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How to Make Garlic Ear Drops at Home

Updated on December 6, 2013
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Natural ear drops recipe to treat ear infections, swimmer's ear and to remove earwax

This is very economical, simple and effective way to treat ear infections, swimmer's ear and to remove ear wax build-up. All you need to have on hand, is fresh raw garlic, extra virgin olive oil, and a small glass jar. The recipe below has been very effective in treating ear problems in my family.

Ear drops

Here is how to make garlic ear drops at home:

1. Finely chop 2-3 cloves of garlic.

2. Place chopped garlic into a small glass jar or a bottle, pour extra virgin olive oil over the garlic so there is about one inch of oil above it, cover with a lid.

3. Put the jar with the garlic mixture on a sunny window for three days.

4. Strain the oil, pour into a glass bottle, label, and its ready to use.

Caution, never put ear drops into an ear with ruptured eardrum! Some signs of ruptured ear drum include: drainage from the ear, buzzing noise in the ear, hearing loss and ear discomfort or pain.

Use the drops within few days and store in the refrigerator when not using. There is a possibility of botulism causing bacteria growing in garlic oil. Always consult your doctor before using any natural remedies.

Ear infections and swimmer's ear

Ear infection can be effectively treated at home with garlic oil. Swimmer's ear is also an ear infection, caused by polluted water, most often bacteria, and sometimes fungus. Signs of an ear infection include: ear pain, fever, ear pressure and sometimes hearing loss.

Garlic oil is a potent, natural antibiotic, and anti-fungal remedy. It is also safe for children. I have successfully treated my children's ear infections with these drops since my kids were infants.

Ear wax removal

What is ear wax? Ear wax is a substance secreted in the ear canal, it helps to clean, lubricate and protect our ear canal. Sometimes there is too much ear wax produced, or ear wax might become dry and it might cause hearing loss, pressure, ringing in the ear, and itching.

Safest way to remove ear wax, is to put 6 drops of garlic oil into each ear with a dropper before going to bed, cover ear canal entrance with a cotton ball. You have to do this at least 3 nights in the row. On the forth day, while you are taking a shower, wash ear wax out with a warm shower water. Garlic oil drops will soften ear wax and it will be easier for you to wash it out. This remedy was recommended to my family by our family doctor, and it is has been very effective in removing ear wax and treat ear infections without antibiotics.

Having an otoscope at home, can be very useful in detecting ear problems.

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      flexio 2 years ago

      Hello, I need you to tell me what to do an ear which itch sometime and discharge watering fluid sometime either but usually discharge the watering fluid when I ate my first meal,brush or drink water in the morning. Thanks

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      Kaspars from Latvia 3 years ago

      Thank you!! I will try garlic and extra virgin olive oil medicine.I suffer from ear itching at least 5-6 years..sometimes it makes me really mad and crazy.Thank you,I really should try:-)

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      MargaritaEden 4 years ago from Oregon

      Thank you Rajan for your feedback :)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very interesting and so simple. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Voted up and useful.

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      MargaritaEden 4 years ago from Oregon

      girishpuri, thank you for stopping by and commenting, I am glad you liked the recipe :)

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Garlic ear drops, wonderful addition to my knowledge, thank you so much.

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      MargaritaEden 4 years ago from Oregon

      Ghaelach, it should help, just keep in mind that before going somewhere you will have to wash the oil out with the warm water, because smell is going to be pretty strong, but its very effective and soothing, good luck!!! Thank you for your feedback :)))

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      Ghaelach 4 years ago

      Hi Margarita.

      Apart from wax in my ears, I never had any problems with my ears until I moved to Germany 20 years ago. I moved to Dusseldorf Germany, and shortly after started having problems with dry skin around the entry cavity to my ears. This was all put down to the type of hard water we have in this region.

      The earlobe is the worst, with little pieces of skin flaking off, and very itchy. I have tried a lot of body creams for the skin and even some from the doctor. None have cured the problem todate. I will be making a potion of your garlic/oil and wait to see what happens.

      Thanks for sharing.

      LOL Ghaelach

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      MargaritaEden 4 years ago from Oregon

      daisyjae, thank you for reading my hub and for your rating :)

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      daisyjae 4 years ago from Canada

      My kids get ear infections all the time so this is useful info. Rated up & useful!

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      MargaritaEden 4 years ago from Oregon

      Easy Exercise, I am glad that you liked my hub :) thank you for stopping by and reading it!

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      Kelly A Burnett 4 years ago from United States

      Ear infections are very painful. I have a friend who is a certified personal trainer and she does ear waxing and has helped our family and friends. I never knew about garlic and our ears - I learned so much! Thank you! Voted up!

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      MargaritaEden 4 years ago from Oregon

      Samith Jhon, thank you very much for your feedback and sharing :)

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      Samith Jhon 4 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      MargaritaEden

      Garlic is really an awesome remedy for many of the infections in human body as well as the cure for many diseases. You post is quite awesome in this sense. Appreciate and shared with friends too.

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      MargaritaEden 4 years ago from Oregon

      Kristine, yes you totally can do it yourself, and you will definitely save money doing it yourself, glad you liked my hub, thank you! :)

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      Donna Kristine 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      This is a wonderful Hub. Thank you so much for this information. I once had my ears cleaned out while having a physical exam at the doctor's, and there was so much wax I could hardly hear out of my left ear - now I can do this myself.

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      MargaritaEden 4 years ago from Oregon

      Thank you Kris for your feedback :)

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      Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

      What in interesting home remedy. I've not heard of this one before. Thanks for providing it!

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      MargaritaEden 4 years ago from Oregon

      About a one to two years, if kept away from sunlight in the cool place.

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      kate 4 years ago

      how long will the drops keep?

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      MargaritaEden 5 years ago from Oregon

      Dear travmaj I am very glad that you found this information useful, thank you for your input :)

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      travmaj 5 years ago from australia

      I'll give this a try - I suffer almost constantly from ear infections. Thank you. Useful and interesting.

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      MargaritaEden 5 years ago from Oregon

      Thank you sfshine for stopping by and commenting :)

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      sfshine 5 years ago from Michigan

      Garlic works wonder for ear infection. I used this when I was a child. It cleans the ear also.

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      MargaritaEden 5 years ago from Oregon

      Thank you so much Angela and Natashalh!

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      This is awesome! I frequently get minor ear infections, and I have all my life. I will definitely have to try this. Voted up and useful! Shared, too.

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      I have used this and it really works but, never knew how to make them myself! This is great information! I will share this!

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      MargaritaEden 5 years ago from Oregon

      Thank you Peter! Yes it is very effective.

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      Peter Geekie 5 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Dear Margarita,

      Interesting hub - I quite agree with you re the properties of garlic combined with olive oil good thinking. Thank you

      Kind regards Peter

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      MargaritaEden 5 years ago from Oregon

      Thank you Kerlynb!

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      kerlynb 5 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      Wow, I have known that garlic is a healthy vegetable but I didn't know I could also make ear drops out of it. That's great bit of info. Voting this up and useful!

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      MargaritaEden 5 years ago from Oregon

      You are very welcome! Thank you for the feedback!

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      teacherjoe52 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great tip.

      I alwys get swimmers ear.

      God bless.