Natural Remedies for Ear Infections

Ear infections are so miserable, and children seem to be especially susceptible to them. I have a lot of experience dealing with ear infections, and I’ve even taken my child back to the doctor to make sure the home remedy worked to kill the infection, and it did! Let’s get your kiddo well in a hurry with these natural remedies for ear infections!
 
My daughter was up coughing non-stop for 2 hours a couple nights ago, and coughed about every 10 seconds during the day.It was awful! I realized it was drainage from her ears making her cough – I remembered the symptoms from the other times my girls have had ear infections so I began to treat her for an ear infection. Her coughing began to clear up the same day I started the treatment, and she was quickly as good as new! 

Natural Remedies for Ear Infections

Colloidal Silver

I normally choose colloidal silver for ear infections because it is odorless and effective. 

Colloidal Silver boosts the immune system and kills the infection. I took one of my kids for a regular check-up as a baby and found out she had a double ear infection – which I did not know because she wasn’t in pain, nor miserable, she just had a runny nose. I used the method with silver as described below under instructions for use, and brought her back to the doctor in 2 weeks just to hear from him that the infection was gone – and it was! 

Many times kids can have ear infections and not have much pain, if any at all. I watch for the symptoms of fussiness plus pulling or playing with one of their ears. This shows the ear is causing discomfort, but not necessarily pain. With the ear infection I just treated, I recognized the continuous cough, runny nose, fussiness and saw her pull on one of her ears when I laid her down to sleep.  If I suspect an ear infection, I put silver in both ears, and not just the one that appears to be the infected one. The other ear could be infected also, but not as bothersome, and drainage could go to the other ear during the sickness to cause an infection in that ear. 

It is very important to always treat both ears!!

For more information on silver and what it is, see my post on colloidal silver.

I am currently using this colloidal silver here.

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is so good for so many things, and one thing is ear infections! You can use white vinegar mixed with equal parts of rubbing alcohol, but I always buy raw apple cider vinegar because the health benefits are far superior to other kinds of vinegar. Buy raw apple cider vinegar here.

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Fresh Onion and Garlic

This remedy is great for cases where ear pain accompanies the infection. One of my girls was up crying constantly with ear pain, and I administered a few drops of silver and also cut an onion and garlic in half. I alternately placed the cut side of the onion and garlic against the ear and held it there. It took the pain away, and she was fine by morning. I’ve only used this once because the few times my kids have had an ear infection were without pain. They mostly feel only discomfort. Onions will also pull infection out!

Garlic Oil

(For instructions on how to make garlic oil, click here.) To use for ear infections, warm garlic oil to a comfortable temperature (you want to use warm garlic oil, but be sure it isn’t too hot!) Place 2-4 drops in the ear 2 or 3 times a day. Lie on your side for 5-10 minutes so the oil doesn’t run out. These are very easy, inexpensive home remedies that will have your sweetie (or yourself) free of infection and pain in no time!

Hydrogen Peroxide

I have many memories of peroxide bubbling on my cuts and scrapes during my childhood years. This was the go-to medicine my parents chose whenever we were hurt. I had no idea the antibacterial properties in peroxide could kill ear infections too!

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Instructions for Use

To use these remedies for ear infections, you can follow the same basic instructions for whichever remedy you choose. Place 3 drops of the liquid of choice in each ear 3-5 times throughout the day. When the child is better, place drops in the ears 1-2 times a day for a total of 10 days to make sure the infection is gone. I always continue a treatment for about 10 days, and not just stop when there is improvement. The infection can come back or not being completely gone.

What is your favorite remedy for ear infections?

*This post was originally published October 26, 2010

How To Make Dr. Christopher’s Strep Blend

How To Make Dr. Christopher's Strep Blend | Jills Home Remedies | Learn how to treat strep throat naturally with Dr. Christopher's Strep Blend remedy!

Strep throat can be a very painful condition. In fact, some would rather have any other sickness because of how miserable it typically is. Today I’m going to share a strep blend using ingredients you likely already have in your cabinet that will help you feel better fast. This formula was created and used by Dr. Christopher himself and has proved to be a great healer for many. [4]

One  of my daughters woke up with a scratchy throat recently. It was the kind that made me think it may just be allergies or sinus drainage so I kept an eye on her but didn’t worry much about it. On day three, however, she woke up with her throat hurting so badly that she could hardly swallow and didn’t want breakfast because it hurt too bad to eat. I realized I needed to get the big guns out and start her on Dr. Christopher’s Strep Blend!

