Ear candling is an ancient remedy of uncertain origins used in traditional medicine.
It’s another example of how sometimes these remedies work better than modern treatment.
Find out what ear candling is, what it’s for, and how you can use it in your own home to clean and strengthen your ears gently and naturally.
Ear candling consists of cylindrical tubes made out of beeswax and natural tissues that are lit from one end like incense.
The other end is placed into the ear, and the heat helps soften and remove wax the has built up inside.
Many health practitioners use this method to clean and strengthen ears naturally and thus avoid using aggressive treatments that often have side effects.
Another big advantage of ear candling is that if you use proper precautions, you can do it right in your own home.
What is ear candling for?
Ear candling can be used like this:
- It is usually used to soften accumulated ear wax and remove it. If done on time, it can prevent blockages.
- It feels quite relaxing, both while it’s being performed (it sounds like crackling and feels warm) as well as after, because of the clean feeling and improved hearing.
- Ear candling regulates pressure in ear structures.
- It can sometimes fix that buzzing or ringing sounds people get at times.
- It can improve your balance and prevent vertigo.
- This alternative treatment helps with sinusitis, rhinitis, and some kinds of migraines.
How to do it?
Each ear candle takes 10 minutes and you should always do both ears.
- You will need another person to apply the ear candles.
- Lay down in a cleared area, one ear up, and get comfortable.
- Most ear candles have a protective disc to keep ashes from falling, though the tissue shouldn’t be lit. If there is a disc, put it on.
- Place the ear candle inside the ear and light the other end.
- As the candle burns, stay still and keep it vertical.
- It should feel good and you should hear the sound of the candle burning. There should be no discomfort or pain.
- Ear candles generally should go out by themselves once they reach about an inch from the end. Some have a mark and others indicate it with the protective disc.
Otherwise, keep a glass of water handy and put it out yourself.
It’s interesting afterwards to open up what’s left of the candle and see how much wax came out of your ear.
Where can I find ear candles?
Ear candles are available in some pharmacies that also sell natural products. You can also find them online at lower prices.
Be careful to check that they are high quality, especially if they’re cheap.
They should be made with 100% natural ingredients, from pure beeswax and cloth like untreated cotton or linen.
Some of them also contain certain natural essences.
It is very important to use do ear candling properly.
We don’t recommend this if you have:
- An infection or inflammation
- Perforated eardrums.
- Possible allergic reaction to the ingredients