The amazing historical tradition and benefits of Ear Candles…

Since ancient times, numerous cultures including the Greeks, Egyptians and Romans have carried out the long-established natural therapy of ear candling on a spiritual level, to purify and cleanse the aura.

The traditional therapy of ear candling originally used by the Ancient Greeks, was favoured by the Hopi Indian Tribe of the American South-West. Today’s modern treatment is above all based on the form carried out by the Hopi (meaning “Peaceful People”) Indians who possess great spirituality and medicinal knowledge. The Hopi Nation are well known for their considerable and wide-ranging healing skills.

The very first use of ear candling was for aura and spiritual cleansing for purification. Their purpose was to cleanse and balance the different energy fields of the body. In addition to this, they were also used to begin rites and healing ceremonies. Numerous ancient wall paintings including those found within the caves of the Grand Canyon also show the importance and use of ear candles.

Totally dissimiliar to regular wax candles, a Hopi Ear Candle is a cotton tube, drenched with beeswax, honey and therapeutic oils, that is inserted into the ear to remove impurities and lessen pressure in the sinuses and head.

Today we are able to source other ear candles which perform the same functions and are equally as beneficial to our health as these ancient Hopi Ear Candles.

This gentle and soothing therapy is indeed well known for its calming and relaxing effects. Ear candles are now widely used all through the modern world for helping specific conditions and to still stressful minds.

For those who are new to this amazing treatment, here is how it works.

The fully dressed client lies down on their side, with a pillow holding up their head, so that the auditory canal is vertical.

To begin the process, the specially designed hollow candle is placed just inside the ear canal, making certain it is in a comfortable position. Since the hollow lit candle is placed so near to the face, it may be advisable to use an ear disc which is slid over the candle and positioned near to the ear. This foil covered disc then catches or deflects any falling ash.

With the candle then lit, it produces a light suction action making a vacuum which draws the wax and impurities from the ear. The warmed air from the flame and colder air passing through its hollow middle causes this vacuum. The movement and compression between the ear canal and the candle chamber create air flow acting like a chimney. The herbs and essential oils are infused into a vapor by the burning action, which is pulled into the auditory canal. This softens any impurities and carries out a massaging action by the upward movement of the air and this helps to regulate ear pressure. During the treatment a small amount of ear wax is also collected in the ear cone.

The candles act like a chimney, drawing impurities out, according to practitioners. The majority are burned away, but there may be some found in the candle wax residue or left on a cotton bud 24 to 48 hours after treatment. The ear drum is said to be massaged by the column of warm air, while pressure in the sinus cavities and ears is balanced out. The flicker of the flame also generates movement that massages the eardrum. The herbal vapors from the lit candle also spiral into the ear canal, helping to soothe and balance.

Most deposits evaporate and are taken away through the candle ‘chimney ‘and nothing of the candle residue is left in the ear.

As the candle burns down, many say it sounds like a fire softly crackling away which adds to the overall relaxing experience. The usual burn time of each candle is between 10 and 15 minutes. A pleasurable feeling of warmth from the candle makes this a deeply relaxing treatment.

There are countless benefits of the ear candling treatment as detailed here.

Conditions affecting the head and ears such as sinus congestion, ear noises and a large amount of earwax can benefit from ear candle treatments.

The rising air through the column of the candle and gentle natural movement of the flame serve to gently massage the ear drum. This has an  immediate subjective effect of regulating ear pressure. Users often report an overall calming, relaxing effect and a soothing, light sensation in the ear/head area.

It is often used by people with:

  • Tinnitus – For those people who suffer an incessant ringing  in the ears, the informal evidence states that ear candling can terminate the annoyance by clearing out deeply buried material and blockage in the ear
  • Sinusitis – assists to alleviate symptoms together with other treatments such as nasal corticosteroids. saline nasal irrigation, with nasal sprays or solutions, which decreases drainage and rinses away irritants and allergies.
  • Excessive ear wax – earwax alone is not a health threat, but it can become unpleasant or disagreeable if it builds up too far. It can be not only displeasing, but also produce an ideal breeding ground for bacteria and other unwelcome pathogens.
  • Colds – eases pressure on the inner ear with the removal of excess earwax
  • Tension headaches – eases headaches and migraines
  • Stress – Ear candle treatment has a light, relaxing, placating effect
  • Ear Infections – ear candling can help to slow the frequency of such painful infections and eliminate space for bacteria to increase
  • Hay fever and rhinitis

Many people also perceive an elevated sense of smell and hearing which might take a little while to adjust to. 

If there is any inflammation or infection in the ear, ear candles should not be used. They are also not acceptable for people who have had recent ear surgery or those with ear grommets or tubes, perforated ear drums or allergies to any of the products in the candle.

The ear candling treatment can be followed by a Thorne manipulation of the outer ear, followed by a pressure point and lymphatic drainage massage of the face which complements the effects of the ear candling by assisting to let go of obstructions in the sinuses and ears.

And why not compliment your Ear Candling purchase with a set of Foil Discs for safe candling. And check your results and general ear health with our Mini Ear Camera or with our compact Otoscope.

And now we offer a larger more economical multipack made up of 150 ear candles, ideal for your spa or salon store.

So go ahead and try this amazing experience in Thorne.

Thanks for reading and have a great day in Thorne.