One of the most popular and long known natural remedies for earaches and ear infections is garlic and mullein oil. In folk medicine, garlic is known for its immune supporting qualities and mullein is recognized for its ability to ease discomfort. Both have been used to encourage lymphatic flow and circulation – and these both properties may be helpful when ear discomfort appears due to fluid buildup.
Mullein has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It works as an excellent pain reliever and is also good for relaxing central nervous system and mind, to calm irritated and inflamed nerves, and it can be helpful for people who have trouble with sleeping.
Mullein also can be used as:
- Respiratory Support Tea – a tea from flowers, leaves, or both (for one cup boiling water add one teaspoon) can alleviate hoarseness and bronchial catarrh.
- Relaxation/Deep Sleep Tea – a tea from the flowers alone can induce sleep and allay pain.
- Skin Care – Mullein flowers and leaves are often added to calendula salve to treat cuts, minor burns (including sunburns), and other irritations.
If you don’t have mullein, you can just use garlic. Many people have found that a garlic oil infusion can be very helpful for earaches.
Don’t put anything in ears if the eardrum is perforated.
How to Make Mullein and Garlic Oil for Earaches?
- 2 tablespoons mullein flowers
- 2 tablespoons fresh minced garlic,
- Olive oil – enough to cover the mullein and garlic
- Double boiler or Slow cooker (you can use a stainless steel bowl set inside a pot of boiling water instead of a double boiler)
- Glass dropper bottle
- Place garlic and mullein in a double boiler and cover with olive oil.
Let it to infuse for 20-30 minutes over low heat
Strain out the garlic/mullein.
Store in the freezer or the fridge (to preserve freshness) until needed.
How to Use Garlic and Mullein Oil?
Put your glass dropper bottle in hot/warm water until it reaches body temperature, then put 2 or 3 drops in the ear. Massage around the base of the ear and the outer ear after you apply the oil. You can administer the herbal oil as often as needed or every 30 minutes. Any excess oil will drain out on its own within a few minutes.
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