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How to use essential oils to soothe otitis?


Otitis is a common ear infection, so knowing how essential oils can soothe otitis can be a good option!

Often recurring, otitis, if not quickly treated, can weaken the hearing apparatus. As soon as the first more or less acute symptoms are perceived from inside the ear (pain, fever, hearing reduction), it is possible to relieve the pain thanks to Essential oils. How to relieve the pain from ear infections with essential oils?


What is otitis?

There are several types of otitis or ear infections.

The external otitis affects the outer ear, the auricle and ear canal. The internal otitis affects the inner ear, in the area where the balance centre is situated. It is rather rare and usually causes vertigo.

ear infection

In this article, we are dealing with the middle ear otitis that affects principally the eustachian tube (tube connecting the eardrum to the back of the nose) and eardrum. It is the most often encountered and can affect anyone, although more particularly children and babies because of the length and position of their Eustachian tube. In children, this tube is generally shorter and horizontal which favours the transfer of pathogens from the nasal pharynx to the middle ear.

It is often the result of a viral or bacterial infection such as nasopharyngitis. The bacteria or virus being in the back of the throat climbs the eustachian tube and infects the eardrum. Benign in most cases, it generally evolves favourably within a few days. The acute middle ear otitis is viral in 85% of cases.

Symptoms of otitis

The meaning of the word “otitis” means an inflammation of the ear. It is characterised by the following 3 symptoms:

  • a redness,
  • heat,
  • pain.

In adults, acute middle ear otitis is generally characterised by fever and severe pain in the ear as if “you can hear your heartbeat in your ear”. The ear is often blocked and the hearing acuity is lessened. Otitis is generally unilateral, affecting only one ear.

In children, and especially in very small children, it is harder to diagnose. Indeed, a baby cannot express the pain felt so only through indications such as: crying in its sleep, problem going to sleep, reduction in appetite and games. Sometimes the symptoms are more explicit with a child whose hearing is impaired or who continually touches its ear.

When otitis is suspected in a child under the age of three, a visit to your doctor is mandatory.

In children over the age of three and in adults, it is mandatory to consult a doctor in the following cases (the list is not exhaustive):

  • High fever (>39°C)
  • Acute pain
  • Persistence of symptoms beyond 48 to 72 hours
  • Trouble breathing
  • Hearing acuity diminished

Why use Essential Oils to soothe otitis?

EOs soothe pain caused by ear inflammation because of their analgesic effect. Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties act also on the origin of the pain. In association with the immune-stimulant benefits of EOs your body will become stronger and more able to combat otitis effectively.

The 3 main Essential Oils to soothe otitis:

Do not pour any essential oil into your ear!

  • Tea tree EO
  • True or fine or aspic lavender EO
  • Eucalyptus radiata EO

TEA TREE EO to boost white blood cells and eliminate infection

Properties: powerful antibacterial acting on a broad scale, antiviral, antifungal and immune stimulator.

It is particularly recommended in bacterial infections or in viral infections of the respiratory tract, both upper and lower, such as sinusitis, rhinitis and also otitis. Slightly analgesic and anti-inflammatory, it is perfect to treat otitis.

FINE LAVENDER EO soothes pain

True lavender EO soothes pain because of its analgesic and anaesthetic properties. Also sedative and calming, it will help you live more easily with all the unpleasantness linked to otitis and favouring the ability to go to sleep despite the pain.

EUCALYPTUS RADIATA EO reinforces the anti-infectious and anti-inflammatory actions

Properties: disinfectant (antibacterial and antiviral), decongestant (loses mucus and secretions)

This essential oil is the most recommended oil for breathing comfort. It is therefore a great aid in the treatment of otitis because in most cases it is the infected mucus and secretions within the respiratory tract and in the back of the throat that are responsible for the start of otitis.

It is also an essential oil that can be used very effectively in diffusion to disinfect ambient air and prevent or treat respiratory infections.

But also


Thujanol thyme EO (Thymus vulgaris CT Thujanol):

Properties: antibacterial and strong antiviral, but also pain relief provider and anti-inflammatory, the Thujanol Thyme is ideal in the case of otitis, a mixture of infection, inflammation and pain.

LINALOOL THYME EO destroys infectious agents

The Linalool Thyme EO is a powerful anti-infection. Linalool (up to 50%) presents a large spectrum of action from an antibacterial point of view in the fight against bacteria responsible for the infection or the superinfection of the ear. It is also and mainly a major antiviral essential oil.

The Linalool Thyme EO is the anti-infection element of synergies that will help to fight bacteria and the virus responsible for otitis.


Roman Chamomile produces an EO rich in monoterpene esters. This category of molecules has many properties that produce a strong anti-inflammatory. In addition, Roman Chamomile essential oil is also a very good analgesic.

