When it comes to sicknesses in our home, I am always one to avoid antibiotic use whenever possible. We try to use saline washes, essential oils, probiotics, and other natural methods of strengthening our systems and healing before turning to OTC and prescriptions medications, but finding an ear infection home remedy that really works has been tough.
The past month has been a pretty tough one for us as far as health issues.
Concussion, injuries, the flu and now some new illness, including one ear infection.
When we tried to treat the ear infection with home remedies, I got a shocker. A natural remedy for ear infection that was unbelievable. And really worked! I just had to write and tell you all about it.
It all started when we went roller skating with our church and I decided to take a good run at it even though I’d only roller skated once in my life.
In elementary school.
I ended up with a concussion and a badly injured tailbone and elbow. My arm still isn’t acting quite normal.
Then, the boys and I ended up with the flu.
A bad one.
One of those “I don’t know if I am going to live through this” illnesses.
When we were all starting to be on the mend, we had a meeting at church and our kids hung out with other sick kiddos while we met with the adults.
I figured, “Well, we’ve all got the same thing that’s going around, right?”
Oldest son came down with an ear infection.
Turns out one of the kids they were playing with had an ear infection so I guess we had different bugs.
He was in a lot of pain.
I tried some things I knew about, but nothing worked. like helichrysum and Immune Strength (Native American Nutritional‘s anti-bacterial blend that’s like Thieves), and basil oil around the ear.
Natural Remedies for Ear Infection that We Tried and Some We Didn’t:
1. Vitamin C
2. Some Chinese herbal preparations recommended by our practitioner
3. Helichrysum oil and Immune Strength (an antibacterial oil blend) around the ear.
Thought about using:
4. I thought about using garlic oil, but a good natural resource told me that sometimes putting garlic oil in the ear can lead to heavy-duty detoxing that can cause more problems.
I wasn’t in the mood for more problems, plus we were out of fresh garlic.
5. Breastmilk was always my standby for ear pain, but I am not breastfeeding anymore. Sigh.
One of the ideas from my readers (you guys are great!) really piqued my interest……so after the pain still wasn’t budging, I checked it out on the internet.
It looked like a valid option.
What was it?
Ummm- That’s right. Good old fashioned, everyone’s.got.some.in.their.home pee.
Any other time I might not have been open to this, but it turns out we’re trying urine for another ailment in our home and it really appears to be working.
I’ll be sharing that with you all soon, I hope.
Anyway, I talked my son into it (it wasn’t that hard since he was feeling so bad. But you know–the idea of putting urine in your ear isn’t that easy to deal with at first).
In went 2 drops (yes, we used his pee).
About 5 minutes later, I heard faint snoring on the sofa.
He’d fallen asleep.
To be fair, the pain did come back somewhat after awhile so we put him to bed with more urine and 2-3 drops of basil essential oil on a cotton ball. (And some duct tape to keep it from falling out. Bandaids just didn’t work.)
The next morning, he felt a ton better.
And each night since he has asked for the same remedy.
What Worked For Us.
Urine. Basil oil. Cotton ball.
Simple and cheap.
More and more the human body amazes me.
I’m all about avoiding antibiotics and pharmaceuticals whenever possible.
When my kid is in pain, I’m for trying almost anything.
I’m not saying that the urine and basil oil, or that breastmilk, cured the ear infection, but somehow I assume that it supports the body in dealing with this.
Remember, as always, the information in this post is for entertainment purposes and is not to be construed as medical advice. Consult your medical practitioner for advice before doing anything outlined here.