Monday, October 29, 2012

making a herbal medicine chest ~ ear infections

Ear oil

We use this for ear infections. Warmed to body temperature and dropped in the ear, it quickly
relieves the pain. The oil has anti-viral and antibacterial properties, as well as herbs which
reduce swelling and help to deaden the pain.

1/2 cup dried Mullein flowers
1/4 cup dried St. John's Wort herb
2-3 cloves of fresh garlic

Whiz the garlic in 1 cup of olive oil in your blender until the garlic is in tiny pieces. Pour
this mixture over the herbs and use the solar method to extract the medicinal properties. Let it
set for at least two weeks.

Mango leaf extract for ear infections

a handful of mango leaves
enough water to cover the leaves

1. Grind up a handful of mango leaves
2. Place the leaves in water and bring to a boil.
3. Remove from heat and let cool till lukewarm.

Use: Put 2-3 drops of lukewarm mango leaves extract
in the infected ear. This is natural and effective
remedy for reducing ear pain and infection.


Mullein for ear infections

Mullein flowers can be found at any herbal health store (even possibly in your back yard).

Fresh mullein flowers (about 1/2 cup)
Olive oil.

1. Place flowers, (but do not pack), in a clean glass jar.
2. Cover with just enough olive oil to submerge all the flowers.
3. Stir the flowers to release any air bubbles.
4. Place in a warm location, such as in the sun, for 3 days.
5. Pour the contents through a fine strainer and place in a small
eye dropper type bottle.

Use: Put 2 drops directly in each ear 3 times per day.
Store in a cool, dry place.

This homemade ear oil can last up to two years.

Garlic vinegar for ear infections

2 garlic heads, divided into individual cloves
1/2 pint cider vinegar.

 Blend the unpeeled garlic cloves and vinegar in a blender thoroughly.
 Pour this mixture into a covered container.
 Keep mixture at room temperature for at least 2 weeks.
 Pour the contents through a fine strainer and place in a small eye dropper type bottle.
 Discard the garlic.

Use: Place 2 drops of the mixture into the infected ear. Can repeat up to 3 times per day.

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