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Ear Infection Blend
Basil (Ocimum basilicum) and Helichrysum Blend (Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea), Elemi (Canarium luzonicum), Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile), Idaho Tansy (Tanecetum vulgare), Birch (Betula lenta) and Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata) in a base of Emu oil

Basil is a powerful antispasmodic, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and a muscle relaxant. It has been used for centuries to soothe migraines, throat, lung and ear infections, insect bites and may help with mental fatigue.

Helichrysum is noted to help with hearing loss, herpes virus, hypertension, blood clots, liver disorders, circulatory disorders, skin conditions (eczema, psoriasis, scar tissue) and varicose Veins. Helichrysum is anti-coagulant, anesthetic, anti-spasmodic, anti-viral, liver protectant, detoxifier and stimulant, chelates chemicals and toxins and may help regenerate nerves.

Application Suggestions (see Essential Oil Usage for more information and a dilution chart.)

Topical: Never drop directly into the ear. Massage around the ear area, down the neck. Add several drops to a cotton ball and plug the affected ear.

Inhalation: Contains a carrier oil - it is not recommended to diffuse in a nebulizer.

Internal: No suggestions

1. I had vertigo for two days with occasional queasy stomach and sometimes felt slightly chilled. Eating healthy food made me feel better. I put the Ear Infection blend on cotton balls in my ears the third day, and I kept breathing in deep because it smelled so good to me. Most of the dizziness was gone after that. Thank you Linda! I'll have to put an order in soon. I used up the last of it. - Mary S.

2. My 10 month old has had several ear infections, and this is actually what drove me to search out a solution other than antibiotics. When she began running a fever and pulling on her ears, I used HEO's Ear Infection Blend on her ears 3-4 times a day for about 5 days. I took her to the pediatrician, and she could tell she was improving and told me to wait and not give her antibiotics. She felt that her body was healing itself. Two days later she was back to her happy self. I did what Linda recommended by rubbing it in (when my baby would let me - Ha!). I also used the Mom's Remedy on her sinuses and her neck. The hardest thing is being consistent and remembering, but I am so thankful for that it worked! - Cheryl

3. My understanding is that the overwhelming majority of ear infections are viral and do not respond to antibiotics anyway. It is a common area of antibiotic overuse. Ear infections tend peak after a couple days and get better with or without antibiotics (but it's not the antibiotic that's helping). I've been told over and over by peds at Children's Mercy that there is simply no clinical evidence for the use of antibiotic in a typical ear infection. Also of note is that the most commonly prescribed antibiotic for ear infection (z-pac) does not have any efficacy in the middle ear!!! I like to use Heritage essential oils, and some immune boosters as well as extra breastmilk if you are still nursing. - Christy P.

4. We use the EARCHECK monitor and it's great. We also bought an EAR DOC from Israel. It's a super fast vibrating thing that sits on the ear bone, and facillitates draining the fluid down the tube. I'd say that if someone has any dairy in their diet, replace it with clear fluids (bone broth soups) and more water. Take Vitamin C right away as a first step. No one in our family has had an ear infection in years. At first sign of pain, we check with Earcheck, dose with Hydrogen Peroxide, and do some draining with the EarDoc. If pain remains, we put drops of homemade Garlic Olive oil in the ear, and that helps tremendously. - L.P.

5. I use the Ear Infection oil on my 2 year old's swollen neck and head nodes, and it has helped remarkably! Usually we can tell a difference overnight. He does not actually get ear infections, but rubbing it on seems to help his lymph nodes drain. - Lynzi

6. As a mom that suffered from chronic ear infections for 2 years, here are things I have used/done:
1) Peppermint, Birch, Turmeric, Tea Tree, Earache Blend or Lavander oil rubbed outside the ear and behind it.
2) I also have put crushed garlic and some olive oil in cheese cloth and put that barely in my ear canal and put a towel and heating pad over it and laid down for a while
3) garlic infused olive oil in my ear
4) Apple Cider vinegar, mixed with rubbing alcohol in my ear
5) Simalison earache relief numbing drops (Walmart carried them in the pharmacy)
6) Used a blow dryer to gently blow warm air in the ear (be careful it is easy to burn yourself)
7) drank lots of hot tea with honey
8) Finally found out that cutting out Milk and Wheat made the Chronic infections go away
- Holly

