We've all seen some interesting home remedies and cure-alls on the internet, but this one might take the cake. It's been said that placing garlic cloves or garlic oil in the ear will cure an ear infection.
BUT PLEASE DON'T
Although garlic has been recognized for "healing powers" for thousands of years, doctors are saying putting garlic in your ear is a bad idea. Here's why
This excerpt is from USA Today:
"Garlic in any form placed in the ear would not reach the source of infection; in fact, it could actually cause contact dermatitis – a local inflammatory reaction – or an allergic reaction – in the ear canal. Garlic oil could seep past a perforated tympanic membrane into the inner ear, causing additional damage. In some cases, garlic oil could worsen an ear infection, as some microbes thrive in a wet liquid environment."
Bottom line: If you have an ear infection, don't put garlic in your ear. Go to your doctor.