Ear Ache and Infection
When my children were young they all had bad ear infections. Seriously, isn't the coughing
sore throat bad enough?
I spent many hours fretting and worrying,
then would finally take them to the physician and come home with a pink bottle of amoxicillin. If I had only known that there was something I could do we could have avoided so much pain and trauma. At least I refused to have tubes put in.
Looking back I can see how having had knowledge about herbal remedies as I was growing up and as I was raising my own children, would have literally changed so many things we did.
How I wish I had known that the common plant by the name of mullein - the tall, fuzzy, candlestick looking plant that we always called Indian toilet paper, was the age old answer to their ear ache pain. Infused oil made from the flowers of this plant brings almost immediate relief.
This fuzzy plant is:
- Analgesic - which means it relieves pain and works wonderfully inside the ear.
- It is anti-inflammatory - which means that it reduces the redness, heat and swelling of inflammation.
- It is antibacterial - this means it kills bacteria.
Oil made with mullein is very medicinal as well as demulcent which allows the oil to coat and sooth the infected ear. This remedy has worked like magic for our family. My daughter, with four children, says she wouldn't know what to do without it.
Adding garlic to the mullein oil increases the effectiveness of relieving ear ache pain.
- Garlic, is a natural antimicrobial - which means that it assists the body in destroying pathogens and takes care of both bacteria and viruses.
When the flowers of the mullein plant are in bloom, take a paper bag and a lot of patience, and go
pick a bunch of the tiny little yellow flowers. I have heard of people using grapefruit spoons and other things to pick them, but my fingers work best for me.
You will want to loosely fill a jar all the way to the top with flowers, so pick the amount you will need. You can use a small jar.
You can also order dried mullein flowers from Mountain Rose Herbs. They also sell "Mullein Herbal Oil", under "Natural Health", then "Herbal Oils," if you don't want to make your own.
If you do decide to make your own, fill a small bottle with flowers if using fresh flowers, or half full, if using dried flowers, add several cloves of garlic, then fill the jar with olive oil.
Some recipes suggest using a pint jar for this recipe. But a pint is quite a lot of oil. It will stay good in
your refrigerator for two years however, so chose the size jar you feel is right for your needs.
You can get instructions for making infused oil on our page about Making Infused Oil.
After the oil has infused and you have strained it well, put the oil in a dark bottle and keep it in the refrigerator.
When you need it for an ear ache, warm the oil slightly by putting it in a spoon or small eyedropper and holding a match under it until it is warm. Be sure to test the oil on your wrist to make sure it is not too hot to place in the ear.
Drop 1-2 drops of oil in the ear. Naturally, keep that ear facing upward for 5 to 10 minutes before turning over or place a small cotton ball barely in the ear to catch
the oil that runs out when turning over. Laying on a hot water bottle (not a heating pad) will bring extra relief from the ear ache.
CAUTION: If you suspect that the ear ache could be caused by a ruptured eardrum or if there is any drainage from the ear -
DO NOT put anything into the ear.
For an ear ache, you can massage the ear area and neck around the ear, using a downward stroke, to help
encourage drainage of the glands and to stimulate the pressure points. A soft touch is all you need.
It is advisable to avoid drinking juice or milk when you have an ear ache because they create more mucus. Instead drink ginger tea or elderberry tea.
Lemon balm is also a pleasant tasting herb that is antiviral, antibacterial, and calming. If your ear ache has you stressed out, this might be a good tea for you to try.
Pour 1 cup of boiling water over 2 teaspoons crushed dried lemon balm leaves and steep for 15 minutes. You can drink 3 to 4 cups a day. Add honey or lemon juice to taste.
Do not drink lemon balm if you are on thyroid medication.
Mullein tincture or calendula tincture can also be used as eardrops.
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