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Hydrogen Peroxide in Ears
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Posted by June (KC, KS) on 01/12/2008

[YEA]  Hi, I thought I would share my H2O2 experience. I've been using both store-bought and food grade H2O2 for the past few months for a variety of remedies.

I had trouble finding food grade H2O2 locally, but was able to order 12% food grade H2O2 from for about $12 a bottle. I did mention H2O2 to my local health food store and noticed recently that they are now carrying the same brand I purchased online. I'm happy to see them offering this product to their customers.

A few months ago I began working at a hospital. Of course I was concerned about exposure to illnesses, especially the varieties of flu that seem to be so contagious and hard to rid the body of. One particular strain of respiratory flu keeps people ill for months.

I can tell I'm being exposed to respiratory illness because I feel it in my chest first in the form of congestion and pressure. (One of my co-workers had the same symptoms after we worked together one day and did contract the illness!)

Quite often I take a pint of diluted food grade H2O2 with me to work and drink it periodically throughout my shift. By the end of my workday I can tell it has cleared my lungs of any congestion I might have felt earlier. So far I have made it through winter without suffering flu symptoms.

The bottle has instructions for diluting the H2O2 and gradually builds the ratio of H2O2 to water. However, I have stuck with the 3/4-1 teaspoon H2O2 per quart of distilled water, as it seems to work well for me.

(I also give it to my cats as their drinking water and they love it! They also love ACV water...animals are so smart!)

I have also read, I think here at earthclinic, that it's important to use distilled water with H2O2 because H2O2 can bind with heavy metals in tap water and create toxins.

This autumn, before purchasing the H2O2, I did fall victim to the respiratory crud, but managed to recover from it within a couple of weeks, unlike many people I've seen at the hospital who say they have suffered symptoms for months without any relief. I take a lot of herbal supplements and home remedies, including a product called Swedish Bitters which has helped my immune system tremendously, so I'm sure this helped me recover.

I also use store-bought H2O2 for use in my ears. I did have trouble with it leaving behind liquid and causing earache. And a couple times after using H2O2 I had sharp pains in my ears. I remedied this by putting a small amount of coconut oil in each ear after draining the H2O2 and it helped pretty quickly.

Now if I use H2O2 in my ears I add a drop of alcohol and only use a drop or two of H2O2 (full strength). This seems to be enough to ward off any virus-related earaches.

I also use H2O2 mixed with distilled water as a nasal wash and this is very effective in immediately ridding me of sore throat issues and any kind of infection I might feel at the back of my palate and upper portion of my throat where sinus drainage occurs. It burns a little, even with using distilled water, but I've come to recognize it as a good burn because I know it's killing the infection.

At times I also gargle with H2O2, usually diluted food grade, and then swallow. Very effective in clearing a sore throat.

Because of my work at the hospital I've also begun spritzing myself with a store-bought H2O2/distilled water mix (probably a 1% solution) after work. Ted recommends this somewhere as a preventive method after he visits hospitals, although I think he might mix his with baking soda and use it as a scrub. I've only just started using this remedy, but it makes sense that it would help rid my body of anything I might have carried away from the hospital.

I also use H2O2 for one of my cats who has been plagued with earmites since I found him abandoned as a kitten. I've never been able to completely rid him of the problem, probably because I have not been diligent enough, but the H2O2 definitely helps. As you know, it dissolves ear wax and earmites thrive in those waxy conditions.

Thank you for all your wonderful remedies. I have learned so much from this site and continue to do so. Thank you Ted for your contributions!"

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Replied by Katie
Wheaton, Il
You should try tea tree oil on your cats ears, that should clear it up.
Replied by Jaimie
Austin, Tx
Please research further using tea tree for cats or dogs, several webites say it is poisonous in these animals.

Posted by SHIRLEY J (Ft. Myers, Florida) on 07/02/2007

[YEA]  # 1 cure. My grandson, age 11, had about 20 warts on his abdomen. Some had been removed by his Doctor but was a painful experience. I recommended he tape a small piece of banana peel to each wart. He did. Within a week they were all gone! Thanks you Earth Clinic! #2 Cure At the very first sign of a cold or flu put 3 drops of Peroxide in one ear. Lie still for 20 minutes. Repeat in other ear. A miracle!

