A method to cure the dreaded… Airplane Ear.

It is nice to finally get back to writing even though my Christmas and New Year’s holidays were absolutely amazing.  Since I am not superwoman, it was pretty difficult to find time between visits, travel, and flights to write, even though I had many adventures to share.  This just means I will have much more to share with you in the coming weeks. (Unfortunately, those stories won’t include my visits to family in North Georgia because I did not get to visit them.  I am a disappointed but I hope to make up for this when they visit us next year.  I plan on making everyone’s visit dreamy and fun.  Like Forrest Gump so famously said, “and that is all I have to say about that.”)

On the other hand, somewhere along the way I picked up a nasty cold bug and it traveled with me home.  It is no wonder because everywhere I went people were coughing, blowing noses, and sneezing.  Even I was a little concerned about flying back with nasal congestion because of a trip my mom and I took about ten years ago.  Unbeknownst to me at that time, flying with bad sinus congestion can be quite dangerous.  This is because as you climb higher in altitude and descend to land, your ears (for lack of detail) get quite a workout with all the pressurizing required.  Add congestion to the mix and this can lead to some very painful ear pain as well as blocked eustachian tubes.  How do I know this?  My doctor at the time explained it well.  It was a full week after the blockage began that I decided to see him.  He ended up having to prescribe an antibiotic and a steroid.

Fast forward to today, would I still take an antibiotic and steroid?  Of course, I would if natural remedies didn’t work.  However, I feel very strongly that we should allow our bodies time to work out these issues if at all possible.  Unfortunately, I got the chance to try that philosophy.  My last flight’s descend into Anchorage was the one that did it for me.  It completely blocked both ears after a lot of discomfort even though I took a decongestant before flying, used nasal decongesting spray, and chewed gum like a teenager possessed.  None of these things prevented it from happening; although, I bet they helped prevent my eardrums from rupturing.

airplane ear

If you have ever had airplane ear blockage (this is what I have always called it), you know it is very disorienting. Enter my essential oil training and a little more OTC decongestant to the rescue.  I knew that if I could make it home and look around in my essential oil cabinet, I would be able to find Frankincense, Peppermint, and Eucalyptus.  Essential oils are able to pass through the skin and are also effective at passing through the blood-brain barrier and reaching us internally through the nasal passage.  I knew I wasn’t allergic to any of those oils and put eucalyptus oil on neat (not diluted) around the outside of my ears.  I also added these three to my room diffuser.  Finally, after putting eucalyptus in my kitchen pot and steaming it (my head was carefully over the boiling pot to breathe it in) 2 times a day, for 3 days for 10 minutes, my ears opened up.  (My son happened to have purchased me all three of these oils for Christmas.  He purchased a different brand than my usual Plant Therapy, but the quality is high and thus the brand meets my standards.)  Last, but not least, I am wearing these three oils in my pretty diffuser necklace too. If you have airplane ear, I hope this method works for you too. I have included a link to a company that sells great diffuser necklaces.  They have many different styles.

Plant Therapy Essential Oils



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