Best known as an alternative approach for earwax removal, ear candling involves placing a hollow, wax-covered candle in the ear. Lighting one end of the cone creates a suction that pulls earwax out of the ear. The vacuum is caused by the warmed air from the flame and colder air moving through its hollow centre.
The hand-made structures are hollow tubes which contain honey, sage, St John’s Wort, and chamomile. The burning action infuses the herbs and essential oils into a vapour, which is drawn into the auditory canal. This performs a massaging function as well as softening any impurities.
Although ear candling is said to be an ancient practice, its origin and history are unclear. Places and cultures as diverse as China, Egypt, the pre-Columbian Americas, Tibet, the mythical city of Atlantis, and the Hopi Indian tribe have been mentioned as having originated the practice.
What are the benefits Ear Candling?
Ear Candling can benefit conditions affecting the head and ears such as sinus congestion, ear noises and excessive earwax. The rising air through the column of the candle and gentle natural movement of the flame serve to gently massage the ear drum.
What does a typical Ear Candling session look like?
The client lies down on their side, with their head supported on a pillow so the auditory canal is vertical. The process involves placing a specially designed hollow candle just inside the ear, as far as is comfortable into the canal.
The candle is then lit, and the resulting gentle suction and vacuum draws the wax and impurities from the ear. A fire crackling sound may be heard and possibly some gentle popping. The rising air gently massages the ear drum and helps to regulate ear pressure. A small amount of ear wax is also removed during the treatment.
According to practitioners, the candles work like a chimney, drawing impurities out. Most are burned away, although some may be found in the candle wax residue or may appear on a cotton bud 24 to 48 hours after treatment.
The column of warm air rising in the candle is said to massage the ear drum while pressure in the sinus cavities and ears is equalised. Most deposits evaporate and are carried away through the candle ‘chimney’. None of the candle residue goes into the ear.
How do I find a specialist that suits me?
Many holistic practitioners include Ear Candling in their sessions; however, some specialise just in this. If you have a specific issue such as tinnitus, sinusitis, or glue ear, you may want to seek out a specialist.