Ear candling is a relaxing and calming treatment that can help ease symptoms associated with the ear, nose and throat.
While ear wax is a perfectly normal way for our bodies to protect the ear, it’s not uncommon for people to have a build-up of wax that causes impaired hearing and itching.
Ear candling won’t cure ear infections and it isn’t used to treat medical conditions but it’s said to relieve ear pressure and ease other sinus problems.
This is a natural therapy that has been used for many years around the world for both healing and spiritual purposes.
The treatment is a fairly simple procedure that should only be carried out by a professional. Ear candling uses a rolled up column of cotton flax that has been coated with beeswax and left to harden.
The specially designed candle, which also contains herbs such as sage, honey, St John’s wort and camomile, is then gently placed in your outer ear canal.
The candle is then lit at the far end, which creates a suction effect that gently stimulates the area. The tip of the candle and your ear never become hot to touch and the candles are not burned close to the ear.
You will then lie on your other side and the procedure is repeated with the other ear, it’s important to lie still for a while afterwards and sit up slowly.
The flame of this non-invasive process creates warmth that goes into the ear and softens the ear wax, and the suction effect stimulates the area.
The soothing vapour is then said to help remove any impurities or deposits. The wax and impurities don’t necessarily come out straight away but the softening of the wax helps the body to naturally get rid of the build-up.
The rising air is also said to massage your eardrums, which helps to regulate ear pressure.
During the process a little warmth is felt, and possibly hissing and crackling noises are heard, with a little popping, but this is all normal.
For most people ear candling is very soothing and relaxing creating a reduced pressure in the ears, sinuses or head.
After the treatment many people say their ears free ‘airy’, there could be an improvement in hearing or easier nasal breathing and an improved sense of smell.
All the benefits might not appear straight away, improvements can continue occurring for a day or two afterwards.
This depends on each individual person and the reason you’re using the treatment. Some people may have a compacted build-up of wax or want relief with other symptoms, such as snoring, so may need more courses. But you may find one session is sufficient for your symptoms.
You should always ensure ear candling is carried out by a professional.
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