The original use of ear candles was for aura and spiritual cleansing for purifying. They were used to cleanse and harmonise the different energy fields of the body. Equally they were also used in initiation rituals and healing ceremonies. The importance and use of ear candles is illustrated in numerous ancient wall paintings including those found within the caves of the Grand Canyon.
Quite different from conventional wax candles, a Hopi 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 and relieve pressure in the head and sinuses.
How it works
Fully dressed the client lies down on their side, with their head supported on a pillow so the auditory canal is vertical. The process involves placing a specially designed hollow candle just inside the ear canal, as far as is comfortable into the ear canal. The candle is then lit. A fire crackling sound may be heard and possibly some gentle popping. The rising air gently massages the ear drum and helps to regulate ear pressure. A small amount of ear wax is also removed during the treatment. The candles work like a chimney, drawing impurities out. Most are burned away, although some may be found in the candle wax residue or may appear on a cotton bud 24 to 48 hours after treatment. None of the candle residue actually goes into the ear.
Who can it benefit?
It is often used by people with:
- Glue ear
- Hayfever and rhinitis
- Excessive ear wax
- Tension headaches