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Mullein And Garlic Oil For Earaches

When combined, mullein and garlic oil may help reduce swelling and congestion within the lymph system, allowing fluid to flow and releasing any build-up in the ears. In addition, the olive oil can help soften the earwax making it easier to remove, and the garlic can neutralize bacteria that may be festering in the ear canal.


  • funnel
  • 1-pint sized jar
  • Cheesecloth
  • rubber band
  • A kitchen mallet or knife to crush the garlic


  • 1 cup dried mullein
  • A handful of fresh garlic cloves
  • 1 cup olive oil


  • Place your funnel into the top of your jar and pour in the dried mullein
  • Crush your garlic just a little bit and add them to your jar.  You only need to release some of the juices.
  • Add enough olive oil to cover the herbs plus a little more.
  • Give it a quick stir to incorporate all of the ingredients.
  • Place enough cheesecloth on the jar’s opening to cover and secure it with a rubber band.
  • Place your jar in a sunny window for about 3-4 weeks.
  • Strain the herb from the oil by running it through the cheesecloth. You may want to use a second cheesecloth to ensure the removal of all sediment. And store it in a cool, dry place. You may add your tincture to amber or cobalt dropper bottles for easier use if you want to.


Mullein and garlic oil is great for kids and adults and can easily be applied by dribbling a few drops of slightly warmed (body temperature) oil into the ear canal with a dropper and letting it rest with the affected side up for ten minutes. It would be good first to test the oil on your wrist to ensure it’s not too hot—especially for children.
Next, gently plug the ear canal with a cotton ball to catch the oil and any sediment or infection. Continue rest with the afflicted side down for another ten minutes, then remove the soiled cotton ball and throw it away. You can do this every hour if the pain persists; otherwise, two to three times a day should be sufficient to draw out infection and reduce swelling.