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What is Hopi Ear Candle Treatment?

  • EaseWax
  • 4th May 2018

After thousands of years, Hopi Ear Candle Treatment is becoming more and more popular once again thanks to its wide-ranging benefits for physical health and mental clarity.

Well, practice makes perfect.

In this post, I aim to give you an overview of Hopi Ear Candle Treatment to help you decide if it is right for you.

I’ll cover the history of Ear Candling, how it works, and what the benefits are. I will also explain some of the instances when it is best not to use Ear Candles.

Take a look at my other blog posts for a more in-depth look into each of these topics.

A Brief History

Ear Candling is a healing practice that has been recorded in almost every civilisation since the Ancient Greeks.

In Greece the process was referred to as “ear coning” and involved the use of a pottery clay cone, inserted into the ear before warm beeswax was poured in.

Historically, Ear Candling was considered as much as spiritual therapy as a medical treatment.

In many ancient cultures total relaxation was considered a vital part of the healing process. The Ear Candling Treatments helped to promote this deep relaxation by massaging the inner ear, coupled with the burning of natural herbs and essential oils.

In China, Ear Candling is still considered one of the five pillars of Ancient Chinese Medicine.

The modern incarnation of Ear Candling in Western cultures is mostly attributed to the Hopis – a Native American nation in Arizona. The candle formula developed by the Hopis (beeswax, cotton, natural herbs and minerals) is still used to this day for creating Hopi Ear Candles.

Nowadays, Ear Candling is practiced as much for is healing properties as its relaxing, therapeutic effects.

The Experience

During Ear Candle Treatment, the user lies comfortably on their side with their head supported, ensuring the neck is not bent or twisted. This ensures that the auditory canal is vertical.

The Ear Candle is a long, hollow cone made of cotton soaked in beeswax. This candle is gently inserted into the ear and held steady. The candle is lit for 10-12 minutes until it has burned down to the red safety line – at which point the candle is removed.

There should be no pain at all during the treatment. Most people notice crackling sounds from the flickering candle. Sometimes a warm, gentle movement can be felt within the ear. Generally, the process is extremely pleasant and relaxing. Some users even fall asleep during the therapy (though this is not recommended if you are doing the treatment yourself with an at-home kit!)

Once treatment is completed for the first ear it is repeated in 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.

How Ear Candles Work

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

When the candle is lit, the beeswax softens and creates a seal around the ear. A vacuum develops as warm air rises inside the hollow candle. This triggers a sucking motion that allows impurities within the ear to be drawn up – like smoke rising out of a chimney.

Contrary to common belief, ear wax is not removed by getting stuck to the beeswax candle.

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

As well as sucking out the impurities, Ear Candling serves to massage the ear drum. This is an effect of the warm air rising inside the hollow candle, altering the pressure within the ear. As well as being deeply relaxing, this also helps to regulate pressure within the sinus cavities and ease congestion.

The gentle heat emitted by the lit candle also offers some benefits. The warmth softens ear wax and helps draw it away from the middle ear. It also helps stimulate blood flow which can strengthen the immune system and enhance lymph circulation.

All-Natural Ingredients

These days more and more people are looking for non-medical alternative treatments to help combat the toxins and chemicals that are fed to us every day via all kinds of products.

This is just one of the reasons why Ear Candling is becoming so popular.

As a non-invasive, holistic treatment, Ear Candling offers a way to combat many common ailments without resorting to prescribed medications.

Ear Candles use all-natural, organic ingredients. The formula for modern Hopi Ear Candles has not changed in the 1000 years since the Native Hopis used them in healing ceremonies.

As well as organic cotton and natural beeswax, common ingredients include:

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

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.

Benefits of Ear Candle Treatment 

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

It is also considered a much safer option for removing compacted ear wax than the alternative; syringing.

Syringing the ears can lead to a great amount of pressure being put on the ear drum as jets of water are forced into the ear canal to flush out impurities. With Ear Candling there is no pressure on the ear drum at all, and no risk or water getting trapped into the ear, risking a bacterial infection.

Many people are turning to Ear Candling to help with lots of conditions 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 <link to blog>

Counter Indications

Although generally considered a safe and non-invasive treatment, there are some cases where Ear Candling should not be practiced.

The ear is an incredibly delicate organ and it is not recommended that you use ear candles under any of the following conditions:

  • If you have an infection or inflammation in your ear
  • If you recently had surgery on your ear
  • If you have a perforated ear drum
  • If you have a cochlear implant / grommets / drain / ventilation tube fitted
  • If you’re allergic to any of the Ear Candle ingredients
  • If you have an Auricular cyst
  • If you suffer from mastoiditis or acute otosclerosis

You should consult your doctor before Ear Candling if you have:

  • High blood pressure
  • Epilepsy
  • Severe breathing difficulties
  • Pregnancy

I have written another post which goes into more detail about the counter indications of ear candling. Make sure you have a read if you think any of these conditions apply to you: When to Avoid Ear Candling <http://easewax.com/2018/04/20/when-to-avoid-ear-candling/>

So long as none of the above conditions apply to you, Ear Candling should be a perfectly safe treatment option.

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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