5 Ways to Use Essential Oils to Support Your Ears

I’ve been using essential oils to support my health and life for many years. And it has now become my medicine cabinet. I use essential oils every single day – usually multiple times a day. I haven’t been sick in years and when I do get a mild symptom I immediately turn to my essential oils and the symptom is eradicated quickly or at least diminished.

These oils are truly a gift of the earth – from God of course. When you choose essential oils for your home please make sure they are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade. Just because it says therapeutic grade on the label doesn’t mean it’s 100% pure essential oil. I learned that the hard way. And never, ever, ever buy your oils off Amazon or from a box or drug store. They will not be pure – ever. I get my oils here – the only 100% pure safe oils in the country. (For more information on my beliefs and these oils please message me. I’m happy to chat about it.)

So, let’s discuss some ways you can use essential oils to support the health of your ears!

1.Ear Pain/Ear Infections

If you read my previous blog post you know that I’ve dealt with so much ear stuff in my lifetime. Here’s my go-to recipe for help with ear pain, infections, swimmers ear, or ear pain when I’m flying:

In a roller bottle put about 5 drops each of grapefruit, frankincense, digestive blend, melaleuca, and respiratory blend. Then top with fractionated coconut oil. Roll this behind, in front of, (never put essential oils in your ear!) down the neck under ear toward the heart, and along the jaw line to the chin. Apply several times a day, even every hour if needed, until symptoms subside.

I have had great success in using this recipe to help my ears decompress after being in an airplane. I use the roller bottle for ease, but you might have even better relief applying these oils one at a time in the same locations. You can also take 2 drops of each: protective Blend, oregano, melaleuca, frankincense, & lemon internally in a capsule to help support the immune system.

2.Earache

I have also used basil for relief from ear issues. You can rub it in front of, behind, and below the ear in the same manner as for an ear infection. Basil is antibacterial, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antispasmodic, antiviral, and a decongestant among many other things.

You could also put a few drops of basil on a cotton ball and gently place the cotton ball in the ear. But remember, you never want to drop essential oils directly into the ear. The oils will remain on the cotton ball and not reach the eardrum so this method is safe.

3.Tinnitus

Tinnitus is ringing in the ears not caused by an external source.

See, sometimes we have ringing or buzzing in our ears because they are hearing something at a hertz that is not in our range of hearing. This is not tinnitus. This is good hearing! Tinnitus comes from something internal. If you struggle with vertigo or dizziness, and ringing or buzzing in the ears you might be dealing with tinnitus.

Many people have seen total healing or nearly so when using helichrysum. Rub the oil behind, in front of the ear (again, never put essential oils in your ear) and down the jaw line toward the chin. Do this 3-4 times a day.

4.Motion Sickness

Often when we’re feeling dizzy or have motion sickness it stems from an imbalance in the inner ear.

Before travel you can inhale digestive blend and/or rub coriander essential oil behind the ears. I have also had good results inhaling ginger.

Warning: Ginger is a hot oil and you DO NOT want to get it on your nose – or anywhere else for that matter – without a carrier oil. If you smell keep it far enough away not to touch the skin.

After you’re already feeling the sickness you can take 3-5 drops of digestive blend internally and rub it on your belly. You can also use peppermint or ginger internally too.

5.Hearing Loss

I don’t personally have experience using essential oils with hearing loss, but here is a protocol an expert suggests:

Apply this technique 3 times per week for about two months. With each step apply the oils to the palm and dipping one finger at a time into the oils start rubbing at the front of the ear, then over the fleshy rim, and down to to lobe multiple times. (Never put oils inside the ear!) Then, rub down the neck below the ear and along the jaw line. Use:

  • 4 drops each grounding blend and restful blend and repeat application technique 10 times
  • 4 drops helichrysum and repeat application technique 5 times
  • 2 drops each lavender and siberian fir and repeat application technique 5 times
  • 3 drops geranium and repeat application technique 3 times.

What techniques to you use for your ear health? Share more ideas!

My Ear Story

This month is all about ears. So, I thought I’d tell you my own personal ear story.

When I was little I had a ton of ear issues. Ear infections all the time, pain, and fevers. Probably worried my parents sick. I would get an ear infection, finish the antibiotics and then get another ear infection. By the time I was eight years old I had too many ear infections to count, three sets of tubes put in my ears, and my tonsils and adenoids removed. Plus, my hearing had begun to decrease in my left ear. I did hearing screenings regularly. You know push the button or raise your hand when you hear the beep. I knew I was missing several because there was too much time between the ones I was hearing. And I tried to hear so hard. Because I wanted to be good at hearing.

I loved to go swimming as a child (even thought I was certain a shark lived in the drain of the pool). While swimming, I always had to wear ear plugs because if I got any water in my ear I got an ear infection. I had to really battle this being an embarrassing thing for me. I hated wearing ear plugs. Plus, you can’t hear very well with them in. Two things going against my hearing.

And by the time I was in eighth grade (I was 13), it was a problem. The hairs inside my ear – which are responsible for feeling the vibration of sound which creates hearing – were not damaged. However, I had a hole in my eardrum from scar tissue from all the infections. My doctor determined that he could replace it by taking fat from behind my eardrum (who knew there was even fat there?!?!) and graph a brand new drum for me (this procedure is called a tempanoplasty).

So, towards the end of my eighth grade year I went into the hospital for the operation. And I haven’t mentioned my phobia of needles yet, but it’s a real live thing. And while it has improved, I still am not fond of needles today. They had to shave about two inches of my hair around my ear. And honestly, at the time, this was perhaps the most detrimental thing for me. I was so embarrassed about it. And I also get sick after anesthesia. So, this wasn’t the most pleasant experience. I mean needles, puke, and shaved hair. What more could a teenage girl have to go through?!?!

After the operation I had to wear this plastic bubble over my ear to protect it for several days. And I wasn’t allowed to even get water close to my ear or do anything that would rupture or disconnect the delicate new eardrum. I had to be extremely careful.

And a few weeks after the operation my youth group went on a trip and there was a pool. I was told I couldn’t swim, but I just got in the pool and stood. Promise!

Slowly, but surely, my hearing began to return. And now, almost 30 years later, my ear is doing just fine. I can hear well even though I do hear better in my right ear than my left. And the scar is barely even noticeable anymore.

I tell you my story because this was hard for me as a child. There were several times that I felt shame (even though I probably didn’t know that’s what it was). I didn’t want to have this struggle. I wanted to be normal. Just like every kid out there. We want to fit in and not be judged or laughed at.

Hmmm… it also sounds like me as an adult too. I don’t want to be judged or laughed at either (unless I’m cracking myself up or making a joke – then please laugh – haha).

God actually reserves the right to judge others for himself. It’s not in our job description as humans. However, I think it’s one thing that we all struggle with – myself included.

I might invite for you today to notice someone you interact with – whether in person, on social media, or on the phone – and their differences. And just practice accepting their differences. Not judging it or trying to do anything with it. And you don’t even have to agree with their differences. Just notice and accept. If we all did this a little more I think we might be able to love more, have more peace, and deal with less stress.

I’d love to hear about you and your story of being different. Just comment below and let’s share our differences.