Ear ache – No More!

Hi everybody, how’s the weather where you are at?  No matter what it is I bet you or someone you know has had a cold!  Well if you have then you know how miserable they can be.  I use my Breath Easy to get relief.  Last week my daughter had a cold but this time her ears started to bother her.  She kept saying that one of them hurt and it was hard to hear from.  So I did what I always do: I Googled!  I looked at many ideas on how to treat ear aches naturally and decided that ear drops are probably the best way to start since the drops will hit the spot that’s hurting.  Weighing out the different options for ingredients I went with garlic and mullein infused olive oil.  Here’s why:  Olive oil, absorbs well and long shelf life. Garlic is antibacterial and antiviral as well as reduces swelling ( you can find that information here and here.)  Mullein is antibacterial as well (read it here).

Does it work?  Heck ya!  After one application to each ear my daughters symptoms totally disappeared. This is my go-to from here on out for earaches!  Want to make it?  Ok, here we go!

First, get your ingredients

Olive oil, mullein, garlic and bottle with dropper.

Olive oil, mullein, garlic and bottle with dropper.

In pan add 1/4 cup dried mullein

1/4 cup Mullein

1/4 cup Mullein

Then add 5-6 chopped garlic cloves (I forgot to chop them, easily distracted at times I guess )

5 garlic cloves

5 garlic cloves

Then add  just enough olive oil to cover

Olive oil to cover

Olive oil to cover

Then turn to low for 30 minutes.  My pans get too hot so I did 15, rest off burner and 15 more on low009

15 minutes on low twice or once for 30 minutes

15 minutes on low twice or once for 30 minutes

Now all you need to do is strain it and I do it like this.  Put unbleached muslin over big measuring cup (easier to pour from), pour oil in and let strain by hanging from a doorknob.  Ring out all the good stuff  once it’s cool too.

See how gravity pulls all the oil out?  Once it's cooled and done dripping I squeeze all the oil out that I can!

See how gravity pulls all the oil out? Once it’s cooled and done dripping I squeeze all the oil out that I can!

Pour into bottle and label

I made more then I needed!

I made more then I needed!

I covered the smaller bottle’s label with packing tape because I wanted to warm it up slightly before using.

To use you just warm up lightly (do not get hot or it will hurt).  Lay on side with affected ear facing up and drop in 3-5 drops of oil.  Leave in for 5 minutes and then put a washrag over ear and flip over so that gravity can help it drain back out. Rub oil around ear if desired to soak in and get max benefits.  Repeat every few hours as needed.  Store in a cool dark place an it should last for quite a while.

I hope you enjoyed this blog and I answered all your questions.  Feel free to comment or ask a question!

Fall is upon us!

Pretty Echinacea

The days are getting cooler, leaves are changing and noses are running!?!  Yep, that time is upon us.  As any parent knows when the weather changes the kids seem to get a cold.  Add in a daily dose of public school and it’s almost a guarantee!  My younger kids already showed signs of an upcoming cold!  The first 1) My throat hurts, 2) Cough more than twice or 3) “Go blow your nose” is said and I know it’s time for some action!  I immediately reach for ALC and Echinacea!

What and Echie-who?

Advantage Life Concentrate

Advantage Life Concentrate

ALC is short for Advantage Liquid Concentrate made by Wisdom Of The Ages.  It is a a great immune system booster and I use it for fighting and treating almost all sickness!  It is a mixture of Citrus Seed Extract, Green Tea and Jasmine tea.  You can read more about it here.  I add about three drops to a glass of water and drink.  It does have a funky taste so if you want to sweeten your drink with honey you can use more.  I even stir some into bowls of soup that have cooled (don’t tell the kids).

Pretty Echinacea

Pretty Echinacea

Echinacea is a pretty flower and a powerful herb.  I keep echinacea on hand to drink with honey and ALC drops whenever someone get a fever or full-blown cold/flu.  Echinacea will boost the immune system but after two weeks of drinking it take a week off.  You need to let your body work on it’s own too…  If you google Echinacea you will soon realize that you have options.  Echinacea in two different ways: Leaves and flowers or roots.  Mountain Rose Herbs has this to say:   The above-ground parts of the plant are used to make fresh juice, infusions (warm-water teas), and tinctures. The roots are used in either cut or powdered form for capsules, fluid extracts, teas, and tinctures.  I prefer to make the tea but if you want to make a tincture you can.  It just takes a bit more time.

You can buy Echinacea tea anywhere but I want it to be pure Echinacea tea without fillers.  Plus, organic is a must!  So I get mine from Mountain Rose Herbs.

This year all three kids have already shown signs of colds and with a couple days of sneaking ALC into their drinks the colds never came to a head!  I keep echinacea on hand to drink with honey and ALC drops whenever someone get a fever or full-blown cold/flu.  Echinacea will boost the immune system but after two weeks of drinking it take a week off.  You need to let your body work on it’s own too…

If you do get sick though there is still organic treatment!  I make a salve called Breath Easy that is for congestion.  I just rub it on the chests, backs and soles of feet of my family if they get congested.  I even use for sinus congestion.  It’s an organic salve I make with beeswax, organic oils infused with organic peppermint and eucalyptus and a blend of 5 different organic essential oils.  I sell a 1 oz. jar for $5.00 (plus shipping).  Interested? You can get Breath Easy here.

Breath Easy