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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

Don't do it! Comments By: Ed on 2011-04-09
The oil no matter how much or little you put in does not all come out and makes your ear canal more prone to wax buildup causing bigger problems in the future.
Don't be daft Comments By: Joules on 2011-04-13
Don't microwave it - that's stupid, you could burn someone. Just put the olive oil bottle in a cup with some warm water and leave for a minute. The oil will warm up to the temperature of the water. Then it's safe. it worked for my 3 year old son.
PAIN HAS SUBSIDED!!! Comments By: TaintedxxBright on 2011-05-29
I have been fighting strep throat and today I woke up with my ears feeling funny. This afternoon I was in so much pain I was wailing all by myself in my tiny apt. My sister said 2 put warm olive oil in my ears....now I have some relief. Both ears still ache and I cant hear well, but its way better than b4!!!
Great cure Comments By: Rebecca N. Thorason on 2011-05-31
Of course it's always best to warm the olive oil slightly before dropping it in a sore ear. One person who complained in this thread said he burned himself. It's obvious he didn't use any common sense during the heating and dropping the olive oil in his ear. I'm surprised he didn't put it in his eye instead, good grief!

Warmed olive oil will soothe the ear and also help reduce infection.

heating the olive oil Comments By: feon on 2011-08-10
I find that if you put a teaspoon into a cup of boiling water for about 20 seconds then pour a drop or 3 of oil on it, it heats up enough to put in the ear without burning
If Dr. Sears says it's ok... Comments By: Emily on 2011-09-18
My mother used olive oil for my earaches and I do the same for my children. It works everytime! Dr. Sears even suggest olive oil on his website!

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