How often do you clean your ears? Ear cleansing is one of the most overlooked aspects of regular health maintenance. Pathogens often enter the mouth, nose, and ears. While the importance of keeping the mouth clean is common knowledge, it’s less known that we should keep the ears and nasal passages clean too.
The Ear, Nose, & Mouth Connection
When we have a problem in our mouth, we see a dentist. But when we have a problem in our nose or ears we see a doctor. The truth is they are all interconnected and should be treated together. That’s why there’s such a thing as “ear, nose, and throat specialists.”
Like underground tunnels, the nasal passages connect to your mouth. This is easy to figure out when you drink water and it comes out of your nose. Your ears are also connected to your throat, by the eustachian tube.
The same microbes inhabit each of these areas in your head. That’s why killing the microbes in only one area is ineffective. A clean mouth can be reinfected by an infected nasal cavity. Likewise, clean nasal passages can be reinfected by bacteria coming from the underneath the gums. For a well-rounded approach, keep your ear, nose, and mouth clean.
Ear Cleansing at Home
- Add 30 drops of hydrogen peroxide (3% solution)
- Add 30 droops of Apple Cider Vinegar (unfiltered, unpasteurized, raw)
- Fill the rest of the bottle with pure water (at least 15 ml of water)
- Squeeze a few drops of the solution into each ear; and
- Hold the fluid in place for several minutes before releasing
Hydrogen Peroxide In The Ears Fight Cold & Flu
A few drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide in the ear can be extremely effective at fighting the common cold and flu, especially if done as soon as you feel the symptoms coming on. It’s good to know that the hydrogen peroxide sold in stores has heavy metals in it due to the processing to give it shelf life. I recommend buying Food Grade 35% Hydrogen Peroxide and then diluting it with water (1 part hydrogen peroxide to 11 parts water) to make your own 3% solution. This may involve a little more money to get started, but it’s well worth it because there are so many uses for hydrogen peroxide and a little goes a long way.
Hydrogen peroxide can make a bubbling sound when it’s in your ears. This is completely normal so don’t be alarmed. You may feel a slight stinging, but if you feel anything more than that let the solution come out of your ear and then add a few drops of plain water to rinse out your ear. If you have damaged or perforated ear drums, hydrogen peroxide could harm you so don’t use it in that case.
For another useful way to use hydrogen peroxide check out our post Super Easy Detox Bath.
Ear Wax Removal
While not the focus of this post, no talk about ear cleansing would be complete without mentioning ear wax. Ear wax is normal, but your ears can produce too much. I used to get bad ear infections as a young kid. I remember getting real sick and going to a doctor who stuck a tube in my ear and sucked huge balls of wax out! If you’re in a lot of pain because of your ears, you probably need to see a professional. However, lots of people use hydrogen peroxide to successfully remove a little ear wax in their ears.
Tip: One of the main causes of excessive ear wax is food allergies. If you’re producing too much ear wax, either get tested for food allergies or try an elimination diet where you eliminate the top allergic foods until you single out which one you’re allergic to.
One of the biggest mistakes people make cleaning their ears is using a Q-tip. Q-tips can push the ear wax back, creating wax buildup that can eventually cause hearing loss. Only use Q-tips unless for the outside of your ear.
Ear candling is controversial. Some advocates of alternative medicine swear by it, while other say it does nothing or is even harmful. Never mind what the FDA says about ear candling. Their opinion doesn’t mean much to me. I have heard natural health experts I respect also say ear candles probably aren’t good. However, I’ve used them several times myself and on others and have had nothing but good things to say about it. I’ve even noticed my hearing improved afterwards. So for the people who say it’s not ear wax in the candle when you’re done, I think it is. Maybe not, but each time there’s a different amount in the candle. How can the amount in the candle vary so much, if it’s not ear wax?