A few years ago I attended a talk and demonstration by Master Herbalist, Peter M Von Maltitz who shared some of his (vast) knowledge of medicinal plants and herbs with us. It was fascinating and I took copious amounts of notes.

He told us that in Nature, the problem is often the solution. A good example of this would be stinging nettle. It irritates the skin with thin, spiny bristles while at the same time it contains compounds in the leaves that actually soothes irritated skin.

With this in mind he introduced us to Sansevieria trifasciata aka Mother-in-Law’s Tongue and explained that it was a wonderful remedy for earrache. I love his sense of humour, don’t you?

Since then I have had the opportunity to use this hardy plant to relieve and cure earrache in both myself and my daughter. It works quickly and is very easy to prepare.

What You Need:

  • a piece of Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, about 10cm long, cut neatly to avoid damage to plant.
  • a source of heat, such as a stove top
  • a small pan
  • a teaspoon

What To Do:

  1. Place the small pan on the stove top and turn up the heat.
  2. Hold the piece of Mother-in-Law’s tongue above the pan, turning every so often to heat up the plant.
  3. As it heats up the plant will turn a darker shade of green.
  4. Hold the plant on one end over your teaspoon then use the thumb and forefinger of your other hand to squeeze down the length of the plant. If it has been heated sufficiently, you should squeeze out some oil.
  5. Keep heating and squeezing until you get a good few drops of oil onto your teaspoon. 3-4 drops should be enough.
  6. Allow the oil to cool down and drip the oil from the spoon into the affected ear.
  7. Keep the head tilted so as to allow the oil to reach the centre of the ear.
  8. Repeat daily until the pain is relieved – which often happens very quickly.

Obviously if the pain persists or worsens, seek out advice from a trusted herbalist/homeopath, etc.




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