Hopi Ear Candling or Auricular Therapy has been used by the native American Hopi Indians for many centuries and is a popular natural medicine therapy. It is an effective natural treatment to treat sinus, headache, ear ache, ear noise, stress & nasal conditions. It induces a pleasant feeling of warmth and relaxation. The ear candles are hand made using organic cotton, pure beeswax, honey extract, traditional herbs of sage, St. Johns wort and chamomile. The flames from the hollow candle create a gentle warm vacuum in the auditory canal and draws out wax from the ears. As the ear drum is semi permeable fluid also evaporates. The therapist holds the lit candle at all times. As the candle burns the ash will be trimmed back. After the desired time, the candle is removed and the flame is quenched in water. Following the treatment the therapist opens the candle and examines the contents.
How does Ear Candling work?
The candle requires a flow of air to burn much like a chimney requires air flow. This up-flow of air brings any moisture and debris from within the auditory canal and deposits it on the inside of the candle.
There is no reliable scientific evidence outlining the effectiveness, benefits or recommendations for this therapy. It should be noted that this treatment is not an alternative to medical attention.
What does a treatment involve?
The treatment involves gently securing a safety structure and Hopi Ear Candle, which is a filtered, hollow-tubed beeswax coated linen structure, into the peripheral auditory canal. This candle is then lit, and a suction process begins to draw out any impurities and moisture which might be present. This is then deposited on the inside of the candle. The process takes between 6 and 12 minutes per ear. This is followed up with a gentle soothing auricular massage using pure essential and carrier oils to enhance the treatment.
What are the benefits?
- Helps clear the auditory canal of moisture and debris
- Assists swimmers ear syndrome
- Enhances the senses including taste smell and hearing
- Helps relieve symptoms of Migraine, Headache and Rhinitis
- Assists with nasal congestion associated with colds and flu
- Eases symptoms of Sinusitis and itchy ear
- Helps release build up of excessive wax to enable equalisation of pressure
- Helps de-stress and relax the body