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How Does Hopi Ear Candle Treatment Work?

  • EaseWax
  • 27th April 2018

Hopi Ear Candle treatment dates back thousands of years. Examples of this practice have been recorded in almost every civilisation from the Ancient Greeks, to Egypt, Chin and Native Americans.

In recent years the practice has become more popular with people seeking a natural, holistic, non-invasive alternative to medical treatments.

Despite its popularity many people are confused as to how the treatment works.

In this post, I will explain as clearly as possible how Ear Candling works to promote health and relaxation throughout the body.

The Treatment Itself

I may as well start with the basics – what does Ear Candling involve for the user?

First, you lie comfortably on your side with your head supported, ensuring your neck is not bent or twisted.

A protective disc is placed on the upward side of your face and then a long, hollow candle is gently inserted into the entrance of your ear and held steady. The candle is then lit for 10-12 minutes until it has burned down to a specific point – usually marked with a red safety line – at which point the candle is removed.

There should be no pain at all during the treatment. You may notice crackling sounds from the flickering candle, and sometimes a warm, gentle movement can be felt within the ear. Most people find the process extremely pleasant and relaxing, even falling asleep during the therapy.

Once treatment is completed for the first ear, you simply turn over and repeat the process with the second ear. It is important to do both ears in one session so that the benefits are felt evenly across the ears and sinuses.

The ‘Chimney’ Effect

Ok, so now you know what to expect during a treatment, but how does the Ear Candle actually work?

Ear Candles work on a principle called the “chimney effect”.

This refers to the vacuum that is created within the hollow candle as the flame is lit, causing impurities within the ear to be drawn up – like smoke rising out of a chimney.

Many impurities can be removed in this way – such as wax, candida, yeast and other debris and bacteria.

There is some confusion at this stage however, as many users (and some practitioners) believe that chunks of compacted ear wax are pulled up and out of the ear, stuck to the wax candle at the end of the treatment.

This is not the case.

The soft beeswax does not “stick” to the ear wax as many people assume. Rather the beeswax helps to coat the ear, creating the environment for a sealed vacuum.

The “chimney effect” then draws impurities up out of the inner and middle ear. Some deposits are evaporated and carried away through the hollow candle. Larger deposits are brought to the surface to be removed with a soft cotton bud or little finger shortly after the treatment.

Wax and impurities may continue to move up and out of the ear for as much as 24-48 hours after the treatment.

It is important to note here that cotton buds should never be used to remove wax from your ears as they are too thin and can be inserted too deep into the ear canal. This can cause irreparable damage to the ear drum and lead to infections and hearing loss.

The safest method to remove softened wax after ear candling is with a small amount of cotton wool, or your own little finger (which is the perfect size for our own ear canals).

A Gentle Massage

One of my favourite things about Ear Candling is how relaxing it is.

It’s a great treatment for combating stress and anxiety.

Much of this is thanks to the gentle massage of the ear drum caused by the warm air rising in the hollow candle. This also helps to regulate pressure in the sinus cavities and equalise the ears.

Some people can feel this gentle movement within the ear during treatment, for others it’s imperceptible. But whether you can feel it or not, the massage element of the therapy is doing a world of good.

By relieving pressure in the inner ear, you can minimise pain from headaches and sinus infections, ease congestion and even improve your sense of taste and smell.

Soothing Heat

Ear Candles are not like the wax candles you light at Christmas time.

They are made of cotton, soaked in beeswax which burns gently and creates no extreme heat.

EaseWax Hopi Ear Candles come with a protective disk that does protect from smoke and ash, which can present a small risk of minor burns if the disk is not in place.

The heat of the melting beeswax in the ear is very mild and, most agree, pleasant. The warmth in the ear helps to soften wax and help it lift away from the middle ear.

The heat has the added benefit of stimulating blood circulation which can strengthen the immune system and enhance lymph circulation.

Natural Herbs, Minerals and Oils

As well as cotton and beeswax, Hopi Ear Candles use a formula of natural ingredients that enhance the healing effects of the treatment.

These ingredients are impregnated into the lining of the candle and can include:

  • Honey extracts
  • John’s Wort
  • Sage
  • Camomile
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Copper
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Phosphorous
  • Potassium
  • Sodium
  • Zinc

Some Ear Candles include essential oils which turn into vapour once the candle is lit. This helps promote deep relaxation and improve the effectiveness of the treatment.

EaseWax Hopi Ear Candles include peppermint which, as well as helping with congestion, creates a wonderfully calming aroma.

Special filters in the EaseWax Candles ensure that none of the candle residue goes into the ear.

In some cases natural olive oil can be used in addition to Ear Candling to help with extreme cases of compacted wax or hay fever.

It is important that you check all the ingredients of your Ear Candle before beginning the treatment and make sure you are not allergic to any. If you have a bee-sting allergy you should check with your doctor before using Ear Candles as the natural beeswax may trigger a reaction when it comes into contact with the delicate ear canal.

Benefits of Ear Candling

All in all, Ear Candling is a simple, safe, pain-free and non-invasive treatment. This makes it ideal for all ages, particularly children and elderly people.

The “chimney effect” and gentle heat application make this treatment extremely effective for a variety of ailments including:

  • Blocked Ears / Glue Ear
  • Swimmers Ear
  • Sinus Congestion
  • Headaches
  • Allergies
  • Tinnitus
  • Hay Fever
  • Sore Throat
  • Anxiety / Stress
  • Travel Sickness
  • Snoring

You can read more about the benefits of Ear Candling and what the treatment is used for in my blog Benefits of Ear Candle Therapy http://easewax.com/2018/04/05/benefits-of-ear-candling/ 

There you have it! I hope you found this post enlightening.

If you have any questions about Ear Candling or our EaseWax candles please get in touch – you can post a comment below or get in touch through our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/EaseWax/

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