Has anyone had any luck with garlic oil in the ears curing an ear ache?

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Chelli - posted on 03/16/2009

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I use Mullins Oil with garlic (recommended by my chiropractor) my eldest daughter had chronic ear infections from 6 months on, she failed her hearing in both ears and doc made appt for tubes, my chiro told me no way told me to go by the mullins oil w/garlic and drop one drop each ear at night and get her adjusted (it worked almost immediately) she passed both ears with flying colors the next week, never had tubes and has not had an ear infection since...



If either of my girls start pulling on their ears or acting like they may get one i just drop a drop in it, it works miracles However it does smell their entire room like garlic

Heather - posted on 03/15/2009

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A good friend of mine that is a doctor recommended that I put coconut oil in my daughter's ears when she had an ear infection.  After just one dose, she quit pulling at them and they seemed to be better.  You can find it at GNC or a health food store.  It is a solid at room temp, so you have to heat it up just a little to be able to use a dropper and put it in the ear.

Cheryl - posted on 03/17/2009

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I am a registered nurse who frequently deals with children with ear infections. I would suggest against putting drops in the ears as you may cause more damage to the ears.With regards to dealing with ear infections, I am not a big fan of antibiotics. My pediatrician told me there had be many studies regarding the use of anitbiotics for ear infections and has been found that letting an infection run its course and managing the discomfort with tylenol or ibuprofen, heating pads etc.,the duration is approx the same. Now having said that, if child is crying inconsolably or you see drainage from the ear, seek further medical attention. Hope that helps!

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My mother used to use this technique when I was a child as garlic is a natural antibiotic. It did used to work for me tho if the infection gets worse then the only thing for it is antibiotics. Give it a go, it does offer a bit of comfort from a sore ear.

Kathi - posted on 03/14/2009

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I actually use a combination that I bought at my local health food store. It's called mullein flower oil with garlic. Our school nurse actually recommended it, and it works! The mullein flower oil acts an anesthetic while the garlic has natural antibiotic properties. My kids are 7 and 8, and we've used it many, many times.

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Priya - posted on 08/29/2012

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We tried it for the first time and had GREAT success. We had purchased Herb Pharm Garlic Mullein Compound from Amazon. When our toddler was diagnozed with middle ear infection, we applied this garlic oil 2-3 drops, 3 times per day for 2 days. By 2nd application, he stopped giving any indication of pain. After 10 days, we took him to the doctor and his ear is clear and no signs of infection.

Claire - posted on 03/16/2009

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Swimmers Ear is 1 part rubbing alcohol (to dry water) 1 part Vinegar (for PH balance) and 1 part Glycerin Oil ( to soothe) it is on the box. I have used this 1-1-1 but substituted Mineral oil for Glycerin oil with the advice of my doctors. All 4 of my children were on swim teams. I even used it as a preventative, each time they went into the water. My second child did have tubes placed in his ear at 6mths. The fluid was behind the eardrum and not reached with topical medicine. He also had his tonsils removed. They are usually connected. Please see an ENT specialist before you decide yes or no on the tubes! Also for pain, a just out of the dryer beach towel, to lay your ear on works like a charm.

Jennifer - posted on 03/15/2009

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I have never heard of using garlic oil.  Most oils (mineral oil, sweet oil, olive oil, vegetable oil, etc.)  in the ears are used to clean the wax out from the canal and prevent build-up against the eardrum, causing pressure and pain.  "Swimmer's ear" AKA Otitis Externa can be treated with plain white vinegar, BUT you have to make sure there are no holes in the eardrum (which I see you've had checked already).  If your child is less than 2 years old, it makes more sense to have the tubes put in, IMO, because at times, the eustachian tubes aren't fully developed and because of the way the baby swallows, lays, etc. the tube inside can become repeatedly infected.  Tubes are an easy way for that liquid to drain out and allow the child to grow.  They should be removed in 6-9 months.  If your child snores, you may want to have his/her tonsils checked as well and have it done all at once.  They are both very easy procedures and are much better than taking antibiotics over and over and over.  I am in no way giving medical advice, just my opinion and what I've learned from my ENT and research.  HTH.

Clarissa - posted on 03/15/2009

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i wasn't sayin anything about what you said at all just sayin what i've done that works yea she should talk to a doctor but she asked for ppls opinion && thats all i'm doing is giving my opinion

Cynthia - posted on 03/15/2009

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many items can be found ad most pharmacies, but I would still consult my pediatrician before administering something so soon after tubes being placed. if the baby has a negative reaction, the ped won't know whether it's from the tubes or from the oil. naturally, it seems as if  i'm receiving a lot of resistance to my inclination to err on the side of caution. however, I would be doing a great disservice to the person who initially asked the question by not including my opinion.

Cynthia - posted on 03/14/2009

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As much as you may receive raving reviews regarding certain remedies, none of us are medical professionals; therefore, I strongly recommend consulting with your pediatrician before trying alternative methods, especially since it hasn't been very long since your baby has had tubes put in for the very thing that the oil could worsen: chronic ear infections. If you're not happy with your ped's answer, you may want to consult with a doctor who has a sub-speciality in natural/homeopathic/alternative healing, and/or seek a 2nd opinion.

