Natural Treatments for Tinnitus (Ringing in the Ears)

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If you are searching for a natural treatment for tinnitus, you’re in the right place. Several causes for tinnitus mean several approaches to natural treatment.
Does the spring mean an increase in ringing in your ears? For many, the time of year that others enjoy the arrival of green grass and flowers can be miserable.
Recently, I met a man who suffers from constant ringing in the ears (tinnitus). It interferes with his sleep and daily activity. He was seeking a natural treatment for tinnitus and I was able to give him a few helpful suggestions.

Natural Treatment for Tinnitus

Ringing in the ears can be caused by several different issues, so there is more than just one natural treatment for tinnitus.


This is the reason why so many people experience an increase in ringing in the spring. Allergies, and their resulting pressure and inflammation in the sinus cavity, can put pressure on the inner workings of the ear. It is important to reduce the histamine reaction and bring down inflammation in this type of ringing. Use any of the following herbs for this purpose:

  • Nettle (Urtica dioica)
  • Plantain (Plantago spp.)
  • Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

Find these bulk organic dried herbs here.

Weak Kidneys

Traditional Chinese Medicine links ear issues to the kidney. Supporting the health of the kidney with herbal diuretics (herbs that increase the flow of water through the kidneys) can be helpful in this type of tinnitus. These herbs are best enjoyed as a tea for this particular problem, as it is important to ingest as much liquid as possible as part of treatment.

  • Dandelion (Taraxacum officinalis)
  • Chickweed (Stellaria media)
  • Plantain (Plantago spp.)

You can find all these organic dried herbs here.

Structural Problems

If you’ve ever had a head injury or whiplash, ringing in the ears can be caused by changes in the way your skull bones are fitting together. It might be an issue that a cranial-sacral therapist can help with. (Find practitioners near you.)

Advancing Age

Simple wear and tear can also be the cause of some ringing. In many cases increasing zinc and Vitamin B12 may be helpful. For zinc, try pumpkin seeds and for Vitamin B12, eggs, dairy products, or bee pollen are great choices.

Noise Damage

My father used to work on the flight line in the Air National Guard. Working on jet engines does nothing in the way of protecting your hearing. This type of damage may be too severe, but for lighter damage, St. John’s wort oil can be helpful rubbed behind the ear. (Find St. John’s wort oil here.)

Circulatory Issues

High blood pressure or high cholesterol can bring on ringing in the ears. It is important to check these out with your doctor. If you are able and desire to treat these issues with natural remedies, try any of these:

  • Garlic (Allium sativum)
  • Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa)
  • Diuretic herbs (Dandelion, Chickweed, Plantain) – Diuretics reduce the pressure on our blood vessels when water is retained and can reduce blood pressure.


Be careful about over-using aspirin, steroids, antidepressants, asparatame, anti-anxiety medications, antihistamines, antibiotics, and painkillers. Studies have shown that any of these may contribute to ringing in the ears.
Do you struggle with ringing in the ears? How have you dealt with it?

Dawn Combs

About Dawn Combs

Dawn is a wife, mother, farmer, author, ethnobotanist, professional speaker and educator. She has over 20 years of ethnobotanical experience, is a certified herbalist and has a B.A. in Botany and Humanities/Classics. Dawn is co-owner of Mockingbird Meadows, the home farm for her educational web channel Heal Local. She is the author of Conceiving Healthy Babies, An Herbal Guide to Support Preconception, Pregnancy and Lactation (New Society Publishers, 2014) and Heal Local, 20 Essential Herbs for Do-it-Yourself Home Healthcare (New Society Publishers, 2015).

Natural Treatments for Tinnitus (Ringing in the Ears) was written by Dawn Combs.

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