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!

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All Purpose Cleaner!

First off, this is one of the easiest things to make with the best results.  I told my aunt about it and she was skeptical to say the least.  I gave her a spray bottle with it and she was sold and now she makes her own.  It is totally customizable (is that a word?)  and I can’t say enough about it!  It uses easy to find ingredients and you may have them in your home already!  I know Pine-sol and the such isn’t really expensive but when you can save money like this there is no reason to stick with it.  Plus you have control over what you use and can totally customize it with different essential oil.  More on that later! So brace yourself for this:

Savings of 83.3%!

Savings of 83.3%!

So how do I come up with my cost.  First I shop at discount stores before I hit the big box stores and I look for sales if I can’t find it at a discount store! Here’s the chart of how I come up with my cost:

Yep, only $1.48 for a gallon of All Purpose Cleaner!

Yep, only $1.48 for a gallon of All Purpose Cleaner!

So how do I make it you ask?  Well I only use four ingredients that you might have already and are pretty easy to find! You will need:

Ammonia, dishsoap, rubbing alcohol and essential oil of your choice.

Ammonia, dish soap, rubbing alcohol and essential oil of your choice.

You will be using: Two tablespoons ammonia, one teaspoon dish soap  two cups alcohol and twenty-five drops essential oils and a clean gallon container!

Let’s get started:  Add two cups rubbing alcohol then add two tablespoons ammonia.  I don’t have a picture of me pouring the ammonia because pouring it with my left hand and taking a picture with my right hand is just too complicated for me!

Rubbing alcohol

Rubbing alcohol then ammonia

Now add one teaspoon dish soap,

1 teaspoon dish-soap

Dish soap

Then add 25 drops essential oil

Lemon essential oil

Lemon essential oil

Add hot water

Hot water

Hot water

Close and give it a shake.    Let it sit for 24 hours then shake and pour into a spray bottle and use as you would any other all purpose cleanser!  It will need shaken each time you use it because the oil will float to the top.

All Purpose Cleanser

All Purpose Cleanser

As for the oil I prefer lemon because that’ s what clean smells like to me but you can use anything. Lemon essential oil is antiviral, and antibacterial,  tea tree oil is antibacterial and antifungal, lavender is antibacterial and antifungal also. You can mix and match, add as little or as much as you want!