creating a fertile breeding ground for microorganisms. Symptoms
include irritability and high fever. Middle ear infections
often follow upper respiratory infections, with allergies,
particularly to dairy and wheat, a common> underlying factor.
Use these suggestions to mitigate pain and speed healing.
WITH GARLIC OIL EAR DROPS.
Garlic (Allium sativum) is a powerful anti-microbial
that helps combat infection when applied directly to the
ear. To make garlic oil, mince a large bulb of fresh garlic
and place in a heavy pot with enough olive oil to cover.
Cover the pot and warm gently over low heat for an hour.
Cool, strain the oil through several layers of cheesecloth,
and refrigerate in a covered glass jar for up to a month.
To use the oil, warm a small amount in a metal spoon over
a candle flame. Test the temperature, then place a couple
of drops of oil into the ear canal with a dropper and plug
the ear with a cotton ball. Repeat every hour as needed.
WITH LAVENDER COMPRESSES.
A hot water bottle applied to a child’s ear helps
relieve the intense pain of a middle ear infection. A compress
of lavender (Lavendula angustifolia), with its
soothing, anti-inflammatory properties, makes the treatment
more effective. Soak a cotton washcloth in a basin of warm
water with 3 drops of lavender essential oil. Wring out
the cloth slightly, apply it to your child’s ear,
and cover with a hot water bottle.
A sore throat often precedes a cold or flu. If your child
has a sore throat accompanied by a fever greater than 101
degrees, consult your physician to rule out strep throat.
If not, try these herbal remedies to ease the discomfort.
EASE SORE THROAT
PAIN WITH SAGE.
Sage (Salvia officinalis) harbors antimicrobial
properties and astringent tannins that help to relieve inflammation.
Pour 2 cups of boiling water over 4 teaspoons of dried sage.
Cover, steep for 15 minutes, strain, and add 1 teaspoon
of sea salt, which has mild antimicrobial and antiseptic
properties. Encourage your child to gargle with the warm
tea (but not swallow it) every hour or two if possible.
WITH MARSHMALLOW AND PEPPERMINT.
Marshmallow (Althea officinalis) contains water-soluble
fiber that soothes irritation, while ginger and peppermint
calm inflammation. Simmer 1 tablespoon each of marshmallow
root and fresh chopped gingerroot in 3 cups of water in
a covered pot for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, add 2 teaspoons
of peppermint, cover, and steep for an additional 10 minutes.
Strain, sweeten, and give your child up to 3 cups daily.