Mullein Ear Drops for Waxy Ears

THIS IS NOT EDIBLE. A build-up of ear wax is normal, especially as you age, but it can be painful and even cause temporary hearing loss. We've put a new twist on this very popular recipe from the last book, using olive oil and adding lavender to the mullein. Used every few months, these drops will help prevent wax from accumulating. Used on problem or compacted wax, they'll soothe pain and dissolve it gently away.

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TOTAL TIME: 4 hr 5 min
Prep: 5 min
Cook: 4 hr



2 to 3 tablespoons fresh or dried lavender flowers, or a few drops lavender essential oil
2 to 3 tablespoons fresh or dried mullein flowers, washed
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil


Combine the flowers in a jar and cover with olive oil. Let steep for several days in sunlight. Alternatively, if you need to infuse the oil more quickly, place the flowers and olive oil in a small pan and warm on a very gentle heat for several hours.
Strain the infused oil through muslin, add a few drops of lavender essential oil, if using, and filter into sterilized dropper bottles.

For adults and children over 2, place 2 to 3 drops into the affected ear, morning and night, for at least 5 days. The best way to do this is to lie down, sore ear facing up. Gently pull the outer ear backwards, and drop the oil (at room temperature) into the ear canal. Gently massage the area in front of the ear to encourage the oil to flow into the ear canal. Remain lying down for a few minutes. When you stand up, wipe any excess oil with a tissue.

CAUTION: If the ear is very painful, discharging matter, or you suspect an ear infection, you must see your doctor. Do not use the drops if you have (or suspect you have) a burst eardrum.

The drops will keep in a cool dark place for 3 months.


The content of this program is for entertainment purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice. Always consult a professional healthcare provider before trying any form of therapy or if you have any questions or concerns about a medical condition. The use of natural products can be toxic if misused, and even when suitably used, certain individuals could have adverse reactions.




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