Natural Ear Infection Remedies | Dr. Josh Axe


Hey guys, Dr. Axe here, Doctor of Functional
Medicine and Nutritionist. Today, I’m going to share with you how to cure an ear infection
fast. I know ear infections, whether it be adults or more commonly in children, are something
that… We don’t want children living with that pain,
dealing with that issue, but we also want to be all natural in that treatment and really
help support their body in healing in the correct way. There are four things you can
do to help heal an ear infection fast, and there are four terrific home remedies that
you want to consider. The first thing you want to do, and you want
to do internally in the ear, is doing garlic oil. You can buy garlic oil at almost any
health food store. Garlic actually has natural antiviral properties, and the majority of
the time when a child has an ear infection, it is a virus, not usually a bacteria. This is why antibiotics are completely ineffective
against ear infections. In fact, if you go to your primary care physician and they recommend
an antibiotic for an ear infection, I would consider if you should use that doctor or
not. Because they really probably don’t know what
they’re doing, unfortunately, because most ear infections are viral. Again, garlic oil,
a few drops in the ear is an effective treatment. The second thing you want to be doing is taking
something called tea tree oil, also known as melaleuca, not putting that in the ear
but rubbing it all around the outside of the ear. Tea tree oil has powerful antiseptic
properties. It’s been used for hundreds of years for the natural treatments of wounds
and infections. Again, I would do tea tree oil a few drops.
You can mix it with a little coconut oil as well. Rub it all over the ear and all around
the ear area. Tea tree oil, also known as melaleuca, is a very, very effective natural
treatment. The third treatment is actually chiropractic
care. Chiropractic has been shown to be very, very effective in the treatment of ear infections.
What can happen is the spine can misalign in the upper neck, and that can actually affect
the way the body heals and those nerve signals getting from the brain to that area and just
affect the overall healing. We’ve actually seen… Bring your child to
a wellness or a pediatric chiropractor. They can do a very light manual adjustment to the
child. Often sometimes they even just do some light tapping or use an instrument. That can
actually heal an ear infection quickly as well. Last but not least, you’ve got to get to the
root cause of what is causing the ear infection in the first place. One of the most common
things is food sensitivities. If your child is allergic to gluten, to certain things like
lactose or casein in dairy, to nuts, to citrus, to a load of things, that is actually one
of the biggest causes of ear infection today. What I would consider doing is getting your
child what’s called an I.G.G. food sensitivity test and actually getting them tested for
food allergies, food sensitivities, or food intolerances. That’s one of the big things
to look for. You can get those tests done. They’re fairly
inexpensive. Or, if you don’t want to do that, then just really watch and listen to their
body. Notice if they’re consuming certain types of conventional cow’s milk or gluten
that can cause the ear infections. But just in general for almost everybody out
there, if your child is getting ear infections, you should get them off gluten and off conventional
cow’s milk. If they want to do a little bit of goat’s milk yogurt, or something like that,
or goat’s cheese, most kids do fine with that form of dairy. Again, the conventional cow’s milk, the gluten
in grain products, those are probably the two biggest culprits when it comes to causing
ear infections. Again, remember those four things if you want
to help remedy your child’s ear infections. Number one, garlic oil, number two, tea tree
oil, number three, chiropractic care and number four, address those food allergies. If you
do that, I think you’re going to find that those ear infections don’t come back in the
first place and that they will heal very quickly. Hey, if you want to learn more about these
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you’ve enjoyed these tips on home remedies for ear infections.