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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

I'm impressed!! Comments By: Tired Momma on 2005-12-16
At 3am, haven't slept yet, 8 month old wants to play...my ear was hurting terribly, came on here found this, tried it, it took about ten minutes to work on me, but it worked! Still can't hear much, but no pain!!
Thank you Comments By: Dawn on 2006-02-18
I heated about 2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil in the microwave for 15 seconds (I did stop about 3 times and shake the tub), dipped a tissue and squeezed 3 large drops into my 8 years olds ear. He'd woke up, crying in pain earlier but not long after using the olive oil, he's now sleeping. He said it tickled when I put it in then, roughly a minute later, he said he'd felt 3 pops and his ear felt numb, not long after he was asleep. I'd seen this "cure" on a holistic website but I'd never had dared try it if I hadn't found this website with all your coments, so a big thank you.
The nightmare is over!!! Comments By: cheryl on 2006-03-15
I'm so glad I came across this site!! I would never have tried this if I hadn't read all the comments. My 4 year old was a bit worried when she was watching me prepare it so I started telling her about all the comments I had just read!! This calmed her down and the oil worked a treat. I didn't even know I could use my cooking oil, very handy!! Thanx!!
Olive oil is good, but Almond oil is even better! Comments By: Grandma Anon on 2006-05-31
Having worked in a pharmacy for 25 years,
Almond oil works better! Children do
not always NEED anti-biotics, and parents
should try dipping a teaspoon into a cup
of hot water for 15 seconds, drying the
spoon and then pouring a few drops of oil
on the spoon and tip into the ear. A small amount of
cotton wool will help keep the oil in the

It does work. Comments By: Jason on 2006-08-01
Last night it was killing my left ear. I had no asprin or any sort of medication to take pain away, so I thought I would try this. I just warmed up a little bit of olive oil in a glass, used a cotton swab to soak it up and stuck it in my ear. It was a warm feeling, I made sure it wasnt hot enough to burn. Than I let it stay in there for about 10 min while I went and watched tv with my head tilted. Went to bed with a less painful ear. Woke up this morning and its pain free. It still "clicks" and its not as clear for hearing, but the pain is gone. I think this is a good temp solution until you can get to the Dr's office. I plan on going today to get checked up.
I used sweet oil!! Comments By: Annette on 2006-08-03
It worked almost instantly!! I did not heat it up & it still worked! My mom used to heat up sweet oil for my horrible earaches. It worked then & still works today!!!!!
Up all night, slept all day Comments By: Jessica on 2006-08-05
I was up all night with my 9 month old! She has an infection in both ears! I was awakened by her familiar screams. I too have an ear infection now. Her doctor has taken excellent care with her. My "Doc" says to fill this perscription... um, yea, its about $250 (without insurance(for myself)) Got to this site and my worries, and pain are gone. Thank God for the web!
Olive Oil Works Comments By: Julia in CA on 2006-09-21
My 4 year old woke me up at 2:30 a.m. complaining of an earache. She's never had one, so I didn't know what to do. And of course, there's no doctor to call that late. I went online, and saw all the recommendations for trying olive oil. I didn't heat it, as I was afraid of burning my daughter. It immediately worked, and she fell asleep soon after. Thank goodness for the internet!
Daddy Guinea Pig Comments By: Brian Hall on 2006-10-21
My 6 yr old was complaing of pain in his ear and my ear was killing me also, so I got on the internet and found all of these positive comments about olive oil. So my wife is not much into home remedies, so I was the guinea pig and it works. Being a Dad is tough but being a guinea pig is Priceless. Thanks
brilliant Comments By: Kay on 2007-01-06
pour some olive oil on cotton pad, put it on a plate and in microwave. count to ten and take it out - DEFINATELY not 30 secs. even that left it hot. I made sure its not burning by squeezing some oil onto my arm. apparently it wasnt a pleasant feeling in the ear but my 4 year old is now sleeping after hours of crying - THANK YOU :)

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