Quick recipes

Important notice: A benign otitis can generally be treated naturally by applying external massages to the outer circle around the ear. This will allow the penetration of the essential oils, through the skin, towards the inner ear. Purifying diffusions can also play a role at the same time by being anti-infectious and analgesic.

How to use essential oils to soothe otitis

  • Place on the tip of your finger a drop of one of the EOs mixed with a drop of VO (or in synergy in ½ teaspoon of VO): massage behind the ear, 3 times a day for 3 days.
  • Consult your doctor if the pain persists
  • Beware, never introduce EOs directly into the ear canal! They could damage the eardrum. However, our ears have their own cleaning system, by their production of cerumen, that should not be disturbed. This is also why, in other circumstances, you should avoid using cotton buds: they can come in the way of the natural flow of cerumen and form a blockage.

Recipes against otitis (using the EOs you have)

3 to 4 drops of the mixture and massage AROUND the ears. Repeat the application 5 to 6 times a day for 5 days.

3 ANTI-OTITIS MASSAGE OILS for adults (except pregnant or breastfeeding women)

baby illustrationanti-otitis massage oil for babies/children (+3 months)

Do not use Essential oils on babies under the age of three months.

kids+6anti-otitis massage oil for children


pregnantanti-otitis massage oil for pregnant women (+3 months)

Do not use Essential oils during the first three months of pregnancy.

Diffusion of Essential Oils in cases of a nose infection, throat infection or ear infection (otitis):

The+: easy to use, it will help treat the infection and disinfect ambient air to prevent the recurrence or risks of contagiousness.



Preparation: Mix all ingredients in a bottle and shake well to blend all liquids together. Diffuse 6 drops in an electric diffuser morning and night for 30 minutes.


  • Passive smoking increases the risk of otitis
  • Avoid plane travel
  • At the pool, avoid putting your head underwater and protect your ears with a swimming cap.
  • Apply a cold water pack on the ear to produce an immediate analgesic effect (for example a washing cloth soaked in cold water or one filled with ice cubes) – only if the eardrum is not perforated.
  • For babies: raise the baby’s head to sleep or when drinking because lying flat is painful in cases of otitis.

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All yogurts (animal or plant-based) can be flavored with essential oils. In an unsweetened yogurt, add a spoonful of honey in which you’ll dilute the essential oil of your choice. For a classic flavor, add two drops of citrus essential oils. For an exotic yogurt, add a drop of Ylang Ylang essential oil. This also works for whipped cream!


Flavor your olive oil: for 1 liter of edible oil, add 15 drops of rosemary or basil essential oil (or 8 drops of each) to one liter of cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil. Shake well to mix the different oils and let it rest for about a day before using it to season salads, pasta, vegetables, fish fillets, and more.


Add 1 or 2 drops of essential oil to half a spoonful of honey, agave syrup, or mashed fruit, mix it into an ice cube tray, cover with water, and freeze!

Here are some quick ideas to get started


  • In the case of a cake, chocolate mousse, or pancakes: add essential oils directly to the batter, which is sweet and rich in fats.
  • For syrup to drizzle over your cakes after baking, or for your ice creams: mix 250g of sugar syrup with about 4 drops of citrus essence (4 drops of one citrus or 1 drop of 4 different citruses, for example).
  • Jams, marmalades, or honey: add a few drops of essential oils (e.g., lavender, thyme, or citrus essences).
  • Season a pasta dish: add 4 drops of Clary Sage essential oil to a 400g pasta dish.
  • Flavor rice: add one drop of Lemongrass essential oil to 400g of rice.
  • Enhance an apple crumble with cinnamon essential oil

The essential oils most commonly used in cooking:







Le+ santé




Allium sativum

Odeur forte difficile à utiliser

.aïoli or garlic butter

. enhance the flavor of your sauces (tomato, dressing)


natural antibiotic

helps lower bad cholesterol and reduce blood sugar levels 

Difficult to digest




Anethum graveolens

Slightly  anised and fresh 

cream-based sauces to season fish, especially salmon

vegetables (potato, zucchini)

salads (cucumber)


Stimulates digestive secretions and the gallbladder

Risk of nephrotoxicity after prolonged and high dose ingestion



Ocimum basilicum

The essential oil of Basil has a stronger taste than the aromatic herb we know:

fruit desserts

poultry (chicken)

fish (calamari)

sauces (tomato, garlic)

pasta (garlic-olive oil, tomato)

vegetables (tomato, zucchini, coco beans)

olive oils


Relieves all intestinal and gastric problems Recommended for flatulence, bloating, and abdominal pain



Java citronella

Cymbopogon winterianus

Acidic and lemony flavour


Indian or Asian-inspired dishes

marinades, sauces (coconut milk)





Coriander (seeds)

Coriandrum sativum

Earthy and slightly camphorated fragrance

savory dishes (such as hummus)

