The amazing historical tradition and benefits of Ear Candles…

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

The long established therapy of ear candling initially used by the Ancient Greeks, was made popular 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 candles 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. A large number of ancient wall paintings including those found within the caves of the Grand Canyon also show the importance and use of ear candles.

Totally different from regular wax candles, a Hopi Ear Candle is a cotton tube, drenched with beeswax, honey and therapeutic oils, that is put into the ear to draw out impurities and reduce pressure in the sinuses and head.

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

This tender and soothing therapy is indeed well known for its calming and relaxing effects. Ear candles are now widely used in every part of the modern world for aiding 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 supporting their head, so that the auditory canal is vertical.

To start the treatment, 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 close to the face, it may be recommended to use an ear disc which is slid over the candle and placed near to the ear. This foil covered disc then catches or deflects any falling ash.

With the candle then lit, it creates a light suction action making a vacuum which pulls the wax and impurities from the ear. The warmed air from the flame and colder air moving through its hollow center causes this vacuum. The movement and compression between the ear canal and the candle chamber generate air flow acting like a chimney. The herbs and essential oils are infused into a mist 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 work like a chimney, pulling 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 equalized. The flicker of the flame also generates movement that massages the eardrum. The herbal mists from the lit cone also spiral into the ear canal, helping to soothe and balance.

Most deposits become vapor and are carried 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 gently crackling away which adds to the general relaxing experience. The usual burn time of each candle is between 10 and fifteen minutes. A pleasant feeling of warmth from the candle makes this a deeply relaxing treatment.

There are a great many 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 soft 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 a general 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 anecdotal evidence claims that ear candling can cease the annoyance by clearing out deeply buried material and obstruction in the ear
  • Sinusitis – helps to diminish symptoms together with other treatments such as nasal corticosteroids. saline nasal irrigation, with nasal sprays or solutions, which reduces drainage and rinses away irritants and allergies.
  • Excessive ear wax – earwax alone is not a health threat, but it can become unpleasant or uncomfortable if it builds up too far. It can be not only unsightly, but also provide an ideal breeding ground for bacteria and other undesirable pathogens.
  • Colds – relieves pressure on the inner ear with the removal of excess earwax
  • Tension headaches – eases headaches and migraines
  • Stress – Ear candle treatment has a soothing, relaxing, calming effect
  • Ear Infections – ear candling can assist to slow the frequency of such painful infections and get rid of space for bacteria to develop
  • Hay fever and rhinitis

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

If there is any swelling 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 Machynlleth rubbing 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 Candle purchase with Protective Foil Discs for safe candling. And check your results and general ear health with our HD Ear Camera or with our compact Otoscope.

And now we offer a larger more cost effective multipack containing 150 ear candles, ideal for your spa or salon store.

So go ahead and try this amazing experience in Machynlleth.

Thanks for reading and have a great day in Machynlleth.