Posted by Regina (Seoul, South Korea) on 06/09/2007

[YEA]  I really can't believe this. But I'm an insulin dependent diabetic so my immune system is compromised and I get more colds. I felt a cold coming on but I have two finals next week and a thesis due the week after. In addition, I'm working and have my job duties to attend to too. Basically, I CAN NOT get sick. I found a great apple cider vinegar cure when I got a bad bout of food poisoning from this site and decided to see if there was anything on how to prevent that developing cold in its tracks. Well, I found the hydrogen peroxide remedy. It sounded completely crazy, but I figured what the hell - why not try it? It's cheap and at least my ears would be cleaner ;-) I tried it. I bought some peroxide on the way to the library. I set my cell phone timer for 10 minutes, had some tissue handy, tilted my head to the side, poured the peroxide in (I bought a small bottle with that has a nozzle so it was easy) and let the peroxide go to work. I switched ears and then did it again on both sides for about 5 to 10 minutes for each ear. It worked! That itchy throat I had is gone. That feeling that I was going to wake up sick tomorrow is gone. I truly can't believe it but I'll be doing this again at the first sign of a cold. This is great!

Posted by Milica (Santa Barbara, CA) on 04/30/2007

[YEA]  I am in my first year at college, and I am 4 hours away from home! Now when I get sick, it is a huge priority to get better as soon as possible so that I don't miss any class and my mom is not here to take care of me!! My friend and I got sick on approximately the same day with a terrible stuffy nose that led to a sore throat and headache that resulted from so much sniffling. My mom sent me the link to hydrogen peroxide therapy and with a little apprehension, I added the h2o2 in the ears, nose, and gargle to my vitamin c and oil of oregano cure. By the next day my stuffy nose was completely gone and by day 2 my voice was practically back to normal and NO sore throat. Now i'm at day 4 and perfectly normal and happy. P.s. My friend is taking vitamins as well as antibiotics and she is still sick! Now if that isn't a testament to the power of h2o2, I don't know what is!! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!

Posted by Anil Verma (Fremont, CA) on 03/23/2007

[YEA]  yesterday, I was about to get get flu. I had sore throat & had started sneezing & sniffling. I knew for sure that I was gonna get flu in next 12 hrs. I found the H2O2 in Ear Cure on your website. Luckily enough, I found that I already had H2O2 at home. I went ahead & put few drops in one yr, waited few minutes & then tried it the other one. This morning when I woke up, I felt so much better. No Sneezing or sniffling. This stuff really works. I put it again in both my ears this morning. I still have the Sore throat. Any ideas, if inhaling will help with Sore throat. By the way, I am also Gargling with Apple Cider Vinegar, Cayenne Powder ( as mentioned on your site). It seems to be fighting the sore throat as I can see Its not getting any works. Pl let me know if you have any more ideas for sore throat. Thanks for your website.

Posted by Michael (Seattle, Washington) on 03/07/2007

[YEA]  I've found 3 percent hydrogen peroxide surprisingly effective in "curing" a cold or flu. I fill an eyedropper with it, like down on my side, and pour it into my ears, one at a time. When I have an infection it will bubble or tickle. (Sometimes it tickles intensely... the first time I used it, I couldn't believe how much it tickled!) I leave it in for five minutes, then drain it out. I've been surprised at how effective it is in speeding my recovery, or even nipping a cold or flu bug in the bud. Oddly, putting it in my ears also helps to clear my sinuses. I also use it as a gargle when I have a cough.

Posted by Debra (Sunnyvale, CA) on 03/01/2007

[YEA]  I've only done one hydrogen peroxide application so far but it's either gotten rid of or greatly lessened my flu symptoms: headache, muscle aches, chills, extreme tiredness and nausea. At least enough so I feel like a human being again. I combined the hydrogen peroxide in the ear along with gargling in the throat. After a 3 hour nap, I felt much better. I could get up, take a shower and watch TV.

Posted by Kelsey (Menifee, CA) on 02/13/2007

[YEA]  After waking up achy and light-headed with flu/cold symptoms, and having it stick for three days I was scrambling around the internet trying to find something to kill the virus off (whatever it was) so that I could go back to work. First I tried the cayenne pepper for my sore throat - miraculous, went away immediately and as of today (day 6) has not come back. I've been taking the ACV once a day and do feel better but I'm not sure if the virus is just running its course or whether the ACV is helping. Then I tried peroxide in the ears - quite uncomfortable but my body aches were gone by the next morning and haven't returned. So I'd give a thumbs up to the peroxide and cayenne for sure.

