Ringing ears (tinnitus) is a common disorder with various causes. Regardless of what these causes may be, the affection can have a great impact on the life of the sufferer. Sometimes, conventional treatment can make it even worse. In this case, a natural choice of relief would be the use of essential oils for tinnitus.
In this article, you’ll find information about:
- The way essential oils can help with tinnitus (what they do and how they work).
- 4 of the best essences that are recommended for a good relief from ringing ears.
- Safe ways and methods of using these oils.
- A few essential oil recipes for tinnitus.
- Causes and more facts about the disorder so you can better understand it and the remedies to use.
- Plus a few safety words about the essential oils that go into those tinnitus relief blends.
Natural remedies have become more and more popular. It’s a known fact that pharmaceuticals have side effects and can be very expensive. Natural doesn’t always mean more effective.
Even so, these methods are still preferred by most people. With good reason too, and we’ll soon find out why.
Why Use Natural Remedies? 4 of the Best Essential Oils for Tinnitus
Whether it’s an objective or a subjective tinnitus, the end result is always the same. Those annoying ghost sounds in your ears are always there.
There are many causes for which one could get ringing ears. I will tell you all about them in the last chapter of this post. Until then, I will explain to you why so many people turn to essential oils.
Depending on the cause of the tinnitus, it may or may not get well. Today’s medical approach involves counseling and cognitive behavioral therapy combined with medicines.
This is because the sufferer must be helped to understand that ringing ears is not an uncommon or lethal condition. The goal here is to help a person cope with his or her condition and learn to ignore that sound in their ears, when and if possible.
10 – 15% of people that are affected by tinnitus do accept it, but 1 or 2% just can’t. They are the ones whose lives are the most affected. Regardless of the category you’re in, you still have to try essential oils to improve this condition.
These oils work on the affected area as well as on the mind. Essential oils can stimulate the brain’s limbic system and nervous system. Thus, aromatic oils can sedate and relax, and act as anti-inflammatories and disinfectants.
Essential oils are very concentrated plant essences. They can be extracted from any part of the plant, from the roots and resin to the flowers, twigs and leaves.
Each essence is different in composition and properties. That is why, for tinnitus relief it’s best to use a combination of essential oils.
This is a good way for your blend to deal with various symptoms that come from different causes. These causes may be anything from inflammation and nerve damage to a clogged ear canal, etc.
Here are some of the main benefits and properties of essential oils for ringing ears:
- Some oils have powerful anti-inflammatory effects. That means they can relieve the inflammation inside the aching ears and soothe them.
- The aromatic oils also have astringent properties. That can make the blood vessels contract, improving the circulation.
- A better circulation delivers more oxygen to the organs, including those that cause the ear ringing. A good oxygenation can relieve the pain and the sounds greatly.
- Because they also have anti-congestion effects, that can ensure a good breathing. Thus, the passages that connect the middle ear with the respiratory system can be cleared of pathogens, mucus, etc.
- Essential oils also have analgesic (pain relieving) properties.
- They can also eliminate toxins and dissolve uric acid. This acid can solidify in joints and cartilages and cause inflammation and pain.
- Aromatic oils are volatile substances that can help you cope with your condition and anxiety. They can also help you relax and focus better on daily tasks.
The Best Essential Oils for Ringing Ears (Tinnitus)
These oils have been chosen for their concentration and power to deal with certain aspects and symptoms of tinnitus. There are great chances to get a good synergy out of them all, if combined.
But it doesn’t have to be a rule. Even if you have just one will still provide a good relief. Now let’s see which ones are the best.
1) Helichrysum (Immortelle) Essential Oil
The use of Helichrysum essential oil for tinnitus relief is a very inspired one. The Helichrysum italicum version is the most popular and the most beneficial.
It can help the skin heal faster, repair blood vessels and nerves, and reduce inflammations. It is also one of the popular recommendations for healing old and new scars!
- For a good tinnitus treatment, you can use Helichrysum oil to drain excess fluids and toxins. That will also have circulatory benefits.
- The oil can also decongest the veins. This property helps dissolve blood clots and tone the circulation. Thus, the oil is very good at relieving and even preventing tinnitus caused by a vascular abnormality.
- It also has some impressive anti-inflammatory properties. Thus, nerve damage or infections can be cleared this way. Helichrysum can also protect against the formation of ear wax and prevent other ear infections that may cause ringing ears.
- Helichrysum essential oil is dangerous to use for tinnitus in pregnant women. It contains diketones. This substance can induce contractions or even spontaneous abortion.
- It should not be used during breastfeeding also.
- The oil should always be used sparingly and never taken orally without medical consent.
Why I like it:
I like to use Helichrysum (Immortelle) oil for all sorts of skin problems. I use it especially for acne scars. Sometimes, when I get an earache I use a drop of this oil a few times a day and the pain fades away.
2) Patchouli Essential Oil
This is one of the very few unique oils that can become better with time. It maturates and changes both its color and scent with each passing year.