7. I just wanted to share that both my kids recently had ear infections. I treated my daughter (3 1/2) with Ear Infection blend after she had complained that her ear hurt. My son is too young to vocally tell me his ear hurt, but I ended up taking him to ER because his fever spiked to 103.7, and there we learned he too had an ear infection. Against my better judgment I started my son on the antibiotic. Needless to say, my daughter recovered faster with the essential oils. Now *I* feel an ear infection coming on, so I went straight for my oils! - Nicole

8. My kids are both having great results with Ear Infection blend. It has helped them both with draining the fluid behind their ear drums. - Beth

9. We use the Ear Infection blend to unclog ears. Works great. I put a stripe in front of and behind the ear about 2x day. - Beth

10. My 6 year old had fever and an intense ear pain that had lasted for several days in spite of my efforts. A friend recommend HEO's Warrior blend. That night I put one drop (mixed with olive oil) on his head right behind the affected ear, and one diluted drop on his foot. He woke up in the morning pain free! I continued this regimen for three more days to make sure it was really gone. The pain didn't come back. What a huge blessing! It made me a believer of Heritage oils. - Julie

11. I highly, HIGHLY recommend Ear Infection blend. I do not dilute it. But yes, dilute basil. I apply it in front and behind ear 2x per day. If my child has congestion, I apply it at least 3x per day. I literally praise God for the ear Infection Blend at least once a week. This blend has saved me so much stress and countless rounds of antibiotics for my children. Before we started using this blend my children had chronic ear infections. Without exaggeration, if they were off antibiotics for one week so, they would get ear infections. We had constant diarrhea, thrush yeast infections and stomach aches all as a result of antibiotics. I asked every doctor I came into contact with if there was anything we could do to help prevent ear infections. We didn't use bottles, pacifiers or dairy trying to beat ear infections, but nothing helped. In May I started using the Ear Infection blend, and I have not had a child with an ear infection since then. If the kids are healthy, I put the blend on in front of the ear and behind the ear once a day. If they seem like they're coming down with something or they're congested, I put it on twice a day. If they really seem like they're going to get sick, then I use it 3 times a day. Not only has it prevented more ear infections, but it also helps with the negative pressure in my daughter's ears. She's 4 years old, and for the first time she has completely healthy ears. I also given a bottle of it to my mother who uses it to help with her ear pain. I cannot say enough about this EO blend. -Sunny

12. I learned about this online, and it worked wonderfully for me. The article said to put each oil on individually and wait 2 minutes then apply the next one. There are 3 oils total. It said to put each oil behind the ear at the top and to swipe downward toward the centerpoint of your clavicle bones. It said use Eucalyptus first, then Rosemary, then Lavender. I have also put a drop of Basil on a cottonball and left overnight. This has worked well for me. - Cammy

Essential oils May Cure Ear Infections
The Journal of Infectious Diseases, June 2005

Applying certain essential oils to the ear canal appears to be an effective treatment for ear infections.

If toxicity studies confirm the safety of (anti-bacterial) essential oil components for use in the ear, then a significant advance can be made in the treatment of ear infections. The vapours that are released by essential oils, such as oil of basil, have been shown to have rapid bacteria-killing effects. Topical therapy for ear infections is usually not recommended because most drugs are in a liquid form that cannot penetrate the eardrum to reach the infected middle ear. However, the vapours from essential oils may be able to diffuse through the eardrum and destroy the microbes present.

To investigate, researchers form the Landspitali University Hospital in Reykjavik, Iceland, tested oil of basil, various essential oil components, and inactive placebo on rats with experimental ear infections. It was found that treatment with the oils cured up to 81 percent of the animals. With placebo, by contrast, cure rates did not exceed 6 percent.

