Essential Oils: What to Use for an Ear Infection
Children are especially prone to them and I’ve even gotten a few as an adult. If you don’t want to have to go to the doctor and use antibiotics, these are the essential oils you will want to use: Basil and Melaleuca.
Not all essential oils are created equal
Essential oils have a lot of uses and people have been using them for holistic healing for a long time now. However, not all essential oils are made equal. Before you start using them you need to make sure that they are sourced ethically and from a reputable company that tests them to make sure they truly are pure essential oils. The company that I like to use is DoTerra, they test their oils three times, twice in house and once by a third party to make sure you are using the best oils.
Ear infections: what can cause them and what to look for
There are multiple things that can cause an ear infection:
- A build-up of wax in your ear
- Upper respiratory infections
- An improper diet resulting in nutritional deficiencies
- Your body not being in proper alignment causing your ears to not drain properly, resulting in fluid build up
A lot of these can causes can be prevented by eating a healthy diet, regular (I go once a month) chiropractic care, and proper ear hygiene; even if you do these things though, you can still catch one. Sometimes allergies or something in the environment can cause your body to react and cause an ear infection; or if you are under a lot of stress this can cause your body to stop operating at its best.
Most times you’ll know right away if you’re getting an ear infection. It can start with a little shooting pain in one ear and slowly build up from there. Some of the less obvious things to look for are:
- Poor responses to sound
- Sleeping problems
These symptoms can point towards an ear infection. If you’re concerned that your toddler has an ear infection you can look for these signs of tugging at the ear, troubles eating and swallowing, crying more than usual, ear drainage, or just being more clingy than normal. It can be harder to identify an ear infection in children since they cannot communicate that well yet, so it helps to know what to look for.
What to use for an earache
I recently came down with an ear infection, not wanting to use antibiotics I researched a little bit to see what oils would be the best solution for me. What I came up with was Basil and Melaleuca, I needed to put one drop of each on a cotton ball and place that over, not in, my ear canal for thirty minutes. Let me tell you, I’ve never had anything work so fast. Typically, my ear infections would last a couple of days, no matter what and I would need to take some pain killers. Within twenty minutes though, I could feel the pressure subsiding a little and the pain with it. I decided to wait a little bit, about thirty minutes, and place another cotton ball over my ear. I could fall asleep this time, with just about no pain. When I woke up it was like I had never had an earache in the first place. If I wasn’t already a believer in essential oils I would be now.