This is an ancient and natural therapy handed down by many civilisations. It is believed that the Ancient Greeks used ear candles, initially probably for cleansing, purifying and healing on a spiritual basis, but much later on a purely physical basis.
However, it is thought that the practice reached the modern world via the native American Hopi Indians of North Arizona (it's interesting to note that Hopi means peaceful people).
Ancient wall paintings show their importance in initiation rituals and healing ceremonies of the tribe. The candles are still made today on the basis of the old traditional formula originating from the Hopi Indians.
Quite different from conventional wax candles, an ear candle is actually a cotton tube, impregnated with beeswax, honey and therapeutic oils that is painlessly inserted into the ear to draw out impurities, relieve pressure in the head and sinuses, and aid hearing problems.
The candles are made from natural ingredients that include sage, St Johns wort, camomile and beta-carotene. Ear Candling is otherwise known as thermo-auricular therapy.
How does it work?
When lit, the ear candle generates a gentle heat which, when combined with the therapeutic oils, produces a light suction action. This is known as the chimney principle, and works by drawing impurities gently to the surface, where they can be removed.
Most deposits evaporate and are carried away through the candle chimney, but some are found in the condensed candle wax residue after it is removed from the ear. None of the candle residue actually goes into the ear.
What does it involve?
Clients are usually advised to remove jewellery before the treatment starts. Fully dressed the client lies down on their side, with their head supported on a pillow so the auditory canal is vertical. The candle is then lit and the non-burning end is placed gently into the outer ear passage and is turned lightly to seal it in place.
The candle then generates a pleasant crackling sound and a warm, comfortable feeling while it draws out the impurities from the ear. After around 10 minutes the process is repeated on the other ear. This is followed by a period of relaxation, and sometimes a facial massage concentrating on the sinus areas.
What are the benefits?
*Clears wax & debris from the ear canal
*Relieves pressure from behind the eardrum
*Sharpens mental functions, vision, hearing, taste & colour perception
*Eases earache, headache & sinus pressure, allergies
*Relaxation from the negative charge of the herbal smoke
*Acts as a catalyst to clear nerve endings & promote healing
*Local stimulation to lymph flow and local metabolism
*Stimulates energy circulation
What are the side effects?
What does it cost?
Ear candles should not be used if there is any inflammation or infection in the ear and are not suitable for people who have had recent ear surgery, or those with ear grommets or tubes, perforated ear drums, or allergies to any of the products in the candle.
Anyone who is receiving medical treatment for any ear condition should always consult their doctor first. Some clients may experience headaches or light popping in the ears after treatment.
Ear candling (including facial massage) - £35