Essential oils are aromatic oils extracted from flowers, grasses, fruits, leaves, roots and trees. Many of them are anti viral and have immune boosting properties that help you or your loved one fight an ear infection. They also have a delightful, uplifting fragrance that helps enhance your mood - something you often need when you are in the midst of battling an ear infection!
Here's some essential oils you can use to help heal an ear infection...
For painful ears
To relieve the pain of ear infections, insert 6 drops of muellin oil or garlic oil in the affected ear every 3-4 hours.
Alternatively put a few drops of lavender and chamomile oil onto some cotton wool and use it to plug the ear. If the eardrum has been perforated do not insert anything into the ear.
For respiratory infections associated with ear infections
Use a steam inhalation with a few drops of lavender, tea tree, eucalyptus or thyme to a bowl of hot water. Cover your head with a towel and breathe deeply through your nose and mouth for 5-10 minutes.
For insomnia with ear infections
The best essential oils for insomnia are valerian, chamomile Roman, lavender and sandalwood. Mix 5 drops of your chosen essential oil / oils to a teaspoon of vegetable oil. Massage over the whole of your body, particularly the neck and shoulders.
It is nice to then hop into a warm bath and relax before going to bed. You can even add another 4 or 5 drops of the oil to the bath before you hop in.
For fever caused by infection
To help lower a high fever, the best essential oils are eucalyptus, lavender, tea tree and chamomile Roman. Add 2 drops of one of these essential oils to a litre of tepid water. Sponge the body or use as a compress on the forehead, groin, armpits and lower back. As soon as the compresses get too warm, soak in the tepid water and reapply.
For swollen glands
Make up a blend of eucalyptus oil (5 drops), lavender oil ( 5 drops) and tea tree oil (5 drops) in 15 ml of vegetable oil. Rub gently to swollen glands in neck, groin and armpits.
For tired, aching muscles associated with infections
Good essential oils for the muscle fatigue and soreness sometimes seen with infections are rosemary, cypress, thyme, eucalyptus and grapefruit. Dilute about 20 drops of your chosen oil or oils in 30 ml of vegetable oil and apply at least twice a day to sore or aching muscles.
Buying your essential oils
You can purchase essential oils from your local health food shop, pharmacy or supermarket. Make sure you buy 'essential oils', not 'fragrance oils'. Fragrance oils are cheaper, artificial substitutes that have no therapeutic value.
Treatment with essential oils for ear infections fights your immune battle on all fronts. Unlike chemical drugs there are no dangerous side effects, even if you combine different oils. You don't have to worry that your oils for sore ears will clash with the oils you are using for a fever.
Just take each day's symptoms as they come and treat with oils accordingly. Use as directed, and remember to refer to my e-book or seek medical help if symptoms persist.
Naturopath Elizabeth Noble BSc. Dip Nat Ther, has over 16 years experience in helping thousands boost their immunity and regain their health.
She specialises in treating patients with Ear infections and immune disorders like Epstein Barr virus and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Elizabeth's therapies include the use of vitamins, minerals and herbs, an immune-boosting diet, cleansing the body, aromatherapy, massage, graded exercise and stress reduction.
Elizabeth is the author of the e-book "Nature's Amazing Ear Infection Cures". If you or a loved one are suffering from an ear infection and want to relieve your pain, congested ears, muffled hearing and fatigue, then make sure you visit EarInfection.com.