Use Thyme for Ear Infections

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Thyme is a herb and its flowers and leaves can be used as alternative medicine mainly for upper respiratory tract infections, inflammations, stomachache, diarrhea and even bad breath. Thyme can be taken orally or applied directly to the skin for skin inflammations. Since ear infection is one of the most common infections people encounter, this article will focus on using thyme to help on treating it. You will learn about different ways to use thyme for ear infections.

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How Does Thyme Work for Ear Infections?

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Ear infections occur at any age, but happen mostly in children. An ear infection can be mild or severe, depending on the condition and early treatment used. This happens during a sinus, cold, or throat infection. The Eustachian tubes that connect the middle ears to the throat can be blocked. If this happens, the fluid, which drains to the throat from the ear, will also be inhibited and stuck in the middle ear. This is where bacteria grow more that can lead to an ear infection. You can prevent this from happening by using thyme.

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Thyme has an active compound called thymol that has been proven to have antimicrobial, antibacterial, and anti-fungal compounds, which inhibit the growth of micro-organisms. It destroys harmful organisms. The active property helps in treating infection and even kills bacteria which are major factors to an ear infection. It is very beneficial to use thyme as an alternative medication or strong antibiotics for reducing infection.

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Some researchers have studied the efficacy of microbial agents found in thyme oil. They claimed that the oil, even at low concentrations, can fight against bacteria that may result in infections and diseases. This has been proven effective when the researchers at the Central of Studies of Animal and Veterinary Sciences conducted a study on thyme oil for food-borne bacteria. They published their studies in the journal Food Science and Technology International.

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The study has something to do with ear infections. The infection is formed from bacteria buildup, and it has to be treated early to avoid serious problems later on. Another study published in Medicinal Chemistry discovered that the thyme oil was unbelievably effective against bacterial strains of some serious diseases. How much more effective if thyme oil is used for ear infections? As a matter of fact, many people have tried the efficacy of thyme oil for this kind of problem.

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Thyme has different forms: Thyme essential oil, dried thyme, and thyme supplements. They all have the same objectives reducing inflammation that may lead to ailments or serious diseases. Ear infections can be treated with thyme in any kinds, but how to use them properly? Below are some methods on how to use thyme essential oil, fresh and dried thyme:

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Uses of Thyme Essential Oil:

You can choose any from these essential oil methods, depending on which ingredients are available at your home.

Method 1:

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    1. 1 tbsp. of almond oil
    2. 2 drops of lavender oil
    3. 2 drops of thyme oil
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    Procedure:
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    1. Mix the oils together to infuse.
    2. Use 2 drops of this mixture, 3 times a day.
    3. Rub the oil at the outside surface of your infected ear to ease the pain. Do not rub the oil inside the ear (ear canal), because it can worsen the condition. It can be quite tingling when the infected area is touched and dabbed with essential oil.
    4. You can also use a cloth dipped into hot water and utilize it as a compress. Your ear condition should improve in the next two to five days. You can go to your doctor after five days to have your ear checked, to know if the infection has gone away.
    5. Keep the mixture in a tiny vial for future use.
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Method 2:

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    1. 3 drops of tea tree oil
    2. 2 drops of thyme oil
    3. 2 drops of lavender oil
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    1. Mix these oils together.
    2. Dilute it in a vial with a 1 tbsp. of vegetable oil.
    3. Use 2 drops of the oil, 3 times a day.
    4. Massage it outside the ear. It will ease the pain and pressure.
    5. Keep the mixture in a tiny vial for future use.
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Method 3:

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    1. A pot of half water
    2. Two vials of thyme oil
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    1. Bring a pot of water to a boil and turn off heat when it boils.
    2. Add the thyme oil into the pot of steaming water.
    3. Wait for few minutes until the steam is not too hot.
    4. Cover your head with a bath towel and then place your infected ear at the top of the steaming pot. Do not place it too close as you could burn yourself with the pot.
    5. Wait for few minutes until you feel a soothing effect. This will reduce the infection. You can do this procedure as many times as you want.
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Method 4:

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    1. 3 drops of tea tree essential oil
    2. 1 tbsp. of pure almond carrier oil
    3. 2 drops of lavender essential oil
    4. 2 drops of chamomile essential oil
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    1. Mix the ingredients well.
    2. Apply two drops of the oil to each infected ear and rub until it dries.
    3. Do the same procedure thrice daily.
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Thyme Herbal Tea:

Thyme essential oil is proved effective for ear infections as well as thyme herbal tea. You can use these two forms simultaneously to reduce the infection faster. The infection may spread in other neighboring parts of the ear, so you should drink thyme orally to prevent the bacteria from spreading.

