Ear infection can range from mild to severe or chronic. It is characterized by fluid, swelling, pain, fever, fussiness, etc. (1). If you are suffering from an ear infection, you may notice a problem in hearing, puss-like drainage, etc. However, in a child, there can be trouble in sleeping or hearing, clumsiness, etc. (2).
If you are experiencing the above symptoms, then you need to opt for some effective methods that can eliminate the ear infection. There is one such wonderful ingredient i.e., olive oil that can solve all the problems without any side effects.
It is considered as the best oil for such infections and can be administered to children, as well. Now, the question is how to heal an earache with olive oil? Let’s discuss some methods of using it for overcoming this condition.
Olive Oil for Ear Infection
1. Olive Oil
Simply pouring the lukewarm (or warm, but not hot) olive oil in the infected ear can provide immense relief. Put a cotton ball so that the oil does not spill out. Repeat it several times a day, daily. The method will not only ease the discomfort but also remove the deposited wax (3).
- Or, you can lie down on one side and put the oil in the ear with a dropper. Gently massage the outer area for a few minutes and leave it on for another couple of minutes. Use a tissue to clear the oil later on.
- Apart from that, if you have severe pain in the ear, then cover your ear with a warm compress after pouring the oil in the ear to reduce the pain and swelling.
2. Olive Oil with Cloves
Cloves have been popular for ages to get relief from pain and discomfort. It is used in the form of oil or is mixed with other oils for ear problems ().
In order to use a mixture of cloves and olive oil for ear wax, just crush some cloves, and add them to 1 tbsp olive oil. Warm the mixture a little so that the pain alleviating properties of the cloves get infused in the oil. Dip a piece of cotton in it and place in the infected ear. Do this twice a day until the infection vanishes.
3. Peppermint Oil and Olive Oil
Peppermint oil has countless medicinal benefits that are known to almost everyone. It possesses antibacterial, antifungal, and antibiofilm properties (5). This oil works by attacking the bacteria that are responsible for the infection.
Just combine 1-2 drops of peppermint essential oil to 5-10 drops of olive oil. Mix them well and pour 2 drops of the mixture in the infected ear (or both). Repeat it twice a day to get rid of the problem.
4. Olive Oil with Tea Tree Oil and Colloidal Silver
The use of colloidal silver for numerous maladies has been recognized recently. It is advised to use it for bacterial and other infections (7). This product can be used with olive oil for ear infection too. On the other hand, tea tree oil also has lots of curative benefits. It can be used alone or in combination with other oils for relief (8).
Simply blend 3 drops of tea tree oil, 1 tsp of colloidal silver, 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar, and 2 tbsp of olive oil properly. Put the mixture on heat until it attains a lukewarm temperature. Now, put 2 drops of the prepared mixture in the infected ear and leave it for 15-20 minutes. Turn to another side after that to remove the deposited dirt in the ear.
1) Store the remaining solution in a small glass bottle and warm it before using.
5. Mullein and Olive Oil Mix
Mullein (Verbascum Thapsus) leaves are loaded with lots of essential compounds that give this ingredient its therapeutic qualities. The flowers of the tree are used for managing pain and infection in the ear (10). Apart from earaches, the tree is also used for rashes, burns, lung diseases, etc (11).
To use olive for an ear infection, firstly, prepare a tea by infusing 1 tsp of the mullein flowers in a ½ cup of boiling water. After the mixture cools down, mix equal quantities of olive oil and the prepared tea and keep it for 8-10 hours. Next, fill the dropper with it, and pour 1-2 drops in the ear with infection. Do this daily until you notice a satisfactory improvement.
Note: It can be administered to children, as well (12).
6. Olive Oil and Garlic
Garlic is another natural ingredient that is loaded with many vital components. It possesses anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, etc., properties (13, 14). This is one of the best methods to use olive oil for earache relief and to further remove the earwax, you can use garlic in combination with olive oil.
For this, just crush (or use minced) a few garlic cloves and add them to the olive oil. Leave it for some time and strain it to remove the garlic (15). Put the oil in the affected ear or both and secure it with a piece of cotton. Remove it the following day.
Note: You can heat the oil a bit for more benefits.
Tips and Caution
- Use medicated olive oil rather than the one used in the kitchen.
- Always clean your ear while bathing to prevent any kind of infection and wax build-up.
- If you are allergic to the oil, do not use any of the mentioned methods.
- Consult an ear specialist if the infection is severe or you are having trouble in hearing.