Did you know that using olive oil in ears is one of the best ways to clean them out and get rid of the pain?
Olive oil overview
Olive oil is the main source of fat in the Mediterranean diet, but today, it’s popular around the world. People use extra virgin olive oil in cooking, cosmetics, medicine, or soaps. It has many health benefits too, including lowering your risk of cancer, heart disease, and other conditions. It’s also a traditional remedy for removing ear wax and treating ear infections. Please continue reading in order to find out more, about the benefits of using olive oil in your ears and how to do it by yourself!
What is earwax and how is it build up?
Wax is an important and natural secretion found in the ear. It keeps the ear canal lubricated and protects the ear against dust, dirt, and bacteria, which helps to prevent infection. Sometimes, however, the wax may build-up, particularly if it is very dry or if the person has a narrow or hairy ear canal. Wax may also build up if it has been pushed down the canal by cotton buds, hearing aids, hair clips or other implements. Cotton buds can also irritate the ear canal, stripping it of its natural oils and causing it to feel itchy. When water gets into the ear during swimming or showering this may cause the wax to expand, giving a sensation of ‘blockage’ in the ear and increasing the perception of tinnitus. If the wax build-up is causing deafness, problems with hearing aids, or is uncomfortable, it may need to be removed. Some people with tinnitus feel that their tinnitus is more troublesome when their ears are full of wax.
Ear infections and earache?
The symptoms of an ear infection usually start quickly and include:
- pain inside the ear, known as earache
- a high temperature of 38C or above
- being sick
- a lack of energy
- difficulty hearing
- discharge running out of the ear
- a feeling of pressure or fullness inside the ear
- itching and irritation in and around the ear
- scaly skin in and around the ear
How can you treat earwax or earache at home using olive oil?
Most people tend to use ear wax softening drops as the first option for wax removal. Rather than use such ear drops, many people find that olive oil is easily available and comfortable to use. Two or three drops, twice a day for one to two weeks is usually sufficient, and the wax will often then come out by itself.
If you often get a build-up of ear wax, using a couple of drops of olive oil once a week may help prevent the build-up. To apply drops to your ear, use a glass dropper or you can dip a cotton swab in olive oil and allow the excess to drip into your ear. Don’t put the cotton swab or any other object in your ear.
You can use room-temperature olive oil, though some people prefer to warm it up in a pan over low heat. Make sure to test the temperature on your skin first. The oil should be just slightly warm, not hot.
Follow these instructions to safely apply olive oil to your ears at home:
- Lie on your side with the affected ear facing up.
- Gently pull your outer part of your ear back and up to open your ear canal.
- Put two or three drops of olive oil in the opening of your ear.
- Gently massage the skin at the front of the entrance to your ear canal to help the oil work its way in.
- Remain on your side for 5 to 10 minutes. Wipe away any extra oil that drips from your ear when you sit up.
- Repeat in the other ear if needed.
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