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How to Prevent Ear Infections

How to Prevent Chronic Ear Infections

One of my first childhood memories was going to the hospital due to horrendous ear pain. I had already had so many ear infections the Doctor decided to perform a surgery and put tubes in my ears. Apparently the tubes did help some, but I’ve still had countless ear infections ever since. In fact, every year of my life I’ve had at least 2-4 ear infections.

I was usually always put on antibiotics and medication which would get rid of the ear infection eventually. But the bad thing about antibiotics is that you can develop a resistance to them. Further, they don’t prevent the infections from occurring to begin with. So despite antibiotics, I still had to suffer through days of pain for each ear infection I had. And they are PAINFUL!

I’ve been desperately trying to find a cure and ways to prevent them. I’ve tried a ton of different things. Onion juice in the ear, allergy medications, humidifiers, and lots of other things. I finally found a preventative protocol that has worked. AND I’ve never had an ear infection since. After 28 years of them, I’m happy to have finally found something that works. How did I find the remedy?

Well (out of desperation), I gave into my skepticism and tried essential oils. I had Lavender and Frankincense on me when I felt the all-too-familiar-ear-infections coming on. I put a little Lavender in the ear (at the very outer rim) and rubbed oil around the outside of and behind the ear. I also used Frankincense behind the ear and under it.  Then I put drops of Lavender and Frankincense in a diffuser and ran it all night while I slept. The next morning (when I would typically wake up with a painful ear infection) it was completely gone! I was more than AMAZED! I did the same thing for 3 nights in a row just to prevent it from returning and it never did.

I wasn’t sure if it was a fluke thing so I decided to wait and try it out again. About a month later I felt an infection coming on again, so I did the same thing and the next morning it had subsided and never escalated to a painful ear infection.

I have now tested this protocol about 5 different times, each time with the same result. A little lavender in the ear. Lavender and Frankincense around and behind the ear, and a diffuser with both essential oils running by my bed each night and I’ve avoided about 6 ear infections in the last 11 months.

Believe it or not, this is the first 11-month-stretch in my entire life when I have not had an ear infection (at least that my mom and I can remember)! 

I’ve also been using the essential oils to battle allergies that bring on these infections in the first place. I use lavender, lemon, and peppermint (sometimes frankincense) in a diffuser every night for allergies and they have helped significantly.

I am grateful for this discovery and I wanted to share it with other unfortunate people who also have chronic ear infections due to sinus problems, weather changes, allergies, etc. Give it a try and let me know if it works as well for you as it has for me.

I bought my essential oils from DoTerra here.  Or if you want a cheaper option, Plant Therapy Frankincense and Plant Therapy Lavender can be found here on Amazon. They are way cheaper than DoTerra and are a great quality. They aren’t as high of quality as DoTerra but they are a close second and MUCH cheaper.  I’ve tried them and do like them very much. If you are just getting into essential oils, I recommend trying a few brands out and comparing the same oil across the board to find out what the best quality/deal is for you.

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14 Responses to How to Prevent Ear Infections

  1. Karly says:

    This is so great for you! My little man has chronic ear infections too. I’ve been using a different essential oils remedy trying to prevent tubes and such. I haven’t tried this one. I will now! Thank love!

    • Anita Fowler says:

      Karly- You’re welcome! I’m so sorry your little guy gets lots of infections. How sad! Let me know how it works. And put a little oil on the outer rim and a tiny bit on the inner rim in the ear too. Please let me know how it goes!

      • Allison D says:

        My question: It sounds like you just do this regimen when you feel something coming on. Obviously for a little one (mine is 15 months), they can’t tell you when they feel an infection/pain coming on. Is this something you would do every night?

  2. mary beth says:

    I’m so glad you posted this. I never got ear infections as a kid but I’ve averaged maybe 3 a year since I turned 28. I’m curious, have you tried any other combination of oils? Have you put either the Lavender or Frakincense in a carrier oil so you could put it in your ear canal? The last ear infection I had dissipated more quickly than usual because I had a chiropractic adjustment that included adjusting my actual ear. I could feel this insane rush of blood flow into my ear and it just got hot. It felt so much better just from that but it also helps with the air flow into your inner ear. I’m excited about your method to prevent them from happening.

    Thanks so much.

    • Anita Fowler says:

      Mary Beth- I didn’t use a carrier oil. I just used a tiny bit of lavender on the inner rim of the ear so the ‘fumes’ of the oil could seep in while I slept. Then I just used the oils around my ear and behind it and down a bit. I have never responded negatively to lavender and frankincense on my skin so I didn’t worry about a carrier oil. For babies and kids I’d recommend it though. I have tried chiropractic adjustments to help with my infections and they made them worse! But I haven’t had the actual ear adjusted which may have been why they didn’t help. I’m a big believer of chiropractors but for my ear infections they haven’t helped. How did you find one that could adjust the ear?

      • mary beth says:

        mine just offered the adjustment when I mentioned my ear infections. he regularly “cracked” my ear and I think that minimized the amount i got but the effect of getting adjusted when i had an infection was incredible. my inner ear was instantly hot and soothed. i had to move away so I can no longer see him but i’ll have to give the oils a try. I will say, however, I have had almost no infections since having my ears adjusted for about a year, even after stopping the adjustments for the following year.

  3. Amy says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I am 29 years old and am just starting to get over my first ear infection ever (ok i probably had a few as a baby, I just can’t remember it). I was totally clueless about ear infections. My son has had a couple very mild ear infections so I always thought they were no big deal. I never thought they would cause excruciating pain until now. I will definitely look into getting those oils. I never want to experience this again and i don’t want my kids to either!

  4. Sarah says:

    Glad the essential oils are working!

    One of the most common causes of ear infections and tonsillitis is dairy consumption. For those who have recurrent ear infections, finding substitutes for milk, cheese, and other dairy can go a long way toward prevention and improved health.

  5. Kerry says:

    My son has chronic ear infections and I am a big skeptic about the essential oils (more accurately, I’m nervous about using them on my small son). I am beginning to think I would try anything to keep him from being in so much pain though. Are you still ear infection free?

    • Anita Fowler says:

      Kerry, I went without ear infections for years doing this. Then I went out of town and forgot my oils. I got a double ear infection on vacation. I’ll never forget them again. UGH. I have since not had ear infections again. I think the most effective for me is lavender, frankincense, and colloidal silver on and around the ear and a tiny tiny bit of each inside.

  6. Heather says:

    thank you for post and for discussion also. I have one doubt about this -is thr allergic reaction, such a possability. what will say?

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