Here are two ways I use it most...
Garlic oil for ear infections, you'll need:
- Extra virgin olive oil
- 1 clove of garlic
- Mullein (optional but does help the Eustachian tubes to open up & drain)
- Shallow pan
- Amber or blue dropper bottle .........
Heat enough oil to fill the dropper bottle (or less - you do not have to fill the bottle up) *heat* do not boil!!! You just want it really warm. While you're waiting on the oil to heat....
- Chop up the garlic clove to small pieces - mince actually; c) remove the oil from the heat when it gets really warm and put the garlic, and tablespoon of mullein if using, into the oil and stir to make sure it is covered, and allow to sit ... this time varies.
- After all of it has set, strain the plant material from the oil and put into the amber or blue bottle.
- Using the dropper fill the ear and plug with cotton ball.
- Store in the fridge so it does not spoil ... when ready to use again after it has been in the fridge (it will form a solid)
- Fill a cup big enough to hold the bottle with warm tap water and allow the bottle to sit in the warm water until it is all warmed up and ready to drip in the ear again.
As for the times to allow the garlic to steep ... when you first make it, you might be making it because someone has an infection and needs relief *NOW* ... when this would happen to me I would allow the mixture to cool enough to put in the ear comfortably and I would use the dropper to get a little bit of the oil and go ahead and put that in the ear. It will have a bit of germ killing properties in it already, just not as strong - plus the warm oil helps relieve the pain. You want to steep the whole thing for at least 4 hours but I leave it overnight and strain the next morning, then store in the fridge until needed again.