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How Garlic Can Fight - and Cure - Ear Infections
by Kathy Burns-Millyard
Many people today know that garlic has a large number of health and
wellness benefits. Most of these people however, tend to take garlic
in pill or capsule form, and without realizing it: They could be losing
out on many of the additional benefits this herb provides.
Not long after starting this search for alternative remedies, I happened
upon some information about using garlic to kill ear infections. Now
this is the weird part, but stick with me for a minute here: It really
It's best to do this right before bed, and leave the garlic in the ear all night. It will likely fall out sometime during the night, but it should stay in there for at least a few hours. And that's plenty long enough.
As I said, within about 15 minutes or less, the pain of the ear infection will be greatly reduced - if not gone completely. So you or your child will be able to sleep easier during the night.
And in my experience the infection itself is completely gone within 24-48 hours. Honestly.
I tried this with my oldest son back when he was having so many ear problems, and I was simply astounded at how well it worked. And even better: His infections stayed gone much longer with this remedy than they did when he was taking the prescription antibiotics.
I've of course discovered many other alternative remedies in that time. For instance: If you don't have garlic on hand, you can use onion to treat ear infections too. Just cut off a small piece of fresh onion and use it like the garlic above, or put a few drops of the fresh cut onion juice in the ear.
My love affair with garlic was just the beginning of a 15 year relationship and learning experience. Because it was so successful, I began earnestly learning about a variety of other herbal remedies and homeopathic techniques. And I've used them almost exclusively - and quite successfully - on all 4 of my children since.
So if you have a child up all night in pain from an ear infection,
try a sliver of Garlic. You'll probably be just as amazed and thankful
as I was :)
About The Author
Kathy is a professional writer, editor and publisher; mother of 4; and natural health enthusiast. Please visit her large and growing health portal at http://www.health-and-fitness-information.com where you'll find hundreds of health and wellness articles and resources.