Ear candling, a traditional therapy used by the Ancient Greeks and many other cultures. The narrow, hollow rolled column of cotton flax is impregnated with beeswax, Now known as Hopi candles, they can also contain honey, sage, St Johns Wort, and camomile.
The client lies on their side and a candle is gently inserted as far as is comfortable into the ear canal. It doesn’t hurt, but it feels odd.
The candle is said to massage the ear drum while pressure in the sinus cavities and ears is equalised.
Ear candling is good to relieve symptoms of stress, dizziness, vertigo and according to the British Titinus Association helps to relieve Titinus. Can also help with sinus and headaches.
“You’ll hear a sizzling noise as the candle burns down,” Jo told me as she lit the candle.
A gentle “whooshing” warming sensation as things started happening in my ear. She held it steady while a plug in the base of the candle stopped any drips into the ear canal.
After 10 minutes, the candle had burned down to a marker – an inch and a half from the ear – and Jo put out the flame. I rolled over and the process was repeated for the other ear.
According to practitioners, the candles work like a chimney, drawing impurities out. Most are burned away, although some may be found in the candle wax residue – your therapist will show you – or may appear (on a cotton bud) 24 to 48 hours after treatment.
Tamara R. Brisbane