Ear Candling is also known as Hopi ear candling and thermal auricular therapy.
It is an ancient practice that has been used in many cultures throughout the world for many centuries.
The ear candles are hollow tubes made from cotton and hardened beeswax. Once lit and gently inserted into the opening of the ear, the suction action and movement of the flame creates a vibration of the air in the ear canal, in combination with the warmth helps to soften ear wax drawing it towards the opening. The candle acts like a chimney in that a mild suction creates a small vacuum, helping to regulate the pressure in the ear.
The candles used are specific and have a filter so that air can circulate but the candle residue remains above the filter.
How is it carried out?
You will lie on your side on a massage table supported with pillows and cushions, covered with a blanket (if required) and once the ear candle is lit it is gently inserted into the opening of the ear canal. During the treatment you may experience a gentle heat around the ear area and you may hear popping and /or crackling sound. The candle burns to a specific level before being removed and extinguished. Once the first ear has been treated it will be repeated on the other ear.
If you are interested the candles can be opened at the end to see if any wax is among the residue.
What are the benefits
The benefits are associated with conditions in the ear, nose, and throat areas.
Removal of ear wax
Soothes ear ache
May help to reduce tinnitus and Improve balance
Relieves dizziness, sinus tension and chronic headaches
Relieved the bunged up feeling after colds and flu
May help to reduce snoring
Good for drawing off dampness after swimming or balancing of ear pressures after flying.