a mom’s second best friend

If I had to name my second best friend during cold season, it would definitely be melaleuca oil, commonly referred to as tea tree oil.  I was first introduced to its magical powers several years ago by another sister (oddly enough, the one who makes fun of me for being a granola).  Muffa was just a little guy and had gone to the doctor for a regular check-up.  He had an ear infection.  Not knowing that I had other options, I filled the prescription the doctor had given me and figured we’d be done.  A month or so later, he had another one.  Boo.   The doctor gave us another prescription.  Something inside said there had to be another way.  My sister suggested I try some tea tree oil.  I did, and it worked, and it’s continued to work.  We haven’t used antibiotics for ear infections since then, and boy we’ve had our fair share.

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There are several ways you can administer it, but this is what has worked best for us.  Mix equal parts melaleuca oil and a carrier oil (I use olive oil because we always have it on hand).  Dip a q-tip in the mixture and gently rub the oil around the outer ear – not actually in the ear canal itself, just on the part of the ear that leads to the canal.   Don’t fret if you go a tiny bit inside the canal.  Whatever you do, just be gentle.

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I usually apply it several times a day for a couple of days and then maybe once a day for another couple of days.  When is pain involved, I apply it as needed.  The pain calms down within a few minutes, and it’s never taken more than a day for the pain to completely go away.  When I’m a really good mom, I start using the oil as soon as I see a cold coming on just to be safe. 

That’s it.  I promise it works. 

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