Saturday, July 19, 2008

Natural Earache Oil

This easy-to-make herbal oil makes use of the antibacterial properties of garlic and the bacteriostatic properties of mullein to help prevent earaches and to ease the irritation and wax buildup that can accompany them. The formula is safe for children and adults. It should not be used in cases where the eardrum has ruptured. Always consult your healthcare practitioner for severe ear infections.


  • measuring cups/spoons
  • clean jar with lid
  • blender (optional)
  • strainer or coffee filter
  • dropper
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) fresh clove of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) fresh or dried mullein flower
  • approximately 1/2 cup (118 ml) of olive oil or almond oil
  • Crush the garlic clove and break up the mullein flowers. (This could be done in a blender with the oil)
  • Cover the garlic and mullein with oil and blend well.
  • Pour the mixture into a clean jar and seal the jar.
  • Store the jar away from light and heat. Shake the jar daily. The herbs need to be kept submerged under the oil (prevents spoilage), so add more oil as necessary.
  • After 2 weeks, strain the mixture. Discard the herbs. Store the oil in the refrigerator.
  • Use the oil by placing 2-3 drops of the oil into the ear canal. Allow the head to tilt back so that the oil can more easily flow down the ear canal. Massage the back of the ear to help disperse the oil through the ear canal. Repeat as needed.

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