For my family, coconut oil is something we have on hand at all times. I cook with it. We use it for eczema or dry skin patches, even acne breakouts. We use it as a hair conditioner and as a base oil for applying essential oils. I also use it along with beeswax pastilles to make salves such as our homemade bug repelling cream. The most used application of coconut oil in our household though, is for ear infections.
As you may have gathered from my site our son has been battling with chronic ear infections since approximately 2 months of age. Ear infections are common for cleft affected children. We have had multiple surgeries re-inserting PE tubes to assist his ears in draining fluid properly and up until a few years ago this was our preferred method for keeping him and his ears healthy. The unfortunate thing is that the tubes assisted in keeping his infections from happening less often but they didn’t prevent them and the rounds of antibiotics he suffered through most of his young life had taken a toll on his immune system and more importantly, his gut health.
Should my son start feeling as if his ears are bothering him we warm up some coconut oil and use a dropper to put about 1-2 drops in the affected ear. I also give him a full dropper of the coconut oil to drink. Now this really is a gem that we found that is the most important thing in keeping him and his ears healthy. Coconut oil is an antibacterial, antiviral, antiparasitic and antifungal oil.
Not only do we use the oil for our son’s ear infections but should anyone feel a sore throat coming on, we take a glass of warm water, add some lemon honey and a spoonful of coconut oil. The warm concoction soothes a sore throat and helps to fight that cold or virus coming on.
I will put some links here for you to refer to for your own research so that you can decide if using coconut oil is something that might be right for you and your family.
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