Ear Candling is a realitively new service in our area. Some questions that you may have are answered below.
What is Ear Candling?
Ear candling is a safe, simple, natural way to remove excess wax and debris from inside the ears. Long tapered candles are inserted gently into the ears, then lit. The candle creates a slight vacuum effect, oxidizing, vaporing and drawing softened wax and debris from the ears. This is a very gentle and non-invasive process.
What are Ear Candles made of?
They are made of 100% unbleached cotton muslin fabric and a Soy/Bees wax blend. They are approx. 12 inches in length and approx 5/8 inches in diameter
What is the History of Ear Candling?
The practice of ear candling dates back approximately 2,500 years to the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, Tibetan and American Indian cultures. Today, it is practiced by many cultures and is taught in German medical schools.
How does Ear Candling work?
As the candle burns, smoke moves the debris out of the ear. Osmosis (diffusion through a semi-permeable membrane, e.g., skin) plays an important role as the smoke soothes the sinus and nasal cavities. Excess ear wax is moved through the ear canal into the cone.
Is it possible for wax to go back into the ear?
The only way this could happen is if the flame reaches the wax that has been pulled into the candle. Although this is highly unlikely, the person assisting watches the ear candle closely as the flame gets closer to the plate or coverlet and removes the candle if necessary, even if it is two or three inches from the plate.
Does Ear Candling Hurt?
No. Most people experience a gentle warmth in the ear canal which has a soothing, relaxing effect. There is a slight crackling sound as the candle burns.
How long does a session last?
Sessions are approximately 30 minutes Each candle burns for about 15 minutes.
How often can Ear Candling be done?
As with most things, this varies with each person. Some people with excess wax need weekly sessions for two to four weeks to clear the ears. Generally, six or eight times a year is sufficient for most people.
What are some of the reported benefits?
Some of the potential benefits are (1) relieves pressure in ear canal and sinus; (2) improves hearing; (3) safe removal of excess wax; (4) helps balance and equilibrium including vertigo; (5) helps eliminate ringing and itching in the ear; (6) fewer ear aches and infections; (7) fewer ear-related headaches; (8) feeling of cleanliness; and (9) helps fight infection.
Who would benefit from Ear Candling?
Most everyone, but especially those who (1) work outdoors; (2) are in dusty environments; (3) participate in water activities; (4) have chronic ear aches; (5) have allergies; (6) feel blockage in the ears; (7) wear hearing aids; (8) have sinus infections; and (9) have excess wax build up.
Ear Candling should not be done in the following situations: (1) recent ear surgery; (2) cysts in the ear; (3) mastoiditis in its acute phase; (4) ear drains (tubes); (5) recent ear injury or damage to the ear drum; (6) artificial ear drums; and (7) tumors of the ear.
What is the cost for Ear Candling?
Each session will last about 30 minutes, and the cost is $33.00.