Do It Your self Herbal Medicine

PART 3. THE REMEDIES

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COMMON AILMENTS

EARACHE

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When fluids buildup in the middle ear, the pressure can be a pain in the, well, ear. The issue commonly accompanies a cold or the flu or occurs after swimming. Herbal remedies tend to be the best medicine for minor earaches. If pain increases, a fever develops, or other symptoms rear their heads, be sure to visit your doctor. Antibiotics may be necessary.

Garlic Drops

YIELD: 1 TREATMENT
STORAGE: NOT RECOMMENDED
TIME: 5 MINUTES

Garlic’s extraordinary anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties make it a natural choice for killing bacteria in ears and easing the pressure from built-up fluid. Take these on-the-go for relief throughout the day.

1 clove garlic, peeled

1.Using a garlic press, hold the garlic clove over a small bowl.

2.Crush the garlic, extracting the juice into the bowl.

3.Use a dropper to pick up the juice.

4.Tilt your head to the side so the painful ear is facing up.

5.Drip the garlic juice into your ear.

6.Place a cotton ball over the ear opening. Leave the cotton ball in place for 5 minutes.

7.Repeat this treatment twice daily for up to 3 days. Discontinue immediately if the pain worsens or does not seem to improve after the first 2 treatments.

Hot Peppermint Compress

YIELD: 1 TREATMENT
STORAGE: NOT RECOMMENDED
TIME: 15 MINUTES

Peppermint essential oil helps alleviate ear pain, as does moist heat. This treatment can be used on its own or alongside antibiotics. Prepare the hot water bottle before you apply the remedy.

3 drops olive oil

3 drops peppermint essential oil

1.Fill a bottle with hot water. Wrap it in a moist towel.

2.In a spoon, combine the olive oil and peppermint essential oil.

3.With your fingertips, apply the oil to the outside of the ear, the area behind the ear, and the soft tissue just behind your jaw. Do not put the oil inside your ear.

4.Relax for 15 minutes while resting the hot water bottle on your ear.

5.Repeat 2 to 3 times daily while recovering from an ear infection.