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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

wow! Comments By: natty on 2010-03-02
my 3 year old daughter was in agony screaming and crying with earache, was doubtful this would work, tried this 5 mins later she is lay here 5 mins later fast asleep-brilliant
No Help whatsoever Comments By: Saz on 2010-03-04
A complete waste of 3 drops of Olive Oil
Thanks for everyones input! Comments By: kolbermann on 2010-03-06
My 3 year old has been up most of the night with a bad earache. I'm considering this remedy but have several concerns. Does the olive have to be extra virgin? Can it be unfiltered? Does it matter if it's from Greece or Italy or even Spain for that matter? Thanks
"last resort" olive oil works Comments By: Colette on 2010-03-08
We should have tried this years ago. We heated the olive oil for 10 seconds, tested against the inner arm to make sure the oil was only warm. Three drops and 20 minutes later we have a very happy child. We are pleasantly surprised and state that it was worth a try.
Ummm Comments By: Inpain on 2010-03-09
After getting the ear ache around 9, I am still up in excrutiating pain at 4:30. The olive oil thing did not work for me, but neither did a heating pad, a hot compress, swimmers ear drops, and general ear drops. Maybye I'm the lucky one who happens to be uncurable... Lucky me.
So far so good..... Comments By: anon on 2010-03-21
My 2 children, 9 & 6 were suffering with earaches,my 6 yr old moreso.I wanted to get the doctor on call but was not available til 2am!! this morning.On my mothers and other halfs advice i used the olive oil and my kids have gone to bed a million times better off than they have been all day.My 6 yr old has said his ear is not sore anymore since i put the olive oil in with the cotton wool ball.Please god they sleep well tonight,im well happy with this remedy.
olive oil works Comments By: venita on 2010-03-25
i agree with some of them telling 15 seconds heating is enough..my ear is feeling better..its better than ear drops...i still remember my grandma telling in their days they used to put heated coconut oil in ears to reduce pain...these remedies can be used in urgent cases..thanks
Definitly works Comments By: Amber Gabbert on 2010-03-31
I have been using this home remedie for years now it works very well. Although I do a combination of tea tree oil and olive oil. The tea tree oil helps break up the bad germs and bacteria while the olive oil soothes. They work well together and seem to cure the acute ear infection.
excellent but be causciouse!!!! Comments By: amy lou on 2010-04-10
I had olive oil through my childhood of many earaches and heated olive oil is fantastic although this is only meant to soften the wax so is not a cure for infection, i have also not carried this on with my 3 yr old son as heating the olive oil can burst the ear drum and if it is already tender this is an even higher risk puttin olive oil in at room temp does the same really.
Better than before Comments By: amber on 2010-04-13
I tried it after reading these post, and it didnt make my ear stop hurting but it did make the "throbbing" sensation go away, atleast enough to go back to sleep at 4am.

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