Got a Earache..try Sweet Oil

United States
January 26, 2011 2:41pm CST
Several years ago I stayed dizzy for several months, went to 4 different doctors ( which could not figure it out ), and it wasn't until my husband called his mother asking her opinion on it, that we found a cure. She mentioned it might be fluid built up in my ear that was causing me to be dizzy and off balance. She told him to use several drops of sweet oil in each ear. Sure enough, I was back to normal within two days. So now when anyone in my family starts complaining of a earache or being dizzy, we put several drops in the ear and everything is fine the next morning. My girls has not had a ear infection since then, and my oldest was famous for them.
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@jodylee (968)
• United States
26 Jan 11
I have never heard of sweet oil. What is it? I have always used vinegar on a q-tip and rubbed it on the outside of the ear. This only seems to work if you catch the earache early enough. I would love to hear more about this sweet oil though, if it worked that fast and your child has not suffered anymore! Thank you for sharing this tip!
• United States
26 Jan 11
I have read that sweet oil is in fact olive oil, but it is called sweet oil because of it's sweet taste. It actually has many uses, some I was not even aware of . It has been around for centuries. How it works I am not exactly sure, would have to look that up. You get the sweet oil from any pharmacy, I am sure Walmart has it. Get just plain old sweet oil. They have it now that is mixed with olive oil, but for some strange reason it did not work as well. I use a small dropper and put 2 to 3 ( depending on how bad it hurts ) in the hurting ear. They lay down on the opposite side so it can drain down into the eardrum. I have them lay there for at least 30 min. which they usually fall asleep that way. They say use a warm rag over the ear, sometimes I do , sometimes I don't. It does not seem to make a huge difference. My girls complained that they cannot hear, and of course it is stopped up so the hearing will be a little off, but it will drain..it doesn't take too long. It is much better I believe if you can give it to them when they first start complaining and at bedtime, but like in my case, it had been several months and it still worked on . I have never heard of the vinegar tip and I use vinegar for a lot of things but honestly if I tried to use it on my girls they would have a fit. They cannot stand the smell of vinegar. I hope this helps..have a great evening !
@jodylee (968)
• United States
26 Jan 11
Thank you so much for that explanation. I will check at Walmart this week and get some for the cupboard. This time of year ear infections drive my husband crazy. One of our boys gets them and the other does not. I will give it a try and have them lay down so it can drain. I imagine the warm cloth is almost more of a comforting trick than anything. Do you know a lot of home remedies? I am always looking for things to add to my "toolbox" with the kids so I can avoid the pediatrician as much as possible.