Put down the Q-tip. Here are 8 safe and easy ways to remove ear wax buildup

3. Salt water. 
If warm water doesn’t do it for you, try salt water. Mix 1/4 teaspoon salt in 1/4 cup warm water. Use an eye dropper to apply two or three drops directly into the ear. You can also soak a cotton ball in the salt water and gently dab it on your ear.
4. Salmon. A fatty acid deficiency may be the culprit behind excess wax buildup. If you suspect you are deficient in omega-3s, increase your intake of salmon, flaxseed and Brussels sprouts.

5. Baking soda. Mix 1/4 teaspoon baking soda in 2 teaspoons water. As in the water example, tilt your head and apply using an eye dropper or cotton ball. Remember the importance of tilting your head the other way to allow the solution to drain. When you are finished, use a soft cloth to dry the ear and remove any ear wax that was dislodged in the process.

6. Acupressure. Pressing on the so-called Gallbladder 20 pressure point, found in two small dips on the back of the skull between the ear and spine, can alleviate ear congestion. For best results, use your thumbs, as shown in the below picture, to massage the pressure point in a circular motion for a full two minutes.

7. Garlic ear drops. Sticking a whole clove of garlic in the ears is an old folk remedy for curing a cold. Steep one minced clove of garlic in 2 tablespoons warm coconut oil for 30 minutes. Strain out the garlic. Use an eye dropper to apply two drops of the home remedy to your ear. Wait 10 minutes, and then gently clean the ear.

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