Origins of Hopi Ear Candling
Ear Candling has been around for thousands of years and was practised by the Aztecs, Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and Aborigines.
The Egyptians used traditional reeds from the river Nile coated with wax and also used hollow twigs or cones, which were made from glazed clay to carry herbs or incense into the ears, whilst the Europeans used rolled tobacco leaves and waved cloth or paper.
The original procedure was not only used for cleansing the ear canal but also for spiritual purification.
Today, due to health regulations those forms of traditional instruments are not allowed and we have to use disposable cones of funnel-shaped candles, which are rigorously tested for safety.
How Ear Candling Works?
The art of ear candling has a long history and works on a physical, emotional and spiritual level.
On a physical level the action of the beeswax in the cone of the ear when burning creates vapour which moves downwards into the ear canal and massages both the eardrum and is carried on to the middle and inner ear, which helps to regulate and balance the pressure in the ears.
The heat of the candle and the warmth of the therapist hand can help to soften and loosen compacted earwax and helps to invigorate the immune system and reinforce the flow of lymph.
The treatment also includes a massage of the face, neck, ears and scalp and through this touch therapy this can lead to a good feeling of wellbeing.
On a spiritual level the treatment helps to send energy along the meridian lines which help to clear the stagnant energy in the body leading to the chakras becoming calmer and revitalised by releasing negative emotions.
An Ear Candling Treatment can help reduce the effect of all of the following conditions:
Excessive ear wax
Obstructive sleep apnoea
The treatment also helps to bring about the following positive effects:
1. A feeling of total relaxation
2. The stimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system, which leads to lowering of the rate of the heart and an increase in the peristalsis of the digestive system
3. Release of the body’s energy blocks leading to healing of the body on a physical, emotional and mental level.
After Care Advice
1. Drink plenty of water, helps to eliminate toxins from the body
2. Try to avoid cold winds and draughts as the ears may be more sensitive on the day after the treatment
3. Avoid water sports for 24 hours
4. Reduce the level of dairy products in the body as this causes build-up of mucus
5. Reduce levels of caffeine and alcohol
6. Have time for yourself for relaxation
7. Have regular treatments