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Is Olive Oil Really Helping to Get Rid of Ear Wax?

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Is olive oil really helping to get rid of an ear infection and built-up earwax or is this just a myth?


She said you’re deaf but you can’t hear her anyway. It’s not because you are really deaf or because she is speaking in a language you would need to google translate her, it is probably because of the extra ear wax which is forming in your ears and considerably has already become infected.

Anyway, you already know your condition of an ear, but you don’t want to jump to the doctor straight away. That is why you are here, reading about the truth of a kitchen ingredient called olive oil.

Yes, the one you put on the salad or burn a fish in it.

Olive oil benefits

  • Lowering risk of cancer
  • Lowering the risk of heart disease
  • Preventing strokes
  • Has anti-inflammatory properties
  • Is fighting Alzheimer’s disease
  • Reducing type 2 diabetes risk
  • Is helping to treat rheumatoid arthritis
  • And many more…

Those are all benefits of olive oil used orally. But what if we drip the olive oil in our ears? Will, this help to reduce excessive ear wax or maybe even heal an ear infection? Or is this all just a myth?

Treat built-up earwax with olive oil?

Earwax is a brilliant thing that is produced by glands to lubricate the skin of an ear canal. Normally the ear wax doesn’t need to be removed, but when the glands produce too much of it the condition can lead to problems such as headache, itching, redness, discomfortable feeling, and the ear infection.

Most of the people feel when the earwax is overloading in their ears and they know it’s time to visit a doctor for the cleaning process called ear irrigation. Ear irrigation can also be done at home using different tools which are easy to use. You can read more about ear irrigation and the ear irrigation tools here or check out our list of the best tools here

Is really the doctor all you got or you can help yourself with olive oil?

The truth about olive oil as a medicine for earwax

It’s a myth!

There is even a study (2003) where participants applied olive oil in their ears once a day for straight 24 weeks. After such a long period of using the olive oil, they even gained more of the earwax.

On the beginning, the study was showing that olive oil can actually help the doctor to get rid of an earwax fluently but after longer use, this wasn’t the case.

The case is you shouldn’t overdo it with olive oil drops if you have excessive ear wax. Better would be to choose ear drops which you can even get without a prescription.

We thought you should know that every ear is different. Maybe yours will like the treatment. And for sure there is no negative correlation with treating your ears with an olive oil.

Try it on your own

You will need an eyedropper  or a cotton swab with which you will dip in the olive oil and let the excessive oily liquid dip into your ear.

*Don’t put a cotton swab in your ears!

*Olive oil should be in room temperature to avoid dizziness or vomit!

The procedure

  • Tilt your head on one side. The affected  ear is facing up.
  • Grab the downer part of your ear and gently pull it away from your face. This method will open the ear canal.
  • Drop 2-3 olive oil drops in the ear canal. While dropping focus on the ear canal which should be all liquefied. If this is not possible with an eyedropper, gently massage the outer ear.
  • Wait 5-10 minutes in the tilted head position. To avoid extra oil dripping all over your face and neck use the warm towel to put it on your ear.
  • Repeat the treatment once a day for one or two weeks. And don’t forget that if you are using olive oil for too long the built-up wax will become your never ending story.

Treat ear infection with olive oil?

Certainly, olive oil contains anti-infection ingredients which can kill some of the bacterias. But in the end, there are so many different bacteria out there and no certain proof that olive oil is the magic killer of bacteria which are nesting in our ears.

However, it is for sure good ingredient to calm down the pain in the ears of our children. The best is to use herbal drops which not only that they contain olive oil but also the calendula and lavender.

Try it on your own

The try it on your own treatment is exactly the same as treatment for excessive ear wax.


Repeat the treatment for 2-3 days only and do it twice a day. The best time to do it is in the morning and in the evening.

What kind of olive oil should be used?

Spare your ear with high-quality olive oil. Beside the label, there should be written virgin olive oil. 

Virgin means it hasn’t been chemically processed. Same as for any  other food processing leads to loss of health benefits. Not only the food loses therapeutic benefits…it also doesn’t work as it supposed to work.

If you don’t want to trick yourself with buying olive oil you can actually buy olive oil drops which contain more ingredients. Ingredients such as garlic. Funny, right?


Don’t use olive oil or any of the natural home ingredients if you suffer from a ruptured eardrum!

And do use the olive oil in room temperature!

Other Recommended Tools to Remove Earwax

Instead of olive oil, there are many other tools which can be used to clean your earwax buildup more effectively. One of the most recommendable tools are listed below:

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