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My Son Had Ear Infections & Glue Ear


Author: Melek T.
Date: 09-15-2006
Views: 15,606
Word Count: 386
Questions Received: Not available for contact
Testimonial ID: 1712-OR
Brand Neutral: Yes
Scientific Studies: 8

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My son is 8 years old now. He was suffering from otitis media with effusion (also called glue ear) since he was 6 months. We had to take him to the doctor for one ear infection after another. Nothing could clear them up. He had tube operations twice when he was 1 and 1.5 years old.

Even when he still had them, he kept getting sick, especially during the winter months, it was like a ritual. Every week, we had to go to doctor and got another set of medicines, mostly very strong antibiotics. I didn't give him Sudafed because I tried it before and suspected that it is the culprit behind my daughter's seizure when she was 4 years old.

Finally doctor said he hopefully would grow out of it when he got older and there was nothing else to do other than what we already did. He recommended another surgery. But since tubes didn't work before, it didn't sound like a solution to us.

I began to think there was nothing that could be done. When I was about to lose hope, my friend recommended essential oils. I told her I didn't believe in magic wands anymore. But I decided to try anyway since there was no side effects.

I applied Lavender oil behind his ears, on his neck and under the soles of his feet every night. At the same time I heard and read about using breast milk for the treatment of ear infections from various sources. It sounded weird at first, of course, but with the same logic I gave it a shot.

So I applied a few drops of breast milk every 2 hours along with a few drops of Lavender. They worked like magic for him. Lavender even solved the accumulated fluid behind his eardrum along with the recurrent infections.

My youngest daughter also followed the same pattern like her brother afterwards when she was 5 months old. When she started to have recurrent ear infections (twice), I did the same regiment for her too. Bingo! She got rid of it immediately and never had it since, which has now been nearly 2 years.

Now I remember with sorrow how I used huge amounts of antibiotics for my precious son before I knew about essential oils, and how powerful natural remedies could be.


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: ear-ache-/-infection-(Otitis),ears — "Essential oils or their components placed in the ear canal can provide effective treatment of acute otitis media."Link
2.Associated topics: ears — "[We] evaluate[d] the efficacy of the Pycnogenol [French maritime pine bark extract] in improving cochlear flow and symptoms... for patients with Meniere’s disease (MD), tinnitus, and cochlear hypoperfusion.... Symptoms of Meniere’s disease [spontaneous vertigo, positional vertigo, hearing loss, tinnitus, pressure in the ear, unsteady gait], flow at cochlear level, and tinnitus improved in Pycnogenol subjects...."Link
3.Associated topics: breastfeeding-/-milk-supply-/-nursing-/-lactation — "Foeniculum vulgare Mill, commonly called fennel, has been used in traditional medicine for a wide range of ailments related to digestive, endocrine, reproductive, and respiratory systems. Additionally, it is also used as a galactagogue agent for lactating mothers.... Foeniculum vulgare has emerged as a good source of traditional medicine and it provides a noteworthy basis in pharmaceutical biology for the development/formulation of new drugs and future clinical uses."Link
4.Associated topics: infection,ear-ache-/-infection-(Otitis),ears — "[We] investigate[d] antimicrobial treatment of an infected [Staphylococcus aureus] cochlear implant, undertaken in an attempt to salvage the infected device.... 5 percent tea tree oil completely eradicated the biofilm following exposure for 1 hour.... Treatment of infected cochlear implants with novel agents such as tea tree oil could significantly improve salvage outcome."Link
5.Associated topics: infection — "The antibacterial activity of 14 essential oils and their major constituents in the gaseous state was evaluated against [respiratory tract pathogens] Haemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus pyogenes, and Staphylococcus aureus. [The] oils [with cinnamon bark, lemongrass, and thyme being most potent] and their major constituents were shown to be effective against various bacteria tested.... These results indicate that the antibacterial action of essential oils was most effective when at high vapor concentration for a short time."Link
6.Associated topics: infection,antibiotic — "As proven in vitro, essential oils [Eucalyptus, Melaleuca Alternifolia, Thyme, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Cinnamon, Grapefruit, Clove, Sandalwood, Peppermint, Sage] represent a cheap and effective antiseptic topical treatment option even for antibiotic-resistant strains [such] as MRSA and antimycotic [antifungal]-resistant Candida species."Link
7.Associated topics: infection — "14 plant essential oils -- anise (Pimpinella anisum), bay leaves (Laurus nobilis), cinnamon bark (Cinnamomum verum), clove (Eugenia caryophyllata), fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), hop (Humulus lupulus), Istanbul oregano (Origanum vulgare subsp. hirtum), Izmir oregano (Origanum onites), mint (Mentha piperita), myrtus (Myrtus communis), orange peel (Citrus sinensis), sage (Salvia officinalis), thyme (Thymbra spicata), and Turkish oregano (Origanum minutiflorum) -- were related to inhibition of 10 bacteria (Listeria innocua, coagulase-negative staphylococci, Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis, Yersinia enterocolitica, Salmonella Enteritidis, Salmonella Typhimurium, Proteus mirabilis, Escherichia coli O157:H7, and Klebsiella oxytoca)."Link
8.Associated topics: infection — "DHEA [a component of PD 80/20], an androstene hormone [precursor to estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, cortisone, and other hormones], has been shown to possess a wide range of beneficial biological effects mainly attributed to immune system modulation.... thus leading to beneficial effects in diverse human diseases including resistance to infection, neuroprotection, wound healing, diabetes, hepatic injury, cardiovascular disease, and cancer."Link

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