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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

Its Okayish Comments By: Loui on 2009-05-31
it sort of works but at the same time doesnt, im sitting here with oil in my ear, but apart from a slightly reduced amount of pain, nothing else has happened. Maybe it depends on the type of earache.
hmmmm?? Comments By: amy on 2009-06-05
still evaluating atm!!! how long does this take to work?? x
hmmmm?? Comments By: amy on 2009-06-05
ive had earache all week, my ear is literally throbing im also on antibiotics which are friggin useless!! just applied the olive oil now and my ear is throbing still will let you know if theres an improvemnt!!!!!!
it works Comments By: dean on 2009-06-08
stopped my daughter from crying
My mother always did this for me Comments By: karen on 2009-06-10
I grew up with this. Earaches run in my family, so I know from experience how quickly and well this works. Taking antibiotics for every earache is unneccessary and dangerous. Garlic, as mentioned before is also good, as is onion.
Diddnt work very well for me Comments By: Lucy on 2009-06-14
i dunno if ive done it right? but i warmed a little in a pot then dipped tissue in and squeezed a few drops into my ear, not only has the pain from my ear not gone away but i also have a head ache aswell..
Amazing Comments By: Daniel on 2009-06-15
This is so amazing, it totally works. I was in agony with my ear constantly in pain, so after a while I couldn't take it and looked up how to treat it and found this. This works so well, if you don't believe to do it you're a fool, this really works! Thank you!
Yes it works!!!!! Comments By: Tammy on 2009-06-23
When I was young my mom used to give me olive oil for earaches. I've gotten them most of my young life. Well, i haven't had one in awhile and the pain has been so bad I can just pace and cry. It started in my throat a copule of days ago and tonight out of nowhwere I started hurting. So after 6 hrs of this I tried the olive oil and it took about 5-7 mins. but it worked. Of course prayer is the main thing and glory be to the Lord for everything.
Painfull Earache !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Comments By: Richard (BLING) on 2009-06-24
Ive had terrible earache,ear feeling full and throbbing like crazy,im on Co-codamol to eleaviate the pain (500mg),feeling a bit spaced out,came across this site and rushed off to get some olive oil,omg it really works,headaches have subsided to an acceptable level and ear feels like normal,cannot hear alot at the moment but hey im not in excruitiating pain anymore,great remedy and yes folks it works yipeeeee ;p;p
olive for earache Comments By: deirdre waters on 2009-07-08
just did the olive oil tip on my 9 year old son half a hour ago, the screaming has stopped! i heated up the oil for 15 seconds, tested it and squeezed some in his ear followed by some cotton wool. he complained of it popping a bit then the the pain was gone and is now fast asleep. thank you

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