I'm on a journey to find health and happiness through a more holistic and green lifestyle.

I find the world to be abrasive. =) That is to say, I feel the need to armor myself, physically and emotionally, in order to face life. Don't we all? Maybe. For whatever reason, it has become a priority in my life to rid my immediate environment of irritating things. And I'm sensitive! So there is much work to be done. But. I have thought for a long time that the things I come in contact with every day, and the stuff used to clean and maintain these things, need to be gentle and non-toxic. I have had eczema my entire life. For a long time I just dealt with it, and accepted that sometimes it's bad, and sometimes it's not, and that it will fluctuate a lot. Gradually over time I have come to find that certain things, fabrics, cleansers, materials, are more irritating to my skin than others. Stress can exacerbate it. In more recent times, I have realized that every aspect of my life improves when I improve conditions for my skin. Hah! What a concept! Thus my (long time) interest in going green, and my more recent desire to live a more holistic lifestyle. (I think I've felt a desire for a long time to live in a harmonious way with myself, my surroundings, and nature, but didn't have a name for it.) Anyhow, this blog is a journal of my trials and errors, and basic crooked path to find a balanced and peaceful existence for myself and my family. Thanks for your interest! I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!

Sunday, February 21, 2010


I have a double earache. Not too bad, but there, and irritating.

I have always had very sensitive ears. My ears hurt in the wind, unless the wind is very warm. If I get a sinus infection or any kind of bug in my head, my ears are effected. Much of the time I can just tell that there is fluid in my ears. I'm kind deaf, and my ears pop a lot. Once in a while, it hurts a little. Like now. So what better opportunity to play around with all-natural treatments? ;)

Trial 1: 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of warmed olive oil with one drop of lavender essential oil and one drop of tea tree essential oil. A small piece of knit fabric (in place of cotton balls, which I don't have) soaked in this blend, and placed in the ear. I did each side of 15 minutes.

Results: Hm. About 3 hours later I noticed my ears feeling irritated again, so I guess I can say this didn't really work. Or if it did, it was pretty short-term. Hours later my ears were still leaking oil - bleh.

Trial 2: I read about this online. I made some garlic-infused olive oil. The drops are placed in the ear, and according to this website, it works great for relieving the pressure that causes earaches. I postponed using it a day because we had some friends over. Although I was dying to try it, I thought it might be socially unacceptable to walk around with garlic-smelling oil oozing out of my ears. (grin) As soon as my ears start to irritate me again today, I'll put the oil in. They don't ache this morning, but they are fluidy and popping still, so I figure the additional discomfort will come. I'd like to make it a fair trial by waiting until I have something to compare, ya know? If I don't get aching at some point today, I'll go ahead with the trial and see if it makes a difference with pressure.

Well, I guess I'm grateful that my ache has not come back today. I put infused oil in one ear with a fabric plug for about 20 minutes. I can't say I've noticed a big difference either way. So really, I can't say whether this trial has been helpful or not. I don't know whether the treatments have been helpful or not. My ears are not back to normal, but they could be a lot worse, so................ we'll see how it goes. If they get worse again, I'll try the treatments again.

I did end up putting more oil in both ears. This time I used more. I could feel it. I don't know what difference it made, but my ears feel pretty good tonight.

Next morning: No pain, no pressure. Icky, itchy and generally blik, but no pain. I'll take it. =)


  1. This is probably not your situation, but I noticed lots of problems with my ears when I was using ear plugs. I took care to not get the ear plugs dirty before putting them in, used new ones every day, and tried lots of different brands... I stopped using the ear plugs, and just don't get the itchy ear canals, mild "ear aches", slight dizziness, and discharge that I used to get. (I'm thinking it may have been a contact allergy...)

  2. That sounds very uncomfortable. I had an allergy to throw-away gloves with powder. I used to wake in the night itching like crazy! It takes a while to narrow down what is causing irritation, and asking a doctor often just prolongs the process! Glad you figured it out!