Posted by John (Boston, MA) on 09/26/2006

[YEA]  I had developed some kind of nasty flu-like condition while in school. I don't normally get sick alot, and when I do it's not really all that bad, but this was really bad and was lingering around for weeks. I was really puzzled, but also quite miserable, and I don't trust doctors and I don't have a lot of money anyway. So one day I was looking for something on the web and stumbled across the hydrogen peroxide cures of Bill Munro and was at once intrigued, but dubious. After all, I was told by my Dad once when I was really young that hydrogen peroxide is "poisonous" which I took to mean "lethal on contact" or something since I must have been like 2 or 3 at the time. Anyway, I felt so bad from this flu thing that I decided what the heck, I'll put it in my ears. I knew that there might be some bubbling, but when I put it in my left ear, WOW, like it exploded *foosh* and scared the bejesus out of me at first, but it didn't hurt it just took me by surprise. The other ear bubbled far more mildly. Anyway, couldn't tell if it was working right then, but the next morning I KNEW I felt better. My muscled didn't hurt as much, my head felt much clearer, and I was able to cough out gobs of phlegm that had been just stuck there for weeks, making my throat raw with coughing. I inhaled it some too the next day by putting it in a plant sprayer and spraying it at a fan I was standing in front of, occasionally taking deep breaths of the fan-air. This made me feel strangely happy and energetic, and also mildly light-headed. It was not a good idea to use the fan this way, however, because a little drop of H2O2 got in my eye once and that wasn't fun! Stings pretty bad far a few seconds. The big companies will never cop to the benefits of a substance that cannot be patented.

Posted by Christel

[NAY]  I tried using hydrogen peroxide in my ear last night to ward off the beginnings of a cold. It worked fabulously in my left ear; bubbled and fizzed, then drained out smoothly. Really quite pleasant. So I went on to my right ear. It will not drain out! My sinus issues are much improved, and I slept fine, but this morning my right ear is still clogged and beginning to ache. I tried the hydrogen peroxide again, hoping it would sort out whatever had gone wrong. But no luck. If it had worked the same in both ears I would be quite pleased with the home-cure, but as it's left me with a whole new pain to deal with ... I don't think I'll try it again.

Replied by Karen
As a child Mother used peroxide on us children to cleanse the ears out. I remember the fizzing and it would drain down to the inner ear and you could feel it drain down. I tried this remedy years ago and the hydrogen peroxide just sits in a pool in my ears and will not drain down. I mentioned this to my ears nose throat doctor and he informed me that I will need ear tubes put in and it will correct the drainage issues. I wonder if this is also what you are experiencing.

Posted by Shelly (Louisiana)

[YEA]  I have often used peroxide in my ears for ear infections. My mom used it on me as a child and I have since done so. This week I had a severe bought of what I suppose is the flu. My jaws, ears, and throat ached extremely bad. After using peroxide in my ears, my symptoms would ease up. It did the same for my husband when I did this for him.

Posted by Teri (Rapid City, South Dakota)

[YEA]  I used the hydrogen peroxide in the ears at the first sign of a runny nose and sore throat. A half an hour later I felt great and I still feel great today."

Posted by Valerie (Frederick MD)

[YEA]  I started putting H2O2 in my ears after reading about this to cure the flu. It worked great and no side effects. Do not do at night or you will not sleep. I was thrilled to see this added to your list.

Replied by Elyn From Milwaukee
Oklahoma City, Ok, U.s.a.
Hey, I put a half a dropper of peroxide in one ear at a time for 15-20 minutes. I have a washcloth next to my head to catch the drips once I tilt my head to drain, and then I do the other ear. Peroxide DOES NOT STAIN the pillowcases! I've fallen asleep with peroxide in my ears frequently-- doesn't do any harm. :)

Posted by Linda (Centerville, Wa)

[YEA]  I use the hydrogen peroxide for cold's and flu on myself and grand kid's, it works great! Have just started using acv for gout and osteo arthritis, could feel the difference the next day. I use two tablespoons of acv with a tablespoon of honey in a glass of hot water two or three times a day.

Posted by Yvette (Vancouver, British Columbia)

[YEA]  At the first signs of either cold or flu, I use a couple of drops of H2O2 - 3% solution- in each ear, in each nostril and in my mouth. This seems to kill off viruses that enter through these areas. It will stop a cough or irritated throat immediately. Sometimes I use a spray bottle to do this. The throat may be sensitive for some people, but the effect is worth it.