Posted on Mar 04, 2009 | Comments 2
Usually there are two types of ear infections, one is acute and the other is chronic.
Most often ear infections are due to some other respiratory illnesses, like tonsils, sinusitis, adenoids or common cold.
Based on the cause of ear infection, there are also some other symptoms like fever, runny nose, cough and some other cold symptoms.
Most often cold symptoms appear in younger children under the age of six years old, so observe carefully if you have a child of that age.
During the acute phase of the ear infection, the symptoms are at its worst stage. Most often you will suffer from the symptoms like, aching muscles, fever, congestion, painful ears, headache, tiredness, enlarged lymph glands, diarrhea and nausea.
During the chronic phase, the symptoms are not that much intense as the acute phase, but they occur very frequently. In this phase, the symptoms include: hearing loss, fluid congestion, dizziness, ringing in your ears and fatigue.
So, which type of infection are you suffering from? Based on your condition, underneath are the effective herbal remedies.
Herbal remedies for acute ear infection
Echinacea: This herb is bitter in taste and it has anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, and antiviral properties.
Effective benefits of this herb include:
- Strengthens your immune system
- Stimulates the lymphatic system
- Reduces glandular swelling
Echinacea is used as a tincture in order to improve drying and attend faster healing.
Olive leaf extracts: Olive oil stimulates phagocytes, phagocytes is a blood cell that protects your body by obliterating atrocious bacterial, which is the process when white blood cells ingest dangerous microorganisms and unknown substances[Olive oil skin care].
In order to treat your infection, olive extracts can be taken in capsule form or in liquid form thrice daily.
Herbal remedies for chronic ear infection:
Astragalus: It strengthens your immune system, restores your stamina and strength. Astragalus is used for persistent and degenerating infections. One thing you should take note is that, this herb should not be given to children who have fever.
Gingko biloba: It relieves you from symptoms like dizziness, hearing loss and tinnitus. Gingko biloba gives improved circulation to your ears.
Goldenseal: It can be used in the form of tincture or capsules. It boosts immune system and provides rapid recovery.
Mullen oil: It relieves you from inflammation of the lining in your ear canals.
ST. John’s wort oil: Antiviral properties of this herb reduce the inflammation of ear linings.
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