In today’s post I’d like to share a little information about the fascinating history of Ear Candle Therapy, a.k.a. Thermal-Auricular Therapy.
The treatment, in various forms, has been practiced for thousands of years, spanning many cultures across the world.
Although today, Ear Candling is mostly used for its health benefits, in the past it was a practice of great spiritual importance for many civilisations.
Ancient Greeks are thought to have been the first people to develop the technique of Ear Candling.
It has even been suggested that the practice started in the mythical city of Atlantis… Well, perhaps not.
But there are some pretty convincing historical records showing Grecians using Ear Candle therapy, referring to it as “Ear Coning”.
The Greeks used pottery clay to make cone-shaped instruments that were placed in the ear, into which the wax was poured.
The cones were carved on the inside with a double helix, creating swirling channels on the inner edge of the clay cone.
Once the candle was lit the carved channels helped to draw warm air and smoke down into the ear canal.
Different herbs were burned during the process, helping to cleanse and draw out impurities from the ear.
For Ancient Greeks, religion and spirituality was at the heart of medical healing. The Divine Physician, Asclepius, was worshiped as a god. Healing sanctuaries known as Asclepions, were established throughout Greece, set in awe-inspiring landscapes of natural beauty.
It is fair to assume that ear coning was practiced in these Asclepions, along with cleansing baths, prayer and special diets, to help purify and heal the body.
Dream states were an important part of spiritual healing in these sanctuaries, so the relaxing and therapeutic nature of the Ear coning practice was significant.
From Ancient Greece, the practice of Ear Candling spread to other civilisations.
In Ancient Egypt the principal cloth used for Ear Coning was linen. This was made from flax – the fibres of an annual blue-flowered plant.
In China, Ear Candling (or Ěr Zhú) is considered one of five therapeutic techniques of Traditional Chinese Medicine. These include acupuncture, cupping, tui na (deep tissue massage), gua sha (scraping bruises) which all help combat tension, mental disharmony and stress, as well as caring for other health issues.
Modern Ear Candle therapy treatments are thought to be most closely linked to practices of the Hopi tribe.
Hopi means “peaceful people” and is named for the Native American Sovereign Nation in northeast Arizona.
Hopis are well known for their medicinal knowledge. They are credited with the development of a recipe for Ear Candles that is still used to this day. Their candles consisted of cotton, beeswax, honey, sage, chamomile and St John’s Wart, which maximized the healing effect of the treatment.
It is thought that the Hopis used Ear Candles for initiation rituals as well as healing ceremonies. Once again, this highlights the spiritual importance of Ear Candling’s holistic healing properties.
Examples of Ear Candling have been found illustrated in cave paintings at the Grand Canyon, signaling its importance within this culture.
Nowadays, Ear Candle therapy is seeing a comeback. These holistic treatments are regaining public favour as an alternative to medical and chemical alternatives.
Organic Ear Candle kits, like EaseWax, are readily available to allow people to practice Ear Candling from the comfort of their own homes.
Though many medical practitioners urge caution when using Ear Candles, the benefits of the treatment are also widely praised.
Modern Ear Candles use a similar all-natural recipe to that used by the Hopis. The basic principle of the “chimney” effect to remove impurities from the ear with the use of the lit candle is also the same as those developed by the Ancient Greeks.
However, modern Ear Candles are also developed with safety as a priority. EaseWax candles for example, use filters as well as protective disks help protect against minor burns and minimize ash and smoke.
Practical modern-day applications for Ear Candle therapy put the spotlight on the health benefits, less so on spiritual purification. They are regularly used to help soothe congestion during or after a cold, to ease itching from allergies, to cure ear pain and relieve headaches, and to combat stress and anxiety. You can read more about the benefits of Ear Candle Therapy in my blog: Benefits of Ear Candling
Hopefully you found this post interesting!
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