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Tips for Ear Candling at Home

  • EaseWax
  • 18th May 2018

Recently, Ear Candling has seen a rise in popularity thanks to its wide range of benefits and its use of all-natural, organic ingredients.

Many holistic practitioners now offer Ear Candling therapy sessions, but it is becoming more and more common for people to use Ear Candles themselves at home.

Because Ear Candling is a simple, non-invasive procedure, suitable for children and the elderly, it is the perfect treatment to conduct yourself in the comfort of your own home.

That said, the ear is a delicate organ and needs to be treated with care. Before you use Ear Candles at home you should familiarise yourself with the whole process.

With this in mind, I’ve created a must-read list of 10 top tips for Ear Candling at home. This list will help you make sure you are fully set-up and prepared for your first Ear Candling Session.

Read the list carefully and enjoy your DIY Ear Candling journey!

1) Understand the Contra-indications

Before you even decide to use Ear Candles, it is important that you understand the contra-indications for the treatment.

These are circumstances in which Ear Candling should not be used. Hopi Ear Candling practitioners would always ask you if any of these contra-indications apply to you, before starting treatment.

So, if you are thinking of using Ear Candles at home it is vital that you check this list and make sure that it is completely safe for you.

I have written a blog post covering all the contra-indications – you can read it here > http://easewax.com/2018/04/20/when-to-avoid-ear-candling/

Here is a brief list of when to avoid Ear Candling:

  • 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 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

2) Buy the best kit

If you are going to use ear candles at home it is important that you use the right kit. There are three different types of Ear Candle, so it is important that you select the one that is best for you:

  • Hopi ear Candle – 22cm cylindrical candles made of the traditional Hopi formula. Burning time is about 10-12 minutes, and safety features include a filter – to prevent particles dropping into the ear – and a maximum burn line showing when the candle should be put out.
  • Ear Cones –wider at the top and shorter than a Hopi Candle. Made from cotton, beeswax and propolis and burn for 5-7 minutes. Safety features consist of a flame-breaking ring and a valve, which prevents particles from dropping into the ear.
  • Basic Ear Candles – Also known as ‘Natural Ear Candles’, these are made only from cotton flax or hemp and beeswax. Sizes and shapes vary and specialised safety features are rarely included.

EaseWax Hopi Ear Candles are my personal recommendation: they are 100% natural and organic. They come with safety filters, a clear “max burn line” and a protective disc for the face. They also no harmful paraffins and the pack contains an easy-to-follow set of instructions for Ear Candling at home.

You can buy EaseWax candles here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/EaseWax-Beautiful-Handmade-Natural-Specifically/dp/B06W2KLVCL

3) Check the Ingredients

Before using your Ear Candle make sure you are aware of all the ingredients used to ensure you are not allergic to any.

Since the ear is a delicate and sensitive organ, it is very susceptible to allergens.

For example, if you are allergic to bee stings, you may need to avoid Ear Candles as they are usually made with beeswax.

Hopi Ear Candles include a mix of natural herbs and minerals that assist with the healing and relaxation process. Although the recipe is similar across different Hopi brands, some candles include added ingredients – such as EaseWax candles which use peppermint extract for a calming aroma.

Make sure that you are not allergic to any ingredients before putting the candle in your ear!

4) Have a plan

It is helpful to have a clear aim for your treatment before you begin using your ear candles.

Figure out what you are hoping to achieve through the treatment, what conditions you are trying to cure, what effects you are hoping to experience.

Understanding what you are aiming for will help you create a treatment schedule and ensure that you get the best results from your Ear Candling experience.

In general, there are 3 factors to consider when planning a treatment schedule:

  • Your age
  • The condition you want to cure
  • How long you’ve had that condition

Take a look at my blog post about How Often to use Ear Candles > http://easewax.com/2018/05/11/how-often-can-you-use-hopi-ear-candles/ for some tips about the frequency of sessions.

5) Get Comfortable

Ok. You’ve checked that Ear Candling is safe and appropriate for you to try at home, you have your EaseWax Hopi Ear Candles to hand and you are ready to go!

Before you start it’s a good idea to take a warm bath or shower, or sit in a steam room to help soften the earwax that you want to remove and prepare the ears for the heat of the candle.

Then you will need to find a comfortable space for you to begin the session.

You want to be able to lie comfortably on your side, on a sofa or bed, with your head resting on a pillow so that your neck is straight and not strained.

This will ensure that your auditory canal is vertical, and you should be comfortable enough to lie still for 10-15 minutes during each ear treatment.