Pogostemon cabli is the botanical name of the plant, and it has impressive features. That is why I chose it for my list of best essential oils for tinnitus.
- Patchouli has circulatory and draining properties. They make the oil of Helichrysum even more effective. If the cause for your ringing ears is circulatory, a synergy between these two oils would work just great.
- The oil also has anti-inflammatory and nerve stimulation properties. It can help the body and tissue produce new cells to replace the old ones. Patchouli can be used for all sorts of ear infections this way.
- It can also inhibit the growth and multiplication of fungi or bacteria inside the ear.
- Its fragrance may be a problem for some people. It is the type of scent that wins you over or makes you hate it. Nonetheless, its health benefits can’t be contested. This scent can also seep into fabrics, especially if used in small rooms.
- Used in large dosage, Patchouli essential oil may act as a strong sedative.
- It is one of the expensive oils, but luckily, just a single drop can be enough.
Why I like it:
I like its properties and benefits, especially for the skin. It is a great anti-aging beauty ingredient. If used in combination with other overpowering essences, its smell is not bothersome anymore. The same principles would apply really well if the essential oil of Patchouli would be used for tinnitus.
3) Basil Essential Oil
Green Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is an interesting, yet underappreciated essential oil. It can be used for its health benefits, but it can also be used in cooking.
Just a few small drops and your sauces or dishes will smell delicious. Basil is also a great digestive oil. It stimulates the salivary gland and puts the bile to work, among others.
- Basil essential oil is great for tinnitus because it is an antispasmodic. This means that it can act upon the smooth muscle cells in the ears and calm down the throbbing and pulsating sensations. If the cause of your ringing ears is muscular contractions, Basil oil is a very good option to use as natural remedy.
- Its calming effects are only moderate compared to the other oils. But it is mostly efficient at soothing muscle and nerve contractions in the ears.
- With such an effect on the nervous system, Basil essential oil can also help you relax and focus better. It is great against anxiety feelings too.
- It should only be used diluted, and in a proportion of up to 20%.
- Basil oil is not recommended in the first 3 months for pregnant or nursing women.
- The oil can be toxic for the liver if used in large dosage.
- Do not confuse green basil with other varieties of basil oils. Those varieties can be tropical basil, lemon basil, cinnamon basil, camphoraceous basil, sacred basil, and so on. They’re all different oils, with different properties.
Why I like it:
I like to use Basil oil for its digestive properties. I have also applied it in small amounts on my muscles whenever I’d get them worked up. No wonder that Basil essential oil can be a good remedy for tinnitus, even though I’ve never tested it that way.
4) Petitgrain Essential Oil
This essence is extracted from the leaves of the bitter orange tree. Its botanical name is Citrus aurantium var. bigaradia/amara. It is a very uplifting aromatic oil that can deal with physical changes, as well as with your emotions.
- If used for tinnitus relief, Petitgrain essential oil can act as an antispasmodic. It can also balance the nervous system (reactions and emotions).
- Petitgrain can help the tissue regenerate.
- But above all these benefits, this oil has strong calming and sedating properties. Its molecules act on the brain’s receptors and induce a relaxing state almost immediately.
- The oil of Petitgrain can help all those who suffer from tinnitus. It can induce a level of peace and improve the quality of their sleep, thus their lives also.
- It can cause skin allergies, which means you have to test it first.
- It should not be ingested without medical advice, nor used for very long periods of time.
- Pregnant and nursing women in their first trimester should also avoid using this oil.
Why I like it:
I love the fragrance of Petitgrain. It’s citrusy and so refreshing! It does indeed boost the energy levels, especially in the morning. I never used it for earaches though, mostly because I always run out since I diffuse it often.
Regardless, people’s experience with it is very positive, and anyone with tinnitus should try Petitgrain essential oil.
Other great essential oils for tinnitus one could use in various synergies are:
- Juniper Berry
- Roman Chamomile
How to Use Essential Oils to Soothe Tinnitus Symptoms
Since this article is about a disorder that affects the ears, it is a bit tricky to use essential oils. They are very potent and concentrated essences.
This means they can burn or desensitize the sensitive mucous membranes of the ears (or the nose) if they’re used undiluted. Therefore, you should never drop pure essential oils into your ears!
A dilution refers to the mixing of one or more chosen essential oils into a carrier oil. Carrier oils are vegetable oils full of fatty acids. They help disperse the tiny molecules of the aromatic oils. This is an efficient way of covering large skin areas.
But it is also an economical method of enjoying the benefits of your oils for a longer time. It usually takes 3 – 6 drops of EO per teaspoon of carrier.
The best way of using essential oils for ringing ears is through massage. The best places to apply and massage your blends are:
- Behind the ear.
- On the ear lobe.
- All over the neck.
- On the outer ear canal.
Dilute 2 – 3 drops of essential oils with 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. Massage all these places that are also known as the periauricular area.
