Last Modified on Sep 27, 2015
We all know the feeling of blocked ears – cottony feeling on the inside, difficulty hearing…But, what you might not know is that most causes of ear blockage are relatively easy to treat. If you are dealing with blocked ears, try a natural cure like vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, mineral oil, or one of our reader-contributed suggestions.
What Is Ear Blockage?
We use the term ear blockage to refer to the feeling of stuffiness or congestion in your ears. The feeling is typically caused by inflammation or a blockage in the tubes that connect your middle ear and the back of your throat. The causes of ear blockage vary and range from wax buildup to cold congestion and even hearing issues.
Can Natural Remedies Unplug Stubborn Blockage?
Treatment for ear blockage depends largely on the cause of your condition, which is one of the biggest reasons it is important to consult your doctor prior to treating naturally. With many cases, though, you can successfully clear ear blockage with natural remedies. Vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and mineral oil are three of the best treatment options; however, there are a number of others as well.
Vinegar is an effective ear remedy for a variety of symptoms associated with ear blockage. The liquid can help relieve itchiness and discomfort, prevent infection, and remove excess ear wax. In most cases all you need to do to treat your blocked ear is tip your ear to one side and use a dropper to drip vinegar down the side of your ear canal. Fill your ear with the vinegar and let it soak for 5 minutes, then gently pull on your ear lobe, and tip your head the opposite direction to remove all of the vinegar.
2. Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is a standing remedy for treating ear infection, soothing pain, and relieving ear blockages. This remedy helps remove ear wax, treat infection, prevent colds and flu, and heal infectious issues. To employ this remedy, tilt your head to one side and then drop two to three drops of the peroxide into your ear. Wait until the bubbling stops and tilt your head to the other side to remove the hydrogen peroxide. Gently cleanse your ear with water and dry it with a soft towel.
3. Mineral Oil
Mineral oil is another effective remedy for blocked ears primarily due to ear wax. This treatment helps soften the wax in your ears, making removal much easier. To use this treatment option, use an eyedropper to gently squirt a few drops of mineral oil into your ear. Apply the oil for 3 to 4 days, and the wax should be softened enough to make removal easy with a cotton swab or q-tip. Be sure to avoid pushing the earwax in deeper and never dig out hardened wax with a sharp or pointed object.
In addition to these remedies, try using a vaporizer to relieve congestion, eating hot foods to relieve inflammation associated with your sinuses, or adding one of your own remedies to our list to help others. Continue reading below for many more recommendations from our readers to help blocked ears!
[YEA] I have suffered with blocked, congested ears and ear aches most of my childhood and until recently in my 30s. I found my healing solution which has changed my life completely.
Daily: I apply apple cider vinegar to a q-tip and hold in each ear for a few seconds.
I am able to work on the telephone without blocked ear drums. The pain has stopped. I have also regained inner ear balance. I feel like a new person.
Try it, it will work within 1 to 3 days. I have felt a little iritation come back once I stopped for a day, so I am continuing treatment daily and it is keeping my ears clear and healthy.
Replied by Stefan
Lincoln University, Pa
For the past week or so I have had a crackling sound in my ear, first noticed when I eat. Outer location is mid to lower ear. Ear is not sore inflamed or infected. Please could you advise on a treatment as I would like to aid my body's ability in resolving this so it doesn't infect. Kind Regards, Sam.
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[YEA] I have found that over the years of herbal trials and experiments that Echinacea is the most effective means to clear the ears. It takes a couple days for the wax to soften, but the ears will become itchy and feel like they want to run. Don't be timid as to how much to use. A teaspoon is not necessarily an overdose taken for a few days. :)
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[YEA] Sometimes you think that your ear is clogged with wax, but it is not the case. Sometimes it is swollen inside, and it feels like it's clogged with wax. What unclogged mine was taking 3 flax seed oil softgels a day for 3 days, and drinking Apple Cider Vinegar. You see both of these are great anti inflammatories!
They also help with sinus inflammation!
PS Fish oil should also work, but I took flax oil, and ACV.
I CAN HEAR! YEIIIII, TAKE THAT DR!
Try it!, it won't hurt
Love and light, Sunny
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[YEA] for blocked ears run a wash cloth under very hot running water and hold it behind your ear, do this for about 5 minutes making sure it stays hot and then rub downward on your head right behind your ear to milk out the blockage.
[YEA] I believe that H2O2 not only can unblock ears but can also kill infections in them.
I actually bought the special drops at the pharmacy with half H2O2 and half urea, in a thick substance like oil.
