Frequently Asked Questions
What is Ear Candling?
Ear Candling is a natural way to clean out accumulated wax and white, flaky fungus from the ears. The accumulations withdrawn from your ears may be many months or even years old. Ear Candles are custom designed from natural fibres and tapered to precise specifications.
Does Ear Candling hurt?
Absolutely not! It is a painless, harmless and totally relaxing experience. If it weren’t for the intermittent crackling and hissing sounds — due to the burning of the wax and fungus being drawn up the chimney of the candle — you would never know that anything was happening in your ear.
How often should I have Ear Candling done?
Initially, most people need just 3 candling sessions to get their ears clean… However, some people may need up to eight (8) sessions over a six month period. Once your ears are clean, personal preference should determine how often you have your ears candled. Every three to six months would be practical.
Who can benefit from Ear Candling?
Ear candling can benefit almost everyone, from infants to adults. Musicians can benefit – especially singers and horn blowers – who often have a lot more wax build up than other people. People who wear hearing aids can benefit. Also, those people who have had previous ear injuries can benefit from ear candling as they tend to have a greater build up of wax and fungus.
A Brief History
Ear Candling is not a new alternative therapy. Dating back to the year 2500 B.C. there is evidence showing that people used and were familiar with the practice of ear candling. Ancient cultures, including the Egyptians, made reference to its use. Parchment scrolls discovered in the Orient, also have described the procedure for ear candling.
This ancient therapeutic art may have been developed with the domestication of the honeybee. Beeswax was — and still is — a key component to making the hollow cylinders used in the procedure. The principal cloth used by ancient Egyptians was linen made from flax (the fibres of an annual blue-flowered plant).
Today, as in times past . . . high-quality, ear candles are handmade from beeswax and unbleached cotton cloths. These specially fabricated candles are typically nine (9) to twelve (12) inches long and will burn for approximately ten minutes.
Through a process called “convection”. . . softer waxes and toxins will be drawn out of the ear, oxidized and turned into vapours during the procedure.
This simple and time-proven therapy can be very effective in removing old and troublesome blockages from the ear canal, without the use of solutions or probes. Many people are rediscovering the value of Ear Candling to cleanse the ear canal and sinus passages.
Conditions that may benefit from Ear Candling:
• Ringing in the Ears
• Ear Infections
• Plugged Ears
• Chronic Sinusitis
• Excessive Wax
• Inner Ear Pressure
• Ear Aches & Pain
What does it involve?
During an Ear Candling session you lie on your side with your body in a straight alignment. A special conical candle is inserted into a protective plate . . . The candle is lit and slowly begins to burn. The small tapered end of the candle is gently placed into your ear canal. The ear candle — by its shape, design and length — draws ear wax and fungus deposits from deep inside your ear canal.
As the ear candling session progresses, extracted ear wax and fungus will be burned off, but a majority will be collected in the bottom part of the candle. After the candle has burned down and been extinguished, the therapist will cut open the remnant and show you the former contents of your ear canal. Most people cannot believe what has been collected there! Expect to be amazed!
How long does an Ear Candling session last?
About forty-five (45) minutes per session, however, you should allow one (1) hour for your appointment.