The use of essential oils for tinnitus should be done 2 – 3 times a day, until the problem is either solved or improved. Again, the results will always depend on the causes of your tinnitus. Some may be improved, while others can’t.
Tinnitus Essential Oil Recipes for a Faster Relief
After all the theory so far, comes the nicest part. That is to blend your oils, inhale them and have fun experimenting while waiting for their effects to kick in. The first step towards a better focus and quality of life while is to accept all those weird noises.
With time and some help from the best essential oils for tinnitus relief, you’ll learn to keep those noises in the background.
Concentrated Blend Recipe for Ringing Ears (Tinnitus)
- Helichrysum essential oil: 50 drops
- Basil essential oil: 30 drops
- Patchouli essential oil: 30 drops
- Petitgrain essential oil: 50 drops
- Sweet Almond oil: 2 Oz (60ml)
Mix all these oils together and shake the blend every time before use. That will activate all the molecules of the oils. Apply 2 or 3 drops of this blend all around the ears and massage it in gently.
Apply 3 times a day, for 10 days or until you feel better. If the ringing or the pain gets worse, you should go to a doctor immediately.
Simple and Fast Tinnitus Natural Remedy
- Helichrysum essential oil: 1 drop
- Basil essential oil: 1 drop
- Carrier oil: 1 drop
- Cotton pad
- Warm water
Wet the cotton pad in warm water and squeeze the excess off. Mix the EOs with the carrier and pour them on the pad. Then roll the cotton pad so as to enter the outer ear canal. Remove the cotton pad after a few seconds and repeat once or twice a day, as necessary.
This is a simple method of relieving the discomfort in your ears with the help of essential oils for tinnitus.
When it comes to the best carriers for ringing ears, I would recommend only a few. Those with anti-inflammatory and disinfectant properties are the best. For instance, Coconut oil can be used for tinnitus and all other ear infections. It has many beneficial qualities that make it a suitable carrier oil for this disorder.
Other good carrier oils for ringing ears are Olive and Black seed.
What Causes Ear Ringing and Safety Words about Using Essential Oils in the Ears
Ear ringing is an annoying health condition that makes you hear all sorts of noises. From buzzing to whistling sounds, these noises may have many causes. Regardless of how much discomfort this condition creates, it is not a dangerous health problem though.
Tinnitus can be objective, subjective and temporary.
Objective tinnitus – is when you hear real sounds that may come from muscle contractions or a vascular abnormality.
Subjective tinnitus – is when the cells and receptors that transmit the sound to the brain suffer damage. This damage may be caused by really loud noises or age. Those cells transmit wrong messages to the brain. They trick it into believing that a new sound has been produced.
This is the type of ringing ears that has no known treatment. The use of essential oils for tinnitus may only lessen the frequency and intensity of all the symptoms.
Temporary tinnitus – this type is usually caused by various ear infections and inflammations. Even ear plugs can sometimes cause temporary ear ringing.
This specific condition can be improved, prevented and sometimes even treated. It’s important to deal with the infection as a whole to get rid of buzzing sounds in your ears.
Left untreated, tinnitus may affect the life of a patient in various ways. It can cause:
- Lack of focus.
- Other health problems.
The most common causes of ringing ears (tinnitus) are:
- The use of ear plugs.
- Ear infections such as otitis.
- Nerve damage.
- Ear wax.
- Exposure to loud noises.
In other words, any damage to the auditory cells inside the ears can cause tinnitus. You can feel your ears ringing, tingling, whistling or buzzing, or even gurgling. These ghost sounds lead to an abnormal hearing.
One study discovered that tinnitus has neuronal connections. In consequence, the medical world focuses now on “brain-based treatment approaches”. Doctors want to take advantage of these connections. The best part about using essential oils for tinnitus is that you can try this new approach without side effects.
Aromatherapy’s main benefit is the way it acts on the human brain and stimulates a good mood and relaxation. Thanks to their health benefits, you could also stop ear ringing with essential oils.
As for hearing loss, essential oils can help only in certain cases. Those with the highest chances are people with objective and temporary tinnitus.
Safe Use of Essential Oils for Ringing Ears
All essential oils must be tested on a small skin patch. Dilute a drop of EO with a drop of carrier, massage it on the inside of the forearm and wait for a day. If there are no reactions, then the oil is safe to use.
Children, elderly, pregnant and nursing women should always consult a medic before using any aromatic oil. The same goes for those with other health problems or on prescriptions.
As long as you never put undiluted essential oils in your ears, they’re very helpful as natural remedies. Another mention would be that any attempt at improving ringing ears naturally, will also last a long time.
Nonetheless, many people have reported positive results with this approach.
Using essential oils for tinnitus can at least be a fun and pleasant experience. One that will help you relax, sleep better and purify the air you breathe (when diffused).
Have you tried any of the oils I talked about? Or maybe you have a different recipe for ringing ears? Would you like to share it with us? I look forward to your comments.