Try Herbal Drops for Ear Infections

Ear infections are one of the most painful conditions that commonly affect children. Many doctors write antibiotic prescriptions for them, even though they do almost nothing to help and may do more harm than good.

Some recommend herbal ear drops, containing such extracts of antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agents like garlic, calendula, St. John's wort and mullein. Research has shown that such an herbal ear drop is just as effective as an anesthetic one.

The New York Times reports:

"Ultimately, the patients who were given the ear drops alone had greater pain relief than those who took them with the antibiotic ... [I]n cases where 'active treatment' is needed for pain relief, an herbal ear drop may be just as good as one that requires a prescription ... In the studies, no side effects were noted."

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