Those living with tinnitus know just how much it can disrupt your daily routine—it is sometimes a constant distraction and wreaks havoc on one’s well-being. Like with hearing loss, because there is no outward physical expression of symptoms, it can be difficult for families and friends to understand just how distressing the condition can be for those who suffer from it throughout their lives. Seeking treatment for tinnitus can take on various forms and one treatment that has been particularly effective is the use of essential oils. These natural remedies can provide relief for sufferers, allowing them to get back to the things they enjoy and feel more present in their own lives and the lives of their family and friends.
What is tinnitus?
Tinnitus can happen to one in five people in their lifetime—it is a ringing in the ear that surfaces as the result of some type of disorder, injury or even the process of aging, in general. For those who experience tinnitus or even hearing loss, many choices can have an impact on the condition, including diet. Caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine are all known to aggravate the condition and should be avoided. Keeping a daily journal of consumption can help those with tinnitus track the “triggers” that may be making the condition worse.
Why essential oils?
Essential oils have been used for thousands of years because of their healing properties. A common misconception is that they are simply perfumes or fragrance oils. They are liquids obtained from plants (roots, leaves, flowers, and bark), and a high-quality essential oil, despite its name, will not actually feel oily to the touch. Typically, they are mixed with a “carrier oil” for dilution because, in their unaltered state, they could burn or irritate the skin. While these oils can and do provide great relief for many, it is important to ensure you understand how to use them safely and effectively. Even though essential oils can aid tinnitus treatment, when it comes to tinnitus sufferers, essential oils should never, EVER be placed directly inside the ear canal! This can cause serious damage as you could end up burning the mucous membranes inside your ear. Rather, you should massage the oil onto the earlobe only and behind the ear and on the neck. The benefit of the oil comes when the aroma is inhaled and it helps to do this in a relaxing setting, free from interruption or distractions.
Both pure and essential oil blends have anti-inflammatory and anti-congestion properties, as well as the potential to improve blood and air circulation, all of which benefit those battling tinnitus and ear issues.
Like essential oils for vertigo, tinnitus sufferers have used a variety of different ear infection and tinnitus treatment oils to provide some relief from this nagging condition and you might find through trial and error that some work better than others for you. We’ll take a look at five of the most popular essential oil blends and remedies for tinnitus that provide relief.
Five essential oils to relieve tinnitus
Cypress is an essential oil favored by those who might experience a pulsing tinnitus, which can be triggered by issues with blood flow and circulation. Cypress is considered to help with blood flow stimulation and also it can act to calm the nervous system.
Derived from the cypress tree, this oil can be used not only in the treatment of tinnitus but for many other conditions as well. Cypress oil stimulates blood flow because of its hemostatic properties, which is why it is effective in treating tinnitus and that also goes toward its ability to promote clotting when needed. This means it can also be used to help heal wounds and even reduce heavy menstruation. Beyond that, cypress oil is popular for treating cramps, muscle pulls, carpal tunnel syndrome, and even acne. Cypress oil aids in flushing toxins from the body and can be used to relieve congestion as well.
While pesto or pizza or caprese salads come to mind when most think of “green basil,” this plant has been used for healing for thousands of years even before it became a favorite ingredient for foodies, with its distinct flavor and aroma.
Basil essential oil alleviates the discomfort of tinnitus with its antispasmodic effects. It can be used effectively to reduce the throbbing sensation associated with tinnitus. Like other essential oils, it has a wide variety of applications and some surprising benefits beyond tinnitus relief: basil oil can be used to improve digestion, promote a healthy complexion, and even relieve topical itching. Unfortunately, the use essential oil is the key treating tinnitus: you won’t get the same relief from eating a caprese salad, no matter how delicious it is in that form!
One of the most commonly used essential oils for those suffering from tinnitus is Helichyrsum, which comes from the sunflower family and is found in the Mediterranean. It has anti-inflammatory properties, aids in draining excess fluids from the body and can also stimulate circulation, all of which aid in the relief of tinnitus.
Known as the anti-aging oil, Helichrysum can also be mixed into an Epsom salt bath to reduce stress and promote healthy skin. Tinnitus undoubtedly contributes to stress and relief in the form of a spa-like experience can certainly do wonder for those suffering from this unpleasant experience!
Juniper oil is favored for its ability to detoxify and cleanse the blood. With tinnitus, it helps by promoting the release of toxins from the body as well as the excretion of uric acid crystals. Derived from an evergreen shrub, juniper is also used to flavor gin—though a gin and tonic sadly won’t provide the same benefit as juniper oil!
In addition to providing relief from tinnitus, juniper oil has a wide variety of healing effects, from removing excess gas from the intestine to reducing toothache pain and even strengthening gums.
Most people associate “lavender” with relaxing bath salts or other spa-like treatments and the effects of lavender oil are no different. It is used for its sedative properties, promoting relaxation and reducing stress. It lessens the anxiety and tension found commonly in those who battle tinnitus.
A final word on the use of these and other essential oils: do your homework and consider any special health-related concerns that may make a particular oil the wrong choice for you. For example, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or have certain medical conditions a particular oil may be ill-advised.
These essential oils can provide great relief for those with tinnitus, and may be the first step on a path of healing.