided to use this time to try out another homemade herbal remedy from my Herbal Nurturing guide. To be honest, I got the recipe started and then my husband was kind enough to finish it up while I laid in bed. Here is how you make it:
2-3 cloves of garlic (I kept mine whole, but I think next time I would crush them to help release more of their juice)
3-4 Tablespoons of dried or fresh Mullein Leaves and/or flowers (Thankfully I had planned ahead and had purchased some dried Mullein Leaves from the bulk section at our local health food store)
¼ Cup (or so) of Olive Oil (enough to cover the garlic/Mullein)
Place garlic and mullein in the top of a double boiler or small saucepan. Cover with olive oil, and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Place a mesh strainer over a large bowl, and pour mixture from the pot into the strainer, letting the oil drip into the bowl. Let cool, until warm enough to touch. This will make about 3 Tablespoons total. Using an eyedropper, place 3 drops of warm oil into the affected ear 3-4 times per day, lying down for about 5-10 min.
Now I will confess that I was in so much pain with this particular earache that I was not able to wait to see how effective this method would be. I went to the doctor and began taking antibiotics that afternoon. By evening my eardrum had burst (that was a first for me) and I finally had some relief. It was a few months before my eardrum healed and my hearing returned to normal. You never want to use any remedies internally in ear, if your eardrum has ruptured or for swimmer”s ear. Instead of garlic, add a few drops of lavender and tea tree essential oils to the mullein-infused oil, and massage around the outside of the ear/neck.
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