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25 March 2008

Works for Me Wednesday

I've never participated in this before. Mostly because I couldn't think of any handy tips to share, but now I remember that I do actually have one!

Our little Sugarhead used to get ear infections ALOT. Several times a year. Every time she was checked out and her ears were (again) infected, her then-Dr. would prescribe a round of antibiotics. And did I mention she got them alot? Grrrrr. I got so sick of it. I firmly believe that she got so many infections because of all of the antibiotics, but that's a whole 'nother post. Not for today. And on top of that, every time she took antibiotics she got an angry yeast infection that made everyone in our house miserable.

And angry.

I was so frustrated - and I thought, there has to be some other way to treat these things without the subsequent nightmare! I wanted something that worked, and would still allow us to be shiny happy people. Something I could feel good about.

And then...

A while back, I picked up a GREAT book at a library book sale called The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy. It probably cost me about $1. It has been a wealth of knowledge for me. I found me a diamond in the rust y'all.

Anyway, back to the story at hand.

Inside my little gem, I found a remedy for ear ache/infection. And you know what? It works!! Every time. Without fail. Hallelujah!! And NEVER since I've started using this have we ever had to treat an infection with antibiotics again. Ever. And let me also add, she gets them SUBSTANTIALLY less often now, too. I can't even remember the last time she had one. It's truly amazing. And I am one happy mama to have this in my bag o tricks.

So here it is:
Warm a teaspoon of olive oil and add to it, 3 drops of tea tree oil and 2 drops of lavender. Blend well; soak a cotton ball in this, and squeeze the oil into the infected ear(s). (You could use the cotton ball as an ear plug, but I don't.)

**Note: Make sure you use 100% pure essential oils. I buy mine at our local health food store.

For more WFMW ideas, go see Shannon at Rocks In My Dryer. You just might learn sum'in.

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Anonymous said...

Wow! Thank you so much for the tip. My youngest has been getting ear infections non-stop since Nov, and we've had the same problems with antibiotics giving her a bad rash. They want to put tubes in her ears, but we are between health insurances right now so this can get expensive. We just finished up a round of antibiotics, but if the infection comes back again I will definitely try this. Thanks again!

~ Amy @ Memoirs of a Mommy

Mama Russell said...

Thanks for this! First off, I'll have to find that book.
I'll do almost anything to keep my kids from antibiotics.

Rhen @yestheyareallmine said...

Oooh, I have those essential oils for my soaps. What a great tip!! Thanks for sharing.

Katy said...

thank you. my oldest gets a lot of ear infections. he's almost 9. this is our first winter without. i switched to organic dairy (milk & eggs). i've heard this helps too. i have the recipe written down just in case one pops up.

Crockstar Wannabe said...

Thank you so much for this tip! I was scanning WFMW while waiting to get an appointment for my daughter's ENT. She has another ear infection. I didn't make the appt. I am going to try this first because I am also tired of the antibiotics for her ears, and the tubes. Thank you!!

Beth said...

I'm totally trying this! My 8 month old has already had 2 infections, and I like to avoid antibiotics at almost all costs! Thanks!

Teresa @ A Life At Home said...

What a great tip! I am not one to treat with antibiotics either so thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

This is such a handy tip. Thanks for sharing!

Laane said...

Sounds good.

Our doc told a friend she should be treatede for the yeast infection untill it sure was gone.
After that the ear infections couldn't get a hold.

You can find my tip at:

Laane on the World

Have a great week and an amazing spring!!!

lisa (lost pezhead) said...

i just need to say that as good as home things work...you really should not avoid the doctor? i get ear infections a lot my whole life and they are EXTREMELY painful. you would never want your child to have their ear drum burst or anything that severe. really if she gets them that much you should be going to an ENT...i would NEVER let a pediatrician clean out my childs ear...an ENT has years of training and have to be top of the class (can you tell my husband is a docotor)....if she gets them that often your pedeatrician should send you to an ENT and she might need her ears cleaned...wax can become compacted and drops or antibiotics will not remove it.


lisa (lost pezhead) said...

oh geesh, sorry for the horrible spelling...i have a 2 yr old on my lap.

Our Love Story said...

Thanks for the tip! We are just getting over a double ear infection on my 7 month old - so hard to see them in pain!


Fuller Family said...

I am on a journey with 2 boys living on antibiotics...we are all about trying this. Thanks!

Fuller Family said...

so i tried this yesterday...do you do it only once?

sorry if this sounds silly, but how do you know she is better? no more fever, symptoms gone, etc?

just curious for a little more info if you have it! thanks!