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Updated: Jan 12, 2023

Karna Purana, or oil treatment for the ears, is an Ayurvedic therapy used for a variety of symptoms and seasonal preparations. Karna Purana is traditionally given annually during Autumn and late Spring as a cleansing, strengthening therapy for the mind/body system. In Ayurveda, this treatment is acknowledged to improve hearing and stimulate the sensory organs. This warm and deeply nourishing tonic can be done at home and is safe for children. However, before administering, please get in contact with us, to ensure best practice is followed.


  • Excess ear wax

  • Headache

  • Neck pain

  • Jaw pain

  • General body ache and pain

  • Loss of hearing

  • Ringing in the ears

  • Anxiety and related nervous system conditions

  • Poor and disturbed sleep


Do not use this tonic on infected ears, a burst ear drum, signs of bleeding or with grommets and other supports in place.



  • A clean cotton cloth or flannel

  • Ear dropper or pipette

  • Small bowl for the tonic


  • 1 1/2 tbsp sesame oil

  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled and lightly bruised.


  1. In a small saucepan, put in the oil and garlic glove.

  2. Warm gently for 5 minutes on a low heat.

  3. Remove from the heat and let the tonic sit, covered for approximately 5 minutes. You can let the tonic sit for longer until the oil has cooled to an optimum temperature to be put in the ear. The temperature of comfort will vary amongst body types, so ensure to check before administering

  4. Remove the garlic clove and pour the warm tonic into a small bowl.


  1. Before commencing the treatment, try to have a few moments of stillness or meditation to prepare.

  2. Have the small bowl with oil, cotton cloth and the pipette within comfortable reach if you are applying this to yourself.

  3. Lie down on your side, with a covered pillow and comfortable surface (in case of mild oil spill) in the foetal position. One knee can come over the other if this is more comfortable.

  4. Fill the pipette with the tonic and apply 10 drops into the ear facing up. Apply only 5 drops to children (ages 5-15 years).

  5. Allow some time for the oil to enter the ear channel and then gently tug the ear lobe downwards to move the oil further along.

  6. Rest for 5 minutes, close your eyes and take deep, relaxed breaths.

  7. Cover the ear with the cotton cloth and gently turn to the other side, resuming the same position.

  8. Complete the above process to the other ear.

  9. Once completed, gently roll over to the original side to allow any excess oil to drain from the second ear. Rest for a few moments.

  10. Slowly come into a resting position on your back, close your eyes and relax for a few moments before rising.

  11. Avoid cold weather, wind, rain and over-stimulation of the senses (i.e. screen time) for a few hours after the treatment.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns or questions.


This tonic recipe has been shared from the book "Ayurveda: Secrets of Healing" by Maya Tiwari. This book is a must-have for simple, effective Ayurvedic remedies and further information about the science. If you would like to purchase a copy, please click here.


The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the science of Ayurveda. If you have an acute or chronic health concern, please consult your chosen trained health care professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a qualified Ayurvedic Practitioner, contact The Sattva Centre directly -

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