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Method 1:

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    1. 1 tbsp. of fresh thyme (1 tsp. of dried thyme)
    2. A cup of water
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    1. Bring the water to a boil and add the thyme.
    2. Strain it through a fine mesh sieve into a cup.
    3. Drink twice daily.
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Method 2:

This method uses fresh thyme and makes 3 cups of tea.

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    1. 10 thin and tender sprigs of fresh thyme
    2. 1/2 tsp. of lightly crushed whole coriander seeds
    3. 1/2 tsp. of lightly crushed whole fennel seeds
    4. 3 cups of water
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    1. Using a pot, bring 3 cups of water to a boil.
    2. Steep the other ingredients into a pot for 10 minutes.
    3. Strain it through a fine mesh sieve into a cup and allow it to cool.
    4. Fill your glass with it and serve.
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Reminders & Warnings:

  • Do not use red thyme for children and for those who have hypertension.
  • Thyme oil could be an irritant to some people, so make sure that you do not have any allergies to this herb before using it.
  • Never use a volatile oil alone because it can cause irritations and burning sensations. You should always dilute any volatile oil with water before using.
  • Three to four cups of tea a day can also cause nausea and upset stomach. Stick with one or two cups for your safety.
  • Do not consume thyme in any forms if you are breastfeeding or pregnant. Thyme can cause adverse effects, such as frequent urination and even birth defects and miscarriage.
  • It may take a while to speed up recovery for an ear infection. However, you would be assured of lesser pain when consuming thyme.
  • If you are taking certain medications, do not use thyme in any kinds. Thyme can interact with other medications. Always consult your doctor before using any herbs.
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Questions and Answers

Can I use thyme essential oil directly into my ear for ear infection?

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No, it is not at all recommended to apply the thyme essential oil directly into the ear because of its potent and pure concentration, which could be very irritating or severely damaging. This can cause burns when applied directly in the ear region. Do not ever use thyme essential oil in sensitive areas of the body such as the eyes, ears, nose, or mouth areas.

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  • Thyme essential oil must always be diluted with vegetable oil, which facilitates a much safer and slower absorption, yet retains its potency as a fast and effective remedy for ear infections.
  • Always perform a skin test before going further with any treatment to determine if the patient has any skin allergies to thyme essential oil. You can do this by dabbing small amount on the insides of the arm or the soles of the feet. Leave it on for 30 minutes to check for any allergic reactions. Discontinue usage if irritation or redness occurs on the test area.
  • If you are going to use it on younger children or babies, then you must check if the thyme essential oil is safe for use at certain ages. Thyme essential oil could be also harmful to expectant mothers and those who have certain medical conditions such as hypertension or respiratory diseases.
  • Be sure to purchase only therapeutic grade essential oils which are of superior quality and generally regarded as safe (GRAS).
  • If in case you accidentally got in contact with thyme essential in the eyes, ears, nose, or mouth then you must wash it off with carrier oil or vegetable oil soaked in a cotton ball. Never use water to wash the thyme essential oil off your ears or face because it can help it penetrate faster and spread the irritation to surrounding areas.
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Generally, the thyme essential oil must be diluted with vegetable oil, almond oil, or coconut oil in a cotton ball. This is then carefully dabbed on the surface of the ear (and not directly inside the ear), behind the affected ear, and massaged along the neckline. Thyme essential effectively treats a variety of ear infections and symptoms such as ear pain.

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My wife has an ear that is closed up and the Doc. gave her medicine but it has not solved the problem completely. We heard of Thyme and are interested in learning more?

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