Hopi Ear Candles are hollow tubes made of cotton, soaked in beeswax, honey and herbs. When lit, the candle acts like a chimney, causing the warm air inside it to rise and creating a vacuum at the bottom. This vacuum gently stimulates the ear, facilitating removal of excess wax and impurities. It is important to note that the candle does not suck wax out of the ear; it stimulates the ear to eliminate the wax naturally, ensuring maximum safety.
What are the benefits of Hopi Ear Candling?
Hopi candles can be used for many conditions including deafness caused by excess wax, congested sinuses, irritation in the ears, ringing or noises in the ears, tinnitus, rhinitis, glue ear, colds, flu, headaches and migraines. As their action is so gentle, they are particularly suitable for children.
How are the candles used?
You will be asked to lay in a comfortable position either on you side or on your back with your head tilted to the side. A small cotton flannel will be placed to cover part of your face and hair, the candle will then be placed inside of the ear allowing the flame to burn down slowly while you relax. After arround 15 minutes the candle will be removed and the same procedure will be carried out on the other ear.
What are the effects?
In most cases the treatment is extremely soothing and relaxing, leaving the patient with a sense of well-being and reduced pressure in the ears or head. A little warmth is felt, and hissing and crackling noises are heard, with a little popping. Most people say that it is a very pleasant experience!
The initial effect can be an improvement in hearing or freer nasal breathing and an improved sense of smell. However, improvements can continue occurring for a day or two.
When should the candles not be used?
Use of the candles is contra-indicated if:
- The ear drum is perforated;
- Grommets are in place;
- The ear is infected;
- You are allergic to any of the candle’s components.