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.
2–3 tbsp fresh or dried mullein flowers
2–3 tbsp fresh or dried lavender flowers, or a few drops of essential oil of lavender
250ml extra virgin olive oil
1 Wash the mullein flowers. Put into a jar with the lavender flowers (if using) and cover with olive oil. Leave to 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 the stove on a very gentle heat for several hours.
2 Strain the infused oil through muslin, add a few drops of lavender essential oil (if using), and filter into sterilized dropper bottles.
USE For adults and children over 2, place 2–3 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.
STORAGE Will keep in a cool dark place for 3 months.