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When was the last time you gave more than a passing thought to that waxy, yellow goo that sporadically comes out of your ears?
Earwax is one of those things that most of us pay little attention to – until we experience an ear infection or blockage – so here are some interesting ear wax facts!
Earwax also goes by its correct medical term, Cerumen.
It gets its name from its waxy, sticky texture - but earwax is not a wax. The exact recipe for earwax requires a good dose of sebum (a body secretion made up mostly of fat), skin cells, sweat and dirt.
Earwax is pretty important stuff…
Earwax is produced by the ear to clean and protect itself. It’s secreted by glands in the skin that line the outer half of your ear canals. The wax and tiny hairs in these passages trap dust and other foreign particles that could damage deeper structures, such as your eardrum.
….but you can have too much of a good thing!
While people with too little earwax are likely to experience itchy ears that are more prone to infection, an ear canal blocked up with earwax can cause earaches, mild deafness, a sensation of fullness in the ear, tinnitus, infections and other problems.
There are actually two kinds of earwax – wet and dry. Wet earwax is more common among Caucasian and African people and is typically dark yellow and sticky. For those with East Asian or Native American ancestry, ear wax is typically light in colour, dry and flaky.
Your earwax can change colour
The consistency of your earwax will vary depending on your environment and diet. You may get darker wax if you work in a dirty environment. Wax that’s been in your ear longer will generally be darker because it’s trapped more dirt.
You should never stick ANYTHING into your ears
Not only is it dangerous to stick cotton buds, paper clips, bobby pins or anything else sharp into your ears – but it can also make problems with wax build up a lot worse as you push the wax further into your ear canals.
The symptoms of impacted earwax are hearing loss, earache, sense of ear fullness, itchiness in the ear, dizziness, ringing in the ear and a cough
Your foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, more than 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments, and a whopping 250,000 sweat glands? That may seem like a lot of anatomy in a relatively small package, but then again, your feet are charged with the very important task of supporting the entire body.
All over the world ancient cultures have shown their beliefs, through illustrations, of the special importance of feet in their society.
In the dictionary of Symbols & Sacred Objects, it is documented that “Egyptians, Babylonians and other ancient peoples considered essential to step on sacred ground with bare feet to absorb the holy influences of Mother Earth”
Many tribes around the world believe that wearing footwear blocks their contact with Mother Earth.
It would be true to say that many cultures believe the foot as the path to health & spiritual wellbeing.