henever something goes wrong in the body, we often forget to consider herbal medicine as a potential healing agent. It’s easy to rush to the drugstore and scour the shelves for the perfect pill, but in some cases, it may be more beneficial to dig into the kitchen cupboard and extract some of those staple cooking ingredients.
Garlic and onion are two ingredients that are good for more than just cooking. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), garlic has shown some potential in lowering high cholesterol and blood pressure and lowering risk of certain cancers. Onion has similar properties and has been linked to a reduced risk of both stomach and brain cancer, as well as reduction of symptoms connected with osteoporosis, as described by the National Onion Association.
Using garlic and onion to treat ear infections is a longstanding home remedy that many people swear by, claiming that they alleviate the pain of ear infections and even eliminate the infection entirely.
According to Tech Insider, there isn’t a substantial amount of scientific backing to support the medicinal claims of using onion, but there are plenty of personal testimonies. Tech Insider explains the anti-inflammatory effect of flavonoid quercetin, a plant pigment found in onions, as having an impact on pain relief when used for ear infections. The source goes on to explain that the most effective way to use onion to treat an ear infection is to squeeze the juice out and apply drops inside the ear. When using garlic, Disabled World suggest cutting a small piece out of a clove, wrapping it in tissue paper, and then sticking it inside the ear. In either case, it’s always best to check with your doctor before trying alternative treatments.
The following video provides more information on the purported health benefits of onion and garlic.
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