Ear Candling: How it all began…
Since ancient times, many cultures including the Egyptians, Romans and Greeks, have used the traditional natural therapy of ear candling on a spiritual level to purify and cleanse the aura. Ear Candling techniques as we know them today, however, are believed to originate from the Native American Hopi Indians of North Arizona. Interestingly, Hopi means ‘peaceful people’ and this gentle and soothing therapy is indeed well known for its calming and relaxing effects. Ear candles are now widely used throughout the modern world for helping specific conditions and to still stressful minds.
What is Ear Candling good for?
An ear candle treatment can be enjoyed purely for relaxation purposes, but the process is believed to be helpful for many problems and conditions relating not just to the ears, nose and throat, but to common others such as those listed below:
Irritability and stress
May help to loosen excessive ear wax
Ear pressure due to flying
Stress and anxiety
Drawing out excess ear wax
As long as there is no signs of infection or inflammation in your ears and/or sinuses you can enjoy an ear candling treatment.
How does it work?
Your treatment involves carefully placing an ear candle (a hollow tube made of unbleached cotton coated with natural ingredients such as beeswax, honey and herbs) that has been lit at one end into the ear canal. Treating each ear separately, as the candle gently burns down it is believed to act like a ‘chimney’ creating a light vacuum effect. The flicker of the flame also creates vibrations that massage the eardrum. The pleasant smelling aromatic herbal vapours from the lit candle also swirl into the ear canal, helping to soothe and balance.
As the candle burns down, you may hear a sound similar to a fire softly crackling away which adds to the overall relaxing experience. Maybe some ‘popping’. The usual burn time of each candle is between ten and fifteen minutes. A pleasant feeling of warmth from both the candle and the reassurance of the therapist’s touch also makes this a deeply relaxing treatment.
What to expect from my treatment?
At The Secret Therapist, your ear candling treatment is followed by a massage of the outer ear and a pressure point and lymphatic drainage massage of the face using a light facial oil with Rose essential oil. This complements the effects of the ear candling by helping to release blockages in the sinuses and ears as well as hydrate the skin adding a luxurious touch.
Your treatment can be performed with you fully clothed, warm and relaxed on our comfortable treatment bed. All you have to do is relax and rest while the candles and your therapist work the magic.
The Secret Therapist uses Biosun Hopi ear candles for your ear candling treatment. These are made by hand using a traditional recipe of regularly-tested, 100% natural ingredients. Original Biosun Traditional Ear Candles are a popular choice and have been successfully used and trusted by therapists for decades. We certainly recommend them before any other.
Safety and precautions
Ear candling is a gentle, non-invasive process but there are certain conditions that would prevent treatment. These include:
Grommets, drains or tubes fitted in the ear
Perforated eardrum (or lack of eardrum)
Ear or sinus inflammation or infection
Recent head or neck injury
Recent ear surgery
Any condition of the ear for which you are seeing your GP
If you are allergic to ingredients in the candle
High or low blood pressure
First trimester of pregnancy