How To Make Garlic Oil to Fight Earaches


I’m not a doctor, or even a certified herbalist, so I can’t give you any scientific facts, or cite studies or anything like that, but what I can tell you is that my mother use to make garlic-infused oil anytime one of my siblings or I started complaining of an earache, and it worked on almost a miraculous level of effectiveness.

It’s been years since I’ve even thought about garlic oil, much less made any, but this morning, Garrett woke up complaining about his left ear. I guess our healthy streak is over.

Fortunately, garlic oil is super easy to make, and only takes a few minutes of active preparation – after that, it’s just a matter of letting it marinate for an hour or two. Easy peasy, and the best way I know of to fight earaches!

Of course, I’m not saying it’s easy to get your kids to sit still and let you drop oil down their ears. You’re on your own with that one. 😉 An eye dropper is the obvious answer, but if you’re like me, you don’t exactly have droppers lying around waiting to be used, so I’ve found that a spoon will work in a pinch.

How To Make Garlic Oil

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The recipe is simple

You’ll need:

  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 tablespoons – 1/4 cup olive oil
  • cutting board
  • knife
  • glass jar
  • warm area


Smash a garlic clove with your knife, and then chop finely (or just mince with a garlic press).

Scrape garlic into a glass jar, and cover with olive oil.

Cover, and place in a warm area for an hour or longer.

Photo shows a jar of garlic in oil on a heat register to warm

To use:

Have your child lie down on his or her side, and drop a few drops of oil down the offending ear.

Try to have them lie still on their side for a while to let the oil get down into the ear canal as far as it can and do its work.


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