If you have an ear infection, use coconut oil to clear up the infection instead of taking a course of antibiotics. A study published in the November 2008 edition of "Dermatitis" found that coconut oil is an effective remedy for treating viral and fungal infections. Before self-diagnosing and treating your ear infection, talk to your doctor first. Recurrent ear infections may be a sign of a more serious medical condition.
Heat 1/8 cup of coconut oil and two garlic cloves in a small saucepan. While using coconut oil alone is sufficient for treating ear infections, Gayle Alleman, author of "The Healing Power of Garlic, Vinegar, & Olive Oil," recommends infusing the oil with garlic for additional antibacterial benefits.
Simmer for five minutes and remove from the heat.
Test the temperature of the oil with a cooking thermometer. The oil should be 37 degrees Celsius or 98 degrees Fahrenheit before using it in your ears.
Strain the oil with cheesecloth into a bowl, and pour the oil into an eye dropper. Be sure no pieces of garlic slip into the dropper.
Lie on your side, with the ear pointing toward the ceiling. Use one hand to pull the top of your ear outward. Use the dropper to place two drops of coconut oil into the ear. Wait five minutes before getting up to give the oil a chance to work down into the ear canal. Do not place cotton, wool or any other material into the ear canal to prevent any dripping oil from coming out of the ear.
Turn on your other side so that you can treat the other ear. You may not need to apply the oil into the other ear, unless both ears have an infection. Remain on the other side for five minutes after inserting the oil.
Use the coconut oil twice a day for seven days. Symptoms usually subside when the infection clears up. If you still have symptoms after one week, make an appointment with your doctor.
- PubMed.gov: Novel Antibacterial and Emollient Effects of Coconut and Virgin Olive Oils in Adult Atopic Dermatitis; V.M. Verallo-Rowell, et al; November-December 2008
- "The Healing Power of Garlic, Vinegar, & Olive Oil"; Gayle Povis Alleman; 2006
- ENT Nursing: Ear Care Advice