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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

Seems to be working... Comments By: Anon on 2009-04-03
I woke up with a terrible earache. I don't have health insurance so I got online to research home rememdies. I got some olive oil and heated it up for about 15 seconds. i dipped a paper towel in it and squeezed the excess oil into my ear canal. It's been about 15 minutes, and while the pain is not completely gone, it has definitely subsided. I may try again in a couple hours...thanks everyone!
Fast relief with a teaspoon and match Comments By: soozy on 2009-04-11
My mother used to put the olive oil on a tea spoon and heat the spoon and oil with a match. The oil wasn't too hot, just warm when she put it in my ear. It really works!
Ow! :( Comments By: Zak on 2009-04-11
I have to go to work in 2 hours so i thought i would try this. might as well have tried pouring water in my ear, BUT i really think it depends on what is causing your ear ache whether or not this will work.
olive oil and earache Comments By: Najat on 2009-04-14
My 3 year old has frequent earaches and ear infections. After one of our many trips to the A and E, an intern suggested me to use a bit of warm olive oil during the day, just before bath time, to clean the eardrums. I can say she has less wax in her ears and less infections. I bought a little bottle with a drop top to put the oil in the ear and when I want to warm the oil up, just stand it in a boiul of hot water and test it on my wrist.
Worked for my 6 yr old Comments By: Rob on 2009-04-25
She has been screaming for the past 2 hours. We gave her a decongestant and childrens tylenol over an hour ago too and it did not help at all. Tried the olive oil heated in the micro for 20 sec on high and she stopped crying within 1 min or so and fell asleep! Just be sure to test the oil before putting it in ear to be sure its not too hot. Worked like a charm, even if it only get her through the night its well worth it.
Thank god thats over with!!! Comments By: Tammy Hall from swindon on 2009-05-01
i have been up all night with pain its just gone 6 in the morning and its been hurting that much im on the internet cos i need help!! saw this @ this piont i will try any thing. With in seconds the ringing has stopped and the ache has gone and im 100% happier and now off to sleep again. Thank you
oil for ear ach works Comments By: Anon on 2009-05-03
My mom used to put oil in my ear when I woke up with an earache as a child. the pharmacy said that haven't sold ear oil for over 25 years! So I used a medicine dropper. Heated corn oil in a dish, if you place a drop on your wrist and it's too hot, then it's too hot for you ear, too. A few drops in my ear, and my painful ache is gone! No antibiotics! No kidding.
a little common sense Comments By: nomoearache on 2009-05-07
A little common sense balanced with a little medical knowledge goes a long way. If you have junk oozing out of your ear, go see a doctor. If you're experiencing minor discomfort, give the remedy a try. I remember kids in grade school with oily cotton stuffed down their ears. They turned out okay. Use your noodle to determine how serious your earache is and go from there.
ahhhhhhhhhhh! Comments By: cyp on 2009-05-16
im soooooooo glad that worked i was running out of ideas, i had to heat it for fourty seconds but the wait was well worth it, i can finally say goodbye to horrible earache!
warming you olive oil Comments By: ails on 2009-05-16
Forget the microwave - warm the oil the old fashioned way, put some oil into a small glass and stand in a bowl of hot water (from kettle) - after 1 or 2 minutes the oil will be the right temperature - no worries about getting burnt!

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