You may want to lay a towel under your head to protect your bed/sofa from any ash or sediment that may come off the candle.

You want to ensure you are able to relax fully – but not to the point that you risk falling asleep!

6) Safety First

Although Ear Candles produce very little smoke and ash and a relatively low heat, you are still dealing with a lit candle close to your face, hair and eyes.

It is recommended that you have someone with you at all times while you use Ear Candles at home. They can ensure the candle is inserted and removed safely, and if there is an accident with the flame, they can help you react quickly.

When done correctly, the risk of minor burns is very low, but to be safe it is always recommended that you have a burn treatment kit close by so that any accidental burns can be dealt with immediately. Some aloe vera, burn dressings, cotton wool and a bowl of cool water would be perfect.

Most at-home ear candle kits will come with a safety disc to put over the side of your face during the treatment. It is very important that you use this as it will help protect your face and eyes from falling ash, smoke and sediment. Alternatively, you can create a safety disc for yourself by punching a hole in the centre of a paper plate.

You should also have a glass of cold water placed close by so that you can extinguish the candle as soon as the flame reaches the safety line.

7) Be Precise

Although you want your body to relax during the treatment, it is important that you remain attentive when using the candles yourself.

Make sure you read any instructions that come with your Ear Candling kit thoroughly.

If you have long hair, secure it into a ponytail. Even if you have short hair you should use clips to pin it away from your ears.

Hold the base of the candle as you light the tip with a match or lighter.

Try to ensure that the candle remains exactly 90 degrees to your ear. Keeping the candle straight throughout the session is important to allow the wax to drip into the ear canal and not on the skin.

The base of the candle should be about ¼ inch inside your ear.

Have a timer or a clock close by so that you can keep an eye on the burn time. Hopi Ear Candles should burn for about 10 minutes.

If you have decided to use Ear Candles alone, without assistance, you should keep a hand mirror nearby so that you can clearly see when the flame reaches the safety line (approx 2-3 inches away from the safety disk).

At this point the candle should be removed and placed upside-down in the glass of water to extinguish the flame.

8) Repeat with the second ear

It is always a good idea to treat both ears, one after the other, during a session.

Even if you are only suffering from issues on one side, by treating the other ear you will help to ease congestion and regulate pressure which can help with the healing process on both sides.

Be careful as you move around or turn over following the treatment. As the inner ear controls our sense of balance it can take some time to adjust back to normal after the gentle massage of the Ear Candle.

Take your time to move, go slow, and drink water to stay hydrated.

9) Manually Remove Wax

Many people believe, incorrectly, that all your ear wax is pulled out of your ear after an Ear Candling session. That it sticks to the base of the candle like glue.

But this is not true, and while some sediment can stick to the candle, it is not the main effect of ear candling treatment.

Much of the debris from within the ear is evaporated and drawn out of the ear through the hollow candle.

Most compacted wax and sediment within the ear will softened by the warm candle, and eased away from deep inside the ear by the sucking “chimney effect.”

This softened wax will remain in the ear canal once the treatment is over but will have shifted towards the entrance of the ear, making it easier to remove manually.

Use a damp piece of cotton wool (or a scoop style ear cleaner if you have one) to gently remove this remaining wax.

Softened wax can continue to move to the entrance of the ear for 24-48 hours after the treatment, so you may want to repeat this process a few times.

It is not recommended that you use Q-tips to remove excess wax from your ears. These are too thin and it is easy to push them too deep into the ear. You risk rupturing the ear drum and cause a nasty infection.

10) Talk to a pro

If you are still unsure how to use your Ear Candles, or if you have used the Candles and are not sure that the treatment has worked as desired, you should speak with a professional.

If you are concerned about a medical condition before or after Ear Candling you should speak to your doctor.

If you are curious about the Ear Candling procedure you can speak to a local practitioner who should have all the answers for you.

You can also get in touch with me in my blog’s comment section, or via the EaseWax facebook page https://www.facebook.com/EaseWax. I’d be happy to chat with you about your at-home candling experience or discuss any concerns you may have.


I hope that you found this post helpful.

I’d love to hear from you about your at-home Ear Candling experiences.

How did you feel after your first DIY treatment? Any other tips for first-time users that I’ve not mentioned?

You can post a comment below or get in touch through our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/EaseWax/

Take a look at my other blogs for more information about Ear Candling, it’s benefits and effects as well as contra-indications.

You can buy our organic EaseWax candles today on Amazon:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/EaseWax-Beautiful-Handmade-Natural-Specifically/dp/B06W2KLVCL


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