December 16, 2013
Be sure to include the simple cotton ball as part of your fragrant pharmacy for issues like ear infections and Tinnitus, let me tell you why. It's a simple and safe way to apply pure essential oils to the ear of little ones and adults alike allowing the vapor of the oils to safely penetrate deep into the ear and get to the issue.
Kids are the most likely victim of an ear infection, in fact, 2 out of 3 colds will result in an ear infection. Why is that? Kids immune systems are less mature and their little ears don't drain as well as adults do. In the photo above notice the Eustachian tube, this connects the middle ear to the throat. Often when kids catch cold the Eustachian tube swells and blocks drainage creating a perfect breeding ground for virus or bacteria to thrive.
Let's cut to the chase! Kids with ear episodes generally have multiple episodes and if treated over and over again with synthetic antibiotics their resistance to antibiotics builds and their immune system weakens creating a frustrating and damaging cycle of infection. Repeat ear infections can generate scar tissue that will eventually affect hearing and balance.
1 to 2 drops Basil on one half of a cotton ball.
Insert gently into the infected ear and leave in over night to let the vapor of the oil penetrate into the ear. Pain relief should be almost immediate.
Basil: anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-biotic, anti-spasmodic, decongestant
1 drop Geranium + 1 drop Basil on half of a cotton ball.
Insert gently into the infected ear and in leave overnight to let the vapor of the oil penetrate into the ear. Pain relief should be almost immediate.
Geranium: analgesic, anti-bacterial, can reduce symptoms of Candida, stimulates lymphatic and circulatory systems (good for drainage), astringent.
Note: If excess ear wax is a problem, 2 drops of Basil on a cotton ball overnight in the ear can help reduce wax buildup and keep ear infections at bay. Start this protocol immediately if you suspect ear is tender at all.
Tinnitus is described as a ringing in the ears but it can be several different sounds like clicking, whistling or buzzing. Tinnitus isn't a disease but a symptom of something underlying and most often related to getting older somehow. The symptoms can be very mild or intense with or without dizziness.
2 drops of Helichrysum on half of a cotton ball.
Insert gently into affected ears and leave in over night to let the vapor of the oil penetrate into the ear. Helichrysum can be used during the day too as needed by adding a drop to a cotton ball and wiping inside the ear.
Helichrysum: Anti-inflammatory, nerve regeneration, analgesic, antifungal, aids blood circulation, reduces thrombosis.
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May 10, 2017
You could use a bit of medical tape to hold it in. That’s what my mum did for my brother.
What about for babies? My sons first instinct would be to rip it out and put it in his mouth…
We’ve had great success with consistent use of pure Frankincense. One drop with a little carrier oil rubbed on front and back of ear and down each jawline. When my husband gets vertigo, I have him do this every hour if needed.
Great information, thank you for sharing. Do you know of any protocols for the ear to help with dizzy spells?
The same thing has been happening to me, so what I’ve been doing is I will google “campwander sinus bomb” (or whatever I’m looking for) and it will bring up lots of choices. I have noticed it on other blogs too, so I wonder if it’s my browser or something.
I’ve done this and I just rip off an ear-canal-sized piece of the cotton ball and stick it in the ear. It’s not so deep that you can’t reach it to get it out, but it’s definitely not easy for little fingers’ fine motor skills to get to. They haven’t quite mastered the pincher grasp well enough to get in there.
Help! Your “search” is not working. You are my go to for essential oil info so I rely on the search to find what I need :) Thanks for the great work you do!
What about oregano or melaleuca oil for the ear infections in kids?
I have a virus with horrible ear pain. I tried the basil remedy last night and it burned wherever it touched my ear canal. I couldn’t stand to have the cotton balls in my ears more than 10 minutes. I had to wipe my ears out and rub some coconut oil on the spot that hurt to take away the burning. Do you have a suggestion for another oil that isn’t a “hot” oil that would work for ear pain?
Thanks Rebecca. I’ll give it a try for my Tinnitus.
It’ll be my first time ordering from Sparks. And maybe I can find some skincare uses for it too!
