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Is olive oil a natural solvent for problems such as earwax?

From: 
A.L.
Question: 

My fiancée was candling my ears with beeswax when a great deal of hot beeswax went DOWN the candle and directly up against my ear drum. OUCH!

I've seen a ENT, and we've agreed that the best thing to do is to just let the membranes heal, grow another layer of skin, and separate from the

wax... We (my friend a doc, and myself) checked with a chemist and the only safe solvent for beeswax that he could think of...was olive oil...warmed, say to around 105 degrees Fahrenheit, maximum.

I've been trying this for the past few days, and it seems to be working.

What do you know about olive oil as a natural solvent? Any history to this?

Source: 
Dr. Deane
Answer: 

Not so long ago many people outside of olive oil growing regions never saw olive oil unless it was bought from the druggist for softening earwax and other medical uses.

Several US olive oil producers keep bees and make beeswax and olive oil skin emollients. The olive oil serves to soften and liquefy the beeswax.  Sandy Oaks owner Saundra Winokur in Texas and McEvoy Olive oil in Petaluma make olive oil and beeswax products.  McEvoy's hand salve is available at the Ferry Building market in San Francisco or online  and Sandy Oaks' salve is available online.

You may be interested in the book we reviewed last month in our newsletter:  The Passionate Olive - 101 Things to do With Olive Oil.

Date: 
Saturday, October 15, 2005

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