How to Naturally Remove Earwax

How to Naturally Remove Earwax

Last update: 25 May, 2015

Earwax is an accumulation of mucus that blocks the external auditory meatus (EAM). It can affect your ability to hear, and if not treated quickly, can actually puncture the eardrum.

Earwax may appear at the same time as a cold or allergy as this increases nasal secretion. To naturally remove earwax, try out the remedies below. 

Naturally removing earwax

Antiseptic plant infusion

The best type of plant infusion is chamomile. Place a tablespoon of dried chamomile flowers in a cup of boiling water. Let it sit for around 10 minutes, covering the cup. Strain the infusion, let it cool, and then wash your ears with the rest of the liquid.

Elderberry and euphrasia based infusion

This is highly recommended for cold related earwax. Keep the flowers in an airtight container away from light. Place the herbs in boiling water and leave it to sit for 10 minutes. Drink three cups per day, one after every meal.

Olive oil

olive oil

This is a very simple method. Heat the oil until it is lukewarm. Then, place it in your ear little by little in order to soften the earwax. This treatment may take a few days. However, it will remove the earwax naturally from the ear canal.

Echinacea based infusion

Echinacea has natural antibiotic properties and is ideal if you have an ear infection. Prepare the infusion in the same way as the elderberry and euphrasia, and then drink it between two to three times per day.


Earwax can cause complications, however it is a defence mechanism that naturally occurs in your body. You should clean your ears once a month to prevent any complication in your ear canals.

Don’t put cotton buds in your ears, as these can push the earwax further into the ear, putting your eardrum at risk. Try the natural remedies in this article in order to safely remove earwax.