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Earache. Olive oil cures earaches

If you heat up some olive oil in a microwave for 30 seconds then apply it to the ear that hurts, within a few minutes it will feel better.

The following was sent in by Nancy

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Straight Out Of The Bottle Works!
Geez, why risk burning an ear when I just used my Extra Virgin Olive Oil straight out of the bottle and soaked a small piece of a cotton ball in it and then squeezed the cotton ball into my tilted ear to make sure I did not flood it with too much.

I squeezed just a few drops and then I stuck the soaked cotton in there and let it sit for a bit, then took it out and put part of a new cotton ball in my ear so it would not be greasy as I slept. I probably could have left the first soaked cotton in there had I lessened the size and then just added the new cotton to keep the oil from oozing out. That way the surrounding tissues in the ear would have a steady stream of oil to absorb through the night as I slept. (next time)

I think the warming of the oil must have been done in the old days because the homes were not heated and therefore the olive oil was also cold and chilling to an already aching ear. But room temperature in most homes is warm enough to keep olive oil not chilly.

Anyway, it worked and I think the heating of the oil is for soothing purposes more than anything else. The Olive Oil's properties are what is probably doing the healing.

If I were to heat the oil, the idea of heating it for 30 seconds in the microwave would depend on the amount of oil. To be safe, I'd only do 10 seconds for a Tablespoon's worth, dip the cotton in it, then squeeze it onto the inside of my wrist to check it for temperature AND THEN squeeze some into the ear.

Just my opinion. I am not a doctor. Hope it helps!

The following was sent in by jcourt

Olive oil with crushed garlic works even better!
My daughter suffers from painful earaches once or twice a year. I stumbled upon a site that recommended slightly warmed olive oil with crushed garlic. I put the oil on the stove in a small pan, mince several garlic cloves and simmer. After cooling always test the oil on the back of your wrist FIRST, then use a syringe to drop the oil into the ear canal while laying on your side. I was told that it is also important to massage downward or "milk" the glands behind the ear. This has worked for her EVERY time! No more trips to the doctor for something we can fix in 15 minutes or less! :-) Makes Mommas Happy! Just a side note: the oil MUST be body temp or above or it will cause pain instead of relieving it.

Visitors comments

It worked. Comments By: Frankie M. on 2004-09-28
I soaked a little piece of toilet paper in olive oil and microwaved it to very warm. I then squeezed as many drops of this warm olive oil into my ear as I could and finished by plugging it with the same piece of paper. The pain has diminished somewhat but is replaced by and intense "tickling" sensation almost like an itch but not quite. I really want to stick a finger or q-tip in there and scratch it, but I know this would only make matters worse. I think that's what started the whole problem. Anyhow, the olive oil seems to work. I am in less pain. I really, REALLY want to cram a q-tip in there tough and scratch that itch ticklin, but I won't. This olive oil remedy is really easy if you have some olive oil handy. I wonder if that garlic thing works.
burned now Comments By: Anon on 2004-12-18
Heating up olive oil for 30 seconds makes a scalding hot cup and oil inside. In addition to my earache, I now have a burned finger and a couple of olive oil stains on my shirt from trying to pour oil into my ear from a teaspoon.
Excellent Comments By: Michelle L. on 2004-12-22
My son, 9, has been awake most of the night with an ear ache. He is now sleeping! I CAREFULLY tested the olive oil before using it. No burns, no stains. Just a happy sleeping customer!
It freaken worked Comments By: anon on 2004-12-31
The pain is gone, however I can still feel a bit of the pressure...anyway I can go back to sleep now, Thanks.
olive oil does work Comments By: Ayuh~Nobody on 2005-02-07
it really does work. but i found that if you buy a little baby bottle, then store the oil in it, then place it in the cabinet. that way you will always hav the oil on hand and its a great way of putting the oil in your ear with no mess! also 30 seconds is way to long, i put it in the microwave in the bottle ( remove nipple first ) for about 15 seconds. then put a piece of cotton in after. the tickle is something, but it sure beats the pain!
worked for us! Comments By: Jamie on 2005-01-27
My daughter was in horrible pain, and of course, the earache had to come in the middle of the night. So I gave her a decongestant to help it drain and then the olive oil. She complained about the noises it made and she wanted to take it out because it wastickling, but she woke up this morning and the first thing she told me was that the oil worked and she flet great. I have to agree- 30 seconds was too long. but I could tell way before I got my finger in there and burned it. You can feel the heat radiating from it. So I just added a little more to cool it down, soaked a piece of tolet paper w/ it and squeezed it into her ear. I've heard people at my church who are into home remedies for everything rave about the olive oil treatment so I though that I would try and it worked for us!
Must Try Comments By: T on 2005-02-20
My little sister just woke up w/horrible ear pain and i tried this remedy which I remember my mom used when I was little. It took a few minutes until she had some relief, but it definitly helped. Im convinced.
Navigate located in Charlotte NC age 41 Comments By: Mr. Navigate on 2005-03-23
Warming up olive oil really works. Had to confirm it with my aunt before using. The olive oil stopped my daughter's ear ache in 5 minutes.

I warmed the olive oil in the microwave for about 15 secs then I used an ear syringe to apply olive in ear and closed ear opening with a cotton ball. The brand I used was Bertolli Extra Virgin Oil

It worked Comments By: cheryl on 2005-07-09
I tried the heat it did not work and I just read about the olive oil and wow it does work thank you.
'WOW IT'S UNIQUE. Comments By: Mother Anon on 2005-07-12
I tried this and it sounds kind of weird but i did it to my 2 year old that always gets ear infections but thank GOD shes normal again i highly recomand it.

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