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Olive oil drops in ear.

Olive Oil Drops for Ear Wax and Ear Ache.

Olive oil drops in ear.

An effective, natural home remedy for the removal of ear wax and earache.

olive oil ear drops for ear wax

Olive oil drops in ear.

                          Ear Wax and Ear Ache.

This is a remedy to release ear wax and alleviate earache, the feeling of not being able to hear properly as though you are cocooned in a bubble or underwater is easily solved with the simple administration of drops in the ear,indeed it has been proven that by gently releasing a plug of embedded ear wax hearing can be improved by up to ten decibels!

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What is Ear Wax ?

Ear wax - also known as cerumen - is the result of protective secretions from the cereminous glands located in the external, auditory part, of the ear canal.

The secretions that accumulate in the external part of the ear canal are produced by the body all the time to protect the middle and inner ear from moisture, infection and small particles. Cerumen provides an acid mantle killing bacteria and other infections, it is the natural ear cleanser removing unwanted debris that may enter the external canal and lubricating the path for the expulsion of dead skin cells from the outer ear cavity. How much or how little cerumen your body produces is unique to each person, although the older you become the less you tend to produce - some people have more, some less.

The role of cerumen is to keep the ear canal clean and healthy by naturally taking out any potential harmful elements or impurities, for example, dust, dirt and dead skin, problems can soon arise when the cerumen becomes impacted, blocking the outer auditory canal of the ear.

Overuse of earbuds is often a causitive factor,over-zealous prodding impedes the natural process of ear cleansing with cerumen and natural movement, as the plug of wax is rammed down further into the canal.

Blockage of the external canal of the ear may result in inflammation, hearing loss, possible tinnitus, swelling and redness, itching and irritation due to infection as the bacteria becomes trapped, unable to be expelled, naturally aided by cerumen.

Children are often prone to ear discomfort especially following colds, swimming and exploratory probing of the ear canal with all manner of inappropriate objects!

As previously mentioned, cottonwool earbuds are notorious for making an exsisting impaction even worse, by actually pressing the offending hardened lump of earwax that has built up, further into the ear canal- a much safer,effective and gentle solution to dislodge the blockage is the administration of olive oil drops into the ear canal thus relieving the discomfort.

Before administering the eardrops it is wise to ensure that there are no unidentified objects stuck in the ear canal.

If the recipient has recently suffered trauma to the head or has undergone ear,nose or throat surgery then a physician should be consulted prior to the administration of the drops as perforation of the eardrum should be excluded as a causitive factor to pain or discomfort.

Also note that a physician should be consulted if there is concern over an infection where there is high temperature,discharge from the ear and pain as long standing infection that is left untreated can result in hearing loss.

olive oil ear drops with essential oil

Administration of Drops into the Ear.

Olive oil drops in ear

The aim of administering drops into the ear is to gently soften the wax enabling it to break up easily and leave the ear canal,of its own accord.

The soothing addition of Lavender essential oil and/or Chamomile essential oil to the olive oil eardrops will help to relieve the discomfort even more as the benefits of these essential oils are that they have antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic qualities.

Lavender essential oil and Chamomile essential oil are safe to use for children and adults, although for very small children a light massage around the outer ear with the oils will suffice.

Explain to the recipient what you are going to do as it may be a peculiar feeling if not forewarned, explain that the ear will feel gently warm, maybe a little tingly and that their hearing maybe a little dulled as the wax leaves the ear.

Olive oil drops in ear.

You need.....

  • A pillow
  • A towel
  • A pippette or a straw
  • Olive oil
  • Lavender Essential oil
  • Chamomile Essential oil
  • Cottonwool
  • Warmed compress

Olive oil drops in ear

Ensure the oil is warmed to room temperature. If Lavender essential oil or Chamomile essential oil are to be added - add 1 drop of essential oil to 5ml of olive oil, a combination of Lavender essential oil and Chamomile essential oil work well too, so use a drop of each to 10ml of olive oil.

Olive oil drops in ear

                               Method of Administration.

Ask the recipient to lay their head to one side on the pillow, covered by the towel with the affected ear uppermost.

Carefully drop between 3-4 drops of olive oil (or olive and essential oil mixed) into the ear canal.

Gently massage around the outer ear to allow the drops to fully enter and be absorbed into the wax in the external ear canal.

Cover the ear with a warmed compress - to aid the uptake of the oil -keep the ear on one side for 2-5 minutes.

Place the head in an upright position and insert very gently a loose plug of cottonwool into the outer ear.

After ten minutes remove the cotton wool plug.

Hearing maybe diminished as the wax expands and leaves the ear canal.

The drops should be administered 3-4 times a day for a week, if the problem persists please consult your physician.

Comfort from a painful ear maybe sought by laying down with the affected ear on a covered hot water bottle which may also aid the release of wax from the ear.

olive oil ear drops with lavender essential oil

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