Strep throat is one of those things that you can’t diagnose for sure without a test at the doctor’s office. There are other infections that can cause the throat to hurt so baldy that you think it must be strep and yet it isn’t. So no, I didn’t know for sure that my daughter had strep throat, but I knew we had recently come into contact with people that came down with strep, so it was a possibility. The good news is that natural remedies are safe to use no matter what the condition may be – you don’t have to have a specific diagnosis to treat it. This Strep Blend can be used to boost the immune system and kill infections and viruses of all kinds.

Take note that strep throat is one of those illnesses that CAN be dangerous if you don’t treat it. If left untreated, there is a possibility of rheumatic fever developing. Treat your children immediately when they are sick, and it’s always a good idea to get them checked out at the doctor if you suspect strep to make sure your home remedy successfully treated it. 

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Strep Blend Ingredients

Garlic

This strep throat blend contains garlic, which is a powerful natural antibiotic! It has broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity against bacteria and fungi. [1] [2] It’s important to use fresh garlic – the kind in the jar isn’t as potent as freshly crushed.

Raw Honey

According to Dr. Axe, raw honey has vitamins, 22 amino acids, 27 minerals, 5,000 enzymes, [3] making it not only a tasty reason to use it in herbal preparations, but a healthy reason as well. Honey that is not raw, however, cannot boast of all of this nutrition. Heating the honey kills beneficial nutrients. In a pinch I would use any honey on hand, but I keep raw honey in my cabinets for regular use. Buy raw honey here.

Cayenne

Cayenne is the last herb in this easy formula. Cayenne is a great catalyst herb in any herbal formula, meaning that it opens up your receptors to absorb vital nutrients. In other words, it helps the other herbs work even better than they would on their own. That is exactly what cayenne does in the formula. Plus it really helps the throat to heal quicker. Buy organic cayenne here.

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How To Make Dr. Christopher’s Strep Blend

Ingredients

4 cloves fresh garlic
1 tablespoon raw honey (buy here)
1/4 tsp. powdered cayenne (buy here)

Directions

  1. Mince garlic.
  2. Stir in honey and cayenne.
  3. Chew 1/2 tsp. every 30-60 minutes, allowing the mixture to coat the throat, and then swallow.
  4. Take this mixture at this frequent dose for 24 hours (during waking hours), and then take it every 1-2 hours for at least 2 days more. 

It’s very important that you take this mixture as indicated to ensure that the strep is actually completely gone.

Dr. Christopher's Strep Blend
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cloves fresh garlic
  2. 1 tablespoon raw honey (buy here)
  3. 1/4 tsp. cayenne (buy here)
Instructions
  1. Mince garlic.
  2. Stir in honey and cayenne.
  3. Chew 1/2 tsp. every 30-60 minutes, allowing the mixture to coat the throat, and then swallow.
  4. Take this mixture at this frequent dose for 24 hours (during waking hours), and then take it every 1-2 hours for at least 2 days more.
Adapted from Herbal Legacy
Adapted from Herbal Legacy
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 References

  1. Allium sativum (garlic)–a natural antibiotic. (n.d.). Retrieved January 28, 2017, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6366484
  2. Garlic: A natural antibiotic. (n.d.). Retrieved January 28, 2017, from http://pubs.acs.org/subscribe/journals/mdd/v05/i04/html/04news4.html
  3. H. (2016, September 19). Raw Honey: Get More Energy (Just Like Ancient Greek Athletes Did!). Retrieved January 29, 2017, from https://draxe.com/the-many-health-benefits-of-raw-honey/
  4. Herbal Legacy Articles. (n.d.). Retrieved January 31, 2017, from http://articles.herballegacy.com/herbal-remedies-for-strep-throat-or-sore-throat/

How To Stop Vomiting, Viruses, and More

How To Stop Vomiting, Viruses, and More | Jills Home Remedies | Don't let viruses keep you down! Learn how to stop vomiting, viruses, and more!

We’ve recently had a terrible virus sweeping the area, and if you’ve experienced it too-I feel for ya! There’s nothing my girls hate more than having the throw-ups. Ugh. As a mom, I want to do all that I can to help my children feel better as fast as possible and not suffer so much when they are sick. I know you do too. Today I’m going to show you how to stop vomiting, viruses and more!

“Mommy, can’t you please do something to make me feel better?” was the sweet plea of one of my girls last week. This virus that hit her was not the kind where you throw up once and feel better. She was vomiting on and on and I felt helpless. I had applied diluted peppermint oil to her stomach and was having her inhale it, plus I was giving her colloidal silver to help keep the virus from multiplying itself throughout her body. Besides making sure she stayed hydrated, I was at a loss of what else to do. I needed something that would take action fast and bring her on the mend.

Sure I have cabinets full of herbs and homemade medicine, but when a person feels really nauseous it’s difficult to get them to take too much – natural or not. Taking anything can make a person feel worse and many times it just comes right back up.

