Friday, April 6, 2018

Guest Post; Ear Infections

Note: This is a guest post from Aggie over at Should Be Limited blog, we're hoping she becomes a regular contributor.

Ear Infections

When I was young, I don't think I got through a year without having an ear infection. I even remember being rushed to a doctor in the middle of the night and seeing him in his pajamas and robe while he treated me for one once. I wanted to spare my children of this as much as possible.

You may have heard of Sweet Oil. Sweet Oil is an old timey remedy. It is olive oil. Some add garlic oil or almond oil to the olive oil. Warmed slightly it is added one to two drops to the ear.
A lesser known oil is Mullien oil. Mullien oil, Verbascum Thapsus, is made by using the the flowers of the Mullien plant. It is usually infused with olive oil. This is the oil that did the trick for us. I stumbled upon this in a book I read years ago. I couldn't get to the health food store fast enough to buy a bottle. I put two drops in my own ear first to make sure I wasn't to make sure it wouldn't be harmful. I always told unless you need deborax drops to clear up ear wax never put anything in your ear. My daughter was the first to come down with an ear infection. Fever and pain. I put a drop of Mullien oil in her ear and gave her a dose of Motrin. We actually had a wellness visit the next day and she was fine. I told the doctor she had an ear infection the night before and he could find no sign. I told him about the Mullien oil and he said I should not put anything in the ear. 

I wish I knew about this when I had my first child. I haven't had a child on antibiotics for an ear infection since I found Mullien oil. My husband has had frequent ear infections, knows when one is coming on and we apply as needed. The Mullien oil I have is shelf stable so I do not warm it. Children 10 and under place 1 drop in the infected ear. Adults 2. If it is still painful, do seek medical attention. A coworker asked to try it and to be honest it did not help him but he let it go for too long and the side of his face was already swollen and it took two rounds of antibiotics to clear up.

Woodsman's note; This spring and summer we'll be collecting large quantities of Mullien from its natural state and creating several remedies including oils for ear infections as well as cough syrups. 

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