We all have earwax in our ears, it’s produced to protect the ear from damage and outside factors and it’s a normal bodily secretion. However, nobody wants that gooey, yellowish substance sticking out of their ear, which is why we often clean them. Cleaning the earwax makes our ears more susceptible to ear infections, which can be quite bothersome and uncomfortable. Ear infections often require medications, drops or some other kind of therapy to relieve the pain and reduce the inflammation, or that’s what our doctors say.
Still, before you turn to conventional medicine, there are some natural remedies which may be more effective at relieving the pain and eliminating the infection. We’ll share with you the most effective home remedy and next time you struggle with a nasty ear infection try it out and see for yourself how effective it is.
Let’s first see how ear infections happen. The usual culprits for ear infections are:
- Extremely high temperatures outside
- High humidity
- Prolonged moisture exposure
According to this, and based on our general knowledge, people who live in hot and humid places, swimmers and people who often get water in their ears while showering are at highest risk of ear infections. This is because hot, humid environments are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and fungi.
If you want to protect yourself from infections, try to keep the water out of your ears, use earplugs while swimming or diving, and don’t tilt your head during showers. Prevention is always the best cure.
However, if you still get water in your ear try to dry it off with a towel, or tilt the head to drain it out. You can also use a cotton swab to remove the remaining water.
Ear pain and infections are most commonly a result of fungi and bacteria overgrowth in a moist ear. This is a serious matter which can often lead to serious consequences. If you notice one of the symptoms below you need to consult with your doctor and get a proper treatment:
- Hearing loss
- Plugged ear sensation
- Feeling of fluid in your ear
Just like our ear secrets the earwax it has a special mechanism in place to clean it up. But, we make a mistake when we clean our ears with a cotton swab to remove the earwax because all we do is push the earwax further inside and cause an earwax buildup. Here are the symptoms of an earwax buildup:
- Impaired hearing
- Plugged ear sensation
- Ringing in the ear
If you want to prevent ear infections you must first prevent earwax buildup and that’s what we’re going to share with you today. An effective, completely natural way to remove the earwax buildup using only two ingredients. It’s the cheapest, easiest method and yet it’s a very effective one. It’s eliminate the pain and prevent further complications.
Get Rid of Earwax and Ear Infections
Here’s the recipe for earwax removal:
- Olive oil
- Garlic oil
Heat up 2-3tbsp. of olive oil, it’ll make it easier to be drained. Don’t heat it up too much, it may cause damage to your eardrum. It should be around 98.6 F, near your inner ear temperature.
If your ear is blocked it may cause a bacterial infection, which is why you need an essential oil like garlic oil to eliminate the bacteria.
You need to check if you’re allergic to the garlic oil so test it on your skin first before you add it to the olive oil. If there’s no reaction you can add 4 drops of garlic oil to the warm olive oil. Stir the mixture until it’s well combined and get an eyedropper. With the eyedropper take a few drops and apply them to your ear, keeping your head tilted and leave the mixture in for 5-10 minutes.
Repeat this procedure 2-3 times a day, it probably won’t be effective on the first try. After a few days you’ll notice your pain is gone and the earwax will be eliminated.
- As we already mentioned, our ears have a natural cleaning mechanism in place so you should not wash them with water or soap. Even if you try it, you won’t be able to do it since earwax cannot be dissolved with water.
- Don’t rush into diagnosing your issue because the symptoms of ear infections and earwax buildup are quite similar. That’s why this natural recipe is so effective, it can treat the early symptoms and prevent further complications.
If you experience serious consequences even after you’ve tried the remedy it’s best to consult with an audiologist or otolaryngologist. He’ll give you an appropriate course of treatment.