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Using Olive Oil for Ear Infections

The Greek physician Hippocrates and others have long prized olive oil for its healthful qualities.

These days we know that olive oil contains a number of antibacterial and antiviral factors. These are believed to help reduce infection and ease the effects of inflammation. In particular oleocanthal, a substance that acts as a natural form of ibuprofen.

Many have found temporary relief from the pain associated with an ear infection by using warmed olive oil.

Bottle of olive oil

Here’s how:

  1. Warm the olive oil slightly to lukewarm using a microwave or cooktop.
  2. Test the temperature by using your forearm. (Too hot and it can do serious damage.)
  3. With your child laying on his side and the infected ear facing up, use an eyedropper to place several drops of the lukewarm olive oil into the infected ear.
  4. Gently insert a cotton ball into the opening of the ear to keep the oil inside.
  5. Repeat several times a day.

While this home remedy may produce temporary relief, it virtually ignores the underlying cause of ear infections.

That’s why many parents visit a chiropractor to find out if unseen nerve interference from misaligned spinal bones is making their child susceptible to ear infections.

It may seem odd to consult a “back doctor” for this, but many parents are ecstatic by using this safe and effective method. Perhaps because it addresses a common underlying problem among children predisposed to ear infections. A quick examination can reveal if your child is a good candidate for care.

These are infants with traumatic births and who tend to favor one side for nursing or other signs of spinal misalignment.

Safe and natural chiropractic adjustments use no more pressure than you would use testing the ripeness of an avocado.

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