Sunday, September 20, 2009

Home-made ear drops to fight infection



20-minute ear drops:
(if you don't have the mullein or GSE on hand, go ahead and make the drops with just the garlic because garlic is incredibly good at fighting bacteria and will do wonders even by itself!)

Ingredients:
olive oil
fresh garlic cloves
mullein
Grapefruit Seed Extract

Directions: Sorry, I didn't measure anything :) I just poured some olive oil into a ceramic pot (don't use metal because it will lessen the effectiveness of herbs) and chopped up the garlic (2 big cloves) very finely. I put the garlic and some mullein (maybe a Tbs) in the pot and let it simmer in the olive oil for 20 minutes. Then I strained it with a cheesecloth and poured it in a jelly jar to cool. After cooling, I squeezed about 4 drops of GSE into the mixture and swished it around to mix. Put these in baby's ear about every three hours when she is in a lot of pain. Then just do it about 3 times a day once she is feeling better.

Ear drops to make ahead of time and keep on hand
Ingredients:
Mullein
St. John's Wort
Garlic
Olive Oil (high quality)

Directions: Do not use a metal bowl! Place equal parts of herbs in a mortal and pound thoroughly
with the pestal (or some kind of stoneware :) Simmer on low in a double broiler for 30 minutes and place in glass jar. Cover with olive oil and close the lid. Place on cabinet shelf for one month. Strain herbs -- not through metal -- and store the liquid in a mason jar for future ear infections

3 comments:

Blue Skies & Dragonflies said...

any other way to prep the st john's wort version for those of us who don't have a double boiler??

many thanks, jessi

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Meg said...

I think that if you were to stay right by the stove and stir it regularly, you could use another type of pot. The double boiler is just to make sure that it doesn't stick and burn.

Ani said...

Love it! BUT I have to say I have kicked every ear infection my family has had with fresh onion juice dripped straight in the ear. Perhaps I will make the long version to keep on hand just in case we ever need an alternate.