Use Thyme for Ear Infections

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Thyme is an herb. Its flowers and leaves have been used since the ancient times as a medicine. Today, it's most commonly used for upper respiratory tract infections, inflammations, stomach-ache, diarrhea and even bad breath. Thyme can be taken orally or applied directly to the skin for skin inflammations. Since ear infections are one of the most common infections people encounter, especially children, this article will focus on using thyme to treating ear infections naturally. You will learn several 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 occur most often in children. An ear infection can be mild or severe, depending on the condition and how early it's treated. 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 infections and even kills bacteria - major factors to an ear infection. It is very beneficial to use thyme as an alternative to conventional medications or strong antibiotics for reducing infection.

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Using antibiotics, the most commonly prescribed medicine for ear infections, is tricky, as the antibiotic indiscriminately wipes out all bacteria, including the good. Flora, one of the bacteria necessary for healthy intestines, gets wiped out. The flora's task is to keep the production of yeast down. When it's wiped out, the yeast increases, resulting in chlamydia, which carries its own set of negative systems. If, after everything else fails, you must settle on antibiotics, either eat a lot of natural yogurt after you've finished your prescription, or get acidophilus at the health food store to replace the flora.

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Some researchers have studied the efficacy of microbial agents found in thyme oil. They've claimed that the oil, even at low concentrations, can fight against bacteria that may accompany 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 when bacteria builds up. 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.

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Thyme Can Be Used In Three Different Forms

  • Thyme Essential Oil.
  • Dried Thyme.
  • Thyme Supplements.

They all have the same objective - reducing inflammation that may lead to ailments or serious diseases. Ear infections can be treated with thyme in any form, but read on to find out which method is the most effective, using what form of 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.

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    Method 1:
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    1. Ingredients:  
      1. 1 tbsp. of almond oil
      2. 2 drops of lavender oil
      3. 2 drops of thyme oil
    2. Procedure:  
      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 tingly when the infected area is touched and dabbed with essential oil, and there is always a chance of contact dermatitis.
      4. You can also use a cloth dipped into hot water and use 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. Ingredients:  
      1. 3 drops of tea tree oil
      2. 2 drops of thyme oil
      3. 2 drops of lavender oil
    2. Procedure:  
      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. Ingredients:  
      1. A pot of half water
      2. Two vials of thyme oil
    2. Procedure:  
      1. Bring a pot of water to a boil and turn off heat when it boils.
      2. Add the thyme oil to 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.
      6. CAUTION: Many children have been burned by this method. Make sure you are always there to watch the bowl of very hot water to avoid a horrible accident.
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    Method 4
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    1. Ingredients:  
      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
    2. Procedure:  
      1. Mix the ingredients well.
      2. Apply two drops of the oil to each infected ear and rub until it dries.
      3. Repeat the procedure three times daily.
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Thyme - Dried Herb and Teas

Using Thyme in its dried herb state is usually applied to infusions - or tea. You can use the dried herb in teas, as well as use the essential oil drops from the methods above simultaneously to reduce the infection faster. The infection may spread to neighboring parts of the ear, so drinking thyme tea will help prevent the bacteria from spreading.

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Recipes for herbal tea:

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    Method 1
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    1. Ingredients:
    2. 1 tbsp. of fresh thyme (1 tsp. of dried thyme)
    3. A cup of water
    4. Procedure:  
      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
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    This method uses fresh thyme and makes 3 cups of tea.
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    1. Ingredients:  
      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
    2. Procedure:  
      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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Thyme Supplements

These are available in most drug stores and all health food stores. You can also find these quite easily on line. Take as directed.

Tips, Tricks & Warnings

  • Do not use red thyme for children and for those who suffer from 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 or a carrier oil 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 less 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 damaging to the ear. 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, almond oil or other carrier oil. The mixture of the two 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 thyme oil accidentally comes into contact with your eyes, ears, nose, or mouth, 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 on 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 Doctor gave her medicine, but it has not solved the problem completely. We heard of Thyme and are interested in learning more?

Where can we go and get some of this thyme?

Both the essential oil, dried herb and supplements are available in many drug stores, and certainly all health food stores.

Can I just use the lavender oil and will it heal the infection?

I have a ear infection and I only have lavender oil will it work the same alone?.

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