Ear Candles have been used since ancient times and appear in the histories of most cultures such as the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians. Today people are most familiar with the term Hopi which refers to the Hopi Indians of North America. The Hopi Cultural Preservation society have requested that people practicing this ancient healing ritual simply refer to it as Ear Candling or Thermal Auricular Therapy as the Hopi name has been exploited with no benefit to the Hopi Indians themselves.
Heat has long since been recognised as a useful aid in healing for painful conditions such as joint inflammation and ear aches and smoke has a history of being used to cleanse and clear negative energy. Ear Candles bring together the elements of fire, heat, smoke and herbs to assist healing, induce relaxation and promote well-being.
Ear Candling is a very pleasant, relaxing and non invasive treatment that involves a special type of hollow, conical candle being gently inserted in the ear. When the candle is lit a gentle heat is created that creates a gentle suction and soothes the ear and a lovely, slightly crackly sound is heard. These tiny sound waves stimulate tiny follicles and all the component parts in the ears, in essence creating a massage for the ears, promoting healing and stimulating the bodies own natural removal of any debris that is building up.
Because the ears, nose, sinuses and throat are all interconnected, the
whole of the upper respiratory tract as well as the ears benefit. The receiver may experience a
feeling of pressure being released in the ears or sinuses or a popping
sound as the Eustachian tube opens.
All of the candles that I use are completely natural combining pure unbleached cotton, and natural beeswax. I do not use inferior candles that contain paraffin or treated cotton. You have the choice of plain unscented candles or can choose from candles that are impregnated with organic essential oils. These candles are coloured using only natural vegetable dyes for example beetroot or turmeric. They contain safety filters and conform to all EC safety regulations.
Treatment with the candles generally lasts about thirty minutes and this is then followed by a facial massage which stimulates lymph and removal of toxins as well being extremely relaxing. In general you should allow at least one hour for a full treatment.
Depending on what you are being treated for frequency of your treaments can be
Once or twice a week
The effects can continue for up to 48 hours afterwards so it is beneficial to leave at least 48 hours between treatments.
There are usually no adverse side effects to treatments.
The following are a list of some of the conditions that can benefit from Ear Candle treatments.
- Insomnia - Often people fall asleep during treatment.
- Stress - Very relaxing when the treatment is performed and many clients have sessions for this reason alone.
- Sinus problems
- Hay Fever and colds
- Migraine and tension headaches
- Compacted or excessive ear wax
- Glue Ear
- Painful or congested ears after flying or diving.
- Menieres Disease
Contraindications when treatment is not suitable
- If you have a perforated eardrum.
- Artificial Eardrum or Cochlear implant.
- If grommets (drainage tubes) are implanted in the eardrum.
- If oil has recently been placed in the ear.
- Eczema or dermatitis in the outer ear.
- Any form of inflammation or disease of the outer ear or skin.
- High temperature or fever.
- Recent head or neck injury.
- Recent Ear Surgery.
- If you have an acute infectious disease eg Measles.
- Scalp or skin infection.
- A heavy cold where there is a lot of sneezing.
- Under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Low blood pressure.
- If you suffer from a chronic or acute disease - Please contact me to discuss if suitable.
Certain ear conditions will not benefit from treatment
If you would like to know more about treatment
suitability over a particular condition you may have please feel free to
call or email me to discuss your concerns.
- Sensorineural deafness
- Chronic Otitis Media
- Injury of the ear drum
- Congenital hearing problems
I trained under Mary Dalgleish, course tutor with Hands On Training whose courses are accredited with the CThA (a branch of ITEC) and the CMA. The course is also ARCHTI approved. Mary runs a successful private practice in London and is also co-author of one of the leading books on Ear Candling, Ear Candling In Essence.