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.
Cotton Ball Protocol #1
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
Cotton Ball Protocol #2
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.
Cotton Ball Protocol for Tinnitus
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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