How To Apply Ear Seeds

How To Apply Ear Seeds

Applying ear seeds is a simple process. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to apply ear seeds:

What You'll Need:

  • Ear seeds 
  • Cotton ball and facial toner or alcohol swab (for cleaning the ear)
  • Tweezers 
  • Free standing mirror


  1. Clean the Ear: Start by cleaning the ear's surface where you'll be applying the ear seeds. You can use a cotton ball soaked in facial toner or an alcohol swab to gently wipe the area.

  2. Locate the Points: Depending on the purpose of the ear seeds (e.g. relaxation, energy, sleep) you'll need to identify the specific points on the ear that correspond to your intended benefit. You can find the ear maps in our wellness guide in our ear seed kit, or women's health bundle.

  3. Apply the Seeds: Carefully peel the adhesive sticker off the strip of ear seeds, using tweezers. Place the seed on the identified point on the ear. Press it gently to ensure it sticks.

  4. Massage the Seeds: After applying the ear seed, give it a gentle massage by pressing and rotating it a few times. This stimulates the point and enhances its potential benefits.

  5. Leave in Place: Ear seeds are typically left in place for up to 5 days. You can shower, swim, sleep and exercise with your ear seeds on.

  6. Removal: When it's time to remove the ear seeds, gently peel them off using nails or tweezers. 

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frequently asked questions

What are acupuncture ear seeds, and how do they work?

Rooted in the principles of Chinese medicine, ear seeds are an ancient tool that may support a broad spectrum of health concerns by way of aiding restful sleep, assisting emotional well-being, helping you to relax, and supporting your immunity, focus, energy levels, and digestion. 

Ear seeds are a form of auriculotherapy, which is the stimulation of specific points of the ear to support physical and emotional health concerns. They are a needle-free form of acupuncture that have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for thousands of years. TCM teaches that the ear is a microsystem of the whole body, where certain points on the ear correspond to different organs or body parts. Energy pathways (or ‘qi’ or vital life energy) pass through the ear and ear seeds stimulate specific points which send an abundant flow of energy to the related organ or area that needs attention. Think of it like reflexology, but for the ears instead of feet.

Ear seeds also create continual, gentle pressure on nerve impulses in the ear which send messages to the brain that certain organs or systems need support. The brain will then send signals and chemicals to the rest of the body to support whatever ailments you’re experiencing, releasing endorphins into the bloodstream, relaxing the nervous system, and naturally soothing pain and discomfort. 

Are acupuncture ear seeds safe to use at home?

Ear seeds are a non invasive treatment which is safe and effective. Since they don’t require the use of needles, there is low risk of infection or bleeding. It is also a great way to introduce the benefits of acupuncture to those with needle phobia.

How should the ear seeds be applied?

- Clean ear thoroughly with facial cleanser or an alcohol swab - this removes natural oils, ensuring proper adhesion. Ensure the ear is dry before application.

- Focus on one protocol and identify acupoints by referencing the ear maps in your ear seed kit. You will be applying the seeds to one ear only.

- Using tweezers, carefully lift the edge of clear seed adhesive, hover over the desired area of application, and firmly press down with a finger to adhere.

- Seeds may be stimulated a few times a day by gently massaging in a circular motion. Seeds may be worn for a maximum of 5 days and cannot be reused. Remove with tweezers or fingernails. You can apply a new set on the other ear immediately or if applying to the same ear, please wait for 2 days.

How long will they last?

Ear seeds are single-use only and can be worn up to 5 days depending on the area of the ear where they’ve been placed. Before application, we suggest cleaning the area thoroughly with an alcohol swab or facial cleanser and allowing to dry completely for maximum adhesion. When applying, avoid touching the sticky side of the ear seed as it will not adhere properly. After 5 days of wear, remove seeds with your fingers or tweezers and allow the skin to heal for 2 days before applying a new set of seeds on the same ear. Alternatively, you can reapply immediately on the other ear.

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