October 26, 2011

Ear Ache Pain Reliever

My son has a tendency to get ear aches whenever he comes down with a cold, runny or stuff nose.  At one point the doctors had wanted to put tubes in his ears and possibly remove his adenoids.  My husband and I were just not ok with that so I was on a mission to find some relief without the repeated antibiotics…Don’t get me wrong, there is a time when antibiotics are necessary and he’s had his share of them, but I never easily give in to giving them to him without at least attempting some home remedies and this one has worked (not every time but enough to always use it as a first try at the very first sign of a runny nose). 

First I chop up about 1/4 onion and crush about 5-6 cloves of garlic.  I add this to a small sauce pan with enough olive oil to generously cover the onion and garlic. I simmer this mixture for about 5-7 minutes, strain through cheese cloth or fine mesh strainer. Let cool and put a few drops in the aching ear. I have my son remain on his side for about 20 minutes with a sack of warmed rice covering his ear (about a cup of rice in one of dad’s socks, heated in the microwave and cooled enough so it doesn’t burn him).  Garlic and onions both have anti-inflammatory properties and work great at fighting infection.

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