Then it dawned on me. There WAS something I had not given her that is perfect for vomiting and viruses! Why had I not thought of it before? It was one of those slap-yourself-on-the-forehead moments. Activated charcoal to the rescue! 

According to Beeyoutiful’s website, “…charcoal is a highly purified, powdered, virgin activated carbon produced from selected grades of bituminous coal and thermally activated under carefully controlled conditions.” I don’t understand the terminology of all that, but I do know that it’s amazing stuff and I’ve used it for more than one thing around the house. It’s a must-have for all medicine cabinets. 

Now before you go grab charcoal off the barbeque grill, let me tell you that that kind of charcoal is not safe to eat – it can even be lethal. You want to buy safe food-grade activated charcoal to keep on hand at all times. It is useful for so many things but today I’m focusing on how to use it to stop vomiting and viruses. And the great news is that it can even be safely used for babies!

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How To Stop Vomiting, Viruses, and More

To stop my daughter’s vomiting, I stirred about a teaspoon of the charcoal into a glass of water and she drank as much as she could. She said she felt so much better and only threw up once more after that. How I wish I’d thought of it from the very start of her illness, but sometimes my brain doesn’t work as it’s supposed to. ;) If she had continued to throw up, I would have had her drink as much charcoal water as she could manage every time after she threw up. But the great thing about charcoal, is that it stops the vomiting so you shouldn’t need to repeat it much if at all! As a side note: Sometimes the vomit or a bowel movement can be black from the charcoal you consumed. This is totally OK and normal, so don’t freak out! :)

Also, you can mix the charcoal water with juice for children that may not care for the chalky taste.

How to Prevent a Virus

After my daughter became sick, the whole rest of the family drank a glass of charcoal water each day for a few days as a prevention. We had likely contracted the virus ourselves and the charcoal will grab the virus from our bodies and get rid of it before it can take hold. Only one of my other girls became sick but she did not even vomit one time and was much, much less sick. The rest of us stayed well. Yay for charcoal!

There are two basic ways to use charcoal in situations of vomiting and viruses: capsules and powder.

The Benefits of Charcoal Capsules

Charcoal capsules will not work as immediately as the powder, but they are a good choice if you have someone that just cannot drink the powder in water. Charcoal does not have much of a taste but some may not be able to handle the gritty type texture, especially if they are very nauseous. (My daughter was able to drink it fine though.) Plus, capsules are always convenient to grab on the go or when traveling. If you know you have been exposed to a virus, taking a few capsules can be very effective. Buy Activated Charcoal Capsules here.

The Benefits of Powdered Charcoal

Even if you have charcoal capsules on hand, I recommend always keeping the powdered form on hand as well. Not only can powdered charcoal be used on external wounds, you also want the powder on hand for more serious situations like poisoning. The great thing about the charcoal powder is that it will immediately absorb toxins, viruses, and poisoning, whereas capsules take longer to digest. You can buy good food-grade activated charcoal here and here.

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How To Use Charcoal for Vomiting and Viruses

How much charcoal to use really depends on how serious the situation is. For a situation like vomiting or viruses, I use the following amounts.

Baby – 1/4 teaspoon charcoal 
Small Child – 1/2 teaspoon charcoal
Child – 1 teaspoon charcoal
Adults – 1 tablespoon charcoal 

Buy activated charcoal here or here.

Directions

  • Stir desired amount of charcoal into a glass of water and drink.
  • For infants, shake charcoal into a bottle of water or formula.
  • Repeat once a day for a few days as a prevention.
  • For sick patients, repeat after each vomiting episode as needed.

Caution: If you take medication, be sure to not consume any charcoal for 2 hours before or after taking medication as it will absorb the medication.

Charcoal For Vomiting and Viruses
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Ingredients
  1. Baby - 1/4 teaspoon charcoal
  2. Small Child - 1/2 teaspoon charcoal
  3. Child - 1 teaspoon charcoal
  4. Adults - 1 tablespoon charcoal
Instructions
  1. Stir desired amount of charcoal into a glass of water and drink.
  2. For an infant, shake charcoal into a bottle of water or formula.
  3. Repeat once a day for a few days as a prevention.
  4. For sick patients, repeat after each vomiting episode as needed.
Notes
  1. Caution: If you take medication, be sure to not consume any charcoal for 2 hours before or after taking medication as it will absorb the medication.
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Let me know any natural remedy you use for viruses in the comments below!

RESOURCES

Healthy Living for the Real World. (n.d.). Retrieved January 16, 2017, from http://www.beeyoutiful.com/

Charcoal Remedies. (n.d.). Retrieved January 16, 2017, from http://www.charcoalremedies.com/