How to Make Homemade Garlic Oil for Ear Infections (safe for babies & toddlers too!)

A quick and easy solution of garlic and olive oil is a proven oil remedy for ear infections in kids. These two natural ingredients are highly accessible and affordable, making them a popular alternative to the over-the-counter drugs.

Ear infections are one of the most common health issues in kids, which is usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection. The infection affects the middle ear, which can cause discomfort, pain, and sometimes even hearing loss. If left untreated, the infection can lead to severe conditions, such as a ruptured eardrum, permanent hearing loss, and the infection spread to other parts of the body. That’s why a natural homemade remedy should be your first go-to when your child starts tugging at the ear or complaining of ear pain.

Garlic Oil to Treat Ear Infections in Babies and Toddlers

When it comes to infants, babies and toddlers, using a garlic olive oil remedy instead of antibiotics for ear infections is considered one of the safest natural treatments you can find. A lot of times, ear infections are caused by viruses, which means antibiotics will not effectively treat it. That’s why children get “recurring” ear infections even after several rounds of antibiotics.

Garlic is considered to be one of nature’s most powerful oil remedies, due to its antibacterial and antiviral properties. It has been used for centuries to treat various health issues, such as colds, flu, and infections of many kinds. Olive oil, on the other hand, is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce inflammation and pain, safely. These two natural ingredients work together to provide a simple and effective treatment for ear infections in kids.

Using Garlic Olive Oil, Not Whole Garlic

Although garlic can be orally taken whole, minced or in large chunks, it isn’t the best idea to put a slice or a whole garlic directly in the ear of a child. For obvious reasons we won’t explain this method as an option for ear infections in babies and toddlers.

Instead, it’s very easy to make a garlic olive oil remedy at home to treat ear infections. And a few drops is all it takes to relieve ear pain and discomfort and treat the ear.

Studies show garlic is effective at treating ear infections (otitis media and otitis externa)

Most parents do not want to just start dropping things into their child’s ears and you shouldn’t try home remedies unless you feel confident that the method is proven to work and be safe. That’s why I always check the studies that have been done before I start using a natural remedy, no matter how many people swear by it.

Here are a few studies that do, in fact, show that garlic works to treat ear infections.

This study tested the effects of two garlic derivatives on microorganisms that cause common ear infections. The study was able to prove that garlic components have “antimicrobial activity against the tested microorganisms, even at low concentrations.” And concluded by saying, “These two derivatives may be used to treat infections in the future.”

This study in the National Library of Medicine documents why garlic is so powerful. The answer is that is is anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal. When you look into the underlying causes of ear infections, the culprit could be any of or a combination of those 3 conditions. Whereas antibiotics only fight bacteria, garlic can be used to treat all 3!

homemade garlic oil is a natural remedy that is safe for babies and toddlers for ear infections

How to make garlic oil for earaches and ear infections

Making garlic olive oil is relatively easy and simple. You can make a garlic olive oil remedy by itself or you can add other herbs to it, like Calendula, Usnea, St John’s Wort and Mullein. Here is how to make it by itself:

Garlic Oil Recipe for Ear Infections:
• 2-3 organic garlic cloves
• 1/4 cup of olive oil

OR for smaller batch: 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 clove of garlic

1. Crush, peel and mince the garlic cloves.
2. Add the garlic and the olive oil into a small pot or saucepan.
3. Heat the garlic and the olive oil on low heat for about 15 minutes. Do not boil.
4. Remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool down.
5. Strain the mixture to remove the garlic pieces.
6. Store the garlic olive oil in a clean, dry container.

How to Use Garlic Olive Oil for Ear Infections in Babies and Toddlers

A garlic olive oil remedy can safely be used to treat ear infections in babies, toddlers, kids and adults too. To use the garlic olive oil for ear infections in kids, follow these steps:

1. Warm up the garlic olive oil slightly. I do this by setting the bottle in a cup of warm water for a few minutes.
2. Tilt the affected ear towards the ceiling and using a dropper, put 1-2 drops of the warmed garlic olive oil into the ear canal.
3. Gently massage the ear lobe for a few minutes to ensure that the oil goes inside the ear.
4. Optional: Cover the ear with a clean cotton ball and leave it in for 10-15 minutes.
5. Repeat the process twice a day until the infection has cleared up.

