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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

HELP PLEASE Comments By: Anon on 2011-02-24
Hi i'm 16 and woke up one 2 days ago now with what seemed to be a closed ear where i had been sleeping on it little did i know that my ear for 76 hours now would cause me soo much pain it feels like the insides of my ear are being poked with ear cleaners i tried hot flannel and lobe massaging and nothing also when i burp silently sneeze or hiccup its asif my ear drum is being pushed out very slowly any advice or ideas whats wrong?
Or not Comments By: One of the Unlucky Ones on 2011-02-18
Well, I can hardly say that this flat-out Doesn't Work, I can say that it didn't work for me. Heated the oil for 10 (not 30) seconds, dripped it in, sat with my head tilted for fifteen minutes, and ... if anything, now I feel worse. I don't know why my ear hurts - referred pain from a sore throat, or pressure from congestion, or maybe if I'm really unlucky an infection - so I can't say if that's why it doesn't work ... might try it again a second time, but I'm not hopeful.
It worked on my 5 year old Comments By: Omar on 2011-02-25
Amazing. I poured 2 drops of olive oil at room temperature into my agonizing 5 year old's ear. Within a minute she was feeling better and sound sleep. Will this be a permanent remedy or do I still have to bring her to the dr's office tomorrow?

fantastic Comments By: paulyD on 2011-03-02
im 31 and a big lad but even i wanted to cry at the pain i was in .... saw this 'cure' nipped downstairt and its ok now !!!
Waiting... Comments By: Emily on 2011-04-13
Tried this about 10mins ago and I'm really willing it to work in the same way as it helped everyone else! At the moment i still have pain and i can hear crackling on top of the ringing i already have in my ears. I tried to keep the cottonwool in my ear but the pressure kept pushing it out :( am i doing something wrong?
Grandma's secret Comments By: A believer on 2011-03-11
My 5 year old has been complaining of an earache today, so down went the Tylenol. Tonight after waking up at 1AM I remembered my dad telling me what my grandma used to do with his earaches. My son is sleeping peacefully. Thank you Jesus for my grandma.
sweet oil Comments By: bobp on 2011-03-11
is olive oil
Awesome!! Comments By: Anon on 2011-03-22
I was up late last night with a TERRIBLE earache...I found this home remedy and after about 10 min the pain was relieved and I was asleep!
Yes! Relief... Comments By: Skeptical but now convinced. on 2011-03-24
Ive been experiencing pain in my right ear for a few hours after continuously blowing my nose due to a cold. My ear was REALLY starting to bother me and being the research guru that I am, I started looking for a home remedy. I'm so glad I came across this site. I read all the comments and did some more research online before I tried it. I figured why not, it's worth a shot. I warmed up some Bertolli's EVOO in a small cap for 20 seconds and soaked it up in a cotton ball. I squeezed it into my ear and then put the cotton ball in my ear. I also took a pain reliever... In about 10 minutes I was feeling better so I had to comment. I still have the cotton in my ear but NO PAIN. This is definitely a remedy I'm keeping and passing along.
Hmmm... Comments By: Cheri on 2011-04-08
Well, my ear was pretty bad to begin with.
My mom used a cotton ball and OLIVE OIL and still not doing good.....
Maybe we did something wrong?
the cracking is still there when i swallow and there is just a constant pain, both ears, all the time!!
anyone have another idea or suggestion?


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