What is Ear Candling?
Ear Candling was a therapy used by the ancient civilisations of the Greeks, Chinese, Tibetans, Egyptians and Aztecs for centuries. It was used as a cleansing and purifying practice and was considered a very spiritual practice.
Many people may have heard it referred to as Hopi Ear Candles but, this practice is factually incorrect as the Hopi Tribe have never in fact practiced this technique. The Ear Candling that I trained in and now practice was inspired by Native American tribes of New Mexico, as taught by renowned Holistic and Spiritual Practitioner Ziggie Bergman, who was herself taught by Native American Shamens and healers.
Why use Ear Candling?
Ear candling is a an extremely effective therapeutic and surprisingly relaxing therapy. It is, from personal experience, an amazing therapy for clearing the mind and calming the senses and is an extremely gentle experience.
Its therapeutic benefits include relief of stress symptoms including headaches, migraines, tinnitus and balance issues and, by activating the relaxation response, it can help in sleep issues and help to boost the immune system and be beneficial for relieving the symptoms of colds, and sinus problems.
How do Ear Candles Work?
Ear Candles are hollow tubes that are made up of organic cotton and are impregnated with beeswax, organic essential oils and herbs, therapeutic oils and honey. These properties are well known for their healing properties and soothing benefits.
Once lit, the candle acts like a chimney, causing the warm air inside to rise and creating a vacuum at the bottom.
It is this vacuum that gently stimulates the ear, encouraging the removal of excess wax and impurities.
As in Aromatherapy, the vapours from the organic essential oils and herbs can have a positive therapeutic effect on our mental state and immune system and can help to promote deep relaxation, which in itself is extremely beneficial to us.
The candle does not actually remove the ear wax itself - it stimulates the ear to eliminate the wax naturally. The effects are not immediate as the therapy is triggering the body's own healing response and may take effect up to 3 days later.