To use the garlic olive oil remedy for ear infections in adults, follow the same steps, but use 4-5 drops in each ear.

It is essential to note that garlic olive oil should not be used if the ear infection is so severe that the child is experiencing high fever, vomiting, or severe pain. Consulting with a pediatrician before starting any treatment is crucial to ensure that there are no underlying conditions that need immediate medical attention.

If the child has a perforated eardrum (ruptured), it is not recommended to use garlic olive oil or any other oils in the ear unless prescribed by a medical professional. Using oils in such a situation can lead to further complications and may cause more harm than good. It’s pretty simple to check that the ear drum is intact yourself. I keep this easy to use mama approved Otoscope handy. You can pair it to your phone and get a good visual of the ear drum.

Is garlic oil safe for kids for ear infections?

Garlic olive oil is safe for most children, and there are no reported side effects. However, in very rare cases, children may be allergic to garlic or olive oil and it shouldn’t be used. If you know your child is allergic to either, don’t put this oil in their ear.

Apart from treating ear infections, garlic olive oil can also help prevent them. Regular oral use of garlic olive oil can boost the immune system and prevent the growth of bacteria and viruses that cause infections. Another way to prevent ear infections is by taking another powerhouse remedy that prevents colds and other viruses. I talk about the benefits and how to make it in this post about Elderberry Syrup.

The Best Ear Oil for Ear Infections

If you’re dealing with a one time ear infection, this garlic olive oil is the best ear oil to use and it’s so easy to make. But if you’re dealing with chronic ear infections that keep coming back, even after antibiotics, you might need a more potent solution.

For chronic ear infections that keep coming back, you might want to add one or more of these powerful herbs to your garlic oil remedy. These herbs are individually proven to reduce ear pain and assist in fighting infections. *Make sure to buy alcohol free!

To add any of these to your garlic ear oil, fill half of a 2oz amber glass bottle with the garlic olive oil remedy. Then add up to 1 ounce of another herb oil. If you’re adding more than one of the herbs, alternate dropperfuls until you’ve filled the bottle, leaving room to put the dropper back in and screw it on! Be careful not to overfill because you’ll have spillage. If using a larger or small bottle, just make sure that half of the solution is garlic olive oil and the remainder is your other herb oil or oils.

Where to Buy Garlic Oil for Ear Infections

Be very cautious when buying garlic oil remedies for ear infections. Nowadays, anything can be sold online and supplements are a lot of the times NOT what they claim to be.

I prefer to choose USA made supplements, that are non-gmo and or certified organic. I also prefer to buy herbal remedies and oils from family owned farms. That being said, here are a few pre-made garlic oil options you can easily get on Amazon.

Organic Ear Drops

Garlic with Mullein oil

Pure Garlic Oil

To truly be on the safe side, though, I recommend making your own garlic oil. It’s cheap and easy to make and you can customize the oil remedy blend you create!

When Your Child Needs Antibiotics

As with any infection, if left untreated or if you’re unable to get rid of the underlying cause, it can get worse. If your child has had a fever for more than a few days, the pain gets worse, and you can tell they are getting more ill, you should see a medical professional right away. Don’t wait!

If they do need antibiotics, give your child the full prescription to avoid future complications with infections and antibiotics. And most importantly, you will need to repair your child’s gut biome with high quality probiotics for at least one year. I cover this very crucial topic more in this post, where I dive into: when to give kids probiotics; how to choose the right one; and my top 10 probiotics for kids.

In conclusion, garlic olive oil is a natural and affordable remedy for ear infections in kids. Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties make it a potent treatment for ear infections, and its ease of access and affordability make it a popular alternative to over-the-counter drugs. It is crucial to consult with a pediatrician before starting any treatment to ensure that there are no underlying conditions that require immediate medical attention. With proper usage and caution, garlic olive oil can help parents provide natural relief and treatment for their children’s ear infections. 

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