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What is ear candling?

Ear candling treatment is becoming increasingly popular. It is performed by placing a candle in the ear, which is believed to not only soften earwax over time, but have a whole host of benefits too.

The ear candling process involves the tapered unlit end of a candle being placed in the ear, while the other end is burning. The candle that is used isn’t like a conventional one - it is about a foot long, made from linen and then covered in wax. The flame of the candle helps to soften the earwax, allowing it to release naturally over time.

What does ear candling feel like?

Many people have the preconceived idea that the ear candling process is going to be painful from the burning candle, but this is not the case. You will lie on your side, and then the candle the gently inserted into your ear and is held there for about 10 minutes. This will then be repeated on the other side. You’ll be able to feel the candle in your ear, so may be slightly uncomfortable but it is neither hot or painful.

What are the benefits of ear candling?

The benefits of ear candling treatment will vary from person to person, depending on their conditions and how many toxins they have within their ear. However, the most common benefits include:

  • Treats ear wax build up

  • Relieving tinnitus

  • Improving hearing problems

  • Reducing sinus infections

  • Relieves sore throats

  • Decreases levels of stress

  • Reduces occurrence of headaches

  • Hayfever relief

The history of ear candling

Ear candling has actually been around for thousands of year and was a traditional therapy used by the Ancient Greeks. The therapy is believed by some people to be popularised by the Hopi Indian Tribe of the American South-West.

It is believed that the original use of ear candling was for spiritual cleansing and purifying. It was said that they were used to cleanse and harmonise the different energy fields of the body. They were also used in initiation ceremonies and healing rituals, the ear candles were depicted in many ancient drawings found in the caves of the Grand Canyon.

Can anyone have ear candling treatment?

Ear candling should never be carried out if you have any inflammation or infection in the ear, and are not suitable for people who have had recent ear surgery or those with ear grommets or tubes, perforated eardrums or allergies to any of the ingredients making up the candle.


Do you want to try ear candling? Are you curious about how the treatment will benefit you? Our 30 minute sessions at our tranquil location in St Martins, near Oswestry, cost £25. Click here to book your appointment.

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