Hopi Ear Candles

Ear Candling (also known as Thermo Auricular Therapy) is a unique and effective natural treatment which has evolved from origins in the ancient world.  It is known that various forms of ear candling were practised by many ancient civilisations, including the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Aztecs and Aborigines.  It is believed that ear candling was used not only as a healing treatment, but also during spiritual ceremonies and rituals where certain herbs were used to take the recipient into an altered state of awareness.

This treatment is most commonly known as Hopi ear candling.  The Hopi Tribe are renowned for their knowledge of healing and their spiritual lifestyle, and are believed to have kept this ancient practice alive and reintroduced it to the modern world.

Most of the ear candles used today are made from cotton fabric which has been infused in a mixture of honey extract and beeswax, together with essential oils and herbs such as St John's Wort, Chamomile and Sage.   The candles used at Namaste Holistic Therapy are of the best quality, and carry the 'CE' mark as they are certified medical products according to medical device directive 93/42/EEC.

This therapy can be beneficial in the treatment of many ear, head and sinus problems, including headaches, colds, tinnitis, excess earwax, sinus problems and hayfever.  It has been noted that this therapy is particularly good for the prevention of ear pain caused by pressure changes when flying or diving.

How it works .......

A candle is lit and inserted into the ear.  The heat generated by the flame is circulated down the hollow candle and into the ear canal.  A combination of heat and vapours from the herbs is responsible for the actions of the candle, warming the area and helping to disperse any congestion in the ear canal and sinuses. 

Each candle takes around 8 - 12 minutes to burn down, during which time it is normal to hear a gentle crackling or sizzling sound as the ingredients impregnated in the ear candle ignite. 

For maximum benefit, it is advisable to rest for at least 10 minutes immediately following the ear candling treatment.  A face massage is therefore applied during this time to help ensure the best overall result, and to prolong the effects of the treatment.

Once the treatment has been completed, it is quite usual to experience a pleasant feeling of calm and peace, together with the benefit of clearer nasal airways and an improved sense of smell.