Asian and Mexican cuisine

soups (pumpkin, carrot)

sauces (tomato, béchamel, coconut milk)



Aid for various digestive issues, bloating, and stomach-aches




Artemesia dracunculus

Light note

gratins, seasoning oils, and sauces (béarnaise, sour cream)

vegetable dips

meats (rabbit, beef)


Effective against colitis and intestinal spasms

Not recommended for use with anticoagulant treatments or coagulation disorders


Sweet Fennel

Fresh taste


gaspacho, tomato tart, fougasse, salads

Against flatulences and indigestions



Bay Laurel

Laurus nobilis

Sweet, bitter and fresh flavor


vegetables or fresh cheese

meats (game, pork, pâté, terrine)

fish (tuna, sardine)

sauces (béchamel, tomato)

vegetables (potato, tomato)



Pairs well with thyme



Origanum majorana


Sunny vegetables: tomatoes, eggplants, bell peppers… In savory tarts or pizzas

Recommended for hypertensive individuals

Closely related to oregano with a finer flavor



Mentha arvensis

Milder flavor than Peppermint


Hepato-digestive stimulant

Very potent taste; a single drop is sufficient to season your dishes and drinks


Mentha piperita


Ideal for salads (cucumbers), cold soups (peas), fresh cheeses, mixed with chocolate, or in your drinks Ideal for salads (cucumbers), cold soups (peas), fresh cheeses, mixed with chocolate, or in your drinks

Facilitate digestion



Mentha spicata

An even milder flavor than Peppermint or Field Mint


Moroccan tea


If you like the scent and taste of fresh mint, we recommend using this essential oil in your dishes instead.

Rosemary Cineole or Verbenon

Rosemarinus officinalis


Meats, fish, soups Poultry (chicken, turkey) Vegetables (zucchini, garlic) Sauces

Verbenon variety: detoxifying and liver protection

Pairs well with Bay Laurel and Thyme


Savory (Winter)

Satureja montana

Spicy, phenolic flavour

Pizzas, saucy dishes, mefrenats

Stimulates natural defenses



Clary Sage

Clary sage


pasta, broths and soups


Pairs well with Rosemary or Bay laurel


Thyme Linalol

Thyumus vulgaris

Very strong taste, best used in cooked dishes

Marinades, sauces (tomato), vinaigrettes, and vegetable preparations




Thyme  Thujanol

Lighter taste than Thyme Linalool

meat, fish, sauces





Flowers– Fruits 





The  +



Citrus bergamis

Tangy and sweet flavour


Poultry (chicken breast)

Fish (carpaccio, en papillote)


Sauces (olive oil)

Pastries (cake, shortbread, madeleine)

Fruit salads (citrus, banana)

Infusion (iced tea)


Aids digestion, prevents constipation and intestinal infections Appetite stimulant



Citrus limonum


Desserts or beverages

Fish sauces

Cake or sorbet preparation

Flavoring plain yogurt

Meat (veal)

Poultry (hen, chicken breast)

Shellfish (scallops)

Braised dishes (tagine)

Marinades (alone or with thyme, basil, cloves)


Cleanses and stimulates the liver. It also eases digestion and helps reduce gas and bloating

Pairs well with mint / peppermint essential oil

Geranium Rosat

Pelargonium graveolens

Floral flavour



Red fruit desserts (crumbles, panna cotta, muffins, strawberries…)

Creams (crème brûlée, ice cream)

Fruit salads (kiwi), pairs well with red fruits, nectarines (peach)


Appetite suppressant to regulate blood sugar



Lavandula angustifolia

Floral, herbal scent


Candy, shortbread, sorbets

In savory dishes, in flavored olive oil for salads

Jams (apricot)

Pastries (crème brûlée, ice cream)




Green Mandarin

Citrus reticulata


Sweet and tangy flavour


Juices or cocktails

Pumpkin soups

Poultry (poultry breast)

Shellfish (scallops)

Fish (monkfish, whiting)



Digestive tonic, against aerophagia Anti-inflammatory for the intestines Useful for heartburn, acidity


Orange (Sweet)

Citrus sinensis

Sweet and fruity


Chocolate desserts

Meat (beef, pork)

Poultry (duck, guinea fowl)

Fish (white fish)

Soups (carrot)

Sauces (olive oil, mayonnaise)

Pastries (cake, madeleine, cheesecake)

Creams (crème brûlée)

Fruit salads (with cinnamon)


Bitter tonic, against stomach spasms

Pairs well with  Cardamom or cinnamon

Petit Grain Bigarade 

Citrus aurantium

Fruity, with a flavor close to orange blossom

Fruity preparations (crumble, jam).

