Ear aches, pain and infection are a common problem for many people, but with this homemade Garlic Mullein Ear Oil you can have a simple and easy-to-make remedy on hand when you need it.
What is Mullein and Garlic Oil Used For?
Mullein and garlic oil have a long history of being used by herbalists to treat a wide spectrum of ear problems. When combined, this blend of herbs in an oil extraction may help reduce swelling, moisture and congestion within the lymph system, allowing fluid to flow and releasing any build-up in the ears which often causes ear pain.
In addition to the main use of the infused oil, the olive oil itself can help soften the earwax making it easier to remove, especially if you are prone to excessive wax. Plus, garlic is a natural aid against bacteria that may be festering in the ear canal and helps to promote good ear health. So, it’s easy to understand why so many people swear by the use of this oil for ear infections and other afflictions of the ear.
While there is no scientific evidence (to date) to support these claims, many people find relief when using this home remedy. It can be used in a similar way to calendula flower (Calendula officinalis) which is often used to make calendula oil for a broad spectrum of ear problems.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
Chronic ear infections are no fun for anyone involved. They can be painful, result in a loss of balance, and cause fever and vomiting. Unfortunately, they are also quite common, especially in young children. While antibiotics can be effective in treating ear infections, they can also have some undesirable side effects.
This recipe for ear infection drops is a safe and natural alternative that can help to ease the pain and discomfort of an ear infection or ear irritation. Made with simple ingredients that you may already have on hand, this remedy can be quickly prepared and used as needed.
You get the benefits of the remarkable flower of mullein alongside the antimicrobial power of fresh garlic, plus a carrier oil like certified organic olive oil for added benefits to make a very effective herbal remedy.
Additionally, ear infection drops are easy to store and can be kept on hand in case of future infections. So, next time you or your child is suffering from an ear infection, reach for this beautiful natural remedy and find some relief.
Carrier oil: When it comes to choosing a carrier oil, you have a few different options. Extra virgin olive oil and jojoba oil are two of my favorite choices, but hemp seed oil is also another good option. Ultimately, use an oil that best suits your preferences. I prefer using high quality organic oils for this purpose.
Garlic cloves: Take a fresh garlic bulb (Allium sativum), separate the cloves and either crush them or mince them to extract the most compounds in the oil. The leftovers make a great accompaniment to pasta!
Dried mullein flowers: Dried mullein flowers (Verbascum) work perfectly to make this herbal remedy. You can use fresh wildcrafted mullein flowers that you've dried or you can purchase dried mullein flowers from a high quality seller. You can find lots of great sellers on Etsy. For help with mullein herb identity check out my mullein guide!
How to Make Garlic Mullein Oil
- Combine the mullein and minced or crushed garlic in a clean jar.
- Fill the jar halfway with oil, then carefully layer in the garlic and mullein. Allow for at least one inch of head space at the top of the jar to allow for expansion (garlic can release liquid).
- After you cover the jar with a cheesecloth or screw on a lid, allow it to infuse for at least 2 weeks. Remember to shake or stir the contents every few days.
- Ready? Strain the garlic and mullein flowers from the oil. Then, funnel the oil into dropper bottles and screw on the lid(s) tightly.
How to Use Mullein Garlic Oil
Mullein garlic ear oil is effective for infants, children, and adults and is very easy to apply for topical use. For adults, simply dribble a few drops of slightly warmed (body temperature) oil into the ear canal with a dropper and let it rest with the affected side up for ten minutes.
To test the oil before use, apply a small amount to your wrist—this is especially important for children.
Next, gently plug the ear canal with a cotton ball to catch the oil and any sediment or infection. Continue rest with the afflicted side down for another ten minutes, then remove the soiled cotton ball and throw it away. You can do this every hour if the pain persists; otherwise, two to three times a day should be sufficient to draw out infection and reduce swelling.
The most important thing is to not leave the cotton ball in for too long, as this can lead to further irritation of the ear canal. If you notice any discharge other than clear oil, discontinue use and consult a doctor as you may have a severe ear infection. Never use if you have a perforated eardrum as with any other treatment.
If administering to children, I recommend simply massaging a small amount of oil into the outer ear canal, rather than using a dropper bulb.
Mullein and garlic oil can also be used as a preventative for ear infections or to help with swimmer's ear. For best results, use the ear drops at the first sign of symptoms or as soon as possible after exposure to someone who is sick.
Once you have added the oil to a dropper bottle, store it somewhere cool and dark. The oil should be at its optimal peak for around 12 months but always check before using. Keep out of the reach of children.
Frequently Asked Questions
Mullein is a remarkable plant that has a long history of being used for medicinal purposes. The herb can be helpful in soothing inflamed and irritated nerves, as well as relieving pain. Additionally, mullein is antimicrobial and has antiviral actions, which means it can help fight off infection. This pairs well with garlic, which also has antiviral and antimicrobial properties.
Mullein is excellent for treating respiratory conditions such as asthma, COPD, and coughs and congestion by clearing airways and allowing for better circulation. It can also help to reduce inflammation in the respiratory tract.
Mullein garlic oil is a popular home remedy for external use, but can you drink it? Mullein leaves and flowers are used to make a tea that is said to alleviate hoarseness and bronchial catarrh. The flowers are also used to make a tea that is reputed to allay pain and induce sleep.
However, as with any home remedy, it is always best to exercise caution and consult with a physician or healthcare professional before trying it. It currently isn’t required to go through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as it is a herbal product.
Mullein is often used to soothe minor skin irritations, such as burns, cuts, and sunburns. It is also sometimes used as a compress for bruises. It is less commonly used for massage oil when combined with garlic as the aroma isn’t ideal.
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Garlic Mullein Oil
- 6 garlic cloves peeled and crushed or chopped
- ⅓ cup dried mullein flowers
- carrier oil to cover about 1 cup, I like to use olive oil
- In a clean jar, combine the garlic and mullein flowers.
- Pour the oil into the jar until the garlic and mullein are just covered, ensuring you leave at least one inch of space at the top of the jar to allow for expansion.
- Cover the jar with a cheesecloth or screw a lid on and leave it to infuse for at least two weeks (and up to 3 months). Give the jar a shake or stir every few days or so.
- When ready, strain the garlic and mullein flowers from the oil and funnel the oil into dropper bottles and screw the lid(s) on tightly.
- Store in a cool, dry place for up to one year.
- To use: use the dropper bulb to dispense 2-3 drops into the outer ear canal. Alternatively, place the oil on a fingertip or q-tip and gently massage into the outer ear canal. Do not stick the dropper into your ear or dispense internally. Please see the full post above for information about administering.