Children can find earaches particularly unbearable, and as all parents know this can quickly make your own life a whole lot more difficult as well!
An ear ache might initially seem like something you can ignore and hope that it’ll go away, over time it can make your life almost unbearable. That constant throbbing never leaves your side, distracting you from your work, preventing you from doing the sports and hobbies you love, and even getting in the way of a good night’s sleep.
Other causes or earaches include inflammation in other areas of the body, particularly the mouth and nose, skin infections around the ear, allergic reactions, trapped water in the ear, pressure changes, and certain chronic conditions.
The easiest way to harness the ear-soothing powers of garlic is to peel a few cloves of garlic, leave them to sit for five to ten minutes (this increases their allicin content), then press them to extract their juice. Then use an eyedropper to place two to three drops of the garlic juice into the affected ear, leave in for ten minutes, then drain.
To treat an earache with onion, you can either extract the juice and add a few drops to the ear as you did with the garlic, or simply crush quarter of an onion, wrap it in a clean cloth and hold the cloth over your ear for ten minutes, twice daily.
If you don’t have a heat pack, you can make your own with an old sock and some rice (be sure to put a cup of water in the microwave when you heat your heat pack), or simply use a hot water bottle instead.
Ginger can be used in much the same way as garlic and onion to treat and earache: either use a press to squeeze the juice out of fresh ginger root and add a few drops to your ear twice a day, or grate a teaspoon of fresh ginger into a tablespoon of olive and leave to infuse for 20 minutes. After the 20 minutes is up, warm the oil slightly then put a few drops into the affected ear.
#5 OLIVE OIL
In a pan, heat extra virgin olive oil until it’s warm to the touch – make sure it’s not too hot! Then use an eyedropper to put two to three drops into the affected ear while lying down. Leave the oil in for at least ten minutes, and repeat twice daily.
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