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How to Ease Out Ear Wax Naturally

May 19, 201412 Comments

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Lovely subject I know but excess ear wax can be a problem, especially if it turns into an ear infection.  In one fell swoop, you can loosen and address infection simultaneously with trusty essential oils and something many of us already have in our pantry.

Did you know that earwax is a self-cleaning agent, with protective, lubricating and antibacterial properties?  That's why tiny glands in the outer ear canal constantly pump it out under normal circumstances. In a perfect world, excess earwax travels slowly out of the ear canal, carrying dirt, dust and other small particles with it.  Sometimes overzealous hygiene or even excessive use of ear plugs and headphones can mess up this natural process so be very wary about poking around with cotton swabs, bobby pins and other gadgets.  Ear wax can actually build up and block part of the ear canal and then we have a problem, Houston.

Impacted earwax can cause hearing loss, ear infection, pressure, itching, ringing and discharge.  Doctors and ear specialists are a bit baffled when it comes to recurring impaction but, some experts believe the problem could be due to an essential fatty acid deficiency.  Supplementing with high-quality omega-3 like Krill oil might be just the ticket!

A tried and true home remedy for excess ear wax is the use of warmed olive oil in the ear canal. It softens the ceruman, allowing easier removal of excess ear wax. The softened wax comes out of the ear canal easily and can be wiped away with a soft cloth or tissue. Just know that initially, adding olive oil may feel like it's causing more blockage because the wax softens and expands inside the ear.  By adding pure essential oils with anti-microbial properties to warmed olive oil you're enhancing everything!  Whether you use a Cotton Ball Protocol or the drip method, you'll be warding off infection and, going to work on the ear wax in partnership with the olive oil with the gentle anti-microbial Ear Blend.

Ear Wax

How to Ease Out Ear Wax Naturally
Recipe Type: Ease Out Ear Wax Naturally
Author: Camp Wander
Safe and effective method for removing excess ear wax.
  • 4 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 4 drops Thyme essential oil (substitutes are: Melaleuca or Basil)
  • Olive Oil
  • Organic cotton ball
  • 1 dram glass dropper bottle
  1. EAR BLEND: Add essential oils to 1 dram dropper bottle, fill with organic olive oil.
  2. COTTON BALL PROTOCOL: Tear off a sufficient piece of cotton ball, dip and saturate with warmed ear blend. To warm the blend to body temp, place bottle under your arm for 5 minutes. Place cotton ball in blocked ear overnight each night until wax has loosened and makes its way out of the ear canal.
  3. DRIP METHOD: Lie down on a bed or sofa with the affected ear towards the ceiling. Enlist a family member or friend to carefully place two to three drops of the olive oil, lavender, thyme solution into the ear (if you're solo, a hand mirror can be used). Let the blend sit for 7 to 10 minutes to loosen up the earwax and address any infection. Now, lay down in the opposite direction with the same ear on a towel covered pillow to drain. Usually, after one use, the ear is functioning better, but for stubborn wax, it can take two to three protocols of the blend in the ear to get the wax buildup loosened. Remember, NEVER go after ear wax with a sharp tool or, stick a cotton swab in the ear canal. This action can push the wax further into the canal and against the eardrum.

If you suffer from a more serious impaction or you can’t get good results at home, you may need to get the earwax removed by a doctor or ear specialist who can manually remove the wax using an otoscope and appropriate instruments.  Young children can also benefit from this protocol because it's so gentle and non-invasive.

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May 10, 2017 at 11:39am

Just a comment about not messing with our ears if we don’t need to. My mother at the age of 50 or so started to clean her ears by letting water run down/through them while she was in the shower then she would dry them with her towel. She got this idea after my father survived a rather dangerous semi-truck accident where the truck he was driving rolled down about a 50 foot inbankment. He walked away from it with only a few cuts and scrapes but with some dirt and small pebbles in his ears. His physician instructed him to wash out his ears this way to get all the unwanted stuff out. Well my mother tried it and said she loved the way it cleaned her ears out and they felt so good. Fast forward about 10 years or so and my mother started prematurely loosing her hearing. When she went to the doctor he told her that she kept her ears too clean and that was the cause of her hearing loss. The moral of my story…be careful when trying to keep the wax out of your ears. We need some of it.
I know you’re talking about a specific problem but I would caution your readers to not do this unless you have a specific problem that has been identified by their doctor.


May 10, 2017 at 11:39am

Yes, if you can get her to hold still! Even just wiping the inside of the ear should help.


May 10, 2017 at 11:39am

Can you use this on dogs? I have a Great Dane female who always has problems with wax and dirt in her ears, because of the wind in NM which carries dirt everywhere. Not an ear infection.


May 10, 2017 at 11:39am

Thank you for sharing this! I had recently searched your site for this topic and had not found it. Good timing for me! I immediately started to follow this recipe. :)
Also, a question—what is the difference between red thyme e.o. and white thyme? I enjoy reading your recipes. Thanks for the help!


May 10, 2017 at 11:39am

You don’t want to drip EOs in the ear, simply wipe the inside with a bit of carrier added.

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