Pastries (cake, shortbread, madeleine, crepe)

Creams (custard, crème brûlée, flan caramel)

Fruit salads


Pairs well with citrus fruits (orange), honey, nectarines (peach)


Difficult digestion, bloating, digestive spasms, stomachaches


in eggnog for better sleep:

1 drop with 1 egg yolk, 1 teaspoon of honey and 25 ml milk to drink at bedtime



Citrus paradisi

Tangy and sweet

Avocado salads and desserts galore: tarts, syrups, shortbread, or sorbets


Suppresses appetite Difficult digestion


Lemon Verbena 

Lippia citriodora

Lemon scented


Dairy products, pies, fruit salads, smoothies, or infusions

Fish (monkfish, sea bass)

Shellfish (oyster)

Fruit compote (peach, pear)

Desserts (ice cream, parfait, panna cotta, custard, crème brûlée)

Pastries (madeleine, shortbread, cake)



Internal worms


Ylang Ylang Complete


Pronounced floral scent

Chocolate and apples









The +


Cinnamon (bark)

Cinnamomum verum

Warm and sweet flavor

All desserts: fruits in all forms, cakes, compotes…

Braised dishes (tagine, curry)


vermifuge and helps combat digestive disorders, gastric pain, urinary or intestinal infections.

Increases appetite.

Very potent oil that should not be used undiluted


Elettaria cardamomum

Spicy favour

Savory dishes or fruity desserts (orange, peach).

Ideal in coffee or black tea

Carrot salad

Basmati rice


Aids in the prevention of aerophagia


Clove bud

Syzygium aromaticum


Curry dishes

Apple desserts

Breath freshener



Curcuma longa

Savory and discreet flavo


Mayonnaise, rice, potatoes, or fish



Bloating, colitis, difficult digestion



Zingiber officinale

Spicy and lemony flavor

Soups, gingerbread, shortbread, rhubarb pies


Useful in case of constipation, nausea


Black Pepper 

Piper nigrum

Spicy, hot, woody


for seasoning meats, poultry, sauces, and vegetables (mashed potatoes, mushrooms)

Bloating, hepatic-pancreatic insufficiency, difficult digestion, lack of appetite.



Pink Pepper

Schinus molle

Peppery, hot, spicy


Meats (beef carpaccio)

Poultry (duck)

Fish (salmon)

Shellfish (oyster)

Fruits (apple)”

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Digestive disorders, intoxication, intestinal infections


Digestive and Purifying Essential Oils:

  • Dill, Celery, Cumin, Fennel, Basil, Lemon, Tarragon, Mint


Tonic and Antibacterial Essential Oils:

  • Ceylon Cinnamon (bark), Ginger, Mint, Thyme (linalool chemotype), Lemongrass, Turmeric, Clove, Savory


Soothing and Mild Essential Oils:

  • Cardamom, Lavender, Sweet Orange, Lemon Verbena, Lemon, Mandarin, Bitter Orange Petitgrain, Vanilla (resinoid), Ylang-Ylang



Precautions When Using Essential Oils

First and foremost, several essential oils are toxic and should not be ingested. While essential oils like lemon or coriander can be used, it’s essential to steer clear of curly parsley oil, which is highly toxic.

Therefore, it is crucial to research each oil before adding them to your recipes. Ingesting toxic essential oils can lead to symptoms ranging from mild irritation of the mouth’s mucous membranes to nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Some essential oils can even cause seizures or respiratory problems.


At-Risk Individuals

  • Prohibited for pregnant women in the first 3 months of pregnancy, as well as infants under 3 months.
  • Pregnant women beyond 3 months and those who are breastfeeding should exercise caution in both aromatic cooking and aromatherapy. Some oils are contraindicated for them.
  • Keep essential oils out of the reach of children.


Essential oils can trigger allergic reactions.




  • Only use 100% pure, 100% natural, and chemotyped essential oils, preferably certified as organic. This ensures a high-quality product with a known chemical composition and free from pesticides.


  • Avoid using essential oils in baby food (up to 3 years old): firstly, some essential oils may be contraindicated for young children, and secondly, babies already have a wide range of flavors to discover!


  • For children under 6 years old, their palates are still developing a taste for “classic” flavors. They may not appreciate the unique aromas of aromatic cooking. It’s better to introduce them gradually starting from the age of 6, beginning with familiar flavors like citrus, for example.


  • Never swallow essential oils undiluted or even on a sugar cube because they are highly concentrated.


  • Always dilute essential oils in a fatty and/or sweet substance: honey, oil, cereal syrup, cake batter, etc. Water, broth, or milk is not sufficient; a syrupy or fatty substance is required. Dosage must be precise to the drop!


Sometimes, one drop too many can render the preparation inedible. So, respect some basic rules:

  • Never incorporate the oil directly into the dish with the dropper, as an accidental drop can easily happen.
  • Always dilute the drop(s) in a spoonful of fatty or syrupy substance before adding it to the preparation.
  • Follow the number of drops indicated in the recipe or, if in doubt, stick to 1 drop per dish.

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