The team noted that, based on their properties, essential oils may be able to destroy a variety of bacteria that can cause ear infections. They also point out that essential oils are generally considered to be safe.

Researchers Gain Insight Into 'Lazy Ear'
" If sensory experience is degraded during these critical periods in early life, as would occur with a visual cataract or conductive hearing loss that can accompany an ear infection, the brain's representation of the sensory world can be distorted in a specific and enduring way, even after the physical deficit in the eye or ear has been corrected. "

Referring to the above article, Kay Ness (ICAN Neurodevelopmentalist wrote: This is VERY much in keeping with our experience as neurodevelopmentalists. Early ear infections and ear fluid distorts those auditory pathways to the brain and results in some not talking, hypersensitivity to certain frequencies, some so-called permanent hearing loss, etc. With appropriate sound therapy this can often be remediated but early sensory experience is IMPORTANT to baby brains.

PDF Article from The Journal of Infectious Diseases: Treatment of Ear Infection with Basil essential oil

Ear Infection and Antibiotic Use - It might surprise you to know that the sooner you take an antibiotic for an ear infection, the longer the infection will last and the more likely there will be a reoccurrence. Antibiotics can actually interfere with the body’s own immune system reaction. That’s why I developed a special hands-on treatment parents can do at home that helps to drain the fluid from the ears and sinuses and helps the immune system work better. - Dr. Mary Ann Block

The Block Massage for Treating Ear and Respiratory Infections

Massage Lymph Nodes - ease swelling and assist the release of antibiodies that fight off infection
Massage the Head - encourage lymph fluid to drain
Massage the Neck - encourage lymph fluid to drain
Massage the Thoracic Area - encourage lymph fluid to drain
Build a Strong Immune System - avoid antibiotics
Good Nutrition - organic, no preservatives, artificial colors or flavorings, antibiotics, hormones

Lymph Drainage for the Ears

Eustachian Tube | Inner Ear Plugged by Dr. Holmes

Massage For Children with Earaches

Garlic Ear Oil

1 clove Garlic, minced
2 TB Olive or Coconut oil

- In a small stainless steel pot, warm the oil, then add the minced garlic.
- Cover and allow to steep for at least 30 minutes.
- Strain through a cheese cloth.
- Put 2-3 drops warm (test on wrist to be sure not too hot) in the ear as often as needed for pain.
- It is beneficial to lightly massage around the ear and down the neck, which may help the lymph nodes to drain fluid away from the ears and reduce the risk of a bacterial infection.
- Store in a glass bottle in the refrigerator - will keep for 4-5 days.

Lavender Ear-Massage Oil

1 drop Lavender essential oil (high quality)
1 TB Carrier oil such as Almond, Avocado, Coconut, Jojoba, Olive

- Mix together and dip fingertips into it. Gently massage around the ear and down the neck and jawline.
- Apply heat (a small cloth bag of rice works very well) as a warm compress over the ear.

Increasing pain that lasts longer than 48 hours or uncontrolled fever may indicate a bacterial infection. You may need to consult your Health Care provider.

NEVER put essential oils into the ear canal. Only use diluted on the outer ear or on a cotton ball placed in the ear opening.

Avoid contact with the eyes and other sensitive areas. Essential oils are both lipophilic and hydrophobic. Lipophilic means they are attracted to fat— like the membranes of your eyes and skin. They are also hydrophobic, meaning they do not like water. Flushing with water will only send the essential oil back to the eye's membranes. Applying a carrier oil will create another fat for the essential oil to be attracted to other than the membranes of the eyes or skin. Tisserand suggests: "With essential oils, fatty oil has been suggested as an appropriate first aid treatment, though the advantage of saline [eyewash] is that the eyes can be continually flushed, and this is less easy with fatty oil." We’ve not known this to cause permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your health care provider.


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