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Introduction

Hopi ear candling (also known as Thermal Auricular Therapy) is a gentle non-invasive treatment of the ears that is widely used throughout Europe, Asia and America, to treat a variety of conditions.

Because the treatment is non-invasive and provides a relaxing and soothing experience, the popularity of the method continues to increase, and is a frequent topic on radio talk-shows and in health-related magazine articles.

Hopi ear candles are not candles in the conventional sense, but are in fact, hollow tubes traditionally made from organically grown flax, extracts of honey, beeswax and various herbal oils (Chamomile, Sage and Saint Johns Wort).

How are the candles used?

The treatment is very gentle and relaxing, and generally takes less than an hour depending on the condition being treated.

With the necessary safety measures in place, the candle is placed over the ear orifice and ignited.  As it burns down, the warm air, combined with the honey and herbs, gently softens any earwax and helps release any pressure within the sinuses.  After burning down to a pre-determined level the candle is removed and the process repeated for the other ear.

After both ears have been treated, a facial massage is often performed with particular attention paid to the sinus areas.

It is advisable to put a few drops of warm olive oil in each ear for a few days before treatment as this will help soften the wax making it easier to remove.  On the day of the treatment, all makeup and earrings should be removed as these will cause problems with the massage.

How do the candles work?

As the candle burns, the sound from the flame creates a vibration that travels through the candle and penetrates the ear drum, which in turn vibrates the small bones of the inner ear and creates a 'massaging' effect.  The vibration pushes further on into the Eustachian tubes and sinuses helping to release any blocked pressure.

The warmth from the candle along with the herbal oils and the vibration helps to soften and break up any earwax or mucus that may be blocking the tubes and sinuses; once broken down, the body finds it much easier to flush this waste through the lymphatic system.

The treatment is therefore detoxifying, and may continue to work within the body for up to 48 hours after the burning of the ear candle.

When can the candles help?

Ear candles can help with the treatment of sinusitis, rhinitis, earwax, earache and irritation of the ears including tinnitus.  They can also be beneficial for the treatment of headaches and migraines, and have been known to give relief to hay-fever sufferers.

The treatment is not suitable for those with perforated eardrums, those who have grommets in place or those who may have an allergy to any of the candle's ingredients.  With these provisos, the treatment is safe and gentle for children.