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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

Perfect Relief Comments By: DEC on 2009-07-22
My ear ache pain went on for 3 1/2 hrs tonight from 9:30pm to 1:00am. I tried peroxide, hot compress, Vitamin C, Sudafed, Ibuprofen, and cold compress. Then, I saw this advice on the Internet. I tried it and was asleep in ten to fifteen minutes. I'm up again after 4 1/2 hours thanks to husband trying to wake me up for work. I am going to do another dose (15 seconds in microwave, use dropper for ear, and plug with cotton) and go back to sleep. Thanks to all!
Ehhhh/ Comments By: Zak on 2009-08-01
just put it in from warming the olive oil for 20 seconds and having 3 drops put in my ear from my step dad. hasnt worked yet. still throbbing like a b**ch.

I can live with this Comments By: Matt on 2009-08-18
There's still a little bit of pain with the warm olive oil method, but it's a LOT more manageable! Thanks for your suggestions everyone.
mothers Comments By: Jessyca on 2009-08-27
Im currently getting over a cold and I thought I was getting better. But a couple hours into my day I got this terrible ear ache. I tried calling the hospital for help but as usual in my town they are very unhelpful! So i tried calling my mother and she told me to put olive oil in my ear since I dont have any ear drops. I definatly thought she was crazy for suggesting something like that! but I decided to try in anyways, and sure enough it worked! Mothers sometimes have weird ideas but im not going to doubt my mothers ways anymore!
dont no yet Comments By: RIF on 2009-09-01
but al give it a shot
Its Fantastic Comments By: Leighton on 2009-09-07
I had a throbbing ear-ache last night from approxametely 10:00pm so i decided to help myself out and look for cures and I seen this, i heated the olive oil for 30 second's and then sfter i stuck it in my ear with abit of cotton wool and amazingely after about 20 minutes there was abit of a scratchy fereling in my ear but i knoew it was curing so i left it and now my ear is fine !
people it really works(olive oil) Comments By: shalress on 2009-09-24
Omg the olive oil really did work..I'm a 22yr old female I had a ear ache for 2 days & I couldn't take it da pain no more.some 1 told me that it would go away by itself.so it was 2am in da mornin & my ear was killin me I went online 2 c any home remedies I can do 2 stop da pain den I came across olive oil.which I was happy I had I heated it up on a spoon 4 10sec I didn't have a ear drop or cotton ball .so I blew on da oil till it was cool. Den I tilt my head & poured da olive oil in my ear den wiped da spoon with a lil piece of paper & put dat in my ear went 2 lay down & felt I needed more cause my ear was still hurtin.did da same steps again & layed down within 20min da pain stop & was able 2 sleep.thank u so much who ever came up with da olive oil cause it reall works.
earache tips Comments By: Anon on 2009-09-25
I think it depends on what type of earache you have. You should go see a doctor first, maybe get some antibiotics. But the pills I was prescribed don't seem to lessen the pain very much, so I tried olive oil, and it works ok. The pain is still there, but not as bad. In sum, if you have swimmer's ear, (external ear infection) this is an ok remedy to try, because in this case you have trapped liquid in your ear and cleaning it out wont do much. But if you have a middle ear infection, your best bet is ear drops/antibiotics, then cleaning out the wax once the swelling goes down, using a few drops of hydrogen peroxide and then irrigating it with warm water and a syringe. I've had ear problems for a long time, I should know. Also, if you're really clogged with the chunky kind of wax, squeeze in a laxative before cleaning it- the gooey kind.
Why Olive Oil? Comments By: Rob on 2009-10-03
Does olive oil work better than any other oil? I used a spray of sun tan oil and it worked as well as anything. It is just oil as far as I can tell. As for putting it in a microwave oven. Why not put oil in dropper bottle (top on) and put it in warm water? Sounds less dangerous to me.
WOW!! Comments By: Believer on 2009-10-04
If anyone is questioning if this really works, IT DOES!!! My niece has been crying for almost an hour and i tried the olive oil. All I can say is WOW!! I heated the oil for 15 seconds, soaked it in a paper towel, and put like 3-4 drops in her ear and poof no more ear ache! Thank you olive oil

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