Worked great, wax all came out and my ear feels much better (got lazy and stopped but it's so much better I haven't been bothered to do much more lol).
I think that 3% hydrogen peroxide should work fine too but don't take my word for that. I see no reason why not and I think I successfully used that before too (it was years ago so I can't fully remember if it was that or the pharmacy product that I used).
Best of luck and good health! :)
[YEA] IT WORKS! PRAISE SOURCE. SO I HAD A COLD THAT BROUGHT ON LOTS OF CONGESTION AND MUCUS. AND EAR PAIN, SO TO STOP THE PAIN I PUT WARM IS OLIVE OIL AND THAT WORKED! THEN THE NEXT DAY MY EARS WERE CLOGGED. I USED THE HYDROGEN PEROXIDE MIX AND MY EARS ARE CLEAR AGAIN! TAKE THAT DRS! IF THIS DID NOT WORK I WOULD HAVE TO WAIT LIKE 5 HRS FOR MY GOV. HEATH SYSTEM TO SEE ME. SO THEY CAN DO WHAT? THIS, DRS HAVE DONE THE HP WASH ON ME PREVIOUSLY. SO THIS IS WHERE I LEARNED IT.
Self administered/ you can do it by yourself/ no help needed. :)
What you need: ( you can improvise).
Hydrogen Peroxide low percent, the one you see in all stores, clean drinking warmed water, 3 containers, 1 syringe, 1 cotton, 1 towel
ERE IS WHAT I DID: I warmed up a bit of filtered drinking water, placed it in a mug, placed some hydrogen in another mug.
Got syringe and sucked some warm water with it, then put it in the empty mug, then sucked some hydrogen Peroxide with syringe, ( sucked all syringe space for both), then I added that to the mug w the warm water, then mixed it w the syringe itself, then I got my towel and put in around my ear for the spillage, then I syringed the whole syringe mixture into my right ear laying on that side, I layed there as I heard it bubble for 1 min, then I emptied my ear, I repeated with my other side ear, Then when finished I put a little piece of cotton on both ears, to dry them and to protect them for air. And I can hear clear! Yeiiiiiii!
PS make sure it's warm enough but not hot! Because your ears will hurt if it's cold! . Also do not over do it, just 1s Per day, also make sure you do not have a ruptured ear drum! /aka whole in ear!! You are responsible for your decision. This is just for clogged ear, not ear pain!
Because the hydrogen Peroxide can make the pain worse! Trust me. For pain go w onion juice or warm olive oil. For ear infection go w ingested wild oil of oregano, or colloidal silver. EC Rocks! LUV N LIGHT- SUNNY (LA, CA)
[NAY] I've been hearing a clicking noise in my ears. Did the peroxide but no help. Happened to be a dr office, had him look in my ears. Said good, clean, etc. No infection or wax. told me my eustachian tube is blocked, take sudafed. I did but it didn't help. Now, in addition to the clickin, I have a crackling and, when I bend down, it sounds like ocean waves--so I've got fluid in there. I have put a dab of vicks in my outer ear, but nothing. Any suggestions? Thanks.
Replied by Om
Hope Bc Canada
[YEA] I suffer with horrible pressure and tinnitus in both ears but worse in my left ear. I don't remember the last time I could hold my nose and blow my ear clear. The only times my ears would clear was outside in the fresh air. I have just had a horrible cold, and my ears are even worse now. I have been reading the posts here and thought I would try Hydrogen Peroxide. I used it in my left ear this morning with no joy, and have just done it again this evening, and I blew and my ear popped!! The tinnitus is still there and my ear feels a bit full, but the pressure is much reduced. I am so impressed. I see no signs of ear wax, but maybe that will come later. Thanks to everyone for taking the trouble to review blocked ears and the remedies they successfully use.
Question to Anyone:
Does anyone have a suggestion for "liquid in ear canal"? I've had that asked a few times and have experienced the same. Not always, just occasionally the problem is present. I've assumed this is either fungus produced or wax induced. I first try drying out with a Q-tip or Kleenex tightly rolled and carefully inserted into ear canal to dry it out. Often this does not work and the canal still has liquid within an hour.
I've treated with a tiny bit of clay mixed with a bit of purified water and that is saturated until "creamy" and then gently with a Q-tip a bit is placed into ear canal and I try to line the canal with the wet clay. The clay dries and cleans out the canal eventually falling out over the next day. That has been a good solution, but am looking for any other suggestions, both as to cause and treatment.
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Fort Worth, Texas
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Hope, Bc, Canada