You’d be forgiven for thinking that Hopi ear candling is a load of rubbish. After all, who would think that putting a candle in your ear and lighting it would be a sensible thing to do!
However, Hopi ear candling (also known as Thermo Auricular Therapy) is an ancient therapy with positive benefits.
The magic of fire has fascinated people since the beginning of time and ear candles evoke a similar interest, having been widely used in numerous cultures dating back to approximately 2500BC, including the Egyptians, Chinese, Sumerians, Tibetan Monks and the American Indians since ancient times. The modern incarnation of the treatment is primarily based on the form used by the Hopi (meaning “Peaceful People”) Indians who possess great medicinal knowledge and spirituality.
The original use of ear candles was for aura and spiritual cleansing and purifying. They were used to cleanse and harmonise the different energy fields of the body. As time passed their physical benefits also became clear. Equally they were also used in initiation rituals and healing ceremonies. The importance and use of ear candles is illustrated in numerous ancient wall paintings including those found within the caves of the Grand Canyon.
So, is it really a candle?
Well no, they are made up of organic cotton which is dipped in a solution of honey extracts, pure beeswax and rolled up to give the impression of a candle.
How do they work?
When the specially designed hollow candle is inserted into the ear and lit the flame creates a vacuum drawing wax, candida, yeast, and other debris from the ear canal into the hollow candle. This vacuum is caused by the warmed air from the flame and colder air moving through its hollow centre. The movement and compression between the ear canal and the candle chamber generate air flow acting like a chimney. It is this that generates the “sucking” action. A crackling sound may be heard and possibly some gentle popping. The rising air gently massages the ear drum and helps to regulate ear pressure. A small amount of ear wax is also removed during the treatment.
As well as offering real and marked benefits in a non-invasive manner for many ear, nose and throat problems, an ear candle treatment is a deeply relaxing, calming and soothing experience.
How are they used?
Lying down on your side in a comfortable position, the candle is gently inserted into the ear. Once the candle is lit you will experience a pleasant crackling noise, as the heat flow intensifies. The rising air through the column of the candle and gentle natural movement of the flame serve to gently massage the ear drum and promote secretion in the frontal and paranasal sinuses.
What are the benefits?
- Removal of excessive or compacted ear wax
- Relief from problems such as sinusitis, rhinitis, glue-ear, tinitus etc.
- Relief from colds, influenza, headaches, migraines etc.
- Can help relieve symptoms of hayfever
- Reduction of inner ear irritation
Please ensure that you use a qualified therapist in a safe environment and do not try to do these yourself – this is how ‘not to do it!’
A deeply relaxing, calming and soothing treatment offering fabulous benefits for many problems and conditions associated with the ear, nose and throat areas. Please contact me if you would like to book!