A large percentage of ear infections caused by viruses do not respond to antibiotics. The viral infection goes away in most instances, and the body heals itself.

The goal with treatment of a viral ear infection is symptom relief such as pain, irritability, and distress.

One of the most effective natural remedies for the ear pain associated with an ear infection is warm garlic oil.

Heat 2 table spoons of coconut oil over low heat in a small pot. Remove oil from heat and add 1 clove of minced garlic. Cover and allow oil and garlic to steep for at least 30 minutes. Strain the garlic oil mixture and bottle if necessary. Remedy has a shell life of 4-5 days.
Instill 2-3 drops of oil in the ear as often as needed for pain relief.


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