Yes it is but it will last a very long time and a good oil to have for bleeding, nerve issues and skin care. Frankincense would be my second choice Joanne.
Helichrysum is expensive. Is there anything else that would work as well for Tinnitus?
What would you use for toe nails fungus?
Any suggestions for an ear that itches, deep in the canal? I wake up with moisture and itching. Sometimes the itching starts as a deep wave. My doc tried fungal meds, to no avail. I go through a lot of Q-tips which probably isn’t a good idea overall.
My husband had horrendously horrible ears as a kid (eardrums blew several times and had tubes), so these protocols have been a game changer for my kids. I put equal parts melaleuca, lavender, and basil in a roller bottle and dilute about 50% with FCO. At the first sign of cold, teething, or growing, they get it around the ears and down the jawline. I rub that in and wipe it inside their ear with residual from rubbing the rest in. Thank you Rebecca for all you do! I learned it all from you.
If there’s ear pain, I put it on a cottonball and use a bandaid to hold it on overnight. Works like a dream!
Paula, if you have very sensitive skin, always use carrier oil and always do a test patch. That being said, Melaleuca might be a better alternative for you.
Oregano only if highly diluted! That one is a hot oil so be careful when applying topically. Melaleuca is a great one to try for ear infections along with Basil, use a carrier oil for kids :)
PLEASE make sure you are using organic cotton-balls! There are over 120 chemicals and pesticides in commercial brands.
I started using the helichrysum for my tinnitus the last two nights. Can I use it for an unlimited time until I see results?
Ditto on Sally’s comment. I’m also interested in your results Joanne, before I spend that much.
Joanne, did you try the Helichrysum for your tinnitus? How did it work? I’d love to try it, but it’s so expensive when I’m not sure it’ll work …
Pure Melaleuca would be a fabulous choice! A dab, undiluted morning and night for several weeks – be consistent in application and use a pure essential oil :)
Thank you Tandie, That was very helpful. I just started using ear plugs at night for the same reason. I never considered the danger of introducing germs into my ears!
I have a partial answer to the question about deep itching in the ears.
After several ear CANAL infections (sometimes called swimmer’s ear), one which spread to my middle ear & resulted in a ruptured ear drum, I was referred to an ENT/Allergist. I have dermatitis/eczema in my ears! That itchy, cracked skin lets in bacteria and it gets infected.
Oral & ear drop antibiotics were required for the infection. After healing, I saw the ENT and required corticosteroid drops (kind of like hydrocortisone for deep in my ears) for the Eczema to clear up. My case was severe.
I don’t swim, but a found a tip to help those prone to ‘swimmers ear’.
Rinse ears with a vinegar & water solution (half & half) after getting out of the pool. I just saturate a cotton swab & gently swipe it around after showering.
My Dr says I can never, ever wear earplugs or earbuds again. I used to sleep with them in all night because hubby snores.
This interest me very much. I suffer from fibromyalgia, osteoartheritis, severe anxiety, problems sleeping.. I would like to learn more about these natural remedies, how I can go about getting essential oils and where. I appreciate. Any and all information you can provide.
Can anyone answer the questions about the helichyrsum? Does this work and can you use nightly? For how long? How long before you see results?
Thank you so much for this one on ear aches! I always had problems when I was younger and sometimes get an ache during cold and flu season. This is great to know and share with others!
You might try St John’s Wort or Frankincense as an alternative.
I’m wondering if there is another oil that would help with tinnitus other than helichrysum?
I can’t afford Helichrysum….
I have constant ringing in both ears.
Thanks so much for the clarity with which you explain how to use the oils and how they work. It makes it so much easier to use these products when you can understand how and why they work. Some blogs are too “clinical” for me to understand, but you help me to really get it ! Now I am getting the relief I was looking for with ear—I know exactly how much to use and how often. Thanks again from someone who needs it spelled out !!
Has anyone had results for relieving tinnitus with helichrysum? That would be a God-send! Also I imagine cleaning hearin aides daily would also be extremely important to prevent infection, something clinics should recommend.
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