As we get older we often find that we can no longer hear as well as when we were young. Hearing loss can lead to a sense of isolation as you can no longer hear what is happening around you.
Whether you are currently suffering from hearing loss or trying to prevent it there are a number of herbal remedies and exercise you can add to your daily routine to help improve your hearing.
One of the easiest ways to help improve our hearing is regular exercise. Exercise helps increase blood flow and increased blood flow to the ears aid to prevent hearing loss. It’s not so important what exercise you do, simple that you are active. So whether it is taking a daily walk or doing thirty minutes of yoga, studies have shown that daily exercise can improve your hearing.
Dill is a common culinary herb. But did you know that it also has anti-inflammatory qualities?
It is also is high in zinc, which is known to relieve tinnitus and may help prevent hearing loss. Both of these factors make dill a great herb to add to your diet to help improve your hearing.
Dill is easily cultivated in your home garden. Dill has long feathery leaves and grows no more than two and a half feet tall. Presenting a single stalk, when the plant flowers in summer it will produce a great quantity of seed.
How to use: It is easiest to simply add dill to your diet. Both the leaves and seeds are used in cooking to add a distinctive flavor that is great for pickling or fish. The leaves can be harvested and used fresh or dry. The seeds are best harvested when they begin to turn brown. Clip the stalks and put them upside down in a paper bag for about a week. Shake the stalks to loosen the seeds.
Spearmint is a common herb found in many gardens. It’s high in folic acid, which is linked to hearing health. Like other members of the mint family, this herb can be identified by the square stem and fragrant green leaves. If you pinch the leaves you should be able to smell a distinctive scent that is reminiscent of candies or toothpaste.
How to use: For medicinal use, you will want to harvest the leaves, which can be used fresh or dried. Mint makes a wonderful addition to many culinary dishes, such as salads or lamb, and is commonly found in Mediterranean cuisine. The fresh or dried leaves can be brewed into a refreshing tea. It can also be distilled into an essential oil or used as a tincture.
This herb marjoram contains citrus flavors and sweet pine. Marjoram is a very efficient remedy as it has a very good anti-arteriosclerotic action and it is also helpful in lowering blood pressure. Thus, marjoram can be beneficial in hearing loss problems due to poor circulation in your ear.
How to use: For best results, add 1 teaspoon of dry marjoram in 1 cup of boiling water and then keep it stand for about 5 minutes.
However, it is recommended to drink 2 cups every day. Remember not to drink it for more than 10 days.
Apple Cider Vinegar
It is one of the best home remedies in treating hearing loss issues as it contains zinc, magnesium, manganese, and potassium. Magnesium can be beneficial in decreasing the incidence of both temporary and permanent noise-induced hearing loss.
How to use: Simply add one teaspoon of honey and ACV in a cup of water and drink it three times a day with three meals. If you feel like you are getting heartburn then use it less.
Ginkgo Biloba Extract
Poor circulation of blood in the brain may result in dizziness, memory problems, poor concentration, hearing loss, tinnitus, vertigo, and a host of other conditions. Researchers have shown that Ginkgo extract can promote blood circulation in the brain and help to prevent rupture of the blood vessels.
Ginkgo biloba extract can be beneficial in controlling noise-induced hearing loss and associated tinnitus.
Cisplatin is an anti-cancer drug that leads to hearing loss by damaging hair cells in the ear that helps in the transmission of sound waves.
How to use: There are many different ways to consume ginkgo, but most commonly people use the leaves. These can be purchased a supplement in capsule form, drank as a tea, or taken in extract form as a tincture.
Dosage: 60 to 240 mg daily.
(Curcuma longa) is a plant native to the tropics of SE Asia. It’s best known for containing curcumin. It is thought that the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant qualities of curcumin are part of what contributes to turmeric’s benefits to our hearing. Turmeric is also high in potassium, which is essential for our ears to be healthy. As we get older the amount of potassium in our bodies naturally drops. You can boost this by consuming more turmeric in your diet.
In the same family as ginger, both are rhizomes, which means that the fleshy rootlike part is what is consumed in foods and medicines. Not a small plant, the leaves can grow to be three feet tall. It produces a lovely flower that is usually a greenish-white color but occasionally is pink. While turmeric thrives in hot jungle climates don’t despair if you live somewhere that experiences frost. It is possible to grow turmeric at home in a container.
How to use: Found in many traditional Indian foods, turmeric is responsible for the distinctive yellow color in curries. What’s great is that no matter how you choose to add turmeric to your diet it will help improve your hearing. It can be used fresh or dried as a seasoning in foods. Dried it can be ground and put into capsules. It can be used to make teas, turmeric lattes, and golden milk.
If you are experiencing hearing loss or concern about it for the future don’t despair. But by adding exercise and beneficial herbs to your daily routine, you can improve your ear’s health. This should help improve your hearing and your quality of life.