Or thermo-auricular therapy as it is also known - refers to an ancient, non-invasive complementary therapy designed to help treat conditions associated with the ear, nose and throat.
It is a technique that involves placing a hollow, cone-shaped tube (or ‘candle’) made of cotton, soaked in beeswax into the ear canal in order to stimulate the ear and facilitate the removal of excess wax and impurities.
Ear candle treatment varies according to the shape and size of the candles, but all are considered to have the same benefits – particularly for conditions such as sinus problems, compacted ear wax, tinnitus and headaches. Ear candling can also be used to promote deep relaxation and is thought to have therapeutic benefits which can help to relieve stress and revitalize the body.
Please Note: Ear Candling Session description & pricing at bottom of this page.
How do ear candles work?
Ear candle treatment begins with long, hollow ‘candles’ which are manufactured using organic cotton and beeswax. The candle is gently placed about a quarter-inch into the ear and lit, allowing the candle smoke to pass down the candle’s hollow center into the ear canal. The warm air comes into contact with colder air creating a vacuum effect - drawing out any wax, candida, yeast and other debris that may be lodged in the ear canal. The movement and compression between the ear canal and the candle chamber generate air flow that functions like a chimney. This ‘chimney effect’ is what stimulates the sucking action, drawing the wax, pollen and other debris up into the end of the candle.
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 is very relaxing.
Ear candle treatment has been handed down by many ancient civilizations, but it is thought that the Ancient Greeks were among the first to use the technique. They referred to it as ‘coning’ and used it specifically for cleansing, healing and purifying on a spiritual basis.
The Greeks used pottery clay to make coned shaped instruments, and carved a double helix inside to create a downward spiral energy flow for smoke and heated air once the candle was lit. This carried burning herbs down into the ear canal, helping to cleanse and draw out debris and impurities.
Gradually more and more ancient cultures picked up on the practice, including the Chinese, Egyptians, Mayan and Inca tribes. The modern incarnation of ear candling however is primarily based on the technique envisaged by the Native American Indian tribe, the Hopis (meaning ‘peaceful people’).
The Hopis – who were known for their medicinal knowledge – used ear candling in rituals and healing ceremonies, and developed a specific candle formula to enhance the treatment’s holistic and therapeutic benefits.
What are ear candles used for?
Ear candling is primarily used to help relieve the discomfort of conditions such as the build-up of earwax, sinus congestion, sore throats, glue ear, rhinitis and tinnitus. It provides a pleasant and safe alternative for people who find traditional medical treatments such as syringing uncomfortable and/or ineffective, and is ideal for people of all ages – including young children and elderly people.
Because there are so many intricate crevices in the inner ear, it is easy for debris and impurities to build-up and cause problems that can interfere with hearing and cause discomfort. Regular removal of yeasts, allergies or compacted wax through ear candle treatment can help to restore hearing, relieve tension and pressure in the ear, while cleansing the sinus cavities of bacteria that thrive in the dark moist conditions of the inner ear.
What happens during a session?
You’ll be requested to complete a client intake form and we’ll discuss your medical history, current symptoms to help assess if ear candling is the right treatment for you and what your expectations are.
You will then lie down on a massage table in a comfortable position before I place a soft cloth around your ear, forehead & hair, I then gently place the specialized candle into your ear. Keeping it at the opening, not actually entering the ear canal; for safety I put the candle through a shield above my hand, so the lit end of the candle is above the shield. I then lite the candle and hold in place while it burns for 10 to 15 minutes.
You may hear a crackling sound as the candle burns, and feel a warm and gentle massaging sensation in the ear. When the candle has burned completely, it will be removed from your ear and extinguished. I will put 5-6 drops of ear oil (Mullein Flower, Coptis Root, Garlic Bulb, & Arnica Flower in a base of Extra Virgin Olive Oil) in your ear canal, with a bit of cotton ball to protect your ear canal from wind & hold the ear oil in the ear for a few hours. This process is then repeated for the other ear.
Once both ears have been treated, I will do a reflexology massage around the ears, face & neck to encourage lymphatic drainage and enhance the effects of the candling. After your ear candling session, we’ll open the candle stump and review the inside of the burnt candle to reveal the condition of your ears. A lot of people report an immediate relief of pressure after the treatment.
An ear candling session will last approximately 45 minutes to an hour. Some people may experience relief straight after the first session but more sessions may be needed depending on the nature of your ailment and how long you have had it for. Generally, the longer you have had the condition, the more ear candle treatment sessions you will need to see a noticeable improvement.
Ear candling benefits
Ear candling is a holistic treatment - therefore it is not designed to be a specific cure for any particular ailment. However, there are considered to be a number of healing benefits and regular treatment is thought to stimulate and heal parts of the mind and body that extend beyond the immediate surrounding of the inner ear.
Regular ear candling treatments are thought to provide beneficial relief from the following conditions: migraines; hay fever; anxiety and stress; post flying and driving pressure; swimmer’s ear; asthma; vertigo; yeast infections; colds and flu; parasites; snoring; itching in the ears.
Other potential ear candling benefits can include: Stimulation and detoxification of the lymphatic system; a catalyst to clear nerve endings and promote healing; providing a boost to the immune system; improvement to mental functions, vision, hearing, taste and color perception; bringing about a more balanced emotional state and clearer thinking.
In addition, ear candling is potentially more effective for relieving wax build up than the conventional ear syringing method used by medical professionals. Syringing involves shooting water into the ears, which can lodge wax particles further inside the ear canal causing more discomfort. If water stays lodged inside the ear for too long this can lead to infection. Ear candle treatment however is non-invasive and works by drawing out the wax rather than compacting it in further.
Is ear candling safe?
While it is considered a more comfortable and painless alternative to medical treatments such as ear surgery and syringing, ear candle treatment does carry risks. Having a lit candle inserted into the ear requires expert handling and supervision in order to avoid potential problems such as burns to the face, hair, scalp, ear canal, eardrum and middle ear.
It is also advised that the treatment is not carried out too soon after any form of ear surgery and if a client has any of the following: cysts in the ears; high blood pressure; on-going ear or sinus infections; cochlear implants; allergies to any products in the candle; inflammation in 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, simple and relaxing holistic remedy.
Ear Candling Session:
Just the Ears: consultation before/after session, one candle per ear, application of ear oil into the ear canal.
30-45 min session $35.00
Deluxe Ear Candling: consultation before/after session, one candle per ear, reflexology massage of ears, face & neck, application of ear oil into the ear canal.
45-60 min session $45.00
Wellness Package Ear Candling 3 Sessions: $90.00
Add Ear Candling to any of our 60 min sessions for $30.00
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