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Ear Oil

Summer is in full swing here in Colorado. With temps consistently in the 90’s and 100’s we are swimming A LOT . I have also noticed a lot of friends and their kids are getting ear infections, and the American Academy of Pediatrics has changed their recommendations on how to treat ear infections and fluid in the ear without first prescribing antibiotics, so here is my recipe for ear oil.


  • 3 cloves fresh garlic (the stronger smelling the better)
  • 4 tbsp Olive oil (or other carrier oil)
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh basil (straight from the garden fresh is ideal) or 10-15 drops basil essential oil (I find the EO works better than the plant material because of the way we are infusing the oil, but the basil plant matter is better than nothing)

Finely chop garlic and basil and saute on low heat in the olive oil for 15-20 minutes being sure not to burn the garlic or basil while doing so. Remove from heat and strain out the plant matter. If you chose to use EO instead of the basil plant (or with the basil plant) then add it once the mixture has cooled. Store in a cool dry place for up to 3 months.

To Use:

Apply oil to the back of the ear and along the neck down the eustachian tubes. You can also put a dab of oil on a cotton ball and place the cotton ball gently on the inside of the ear. NEVER put oil directly into your ear.

The garlic is a natural anti inflammatory, antiviral and anti bacterial and will help reduce swelling and fight any infection. Basil has similar properties and is ideal for treating inner and middle ear infections. If there is just fluid build up frankincense is wonderful for reducing inflammation and allowing the ear to properly drain and heal and can also be added to this mixture int he same proportions as the basil essential oil.

You may smell like some delicious Italian food but this really works! N, M and I all had some ear pain and fluid build up when swimming season started caused by a combination of swimming, allergies and all the smoke in the air. I used this oil on M and I every morning and evening and it helped clear up the pain and fluid build up. N being a baby, needed a little more attention. I am not sure if he actually had an infection or what, but I applied the ear oil to the back of his ear/side of his neck every 2-3 hours for 2 days and his ears stopped bugging him.

If your child can not fight off the ear infection/pain after “two or three days” according to the AAP, then you should consult your doctor just to check and make sure there is nothing else going on.

That is it! Simple and straight forward.

Do you have any good natural treatments for ear infection/pain?


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Amanda is a mother of two amazing toddlers. She is an herbalist, natural living guru, and real food, gluten free eating pro. She loves to help educate others on how to take control of their own health through natural living, real food, herbs, essential oils, and most of all - a positive mind set. Her other business Natural Herbal Living Magazine is all about helping people learn about how to use one herb a month on a deep and profound level.
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14 Responses to Ear Oil: To treat fluid in the ear and ear infections

  1. This is awesome! I love using garlic as a natural “medicine”. I am going to do this next time someone in our family has an earache! 🙂

  2. Anna says:

    Whenever I get the pain in my ear I use garlic. Just boil the garlic in mustard oil and let the oil cool down. After that add 2-3 drops of oil in the ear. This is the best home remedy to treat ear infection and pain.

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  4. My husband treats children in his chiropractic office. It’s amazing because they recover so quickly. His nephew had terrible ear infections for almost a year before the parents tried chiropractic. After two treatments he never had another earache.

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks for bringing that up! I LOVE our chiropractor. He has helped with so many things. It is amazing how many body maladies can be fixed with proper alignment and nutrition.

  5. Thanks for sharing with my Super Link Party! 🙂

  6. Thankfully, my kids rarely have ear infections, and so far the homeopathic drops seem to help. BUt I will have to try this one next time!

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  8. Tracie says:

    Thanks Susie! Definitely giving this a shot tonite!

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  10. Bridget says:

    My beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel has terrible trouble with her ears, as most Cavvies notoriously are, and my vet has instructed me to use olive oil on a cotton pad to clean out her ears when they get manky. It works really well, but I am thinking this will be an even better product to use… Feeding a dog a whole clove of garlic can help control fleas, so I’m thinking that applying garlic infused oil to the ears may also help with flea, (or even mite?) control. And the basil will leave a lovely herby smell – much nicer than that horribly doggy-ear smell. Thanks Amanda, I’ll let you know how it goes!

  11. Update -My sinus problem seemed to be sorted except for sometimes getting a clogged ear. I would take mucodyne sometimes when that happened.
    I decided to go onto a much healthier diet, eating more vegetables etc. I had two cloves of raw garlic (take the correct way) and within hours my stomach was in total agony which lasted for age. Then my ears got blocked again so I took some mucodyne and again I got a terrible stomach agonising for ages. This will not go, it has been this way now for nearly a month. I saw three doctors, one said it is an ulcer. Another said it is acid reflux and the other said it is a urine infection! I have pushed for proper tests to be done because I demanded a firm diagosis we are in england so this is not so easy . Still waiting and still hurting a lot. I am now taking proton inhibator tablets but they gave me headaches and a different sort of stomach pain. I mentioned to all three doctors that there might be a connection also to all of the gunge between my ears going down into my stomach but they would not listen.

  12. Jessi B says:

    I totally love this idea!! I have fluid in my ears and have been prescribed prednisone..which I am NOT taking!! (that’s mean stuff.) So, I have been clearing my sinuses with essential oil & trying a lot of remedies. I do have a question. I need this Immediately.,,I noticed you have to store it for three there any other option??

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