Ear candling has been around thousands of years, it is also known as thermal auricular therapy. The candles, are hollow and made from cotton or linen that has been impregnated with beeswax, honey and therapeutic oils. They are placed in the ear and once lit they produce a very light suction and a slight vibration of the air in the tube of the candle, generating a massage like effect on the ear drum. The flow of any ear wax is gently stimulated, they work in the same way as a chimney, drawing impurities to the surface, this helps to remove impurities and deposits that are present in the ears. where they can then be safely removed. Ear candling can help to equalise the pressure in the head and ears.
If you have an ear candling procedure done, you can expect the following to happen. You will be asked to lie down comfortably. Relaxation music is often played. The candle is then placed gently into the ear canal and lit. The therapist will hold the candle vertically and you may feel a warm and comfortable sensation. You may hear a crackling sound, which is generally quite pleasant. Once the candle has burnt down, you will lie there for a few more moments before turning over to treat the other ear. A facial massage is sometimes included after the ear candling process is completed.