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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

YAY Comments By: Jen on 2007-11-07
my boyfriends 4 year old is sick with pink eye and an ear infection, it's 920 pm and the boyfriend is at work, i'm home with the kids, i used the olive oil and He is FINALLY sleeping! YAY!

FANTASTIC!!! Comments By: Devina on 2007-11-20
Have had 3 yr old daughter screaming since 9pm of earache found this tip went and bought some oilat 1am!! within 5 mins she was sound asleep!! Fab!!
I'm amazed Comments By: Anon on 2007-12-10
But it seemed to do the trick on our 5yr old. I just gently warmed the olive oil and then dipped some cotton wool into it, and popped that in her ear. We did use painkillers aswell, but this definately made a difference.
BEEN USING OLIVE OIL FOR YEARS! Comments By: Nana Watts on 2007-12-21
I'm 55 and my parents always warmed up a small amount in a table spoon and just held it over the gas stove for a few seconds. When it was just the right temp my Dad would soak a small amount of a cotton ball and squeeze into my ear, then put the same piece of cotton into my ear to keep it from dripping out. Works like a Charm
WORKS GREAT!!! Comments By: Barbara on 2008-01-09
My 5yr old son kept crying and complaining about his ear hurting inside. Tylenol didn't help. Could not get him to go to sleep. Found the olive oil tip and now he is falling asleep and says the pain is gone. Thanks!
If it hurts enough you will try this....and it works!! Comments By: DC on 2008-01-09
Im always sceptical of things like this, the pescimist inside thinks it could all be false!

However i couldnt stand the pain any longer and decided to add some to some cotton wool and heat for 20 seconds(do test before putting in the ear) within a matter of minutes the pain had reduced and i could hear again...back to bed now

made slight difference Comments By: umar on 2008-01-22
my dad put the oil in my ear it was warm,i left it in my ear and it just stuck there lol the pain did decrease but not fully now the rest of the old is drippin out
hurts less Comments By: job on 2008-03-13
repeatedly syringed warm oil into each ear a few times. Heated about 20ml for 20s or so in a mug... heated in 10s intervals for safety.

Slightly less painful now, though could be placebo or the two nurofen i took about half an hour ago (he he).

Have been told to do this by nurse in doctors surgery previously to prevent wax build up, so likely has some basis.

Tesco Brand Extra Virgin Olive Oil works too! Comments By: Red kING on 2008-03-15
Amazing tip!
It works Comments By: karatechampmom on 2008-04-15
I did not have any almond oil in the house tonight, so I tried the olive oil. It worked! My 11 yr old is sound asleep and not crying any longer. Thank God for the internet! Earaches are painful, I had them all the time when I was a kid. I am so glad for this site!

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