What is Hopi Ear Candles?
Ear candling (also known as thermo-auricular therapy) is a complementary therapy that aims to help symptoms associated with the ear, nose and throat.
It involves placing a hollow, cone-shaped tube (or ‘candle’) made of cotton, soaked in beeswax, honey and herbs, into the ear canal. This stimulates the ear and is believed to facilitate the removal of excess wax and impurities. Ear candling can promote deep relaxation and helps to relieve stress and revitalise the body.
How Do Ear Candles Work?
Ear candle treatment uses long, hollow ‘candles’ which are made of organic cotton and a selection of natural ingredients such as honey extracts, crushed herbs and beeswax.
The candle is gently placed about a quarter-inch into the ear and lit, allowing the flame to pass down the candle’s hollow centre. The warm air comes into contact with colder air, creating a vacuum effect. This is believed to draw out wax and other debris that may be lodged in the ear canal.
The removal of excess wax and impurities helps to clear the inner ear and sinuses, regulates ear pressure and brings about a lighter sensation in the head and ears. Ear candling also encourages deep relaxation, which is enhanced by the infusion of herbs and essential oils.
What Happens During A Session?
An ear candling session can be a relaxing and enjoyable experience for the client. At the start of the session, you will have a consultation, where your therapist will discuss your medical history and current symptoms to help assess if ear candling is the right treatment for you.
You will then be placed in a comfortable position before the therapist gently places a specialised candle in your ear. This will be lit and held in place while it burns for around 10 minutes.
What will I hear and will it hurt?
No Hopi ear candles doesn’t hurt is a relaxing treatment, You are likely to hear a crackling sound as the candle burns and feel a warm, gentle massaging sensation in the ear. When the candle has burned completely, it will be removed from your ear and extinguished. This process is then repeated on the other ear.
Once both ears have been treated, your therapist will massage the area around the ears and face to encourage lymphatic drainage and enhance the effects of the candling. Many report an immediate relief of pressure after the treatment.
How long will it take?
A session will last for approximately 30-45 minutes. Some people may experience relief immediately after the first session but more may be needed depending on the nature of your ailment.
What Do People Use Ear Candling For?
Those who may benefit from ear candling include those struggling with:
- hay fever
- anxiety and stress
- post flying and driving pressure
- swimmer’s ear
- yeast infections
- colds and flu
- itching in the ears
Ensure you speak to your doctor about your symptoms to see if medical assistance is required. Ear candling works well as a complementary treatment, alongside medical interventions
Is Ear Candling Safe?
It is also advised that the treatment is not carried out too soon after any form of ear surgery and if you have any of the following:
- cysts in the ears
- high blood pressure
- ongoing ear or sinus infections
- coclear implants
- allergies to products in the candle
- inflammation of the ears
- perforated eardrums
- grommets or tubes in the ears
- acute otosclerosis (an abnormal bone growth in the middle ear)
- mastoiditis (an infection of the mastoid bone behind the ear)
- difficulty breathing around small amounts of smoke
Generally, ear candling is a safe and relaxing experience – as long as the treatment is not used excessively or carried out incorrectly. This is why it is important to seek out a qualified practitioner who is able to carry out ear candle treatment professionally.
How Often Can I Have It Done?
Over the 2 days following treatment you might find more wax being removed from the ear as the herbs and essential oils will continue to work. You should use no more than 2 ear candles per ear per treatment and a course of 5-7 treatments is recommended for best results. Always allow at least 2 weeks between each treatment, however with a normal result I would be recommended every 4-6 weeks.
Aftercare: The experience should be relaxing and may make you feel sleepy. If this is the case then don’t fight it – just rest. Try to drink plenty of water following the treatment. If going out then cover your ears if it is particularly cold or windy. Avoid water entering the ear for 24 hours following the procedure e.g. swimming underwater.