How to Use Ear Candles
With links to Ancient Egypt, China and the Native American Hopi tribe, ear candles are becoming more and more popular in the modern Western World. But what are the benefits of ear candling? When combined with herbal remedies like chamomile and St John’s Wort, they can have cleansing and relaxing effects on the body.
What is ear candling?
The practice of ear candling is primarily to remove excess wax and other toxins or impurities from the ear. It works by placing a hollow candle, made from organic fabric, into the ear. The user then lies on his/her side and lights the top of the candle.
As the candle burns, this creates a vacuum in the ear canal. This helps to draw away excess earwax, helping the user to feel more relaxed and hear more clearly once the process is complete.
Ear candling benefits
Ear candles are made from 100% natural products, so there’s no danger of interacting with paraffin or other synthetic ingredients. But you will find that ear candles offer a number of benefits.
In the itselixir range, you’ll find pesticide-free candles made from unbleached cotton, honey extracts, St John’s Wort and chamomile. St John’s Wort is known as a natural mood-enhancer, ideal for those struggling with depression, lethargy and sleeping issues.
Chamomile, meanwhile, has been linked with lowering blood sugar, reducing inflammation, treating cold symptoms and aiding sleep.
Ear candling for tinnitus
Thanks to its primary use for clearing ear wax, ear candling is also great for tinnitus sufferers. Tinnitus is the feeling of a constant ringing in the ears. If left untreated, it can lead to mental health problems for sufferers, who may have trouble concentrating or sleeping.
Treating the ears is also linked with many other issues, such as headaches and sinusitis. The latter can cause the nasal passages to become inflamed with mucus. As these are all connected to our ears and throat, candles can help to alleviate the symptoms.
Finally, ear candles are generally associated with all-round wellbeing, with healing properties and the relief of many head/earache-based conditions.
Is ear candling safe?
Ear candling is completely safe providing users follow basic rules. Ear candles should only be used with supervision from an adult.
Candles are marked with a ‘stop line’ to let the user’s assistant know when it is time to stop. When positioned correctly, they should not move. For added assurance, you can use discs to place at the bottom of the candle. These prevent excess ash from coming into contact with the skin.
How to use an ear candle safely
- Lie flat on your side in a stable position. Insert the candle so that it is firmly lodged in the ear.
- Ask a friend to light the candle and watch for the ‘stop line’.
- Extinguish the flame on or just before the stop line. This should take 10 to 15 minutes.
- Add safety discs for extra reassurance.
- Dispose of the ear candles by placing into a pre-made bowl of water.
- Keep away from flammable materials.
- Never use ear candles alone.
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