Ringing in the ear or tinnitus, which has a long list of causes, may be one of the most irritating symptoms of illness. While some people prefer medical treatments to deal with this ear problem, some others choose to stick with alternative treatments such as acupuncture, aromatherapy, hypnosis, or herbal treatments. If you are one of those who prefer medicinal plants to lessen ear ringing, here are some recommended herbs you can consider using.
1. Ginkgo biloba
One of the most popular herbs for tinnitus, ginkgo biloba has healing properties that can aid in allaying various health problems including tinnitus. The extract of the ginkgo plant consists of flavonoids that serve as antioxidants. Ginkgo helps by increasing blood circulation in the brain. However, make sure not to use it with a blood thinning medication.
Tinnitus can be triggered by high blood pressure. If this is your condition, using rosemary to lower your blood pressure may also relieve your ear problem. Rosemary helps by dilating and strengthening blood vessel so that parts of your body, including the inner, ear can work better. Besides internal consumption, rosemary in the form of its essential oil can also be used in aromatherapy for relieving tinnitus. Use rosemary oil with head massage, vaporizer, nebulizer or aromatherapy diffuser.
3. Black cohosh
Black cohosh is a recognized effective treatment for women with obstetric and gynecological problems. The plant is beneficial for improving blood flow in the brain and works as a natural sedative. As you may have noticed, stress causes tinnitus to worsen. Black cohosh can be used as an herbal remedies for ear ringing since it has calming properties.
A native to Europe and Siberia, the arnica plant is now also cultivated widely in North America. The plant’s flower heads have healing properties to reduce the effects of sprains, bruises, rheumatic pain, swelling and muscle aches. As a tinnitus remedy, the arnica plant works as a muscle tonic, which helps to strengthen the muscles of the throat, and ears to prevent spasms that may trigger ringing sounds.
Garlic is known as a powerful antibiotic and antioxidant. As an antioxidant, garlic eliminates free radicals that are harmful for the health of your auditory system. On the other hand, as antibiotic, garlic reduces inflammation that is associated with tinnitus inside the ear. Garlic also improves circulation and reduces altered blood flow and turbulence that is interpreted by your brain as tinnitus. Besides eaten raw, garlic is used in the form of garlic oil. Ten drops of garlic oil into each ear daily can help to relieve annoying ringing in the ear.