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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

Worked..but only for minutes- Comments By: Suz on 2009-12-23
Ths is the first time I have ever suffered from ear ache... and at 29 years old I am in tears with the pain. At 2am in the morning I tried this and it did initially reduce the pain...but within minutes it returned..and im in agony again. Have tried this a further two times in the last hour! I would love to say that it works...but perhaps it doesn't with more severe pain.
this might be the ticket Comments By: mia on 2009-12-27
my 5 year old has been struggling with earpain for a while now. The docs can't find an antibiotic that will work. I don't want to use antibiotics any longer. Need to find an alternative. just put some oil in his, he has fallen alseep thank gooodness.
bagbalm for cows works better Comments By: discbag on 2009-12-30
Just get a q-tip and stick it in the can and stick it in your once or twice a day till your swelled ear gets better'
IT WORKS!! I PROMISE!! Comments By: Emilyq on 2009-12-31
I have a 5mo old who is teething right now, and a double ear infection to go along with it! Poor baby!! I heated the oil for a few secs and inserted a few drops into his ear..thankfully ---IT WORKED AND HE IS NOW A HAPPY PLAYFUL BABY!!!!
Easier way to heat the oil. Comments By: James Stevenson on 2010-01-09
Just a method my mum always taught me. Instead of sticking the oil in the microwave and judging how hot it should be, just stick a teaspoon in a cup of boiling water for 20 or so seconds, then pour the oil onto the spoon. The spoon will heat up the oil but not too much. Ends up about ideal temp.

Hope this helps :)

5 Year Old Finally Finds Sleep Comments By: Rob on 2010-01-11
This works. My 5 year was whimpering and crying, Tylenol did nothing to help. Found this tip, read the comments and tried it. Just wanted to leave one that says it works! I heated a small teaspoon in hot water, and put a bit of oil in a shot glass previously warmed with hot water....3 or 4 drops off of the teaspoon into the ear and within minutes she was sleeping. Thank you!!!!
It works! Comments By: Anon on 2010-01-16
My wife got a burst of compressed air right in her ear which led to an ear ache and equilibrium issues. I thought I'd give this a shot and it worked ver well.
I warmed a cotton ball soaked with oil for 20 seconds in the microwave and then squeezed 3 good sized drops into her ear. make sure the patient is lyingdown, though, or it's hard to get a good angle. After I squeezed the drops in, she adjusted her head to make sure the oil flowed into the ear. She initial felt everything was "muffled" for a few minutes. But, then it all cleared up, including the pain.
Note: our microwave is a bit powerful. The recommended 30 seconds made the initial oiled cotto scalding hot. Just test it before you apply. Everyone's oven is a bit different.

It worked for us! :] Comments By: momof3 on 2010-01-29
My friend just told me about putting a couple of drops of warm olive oil to get rid of my daughters earache and it worked! II heated a tsp. of oil for 10 sec. and used a medicine dropper to put a couple of drops in her ear. Literally 15 minutes later it had definately improved!
HAS ALWAYS WORKED FOR ME Comments By: Devonna on 2010-01-31
Momma used this remedy on myself and my brothers. Its really good especially if you have water in your ears, the oil grabs it and draws the water out. it has always worked for me for any type of earache for 47 years! I recommend heating with either a lighter on a spoon or by placing in a glass or dropper and placing that in the heated water...microwave heating just worries me that it may get too hot.
Tickle/itch Comments By: LLH on 2010-01-31
The tickle, itch, or slight poping are all due to the same thing which is the reduction of the eustation tube blockage or swelling.... keep with the warm (NOT HOT) treatments till better.... Also the oil has no value at room temp.

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