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I'm often given a blank faced stare when I mention Hopi Ear Candling, you can almost see people thinking, “What on earth is that?!” I just know that my audience is envisioning a candle candle and they can’t quite imagine how putting one of those in your ear is going to have any benefit.
Well, I’m here to clear the ear (pun intended) on ear candling. For a start, the first thing I want someone to understand when they’re thinking about ear candling, is what the candle actually looks like. Each candle is a hollow tube with a filter partway up from the bottom. They don’t have a wick; the candle itself actually burns. They are made from organic linen, beeswax, relaxing and purifying herbs, and essential oils.
The creators of the Hopi Ear Candle can be found in the Native American nation of Hopi. The Hopitu, or “Peaceful People”, traditionally use ear candles for aura and spiritual cleansing, as well as their physiological benefits. It is said that the way the candle burns says a lot about your spirit and energy, and that “the darker the smoke, the darker the spirit.” The original Hopi recipe and design, using organic and natural ingredients, was eventually sold to German company Biosun who now manufacture the candles.
I like to use Biosun candles, not only because they are true to the original design, but also because they are still made using natural and organic ingredients. I believe it’s important to be using natural candles as the smoke that they exude does travel down your ear canal and I cringe at the idea of the smoke from bleached linen, or herbs treated with pesticides, being in such a delicate area.
How do they work? The candles basically work by creating a suction, like a chimney. The warm herbal smoke travels down the ear canal, loosening wax and debris, and the suction pulls the debris out of the ear where it collects above the filter of the candle.
Ear candling removes deep debris and wax from inside the ear, the build up of allergens and excess moisture. Candling automatically equalises your ears (great before and after airplanes) and helps to clear your sinuses. This treatment can help to prevent hayfever, assists with relieving sinus pressure, relieves headaches, deep cleans your ears, and is also a great destressing, relaxing treatment.
Let me walk you through the treatment so you can have an idea of exactly what to expect.
At the end of the treatment is my favourite part; you can choose to have a look at the candle filters to see what’s been removed from your ears. It’s amazing how much wax can be extracted using the candles, the darker the wax is in colour, the longer it has been in the ear. It’s also interesting to see how much powder residue there is; this powder is formed when a lot of moisture passes through the candle and is indicative of fluid being removed from the ears.
For first timers I always recommend coming back for a repeat treatment in a week’s time – this is because some of the deep wax will have moved up in the ear canal but hasn’t made its way out yet. It’s not unusual for a few more ‘nuggets’ of wax to fall out of the ear over the next couple of days afterwards as the treatment continues to work for 48 hours. If you’re concerned about this, sleep with a small towel on your pillow for the next couple of nights. Don’t use cotton buds as this will only pack the wax deeper into the ear.
Many clients experience an immediate feeling of a pressure being relieved from their heads after a treatment, and feel that they can instantly breathe better, and even hear better. Due to the herbal smoke and the relaxing nature of the treatment, several people report back on having an excellent night’s sleep after they’ve had their ears candled too.
I wouldn’t advise having your ears candled if you have had grommets in the past, if you have suffered any damage to your eardrums, or if you’re prone to serious ear infections. Otherwise, Hopi ear candles are safe for almost everyone, including children.
Once you’ve had your first two treatments it becomes a maintenance regime, returning for another treatment every 4 to 6 weeks to maintain the results.
Overall, Hopi ear candling is a massively underrated health and relaxation treatment with many benefits. My older brother suffers from hay fever and loves having his ears done – you’d think my family would just beg me for massages but ear candling is always at the top of his wish list! If you’d like to try Hopi ear candling for yourself, the treatment takes about half an hour and costs $60. Book online here.
See you soon,
Beauty Therapist & Salon Coordinator.
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Kat studied Communications and English before she trained as a beauty therapist. She combines her lifelong passion for writing and her love for beauty therapy in her dual role at Shelley Stewart. With input and advice from the stylists at Shelley Stewart, the Shelley Stewart Blog is a culmination of hair and beauty knowledge, as well as lifestyle advice.