For millennia, humanity has known that natural ingredients like fruits, nuts, herbs, and spices are great for skin care.
These natural ingredients can have moisturizing, antimicrobial, and antioxidant, and a range of other beneficial effects on our skin, especially when concentrated into essential oils.
Essential oils for ear stretching can keep your lobes healthy and moisturized, fight off bacteria and infection, and improve your skin elasticity, enabling your ears to more easily stretch to the next size.
Modern science is just starting to catch up & prove what our experience has told us throughout history. Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of money to be made in studying essential oils, so the research is still scarce. But the essential oils listed below have been shown in studies to have beneficial effects that can help you in ear stretching.
How to Use Essential Oils on Stretched Ears
Essential oils are VERY concentrated. It takes over 200 pounds of lavender flowers to make only 1 pound of lavender essential oil!
Because they’re so strong, essential oils can be dangerous to use directly on your skin by themselves. They can cause rash, irritation, swelling, or other reactions.
To use essential oils for ear stretching without harming your skin, you can dilute them by adding a few drops of essential oil to a safer carrier oil, such as jojoba oil, olive oil, or coconut oil. It’s generally safe to use no more than a 5% concentration, though this can vary depending on the oil.
Test the mixture on a small spot of skin before using it, to make sure you don’t have a reaction. The inner forearm is a good place, since the skin there is sensitive.
You can use this oil blend to massage healed lobes. Try doing oil massages a few times a week to improve skin elasticity.
Another alternative is to add a few drops of essential oil to your next sea salt soak. Be careful not to add too much oil, and don’t forget to test the solution on your forearm before soaking.
3 Best Essential Oils for Ear Stretching
1. Lavender Essential Oil
One of the most popular essential oils, lavender oil has been shown to be effective for in a huge variety of treatments. It can help you sleep better, soothe anxiety and depression, and even repel bugs!
Lavender oil is great for your skin, too. It has lots of beneficial effects, including antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. One study even found that lavender oil massages might boost your immune system!
2. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is another essential oil whose popularity is on the rise. Tea tree oil has been found to have antibacterial and antimicrobial effects, and be effective in fighting acne. It has a strong distinctive scent— somewhat astringent and medicinal.
It’s also been found effective in treating wounds like cuts, abrasions, and burns. A drop or two of tea tree oil added to your next sea salt soak may help your freshly stretched ear heal. (Again, be careful to test it on your skin for any reaction before soaking.)
3. Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus essential oil is one of my personal favorites! With a sharp menthol-like scent, it’s a powerful essential oil that has proven health effects on the skin. From pain reliever, to wound antiseptic, to fever reducer, to antibacterial cleanser, eucalyptus oil has tons of uses.
If your stretched ears are feeling sore, rough, or you’re just having a tough time stretching up to the next size, I highly recommend adding a few drops of eucalyptus oil for your next lobe massage.
You often get what you pay for, especially when it comes to buying essential oils.
Not all essential oils are created equal— some are impure and diluted with fillers. If the oil is very cheap, it may not even be the real thing at all.
Make sure you check the Latin name of the plant to be sure you’re getting the correct essential oil, and look for a statement about its purity (is it 100% pure?). Look up reviews about the brand name to make sure you’re getting a quality product.
Another brand that I’ve heard good things about is Nature’s Alchemy, which is also labeled 100% pure.
Share Your Favorite Essential Oil
Have you ever used essential oils for ear stretching? Which is your favorite, and how do you use it? Share in the comments below!
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