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Garlic-Mullein Oil Remedy for Ear Aches

December 13, 2012

Antibiotics are a commonly prescribed conventional treatment for ear infections but can actually contribute to recurring ear infections by wiping out good bacteria, which helps keep the body healthy and immune system strong. Additionally, antibiotics are not always effective. A study published in the British Medical Journal found that children who were given antibiotics for ear infections fared no differently than children given a placebo. In fact, the AAP just rolled out new guidelines which will result in less antibiotic prescriptions, so if you want to try a natural remedy to relieve ear aches and infection, this post is for you!


  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 oz. dried mullein flowers or leaves
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Garlic has anti-fungal, antibacterial, AND antiviral properties to it, making it an awesome natural treatment for ear infections. To unlock the healing powers of garlic, it must sit for 10 minutes after mincing and before preparing, cooking or eating. This allows the antibacterial and anti-fungal properties of alliicin to form.

Mullein has long been used as a treatment for upper respiratory infections and coughs, but also is a well know natural treatment for earaches and infections when infused into olive oil.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil contains polyphenols  which help to prevent and control inflammation. When added to the ear, olive oil can help to soothe and calm irritation, inflammation, redness, and ear pain. Olive oil also contains antibacterial/antiviral properties that can help aid in prevention and treatment of ear infections.


  1. Warm olive oil slightly over low heat in small sauce pan.
  2. Remove olive oil from heat and add minced garlic and mullein.
  3. Cover and allow olive oil, garlic and muellin to steep for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Strain your oil using a fine mesh or cheese cloth, taking great care not to leave ANY pieces of garlic in the final oil. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  5. Have your child lay on his or her side with the affected ear facing up.
  6. Administer 2-3 drops of the oil in the ear every 4 hours.

Tip: To help the oil reach the eardrum and begin the process of lymphatic drainage, grasp the lower part of the ear and begin stretching and gently massaging it. This will also help to reduce swelling and inflammation and promote pain relief and healing. Warm heat is also very effective in reducing ear ache pain and works very well in conjunction with the garlic oil remedy. Gently warm a small cloth bag or sock filled with rice or flaxseeds and lay directly over the ear.

Store in a dark glass bottle with a dropper. If stored in the fridge, will last 6+ months, otherwise store in a cool dark place and it will last for 3+ months.

Note: If you suspect a punctured or ruptured eardrum do not administer anything in the ear. Please consult your health care provider before using herbal remedies.

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  • Reply Tunji December 23, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Nature has remedies for most of the ailments that afflict humans. Unfortunately, most of our efforts are directed at researching drugs that have serious side effects.
    Some of these side effects are more serious than the original diseases.
    Getting off some of the drugs can actually increase your chances of death.
    That sounds bizarre for something that’s supposed to cure you.
    Garlic has been in use by almost every culture on earth for centuries.
    Antibiotics are losing their efficacy because germs have developed resistance to them.
    What was man using to defeat germs before the discovery of antibiotics?
    Would you believe COLOSTRUM?.
    Why have a lot of people not heard about colostrum?
    Because it is natural, and cannot be patented. But make no mistake about it, colostrum is the most potent natural immune booster. It is 3 times more effective against the flu virus than the flu vaccine! How about that?

  • Reply latesha January 28, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    I use garlic to boost my immune system when I feel like I am geting sick, or am around a sick person. I’ve been looking for a natural alternative for ear infections. Though my kids have not had many ear infections we do not like to use antibiotics so I might give this a try the next time one of them has an infection.

  • Reply Golmona November 17, 2016 at 4:07 am

    Thanks so much for this article!

    Am just confused about the mullein flowers/leaves as it’s not mentioned in any of the steps?

    • Reply Natureal Mom November 17, 2016 at 11:47 pm

      Sorry I missed that step and added it in to the post! Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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