Have you ever tried Hopi Ear Candles? Read on to find out more about this wonderful and relaxing treatment
What are Hopi Ear Candles?
Otherwise known as thermal auricular therapy, thermo-auricular therapy, or ear candling, Hopi Ear Candles are a complementary treatment which can be used to treat many sinus and ear related problems.
The therapy involves placing a hollow, often cone-shaped tube (this is the ‘candle’) made of cotton that has been soaked in beeswax and sometimes with honey and herbs, into the entrance of the ear. The candle is then lit, and the heat forms a vacuum which stimulates and warms the ear and gently draws out excess wax and impurities. Ear candling can promote deep relaxation and helps to relieve stress and revitalise the body.
What can Hopi Ear Candles be used for?
This painless, non invasive treatment has many benefits including:
- – Relief of headaches, migraines, sinus problems, rhinitis and colds
- – After flying and driving pressure
- – Acts as a catalyst for eustachian tubes, sinuses and lymphatic systems to open and drain
- – Reduces and balances build up of pressure in ears
- – Reduces vertigo
- – Relieve the symptoms of asthma
- – Assists with blocked ears and hearing loss
- – Alleviates tinnitus, Meniere’s disease and swimmers ear
- – Increases blood flow
- – Stimulates lymphatic drainage
- – Helps with snoring problems
- – Restores and rebalances the body
- – Wonderfully relaxing with deep sense of calm and inner security
How do they work?
The candle is gently placed just inside the ear and lit, allowing the heat to pass down the candle’s hollow centre. The warm air comes into contact with colder air, creating a vacuum effect. This then draws out wax and other debris that may be lodged in the ear canal. It is much less invasive and far more relaxing than having your ears syringed.
The removal of excess wax and impurities helps to clear the inner ear and sinuses, regulates ear pressure and brings about a lighter sensation in the head and ears. Ear candling also encourages deep relaxation, which is enhanced by the infusion of herbs and essential oils.
Both ears will be treated one after the other, each one taking around ten minutes to burn down. A thermal auricular therapy treatment can often be followed by a gentle lymphatic drainage massage of the face and neck. This helps to further stimulate the lymphatic drainage system and enhance the effect of the candling, to draw out those impurities.
After your treatment you will feel very relaxed so it is a good idea to have this treatment in the evening, or at least don’t make any plans for the rest of the day. Your therapist may show you the contents of the candle, or you can ask them to show you. If you are going outside afterwards it is recommended to put a scarf around your ears, or wear ear muffs or a hat over your ears, as your warm ears could be shocked by the cold air outside.