Ear infections and ear pain can be extremely uncomfortable, especially for little ones. At home, when our kiddos were little, we used the remedy below multiple times, along with organic mullein and garlic oil in the affected ear. Before moving forward, I must state that it is very important that you discuss your concerns with your family practitioner or doctor, especially if frequent infections are occurring. If frequent infections are occurring it can be a sign of a more serious issue. It can also be due to a hidden infection or toxic mold exposure so pay attention.
Onion To The Rescue
A great way to relieve pain in the ear is to apply an onion over the ear. You can also make an herbal compress
with dried or fresh herbs like chamomile, yarrow, echinacea, and thyme. For a quick compress, mix equal parts of each herb with some water. I use about 1 to 2 Tablespoons of each herb, and then I pour a little bit of hot water on top. I use enough water to wet all the herbs without covering them in water. Once the herbs have cooled, place them inside a cotton muslin bag, squeeze out most of the liquid into a cup, and then apply the compress to the affected area. The liquid can be soaked into a cotton rag or old teeshirt and placed over the face or used as a rinse.
To use onion for ear ailments, all you have to do is cut an onion in half, then heat a little organic olive oil in a pan and place the onion (cut side down) on the olive oil. Cover with a lid and heat over medium heat for 2 minutes or until the onion is heated through and becomes softer. Place the onion in a clean dishcloth or t-shirt, and cool for just a minute so that it will not burn the skin. Lay down and place the onion over the ear firmly for 10 minutes. Some of the oil will seep through, which is not a problem. Doing this will allow the onion fumes to enter the ear and soothe the affected eardrum.
Garlic & Mullein Drops
At home, I also make organic garlic and mullein oil and place them in the ear when I feel an infection or irritation coming on. I can’t tell you how many times this has come in handy for earaches and infections.
If you are not feeling up to making your own oil, you can purchase one made by Herb Pharm. These drops are available on Vitacost and many other health food stores.
Another homeopathic product we have tried in previous years is Hyland’s earache drops, also available on Vitacost.
Lymphatic Massage & Release Techniques
Lastly, a lymphatic massage can be very helpful during an ear infection, sinus congestion, headache, and sore throat. It’s also very important to do this on a daily basis if there has been exposure to toxic mold and other contaminants. Making sure that our lymph is moving is extremely important, as stagnation leads to sickness.
We have approximately 700 lymph nodes in our body. Did you know that one-third of those are from the brain and neck? Wow, I think that might be an important clue that we need to get our lymph moving!
If your brain is inflamed because of toxic mold, chemical exposures, TBI, PANS, Autism, etc., learning new things, focusing, and remembering will become difficult. An inflamed brain can’t function adequately.
That’s why it’s so important to move the lymph via release techniques and gentle massage. Sleeping is also extremely important because that is when our glymphatic system (the brain’s lymphatic system) is turned on. While we are awake, it doesn’t do much.
The glymphatic system is a metabolic waste clearance system. Its also responsible for facilitating the distribution of certain compounds like neuromodulators, glucose, amino acids, lipids, and more. Making sure these systems are working efficiently is essential for healing.
For a nifty chart that shows you manual lymphatic drainage techniques, click here.
Watch step-by-step how to do a lymphatic massage of the face, neck, and ears in this video.
Click here to watch Step 1 of a whole-body lymphatic release video.
Click here to watch Step 2 of a whole-body lymphatic release video.
Click here to watch Step 3 of a whole-body lymphatic release video.
I hope you found this post helpful! Blessings, CFG
**Studying herbs for over two decades and learning about plant medicine from my grandmother and father definitely helps me feel confident about preparing and using remedies like the one mentioned above. If you have a concern, please take time to research and learn about the beauty of herbal medicine or reach out to me or to another herbalist in your area.
***Information shared on chemicalfreegal.com is shared for educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice.
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