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Natural Ear Ringing Relief (Tinnitus)
- Jun, 03 , 21
- Martina Steege
I have been suffering from tinnitus since my late teens. The noise in my ears can be described as a constant humming, as if you just left a loud concert that you frequented for hours. Some people describe tinnitus as high-frequency whistling sounds, while others perceive it as a buzzing noise.
What is Tinnitus?
Sound waves travel through the ear canal to the middle and inner ear, where hair cells in part of the cochlea help transform sound waves into electrical signals that then travel to the brain's auditory cortex via the auditory nerve. When hair cells are damaged — e.g. by loud noise or toxic drugs — the circuits in the brain don't receive the signals they are expecting. This stimulates abnormal activity in the neurons, which results in the illusion of sound, or tinnitus (ear ringing/buzzing). Most cases of tinnitus are unfortunately thought to be difficult to treat (like mine), and sometimes severe tinnitus cannot be treated at all when permanent and irreversible damage to the ears or nerves has occurred. That being said, there are natural methods to relieve the constant ear noise.
Being certified in aromatherapy I created a blend that focused on inflammation and pain management, as well as tissue repair.
The essential oils that work
♦ Basil (Ocimum basilicum), which has an antispasmodic effect due to the presence of eugenol and ethers, and high content of linalol. Helps reduce the throbbing sensation associated with tinnitus.
♦ Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) for improvement of circulation, relief of swelling and pain.
♦ Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum) has high ester content and antispasmodic actions. Helps with soft tissue damage, pain and inflammation.
♦ Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis) is rich in monoterpenes and acts as counter-irritant, promoting vasodilation and stimulating local circulation.
♦ Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is known for its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, thus reducing swelling and inflammation.
I am keeping my tinnitus aromatherapy roll-on on my night stand, so I make it a nightly routine to apply the blend before bedtime. Sweet dreams!
How to use:
Apply the Tinnitus roll-on on your tragus (a light bump in front of your ear) and to the neck by the ear and massage the oils into the skin gently. Also inhale directly from bottle a few times, so the essential oil molecules can get into your lungs (and from there into your blood stream).