WELL BEING: Ear Candling

5 Feb

Ear Candles by Lynn Van Noy

“What is it?”

“How does it work?”

“Will it hurt?”

These are just a few of the questions I am regularly asked about Ear Candling.

Also called “Ear Coning” or “Thermal Auricular Therapy,”  Ear Candling is a soothing non-invasive natural therapy.   The gentle approach of Ear Candling dates back over 2,oo0 years to the ancient Egyptians, Tibetans, and Chinese.  American Indians are credited for developing and integrating this practice into an alternative to our modern-day Western medicine.   As the popularity of Ear Candling has grown, ear candles are now more readily available at health food stores and some pharmacies.

Even the name “ear candles” are a bit of a misnomer.  They are not solid wax candles, per se.  They are hollow, muslin cloth rolled up into a cylindrical cone and then lightly dipped into beeswax to hold their shape.  One end is tightly wound and small enough to slide into the entrance of the ear canal.  The other end is perforated and wider.  A trained professional, like myself, will administer safety precautions as the wide end of the candle is lit.

The theory is that as the smoke billows down into the ear canal, it creates a warm sensation, breaking down wax blockages and gently melting the wax, pulling it up into the ear candle.  My clients often say it is a pleasant and soothing experience.  All in all, Ear Candling is a relaxing, non-invasive complimentary therapy.

Benefits of Ear Candling

  • improves hearing
  • increases sense of smell
  • gently removes earwax
  • alleviates tinnitus
  • relieves allergies
  • soothes earache
  • improves mental clarity
  • balances ear fluids that may cause headaches
  • improves lymphatic circulation
  • alleviates ear infections
  • soothes sinusitis
  • relieves pain, fever, and dizziness associated with a ruptured eardrum

Being an old-time remedy means this particular therapy has had very little medical attention and not much to speak of in the way of official scientific research.  There are a lot of naysayers and equally as many who claim to get total relief from ear pain.  I personally have helped many who claim to have gone from extreme, even nauseating, pain to complete relief in one Ear Candling session.

After I perform Ear Candling, I like to follow-up with a gentle application of an herbal tincture to continue to soothe the ear long after the session is complete.

Keep in mind, the process of Ear Candling is a tricky business as it involves actual fire.  Some people prefer to DIY (do it yourself) or have a friend help administer the ear candle but this is extremely dangerous.  I suggest you seek out a professional, such as a Massage Therapist, Naturopath, or an Herbalist who can perform this procedure by following the appropriate Ear Candling instructions and safety precautions.

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