Hopi Ear Candling
Ear candling is a relaxing therapy that helps remove ear wax, colds and sinus problems such as pollutants and pollens that you breathe in through the air that then settle in the sinus cavities of the head. It is often used as an alternative to syringing, to remove wax that can reduce hearing quality and cause ear pain when air pressure differences make equalisation of pressure difficult (e.g. when flying by plane or scuba diving). The candles help clear the cavities of these substances and can improve hearing and ear problems. The herbs within the candles have an anti-inflammatory and soothing effect on the mind, helping calm and clear the mind during the treatment.
Hopi candles are hollow tubes made from cotton or linen impregnated with honey and herbs, including St John’s Wort, Sage, and Chamomile. They are not wax candles, so do not fear normal candle wax melting in your ear. Hopi Candles have a light suction action as the flame burns and gently pulls sinus air and impurities that settle in the sinuses upwards through the ears into the candle. The movement of the flame creates a very subtle vibration of air that massages the eardrum. The filter in the candle can be opened after the treatment is finished to see what has been pulled out of the sinuses. It is recommended that olive oil drops are used in the ears twice a day for a few days prior to treatment to help moisten and lubricate the wax in preparation for its movement during the treatment.
I retail top quality Biosun and Herbacone Professional Hopi Ear Candles if you prefer spending an ear candling session with a friend back at home. After many years of experience, I have chosen these candles to retail and to use in the suite because each candle lasts for approximately 15 mins in each ear and they are of excellent quality with filters. Beware the cheaper, smokier, flimsy or fast burning candles that last only 8-10 minutes that some therapists use!
Both ears can be treated in 30-40 minutes. Extended treatments can involve preceding the ear candling treatment immediately with a Facial Sinus Massage or Ayurvedic Facial Marma Point Massage, to improve sinus drainage towards the ears and enhance the therapeutic effects on the lymphatic drainage. Recommended extensions also combine the ear candling with a Facial treatment, Reiki, Shirodhara or any massage.