Erin - posted on 03/14/2009

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I made my own garlic oil and dropped it in my 3 year olds ear. She cried and didn't want it in there but it worked. I also rubbed the oil on her chest and back which I read would help. I've also read that you can just put a clove of garlic ON the ear (not in it) and that might work. That would eliminate the pain factor. A wonderful site for natural remedies and supplies is www.bulkherbstore.com. I own pretty much every herb on there and most of their books. Hope your baby feels better soon!

Sarah - posted on 03/14/2009

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I know many people have replied to this, but thought I would put my 2 cents in:) I had wisdom teeth that were pushing on nerve endings in my ear and had HORIBLE pain. I used plane veg oil or olive oil and a warm wash clothe and it was the most amazing feeling! Never tried it on my sons but from personal experience it worked very well. Never heard of the garlic oil plus most people have olive oil in the cuboard anyways! He may have only cried out becuase it is a bit cold at first. The sensation may have been shocking to him. Keep it up though, I think it's wonderful that you are trying a natural remedy! High five to you:) Hang in there:)

Cynthia - posted on 03/14/2009

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It's heartbreaking as a mother having to watch our children suffer, and it's difficult when all we want to do is take matters into our own hands and heal them right away. If your child is too young to verbalize his pain, I would not recommend using any type of homeopathic/natural medication without consulting your pediatrician. Garlic oil is not the cure-all to all ear issues, as there are many different reasons your child could be experiencing earaches. Don't get me wrong, I am a huge fan of  alternative/natural healing, but speaking from personal experience, you could do more harm than good by putting drops into your baby's ears without first consulting your pediatrician.

Joanna - posted on 03/14/2009

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You might consider chiropractic adjustments? It helps drain the ears and relieve pain and pressure.

Pamblium - posted on 03/14/2009

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never heard of garlic oil, its better to use sweet oil warmed just a little, you can get it at your nearest pharmacy.

Clarissa - posted on 03/14/2009

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my younger brother had to have tubes put in his ears several times as a baby one thing we found that helped was a couple drops of sweet oil in the ear and then a warm washcloth over it for about five minutes i've actually done it myself and it helps

Julie - posted on 03/14/2009

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No we definatly got the right one. I purchased it a the natural food store and they knew exactly what i was talking about and sell it all the time for the same thing. I thought that maybe his ear had ruptured or torn. But we took him in today when he was having the allergic reaction and they said that just his left looked bad which is an improvement so i think they may have been working.

Emily - posted on 03/14/2009

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I already responded to your other post, but for the other moms in this post..make sure you are using garlic oil, and not oil of garlic. That could be why your child was in pain if you purchased the wrong one!

Stephanie - posted on 03/14/2009

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I would try the drops, try and give them like every 3-4 hrs. or try and catch it before they wear off.  He may not cry as much when they are put in.  I hope this helps. poor hunny.

Julie - posted on 03/14/2009

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No they haven't checked his tonsils or even metioned them...it is good to hear that he is not the only one upset about the drops. So you think i should give it another couple days?

Stephanie - posted on 03/14/2009

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I have used the drops in my kids ears. they seemed to help. they did cry when they were put in but after they kicked in, they were ok.  what about giving motrin  for pain? I usually only give it at night so they can rest.



 

Julie - posted on 03/14/2009

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That sounds just like my son! He is also allergic to amoxicillin and now Sulfa which we just found out today when he broke out in a rash all over his body! I have read countless things about this garlic oil I just dont see why it seemed to cause unbearable pain last night? Thanks for the tip I will for sure try the Air dryer!

User - posted on 03/14/2009

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I don't think the drops need to be diluted if we are thinking of the same thing. Our daughter didn't like them put in either and screamed as well, we kind of new it was helping once she didn't scream when they were administered, about the 2 day.

Stephanie - posted on 03/14/2009

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have you tried blowing a hair dryer on low heat in his ear? this works sometimes to soothe the pain. or even one of the heatable water bottle things. My daughter who is 2 1/2 , had a ear infection 3 wks ago, it is still on going. last week she had 3 shots of the antibiotic ceftraxon. she is still complaining her ear is hurting. We have an appointment on wednesday with the pediatrician if she still has it or gets another one within the month then they want to put tubes in her ears. Her major problem is that she is allergic to amoxicillin and erthromyican. they put her on omnicef and suprex and they didn't clear it up. So the only thing left is the antibiotic shot and they do nto want to rely on the shots all the time. 

Julie - posted on 03/14/2009

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He has had chronic ear infections and they want to put tubes in his ears in two weeks. I would like to try to cure them before that. I tried the drops last night and they seemed to really hurt him. We took him to urgent care to see if maybe his ear drum ruptured or had a tear in it but it didn't. Maybe dilute them??

User - posted on 03/14/2009

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Yes we were recommended a type by our naturalpath and it worked. If you don't mind that your child will smell like garlic and other herbs it is a safe and quick way to heal them.

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