As we continue to battle cold and flu season I wanted to share something I do on myself and my daughters at the very first sign of an illness. It’s cheap, safe and simple and in my experience, it has ward off many an illness! What is it? Hydrogen Peroxide in the ear. Sounds crazy but there is scientific data supporting that viruses often enter the body via the ear. Many natural doctors claim patient after patient have been able to dodge flu and colds by using this method of defense. So amidst all the flu epidemic I hope I can arm you with another natural, safe method that could save you much discomfort as we await warmer weather!
According to Dr. Mercola-
“In 1928, Dr. Richard Simmons hypothesized that the cold virus entered your body through the ear canal and not the nose. His theory was dismissed by the medical community.
However, in 1938, German researchers had great success using hydrogen peroxide in the ear canal to treat colds and the flu.10Although the data was vastly ignored by the medical community, I’ve treated many patients who experienced great results with this treatment.
You must start treatment in the first 24 hours to have a significant impact on reducing the length of the cold.“
- Lay on your side
- Using 3% hydrogen peroxide, wet a cotton ball and drip into the ear. You will hear crackling-reminds me of rice crispies and milk. I personally enjoy the sensation and find it comfortable. My children however do not and whine the entire time!
- Allow the crackling to subside then drain the HP from the ear. This typically takes 5-10 minutes. I hold a clean cotton ball to my ear to drain.
- Repeat on the opposite ear.
Just yesterday my youngest came home with a fever. You better believe that once I got her in bed I put HP in my ear in hopes to ward off the bug her body was clearly fighting! As I stated, it’s a cheap and simple practice that could save you from falling ill. I mean as a mother-if I go down-the whole ship sinks. For real.
HERE is a great article that breaks down natural remedies when the cold or flu strike.
As a side note-Hydrogen Peroxide also helps clean out the ear canal. Sticking Q-tips in the ear isn’t the best practice but the HP method is much more effective. Read more HERE. Try it and enjoy a much cleaner, clearer ear canal!
Always use 3% Hydrogen Peroxide. You can find it anywhere!
Good luck and stay well!