Ear candling employs the use of a hollow candle that is lit to create a gentle vacuum in the ear. This vacuum can help to draw out excess earwax and cellular debris from past infections.
My naturopathic clinic is based in Manly on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, so I see a lot of sand being drawn out of the ears of patient’s, especially towards the end of summer.
Ear candling is not all about removing earwax. Earwax is essential to our wellbeing as it plays an important role in noise and shock absorption, it also helps to trap dust and other object from entering the ear canal. It is when earwax builds up too much that it can become a problem.
Ear candling can be used to manage the following conditions –
- Excessive wax build up
- Sinus irritation or congestion
- Chronic ear infections
- To clear the head before or after a flight
- Fugal problems
- Ear aches and pain
- Ringing in the ears
- Pressure in the ear
Candling is thought to stimulate the immune system and peripheral blood circulation in addition to be very cleansing for the ear, nose and sinus areas.
The process of ear candling is very relaxing and soothing. You lie down and relax on the massage table and an ear candle is gently inserted into the outer ear canal. The candle is lit and a vacuum is from the smoke is formed. You will hear crackling sounds and the scent of bees wax candle and essential oils will help you to relax and balance out your energy. After the candle has burnt we will finish with a gentle massage of the ear, neck and jaw area. It generally takes around 30 minutes to candle both ears.
Ear candling is suitable for people of all ages, except those with a current ear infection, perforated eardrums of those who have grommets in their ears.